Resort Guide 2018: West #27
“A great resort if you have kids or a group that has a wide variety of skill levels, but if you’re looking for an advanced adult trip this may not be the place for you.” - SKI Magazine Reader
North Shore Tahoe skiers face a perennial question: Squaw or Northstar? While Northstar will never match Squaw’s steeps, it wins out as the destination for skiers seeking some chilled-out California luxury. Northstar’s snowmaking and corduroy are first-rate, and the resort gets high marks for Grooming and Kid Friendliness thanks to a fun base village with fire pits, gazebos, and restaurants encircling a skating rink where s’mores and cocktails are enjoyed. “Best family resort in Tahoe,” says one reader. Long gondola lines on weekends are a drawback, though families looking to splurge can stay at the Ritz-Carlton at midmountain. Long black-diamond groomers on the back side are ideal for high-speed, no-stress carving, and advanced tree skiers should hit the Monument and Sugar Pine glades. Day-trippers likewise had best avoid weekends, when crowds make for a long schlep from the parking lots. And hipsters, be warned: The family vibe means quiet evenings.
Feast on the veal shank at Tavern 6330, which offers signature cocktails, microbrews, and casual fine foods in the base village.
Yes, 2 p.m. may be early for après, but that’s when servers pour a free glass of champagne at Töst on scenic East Ridge.
Get priority lift access and first dibs on the best instructors with the Primo lesson, which combines top-level teaching and guiding with a five-star concierge service.