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by: David - 23rd March 2018

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  • 1All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 1Family Friendly
  • 1Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • 1Overall Value
intermediate Terrrain
Terrible mountain access, Advanced/Expert Terrain, EXPENSIVE

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This is the worst ski area I have been to. I have skied here off and on over the years and Northstar never fails to disappoint. Let's begin with a few glaring weaknesses: Mountain Access/Parking: If you can afford an expensive slopeside condo, skip this section. It isn't for you. Daytrippers park a mile from the mountain village and are shuttled on busses to the mountain village. A hundred yard walk with stairs will get you to the access lift which is an aging gondola. It is not up to the task. My day there the gondola stopped twice while I waited in line, and twice while I was on the lift. Time between parking and my first run, was over 45 minutes(unacceptable). I went straight to the lift and did not stop off for overpriced coffee and scones. I didnt even pee. Northstar has the worst mountain access of any ski resort I have visited. Period. Advanced/Expert Terrain: Most designated black runs at Northstar would be blues at other ski areas.There is no expert terrain at Northstar. Period. Expensive: Lift ticket prices are exorbitant, and in my opinion, unjustified for what you get(terrible mountain access, no Advanced/expert terrain). Food is very high priced. Enjoy washing down/choking on that $20 bowl of chili with that $15 IPA. Northstar is expensive. Period. A note on family friendliness: Northstar has touted itself as family friendly. If you are a family and can afford an expensive slopeside condo, this may not apply to you. My criteria for family friendly(I have two kids that ski): Easy mountain access, Affordability, Kid friendly programs. Northstar fails two out of three here. Dads and moms, have fun lugging your gear, your kid's gear, associated snacks, lunches(unless you can afford $20 chili), and sundries, on the shuttle, and to the access lift. Northstar is not family friendly. Period. If you want family friendly in North Tahoe, Sugar Bowl, Mount Rose, Diamond Peak, Homewood, Tahoe Donner, and Donner Ski Ranch are better bets than Northstar. Period. Northstar is not a good ski Resort. Period.

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  • Martin Neft (3rd January 2021)

    I can't believe people give this place 1 star because of the parking. Yes it can be a hassle, but the shuttle...

  • Gabe Hannah (14th December 2020)

    Less than half the runs were open. Some runs had some thin spots. There was some good snow up higher the day...

  • Natalie (9th March 2020)

    I feel the need to submit a review after reading one star reviews of people complaining there's a new charge for parking....

  • Joe Mama (4th March 2020)

    Shuttle system for free parking is available, but that is ridiculous. If you want to park near village, you have to now...

  • Joseph Chambers (5th February 2020)

    hill management is great, but the access is not worth the 1 hour of your time to get on the mountain, which...

  • Karin Bergemann (5th February 2020)

    Great family friendly and easy beautiful place to ski and snowboard for families who have mixed members who do either or both....

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