Northstar California

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!

Elevation

Base
6329 feet
Base
Summit
8610 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
2281 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

Gondola & Trams
2
Gondola & Trams
High Speed Six
1
High Speed Six
High Speed Quads
7
High Speed Quads
Quad Chair
1
Quad Chair
Triple Chairs
2
Triple Chairs
Surface Lifts
7
Surface Lifts

Terrain

Beginner Runs
16 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
47 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
37 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
0 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
100
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
9
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
1 mile
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
3170 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
1500 acres
Snowmaking Area

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 19 - 64 $130
Child 5 - 12 $77
Child 13 - 18 $107
Senior 65 & over $107
Season Pass
(Tahoe Local Pass)
$589

Overall Rating

4.4 / 5 based on 37 reviews
Garrett Giardina

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.

Posted on Nov 13, 2017
Logan Vincent

Was surprisingly family friendly. I was able to move around the mountain with ease and the lines weren't bad at all. Definitely want to come back. My wife loved the town. It is not very hard to get to from Reno.

Posted on Nov 12, 2017
Sam

My go to resort and normally have great runs as long as the snow is good. Can definitely get crowded on the weekends. Normally try to just go in the weekdays

Posted on Nov 11, 2017
Cameron Peek

Love North star. One of the best resorts in the Northern Nevada region. Always a blast. Love love love live live laugh boats hoes the only person in the apartment for the majority of people who have been a 8th

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Tony Vignoli

I love skiing at Northstar. Great atmosphere and great hill to shred on.
It is also extremely family friendly. There are a lot of options to ski in Tahoe but Northstar is my first pick every time.

Posted on Nov 09, 2017
Alex Tan

Northstar has always been a five-star resort for skiing/snowboarding. The Village has variety of dinning options for phenomenal experience. There are quite a few sports shops for gears. The resort is a perfect place for all levels.

Posted on Nov 13, 2017
Zack Johnson

The resort is huge in size, making it difficult to do all in one day. The terrain can go from nice mellow groomers to quick steep chutes. The parks are massive and diverse! The facilities are very nice and well kept. The lifts are in good service. Everything you hope for in a resort, Northstar provides!!!

Posted on Nov 12, 2017
Atticus Glang

It's fun on powder days but lift lines can be really really really long sometimes. Tost is cool,food is good but expensive, village is a nice place for kids though

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Nolan johnson

This is a great resort but it is definitely aimed at more advanced riders. Beginners have options but not as many as other nearby resorts. The snow in Tahoe is consistently great so stop in and hit all the hills here!

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Mix Plangsiri

This resort is extremely family friendly, great for people of all skills, skis or snowboarding, gondola ride and tubing. Tons of excellent boutique shopping, excellent food. Mikunis is one of my favorite spots to eat at, incredible roll is absolutely AMAZING. Ice skating rink in center of the shopping/food area next to the Starbucks. They do group pricing if you have a large party of 20 or more. My favorite resort in Tahoe area. terrain park is great, bunny slope area is huge, trails are groomed great, great snowfall all season. Beautiful resort from parking lot to the top of the mountain.

Posted on Nov 09, 2017