Northstar, California

Ski with an element of chilled-out California luxury.
By SKI Magazine Editors ,

Resort Guide 2018: West #27

Annual Snowfall

350"

Acres

3,170

Lifts

20

Trails

100

“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.

Dinner Reservations

Feast on the veal shank at Tavern 6330, which offers signature cocktails, microbrews, and casual fine foods in the base village.

Après Spot 

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.

Must Do

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.

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