Overview of Northstar California, California
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
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.
Northstar’s terrain of 100 trails amid 3,170-acres served by a gondola and six high-speed quads, plenty of skiing and riding for every ability level, and terrain parks galore - even the Burton Stash with natural park features in the forest. Enjoy lunch and the beautiful view of Lake Tahoe from Northstar’s Summit Deck at 8,610’.
During your Northstar ski trip, you should also ski Lake Tahoe’s other mountains – Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows – who now share a reciprocal lift ticket, Heavenly, Sierra at Tahoe, Homewood, and Kirkwood. Northstar is now owned by Vail Resorts, along with Heavenly and Kirkwood in California, plus Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone in Colorado, Park City Canyons in Utah, and Afton Alps and Brighton in Michigan - so if you buy Vail's Epic Pass you ski free at during your vacation to all these resorts!
Northstar is one of the smaller resorts at Lake Tahoe but it offers a nice variety of runs--from novice to expert--and it's easy to get to the runs you like best. The lift lines are always short and the weather is usually decent. They groom their runs thoroughly (I'm not a powder skier) and their backside runs are the perfect combo of steep, challenging and still manageable. I've been there quite a few times now and have never had a bad experience. Even the food is great...and reasonably priced. The scenery is to die for...as is all of Lake Tahoe.
It has the best terrain for a skier. it has a crossover to the backside that makes it more accessible to skiiers and less to snowboarders.