[R299R, Northstar-at-Tahoe]'s terrain parks have garnered quite a reputation.

The readers of Transworld Snowboarding magazine ranked them third in country in a recent survey, and the Winter Dew Tour, an offshoot of popular skate-BMX-FMX summer series, has added Northstar to its roster of host resorts for its inaugural season this winter.

But Northstar isn't one to rest on its laurels.

New this winter is the Lil Stash, an offshoot of the popular Stash, a unique, forested freestyle run that's loaded with tree runs, jibs, and road jumps constructed with wood logs and other materials native to the Lake Tahoe region. The Lil Stash will cater to younger riders and those new to the sport and feature smaller versions of features found in The Stash.

Northstar also will introduce the Burton Academy, a program designed to welcome new riders to the sport, encourage the progression of those already in the sport, and provide a customized experience built around an entirely new terrain-based teaching methodology.

The Academy, which is open to riders 13 and older, will feature class sizes smaller than the regular snowboard school group (4 to 6 compared to 10) and courses will be conducted by coaches specifically trained to implement the terrain-based teaching style Burton Snowboards and Northstar are developing together.