Vail Resorts, Inc. plans to invest $30 million in major capital improvements at [R299R, Northstar California] for the 2011/2012 season. These plans include new gladed terrain and ski trails, a high-speed lift, a 500-seat restaurant on the mountain and new retail shops and signature restaurant in the Village.

Northstar California is planning more family-friendly terrain, more groomers and snowmaking in addition to offering the best village experience in the region. These are the first steps Northstar California is taking to redefine the skiing and riding experience in Lake Tahoe. 

The new high-speed chairlift will expand the skiable terrain by 10 percent, adding more trails and gladed terrain. The new chair is installed on “The Backside” of the mountain and has a vertical rise of 1,440 feet. Two intermediate runs will be accessed from the new lift, and new snowmaking will be installed on both Drifter, which gives access to The Backside, and on one of the new trails. 

In addition to the new chair lift is a new on-mountain restaurant, which is located at the top of the Tahoe Zephyr Express lift and seats 500 indoors and 200 outdoors. Guests can enjoy lunch in the beautiful lodge while checking out the spectacular views of the Pacific Crest. The menu will consist of a Napa salad bar, gourmet pizza and specialty soups and sandwiches. Skiers and riders will have access to the new restaurant off of Tahoe Zephyr Express, Backside Express, Comstock Express and the new lift. 

The Village at Northstar California is already a popular gathering for guests of all ages. They are hoping to elevate this experience by bringing in new retail stores and restaurants. National retail outlets such as Patagonia and Burton will open, as well as an expansion of the North Face store in a new location. A new signature restaurant will also be added. They are hoping to bring in more activity and nightlife to the village.  

The new lifts, terrain, restaurants and retail stores will bring even more energy and will enhance the guest experience both on the mountain and in the village. Northstar California continues to evolve, making it one of the top destinations in Lake Tahoe.