'Tis the gift-giving season, and [R299R, Northstar-at-Tahoe] has just the present for those with discriminating tastes and fat wallets - The Black Diamond Ski Package.

This all-inclusive package includes seven nights' lodging in a three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence in the Village; two, six-day adult lift tickets and two, six-day children's lift tickets; premium ski or snowboard rentals from Black Tie Ski Rentals which conduct boot and ski fittings in the privacy of the guest's vacation residence; and four days of private ski or snowboard lessons and on-mountain guide service.

Then, there's a five-day Balance Spa package, which includes two services per adult each day and one family Yoga or Tai Chi session; a $300 dining credit at Baxter's Bistro & Lounge and at Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, which are located in the Village, and another $300 dining credit at Mooy's Bistro & Lounge in Truckee. Even more: $225 credit at the Chocolate Bar in the Village; $100 credit at Starbucks in the Village; ice skating for the whole family in the Village, and two s'mores kits for roasting marshmallows over one of the many outdoor firepits in the Village.

Oh, yeah. Northstar also will throw in a 17.5-inch black diamond necklace featuring a black Tahitian pearl.

The price of this package is a mere $26,653. What bad economy?

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