Skier & Snowboarder-Submitted Reviews for Northstar California

Planning a ski trip to Northstar California? Browse our collection of visitor-generated reviews that rank the mountain and ski town on a scale of one to five stars in the following categories: Overall Rating, All-Mountain Terrain, Nightlife, Terrain Park and Family Friendly. See how Northstar California stacks up to others in terms of skiing and après, and read up on pros, cons and comments from fellow skiers and snowboarders. Don't forget to submit your own Northstar California review! Scroll to the bottom of this page to let other travelers know about your ski area experience. Positive reviews also give your favorite ski resort a chance to win a prestigious OnTheSnow Visitors' Choice Award.

Overall Rating: 3.9

Rating Details:

  • Family Friendly
  • 4.2
  • All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 58.5
  • Terrain Park
  • 3.9
  • Nightlife
  • 2.7

Recommended For:

  • Singles
  • 46%
  • Beginner
  • 34%
  • Families
  • 53%
  • Intermediate
  • 59%
  • Empty Nesters
  • 32%
  • Advanced
  • 32%

Helpful Highlights:

We love going to Northstar... So much that we bought a place up there. The staff is super family friendly, the instructors are amazingly experienced, the s...

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  • 4

    Nice long runs

    by lightning80 - 16th March 2010

    Pros: long runs, various terrain choice

    Cons: bigger crowds, have to shuttle from parking to lifts

    Good overall resort with nice choice of runs. There are a good number of runs for each level. At Intermediate and Black Diamonds, there are both groomed and... Full review

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  • 4

    Freestyle Haven

    by timzheng - 24th March 2010

    Pros: the original stash

    Cons: not too much technical terrain, crowded

    For park rats, there's no better resort in Tahoe than Northstar. A modern village only adds to the vibe. For me, after a long weekend tackling the freeride ... Full review

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  • 3


    by bjarvis - 13th January 2010

    Pros: Snowfall, terrain park, long cruisers, freeway access.

    Cons: Crowds, real estate, terrain

    Definately lacking when compared to its north Tahoe neighbors. There is nothing startlingly steep or challenging on this mountain like there is at Squaw, Al... Full review

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  • 3

    Northstar-At-Tahoe Review

    by jdhillebr - 23rd December 2008

    Pros: Lots of varied terrain, large terrain park, close to Truckee

    Cons: Huge crowds, long lines.

    My experiences at Northstar-At-Tahoe (NS), has left me not really wanting to go back, due primarily to the cost and the crowds that tend to accumulate there... Full review

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  • 3

    Ok but not great

    by EastCoastChris - 6th March 2013

    Pros: Nice full scale resort

    Cons: Customer service isn't great, very expensive

    Northstar is a full scale Vail owned resort...and its very high end. If thats your thing you'll love this place. I came to board here after not touching a b... Full review

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  • 3

    Northstar Review

    by psuguy43094 - 5th November 2008

    Pros: nice mountain

    Cons: pricey, backside is icy, overcrowded

    I have been skiing may places and northstar is not exactly at the top of my list. Although I thought the skiing was good, it probably not worth the 70 bucks... Full review

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