California, United States
Northstar at Tahoe is a year-round resort situated near the North Shore of Lake Tahoe in Placer County, California, approximately 200 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area. The 2904 acres resort features 2,280 vertical feet of downhill terrain accessed by 17 lifts (including 8 express lifts), a snowmaking system, a cross-country center, the new Village at Northstar, on-site lodging and summer activities including an 18-hole golf course and a lift-served mountain bike park.
Northstar-at-Tahoe is undergoing a transformation into a year-round mountain resort including a new village featuring a variety of shops, restaurants, art galleries, jewelry boutiques, luxury condominiums and a 9000 square feet skating rink. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested to make Northstar a classier resort akin to Vail or Squaw Valley USA. Additionally, mountain expansion plans are underway with new slopes and lifts going in; existing roads are being widened and some new ones are being built; day skier parking has been substantially increased in a brand new parking lot served by enclosed buses (a big improvement over the old tractors pulling skiers in open trailers of previous years); and a Ritz-Carlton and additional slopeside condominiums are under construction and scheduled to open beginning December 2009, proving the skiing is not the only attraction.
More than other Tahoe ski areas, Northstar is known for its tree skiing and fall lines. The extensive trees also make for better sheltered runs during storm conditions with deep powder. On the other hand, Northstar doesn't have the steeps for which other resorts like Squaw Valley Ski Resort and Alpine Meadows are known. Because of this it used to be known to locals as "flatstar", but the expansion of Lookout Mountain has removed some of that stigma. Northstar tends to attract a large crowd of family skiers.
In February 2009, Northstar hosted the last stop of the first ever Winter Dew Tour. It was the first ever action sports tour for winter sports and is owned and operated by Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports.
Trails & Slopes
2904 acres of terrain
27% advanced | 60% intermediate | 13% beginner
Longest run is 1.4 miles (2.09 km) - Logger's Loop (2.09 kilometers)
Eight, mile-long (1.6 km) advanced ( runs on the backside of Mt. Pluto
220 acres of off-piste terrain on the backside of Mt. Pluto
Lookout Mountain, 443 acres of advanced terrain
1 Superpipe, 1 halfpipe, 8 terrain parks with a fleet of rails and jibs, and 7 Adventure Parks
344 acres of backcountry terrain on Sawtooth Mountain open for experts when conditions permit
Elevation & Climate
Base of the mountain is at 6,330 feet (1929 m)
Summit of Mt. Pluto is at 8,610 feet (2624 m)
Vertical drop of 2,280 feet (695 m)
Average annual snowfall is 350 inches (9 m)
Average daytime high temperature from November through April is 43F (6C)
Average overnight low temperature from November through April is 21F (-6C)
Largest snowmaking system of any resort in North Lake Tahoe
Snowmaking from top to bottom of Mt. Pluto, front side, backside, and Lookout Mountain with 50 percent of runs and 2,280 vertical feet covered by machine-made snow
251 acres of coverage
Eight chairlifts access the runs covered by snowmaking
Snowmaking on the superpipe, halfpipe and terrain parks