Northstar Ski Vacation Guide

Ski Levels

Northstar-at-Tahoe boasts an unbelievable 3,000 acres of skiable land, over 2,280 feet of vertical, and 40 kilometers of groomed terrain for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. The ski area includes more than 90 named runs for a variety of abilities as well as more than 18 lifts, seven terrain parks, five gladed trails, and 344 acres of pristine back country. The sheer immensity of the resort guarantees that all ability levels and ages will find suitable terrain and innumerable challenges, there are mile long cruisers and hair-raising steeps.

They also have a top of the line ski school (and a daycare for the very young children), with a toddler/parent ski school, kids ski/snowboard school, and an adults ski/snowboard school. They have a bevy of highly qualified and enthusiastic instructors from all over the world, who work to develop fundamental skills, form and foster confidence while having a great time on the mountain. As an added bonus they offer an impressive assortment of ski and snowboard rentals, which you can book ahead online and have them ready to go the day you arrive.

Be sure to bring lots of layers and sun protection. The weather can range from bitterly cold to temperate and sunny, even during the course of one day. The high elevation, snow glare, and multitude sunny days can make the UV rays incredibly intense. There are shops in the village that sell a great array of gear and some top of the line brands at affordable prices.

Après Ski

The village at Northstar hosts an array of amenities for added convenience, a complementary intra-village shuttle, day storage and lockers, a gas station, recreation and fitness centers as well as full-service retails ski and snowboard shops, demo shops and rental shops. There are plenty of activities in the village like ice skating, tubing and hiking, as well as great shopping. There is no shortage of places to dine and unwind at Northstar. There are plenty of family-friendly eateries, quick cafes and elegant restaurants to sample. There are also a great variety of after ski options that are perfect for sitting next to a warming fire, ordering from a fully stocked bar and relaxing after a fantastic day on the mountain.

Northstar Snowboard Vacation Guide

Rider’s Guide

Northstar-at-Tahoe is a world famous ski resort that boasts stats as big as its reputation. There are 3,000+ acres of terrain, 2,000+ feet of vertical, over 90 named runs, more than 340 acres of backcountry. The terrain is accessed by more than 17 lifts that whisk a huge number of visitors around the mountain each hour. The resort regularly features great discounted lift tickets and season passes as an added incentive to visit this highly decorated Northern California resort.

Parks and Pipes

The park crew is dedicated to crafting quality freestyle terrain. The parks are loaded with an assortment of jumps, hips, rails and boxes that all funnel down to the Superpipe, which has been ranked in Transworld Snowboarding’s top ten pipes in North America for the past six years. The all-star line up of terrain park specialists work around the clock ensuring each park and its features are precisely crafted and setup daily. Pinball is one of the best all around parks, and the most famous of Northstar’s seven, offering a wide variety of jibs and snow features, with everything from street rails to fun boxes along with tabletops, step-downs, hips and rollers. There are beginner parks, intermediate parks, and progression parks as well as a few smaller halfpipes for novice riders.

Out of Bounds

There is tons of things to do in the region both inside and out in the great wilderness of the Tahoe region. There’s snowtubing, ice skating, APEX bungee trampolines, an outdoor pool, dog sledding, sleigh rides and much more. The village offers great dining and drinking options, fantastic shopping as well as a recreation center and fitness center. The region is overflowing with activities for all ages, tastes and budgets. Since the resort is all but self-contained, the resort does a great job offering ski and stay deals which feature discounts on lift tickets, lodging, and activities.

Hangout & Hookup

There are several lodges located on slope that have delicious food and plentiful drinks. There are also several places in town including lovely outdoor cabanas near the skating rink that serve margaritas. Casinos are just a few miles away in Nevada and the myriad of bustling nightlife at the hotels includes live music and entertainment throughout the season.