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98 Total Reviews:
5 Star Reviews (29)
4 Star Reviews (32)
3 Star Reviews (12)
2 Star Reviews (16)
1 Star Reviews (9)
We arrived 3 days ago and have not been able to reach front desk. They dont answer any calls. Bed is lumpy, leak in living room so bad that we had to put a pain down, people above us are extremely loud, tried moving but not response, no one told us when our presentation was, i had to call three different places to even got a partial answer. I emailed reservations,ownership. & confirmations about all out problems sat morning the 27th. I didn't get a call back till 415 from David, when I tried to call him back he was gone. I tried again this morning the 28th. No response, fitness center closed, I called before we came and was told it was open, and now one seems very happy with their job.
We are not happy at all. Im requesting a full refund.... Full Review
I can't believe people give this place 1 star because of the parking. Yes it can be a hassle, but the shuttle is actually well run, and you don't have to deal with traffic the last 2 miles to the hill, or traipse across a mega acre lot. They make the most snow in the Tahoe area - a necessity during these drought years. And I love the long runs on the backside and Martis.... Full Review
Less than half the runs were open. Some runs had some thin spots. There was some good snow up higher the day we left 12/13. Pizza place and the Mexican place had awesome food and great service. At the time we were there 12/10-12/13 most shops were closed and NO INSIDE dining. Most runs were groomed nightly (never skied a black run) Would definitely return when COVID is gone and snow is heavy. ... Full Review
I feel the need to submit a review after reading one star reviews of people complaining there's a new charge for parking. Me and a group of snowboarders/skiers found it VERY simple to park in the free lots (they have very clear signage for "free parking" and people directing) and actually relatively quick to access the mountain. Yes, they have to shuttle you to Northstar village, but the shuttles come every 3-5 minutes at peak hours and only take about 5 minutes to get to the base of the mountain. What took us the longest was just walking through the village. No complaints here. We went to the resort twice, once on an icy day after weeks without snow and once again after a fresh dose of 7" of powder. BOTH days were highly enjoyable. A lot of their runs are blue, yes, but they also have great steep terrain, both groomed and ungroomed (which they actually indicate on the signs!). I spent the majority of my second day in the tree runs and holy cow was it fun. If you like gladed runs, this is your place. Their terrain park is one of the largest with some of the craziest features I've ever seen, but being a beginner in terrain park stuff I was happy to see features for every skill level. Great looking tree runs by the terrain park too that I never got to hit up. Really enjoyed the Backside and Martis Camp lift areas. The lift operator at Marti's was even kind enough to let me get on the lift after 4pm when I explained to him I got turned around. The aprés ski area in the village was a perfect end to these days with their giant fires, sweet smells of gelato, and family friendly ice rink. I can honestly say the only downside was the lift ticket price, which was akin to Vail/Breck, but it seemed to be worth it. Take the one star reviews for a grain of salt. They may not have the same unique terrain as Kirkwood or lake views like Heavenly, but this was definitely my favorite of the three and I will be back.... Full Review
Shuttle system for free parking is available, but that is ridiculous. If you want to park near village, you have to now pay $10 M-F or $20 weekend per day! That is the same parking lots that have been there for years and used to be free. Money for lift tickets, food, etc is already increased SO much in the past years in Tahoe, now they charge to park too. Clowns!!!... Full Review
hill management is great, but the access is not worth the 1 hour of your time to get on the mountain, which in the free parking (what a joke) you wait for the bus, tromp through the Village, get on the gondola to get to mid Mountain (45 to 60 minutes) or add $10-$20 per day at the previous free parking... Full Review
Great family friendly and easy beautiful place to ski and snowboard for families who have mixed members who do either or both. Love the pizza and sushi at the Village. Beautiful atmosphere all around love this place. ... Full Review
I can not express this enough. Do not go to Northstar.
From someone you has lived in the Tahoe Area full time for the last 22 years I can, with absolute confidence, tell you that there are better experiences to have in this wonderful place.
Very unhelpful staff. I arrived 08:45 on Jan. 14th 2020 to find that Northstar had decided to start charging to park this year. I drove up to a very empty parking lot and was stopped by a extremely under-prepared Northstar employee. All I had brought with me that morning was a debit card and Northstar could not accommodate me. I was forced to turn around and drive the 2 miles back down the hill to park and wait for a shuttle (Not environmentally friendly).
Lazy? Poor organization? or they just don't care? I'm not sure. I wanted to let Northstar know how they were treating guest of their resort. I called the customer service number and was informed that the process to do just that was to submit a formal complaint online and that a Manager would respond in a few days. I wish I could have had that conversation. I feel that platforms like Yelp are more like just trash talking behind someones back but they ignored me and so here I am.
Patronizing Staff. After calling to find out how to express my disappointment with Northstar's decision to start charging for parking. I mentioned to the woman that I was speaking to that I had to be at work that day at 12:30. by the time I parked, waited for the shuttle, had to walk from the furthest point they could possibly find to drop those who have had to up to this point make the longest trek, waited once again, I was only then finally able to take just one run before having to reverse the process and get to work. Her only response "HA, HA, well have a great day!"... Full Review
Friendly staff and minimum amount of agro borders and skiers. If you get to know the mountain you can always find untracked powder late in the day after a storm.... Full Review
Everything was great, Welk Resorts is the underdog of hotels with great suites for families and its in the center of the village, super convinient, prices were really good! Book the non refundable rate, by far the cheapest. Had a great time with the family. ... Full Review
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