This is our first visit to Northstar during the President holidays. Our experience at Northstar was great. We have designated parking area so we did not have to struggle for parking. The evening ice skating rink (and live band) was great! There were many restaurants in the village so we just walked to restaurants for food. The people who worked there were very friendly and helpful (although some of the visitors were rude and mean). Our kids took snowboard lessons and the instructor (Keaton) was very friendly, easy going and good with kids. In short, it is true that parking is a nightmare if you don't have stay in the resort. However, if you stay at the resort, parking is a snap and it's a wonderful place with everything at your fingertip.