Northstar. $74 dollars for a lift ticket and no parking. That pretty much sums it up. Northstar has always had a parking problem. The solution? Eliminate parking lots and replace them with condos.
Now, if you are an affluent "skier" who cares more for shops, restaurants, and luxury accomodations than the actual sport itself, then Northstar may be for you. They have an ice-skating rink, fake natural gas fireplaces, baby sitting service (aka ski school), outdoor bars, etc.
However, if you are attuned to the soul of skiing/riding and annoyed at the attitudes of the narcissistic Bogner attired rich folk then consider a real Tahoe ski resort such as Mt. Rose, Sugarbowl, Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Bear Valley, or perhaps Homewood.
Somewhere behind the condos and stupid "village" are ski slopes. (The slopes can be seen from the highway.) But don't expect to park, board the lift, ski, eat a brown bag lunch, and have a good time on a budget at Northstar. Northstar exists to attract those of means and separate them from as much of their money in as short an amount of time as possible. Thank you, Booth Creek Corporate Management.
Northstar (Flatstar) represents another former ski resort turned into a real estate development. Fat wallets welcome, persons who wish to ski and enjoy themselves on a budget - Stay Away.
And let's not even get started on crowds.........