Northstar California, previously known as Northstar-at-Tahoe, is located near the north shore of Lake Tahoe and is home to over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. The resort is known for its laidback atmosphere coupled with high-end luxury accommodations, shopping and dining.
The resort is home to impeccable grooming, incredible tree skiing and a variety of terrain options suitable for any ability level. The resort also contains world-class terrain parks and a superpipe designed by Olympian Shaun White.
Northstar ski resort is located about 45 minutes from Reno, NV, and about 15 minutes from Truckee, CA. You can fly into either the Truckee-Tahoe Airport or Reno-Tahoe International Airport. From there, you can either rent a car or take a luxury shuttle to the resort.
It’s best to head to Truckee after a day on the slopes since nightlife quickly dies on the resort, but Truckee is a pretty vibrant town.
Northstar ski resort has terrain that is suitable for any ability type with plenty of room to explore. The terrain is spread over 3,170 acres that encompasses great tree skiing and wide long groomers. The resort is a great option for intermediate skiers with 60% of the trails marked as blue. The rest of the trails are 13% beginner and 27% advanced.
The top elevation is 8,610 feet with 2,280 feet of vertical. Base elevation sits at 6,330 feet. There are 20 lifts serving the resorts with a lift capacity of 34,800 per hour. The resort receives about 350 inches of snow per year.
The world-renowned terrain parks (seven in all) are constructed to cater to all ability types with features for beginners, amateurs and pros. Check out the Northstar Pinball Park that is considered to be one of the best all-around terrain parks in the country. The park contains a variety of jibs, jumps, street rails and tabletops as well as ever-changing snow features.
Riglet Park is designed for kids six and under. Playground, Forerunner and Sidewinder Burton Progression Park have extra small features. Lil’ Stash and Moonshine have small features, and Pinball medium-sized ones. Pipeline has the largest features. Plus, there are two large, 18-foot halfpipes and one mini-pipe.
Northstar California has one of the largest snowmaking systems of any resort in North Lake Tahoe, and it covers over 50% of the resort’s 97 trails. The resort is also home to the largest lift-served mountain bike park in California. So, you’re bound to find everything you need to enjoy a full summer of mountain and road biking, including bike rentals and services.
Be sure to check out the ice skating rink in the village plus the many dining options.