Northstar California

Northstar california
Heather Burke
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Heather Burke
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Northstar is ideal for your luxury family ski trip to Lake Tahoe. On Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, Northstar has a modern mountainside skiers village with an ice-skating rink, bonfires, inviting outdoor couches, restaurants, wine bars, cafes, shops and après ski pubs, and for lodging stay at the Four Diamond on-mountain Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe at Northstar or stay on the Lake at the CalNeva Hotel or a Lake Tahoe condo rental.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Northstar California vs
Northstar CaliforniaHeavenly Mountain Resort
beginner16 %20 %
intermediate47 %45 %
advanced37 %30 %
expert-5 %
total runs100 97
ski area3,170ac 4,800ac
summit elevation8,610ft 10,067ft
total lifts20 28
child lift ticket$90 $80
adult lift ticket$152 $146

Northstar California Reviews

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Family Friendliness
SHStephen H.
beginner snowboarder

4.8 / 5

Dec 01, 2017
Northstar is a great place in many ways. From happy employees to nice warming surroundings in the village to the winter wonderland on the mountain. Northstar has something to offer to just about everyone. From the people, to the employees, to all the fun activities, Nortstar is... More
BCBryan C.
advanced skier

3.7 / 5

Nov 29, 2017
Northstar is a very fun resort to ski at. It has some of the best groomers I've found anywhere, and when the snow is good offers some decent off piste caches. In a light snow year, Northstar is the best resort in the Tahoe area due to their first class snowmaking capability. ... More
JSJoshua S.
advanced snowboarder

4.5 / 5

Nov 27, 2017
Northstar is great. I do miss the Belgium waffles they used to sell though. The snow and runs are nice and very long. It's a very large resort with a lot of runs Or in the front and back side.... More
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder

3.8 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
Northstar is Vail's gem of the Tahoe area. They put a lot of money into providing the Vail Colorado experience here. Which means bigger tickets on expenses, but if that's what you're looking for you will have a great time. The parks are some of the best in the country, and as... More
AMArnaud M.
intermediate snowboarder

4.3 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
Great skying. Nice facilities all over the mountain. Short lines.great apres ski. Even with a few thousand people on the slopes, plenty of terrain to snowboard or ski. A little pricey, but worth it.... More
JEBJacob E B.
advanced skier

3.7 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
I got married at Northstar, taught my kids how to ski at Northstar, and I plan in skiing even more not that I'm in the process of getting divorced. Even though the marriage didn't last, Northstar was always good, always consistent, and I knew what I was getting into every season... More
RCRob C.
advanced snowboarder

4.5 / 5

Nov 19, 2017
Northstar California is the best resort, because I have the most fun there. All employees are very nice and the runs are groomed to perfection. And there are no line at the backside of the mountain. ... More
BCBen C.
advanced snowboarder
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
My favorite place ro go. Ive had some amazing riding there. Great snow everytime.most of the time you have short lift times. Fun place all around. Cant wait for this year!!!... More
intermediate snowboarder

4.3 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
North Star is a very family friendly resort. It has so much to offer for the whole family. There is a village at the bottom with an ice skating rink with surrounding restaraunts and shopping. Anyone can have fun on the mountain from beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders.... More
GGGarrett G.
expert snowboarder
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 13, 2017
Love northstar! The park is the best in Tahoe. Super long runs. Some of the best tree riding in north Lake Tahoe. All around great resort with friendly staff. Parking is the main area for improvement. ... More
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