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Northstar, California - Village Ski Rink

Village Ski Rink

Country USA
Nearest airport Reno (40 miles)
Resort height / Vertical rise 6330ft / 2280ft
Acres / Km of Piste 2420 acres
No of trails / No of lifts 83 / 17
Hard / Moderate / Easy 25% / 62% / 13%
Annual snowfall / reliability? 300" / moderate
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Northstar, California - Village Gondola

Village Gondola

Northstar, California - West Ridge Trail

West Ridge Trail

Northstar, California - Burn Out Trail (backside)

Burn Out Trail (backside)

Ski Northstar


From the late 1940s, a Christmas Tree farm was operating on the slopes of Mount Pluto. The farm was bought up by the Fibreboard corporation, a large business concern which had its roots in industrial insulation. In an effort to diversify, the company decided to create a ski resort to replace the farm. Construction started in 1971, and Northstar opened for skiing late in 1972. After over 20 years of developing and managing the resort, Fibreboard sold Northstar to Booth Creek Resorts in 1996. With the new owners came new investment, which saw the resort continue to thrive and grow. In 2006 a new ski village opened offering stylish ski-in, ski-out accommodation. A new five-star hotel, the area’s first, is scheduled for 2009.

Northstar has managed to build a big reputation for great intermediate skiing, a family-friendly outlook, and watchful ski patrols who take a firm line with skiers who act dangerously.

First time skiers start on the beginners slopes just above the day lodge. By the end of the first week you should be competently gliding down the gentle Village Run which returns to the village from the ski school.

Intermediates have lots of choice. Favorites include the West and East Ridges off the summit of Mount Pluto, both long, exhilarating , tree-lined runs. East Ridge has the added bonus of giving spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. Also recommended for boarders is the full-of-surprises Stash trail, which 'blends park riding with big mountain feel and organic features'.

When conditions allow, more advanced skiiers can make for the backside of the mountain, where there’s some really challenging terrain.

Parents with young kids will appreciate the great junior ski program, offering a great range of ski lessons for youngsters (luckystars, superstars and allstars). If your juniors are too small to ski, excellent state licensed child care facilities are also available at the Minors Camp.

There’s a good choice of accommodation at Northstar. Stay in the village itself, for a true ski-in, ski-out experience. Or pick from a large selection of condos within a quick shuttle ride of the base. In the evening there’s lots to do. Browse the shops, boutiques, and art galleries. Eat at one of a number of available eateries, from pizza parlor to fine-cuisine. The Alpine bar is a good meeting and drinking venue. Activity-wise try skating on the large rink at the center of the village – it’s great fun, guaranteed to be a hit with the kids. Depending on your choice of accommodation you should also have access to either the Tahoe Mountain Club (swimming pool, outdoor hot tubs, sauna, fitness center) or the Northstar Rec Center (swimming pool, spa, fitness center).

Why in 100 Best?

A pretty pedestrianized village makes a great center point for a relaxed, stress-free, enjoyable vacation. Snowfall records may be a little on the poor side, but extensive snowmaking facilities normally make up for any shortfall. So ski Northstar!

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At A Glance
Snow Reliability
Ski-In Ski Out
Stay in Village at Mtn
Stay nr Mtn
Suitable for Learners
Tree/Glade Skiing
Chute/Bowl Skiing
Suitable for Families
Apres Ski
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Northstar, California - View from Pioneer Trail
Northstar, California - View of Lake Tahoe from summit of Mt Pluto
Northstar, California - Zephyr chair
Northstar, California - Half-pipe


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