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Overview

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.

Where Is Northstar Ski Resort Located?

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.

Northstar has completed Phase II of its new pedestrian village, which features 100 condominium residences - there are an additional 260 condos accommodating two to 10 people outside the new village - a grand selection of shops, eateries and galleries, an ice rink plaza and a new skier services area with ticket sales, lockers, ski school desk, coffee housa and kids' game arcade. There are several other lodging options in nearby Truckee and Kings Beach. Accommodations range from condominiums to hotel-style units to spacious mountain homes with some slopeside rentals available. All rentals are within minutes of the chairlifts and are serviced by a free shuttle system. More than 10,000 beds within a 15-mile radius in Truckee, North Tahoe and Incline Village.

Restaurants

Breakfast Places

  • If you want to get to the slopes as quickly as possible, beeline it for Euro Snack for some crepes, coffee or freshly baked goods. 5001 Northstar Dr, Truckee, CA 96161

Our Favorite Lunch Spots

  • A good stop for lunch is Los Arcos Mexican Grill. Grab a large burrito, and finish up with by splitting a dessert with friends. 3001 Northstar Dr, Truckee, CA 96161

Dinner

  • If you want a great glass of wine – and a quality meal – then check out Petra. Order a wine flight, and then sit by the outdoor fire pit. 3001 N Village Dr Suite 3112, Truckee, CA 96161

Apres/Nightlife

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.

  • Moody’s Bistro, Bar and Beats is a fun bar with plenty of live music, and it even has wines on tap. 10007 Bridge St, Truckee, CA 96161
  • If you prefer to catch the latest game, check out Blue Coyote Bar & Grill. Order a draft from the wide available selection. 10015 Palisades Dr, Truckee, CA 96161

Terrain

Terrain

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.

Inside Scoop

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.

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

94"
59"
40"
20"
0"
22"
Nov
78"
Dec
73"
Jan
73"
Feb
62"
Mar
15"
Apr
0"
May

Terrain Overview

13%
Beginners Runs
60%
Intermediate Runs
27%
Advanced Runs
100
Runs in Total
1.4 mi
Longest Run
3170 ac
Skiable Terrain
1500 ac
Snow Making

Total Lifts: 20

2
Gondolas & Trams
1
High Speed Sixes
7
High Speed Quads
1
Quad Chairs
2
Triple Chairs
7
Surface Lifts

Elevation

8610'
Summit
2280'
Vertical Drop
6330'
Base

Important Dates

November 18, 20222022/11/18
Projected Opening
April 16, 20232023/04/16
Projected Closing
143
Projected Days Open
135
Days Open Last Year
50
Years Open
350"
Average Snowfall
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