Northstar-at-Tahoe Unveils Mountain Improvement Plan


June 22, 2006

TRUCKEE, CA - (News Release) - In the next step toward achieving Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort's transformation into one of the finest year-round destination resorts in North America, the resort announced the launch of the next phase of its extensive mountain improvement plan, which includes two new lifts, relocating the cross-country center, expanding its snowmaking system, adding new parking lots and additional terrain.

These improvements will noticeably improve access to the most popular areas of the mountain, enhance the convenience of getting to and around the resort and improve flow and circulation of skiers/riders both at the base area and on the mountain.

As the resort's village continues to expand its lodging and amenities, Northstar Resort plans to grow the mountain proportionately to support the new Village at Northstar. Mountain improvements already complete include the opening of Lookout Mountain and the addition of the $4 million Village Express, which opened in the 2004-05 season.

This summer, Northstar Resort is investing $10.5 million in the next phase of mountain improvements which will result in the completion of two new Doppelmayr lifts for the 2006/07 winter season. The planned lifts include a high-speed six-pack which will dramatically improve access to Lookout Mountain and the Backside. The new lift, whose base is situated directly across from the mid-mountain Day Lodge, will whisk riders up nearly 1,050 vertical feet in just five minutes. The new six-pack will access 13 total trails and 137 acres of total terrain, including 60 acres of new intermediate terrain. Included in this terrain is a new mile-long run to connect guests directly from the top of the six-pack to the Backside.

The second lift is a European-style surface lift to replace Salmon Tow, which transported guests over to the resort's popular advanced terrain on Lookout Mountain. The new lift will be friendly to both skiers and snowboarders. The lift will be easily accessible from the top of the new six-pack lift, providing convenient access to Lookout Mountain.

"These two lifts will significantly improve uphill capacity and circulation on the mountain," said Tim Silva, Northstar Resort's general manager. "Previously, guests were required to take two lifts to get from mid-mountain to the Backside. Now, they can easily access this popular terrain with one chair ride, cutting their ride time nearly in half."

Northstar Resort's overall mountain improvement plan calls for the addition and/or replacement of six lifts in total.

Phase One of the new Village at Northstar will be complete this upcoming winter, breathing a vibrant energy into the new Village. New shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants will complement the ice skating rink and nine fire pits located at the heart of the Village. All skier services such as the ticket and season pass office, group sales, season and day lockers, new and expanded free overnight ski check and basket check will be open and conveniently located in the Village Center, adjacent to the ice rink. Upon completion, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort will have invested a total of $30 million into these commercial improvements.

In order to better circulate traffic flow on Northstar Drive, Northstar Resort plans to add a new parking lot containing 600 spaces behind the gas station at the entrance of Northstar Drive. This will alleviate traffic congestion by routing a significant number of cars into this new parking area and off of the resort's main thoroughfare. Shuttle buses will pick up skiers/riders from the lot and drop them off at the entrance to the Village, minimizing the walk required to get from the car to the slopes.

In an effort to further gguarantee that Northstar Resort offers some of the best snow conditions at the lake all season long, the resort will expand its already extensive snowmaking system on the terrain located off of Vista Express and the new six-pack lift. Boasting the largest snowmaking system of any resort on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, more than 50 percent of the developed mountain is now covered with snowmaking. As a result, Northstar Resort is guaranteed to offer some of the best early season conditions, including some of the earliest available halfpipe and freestyle terrain features at the lake.

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is in the process of relocating its cross-country center to make room for the new Ritz-Carlton Highlands resort being built at mid-mountain. The expanded 1,400 square foot cross-country center will be easily accessible from the top of the Gondola and will offer more convenient and direct access to the resort's most popular and scenic cross-country trails. A sundeck and expanded teaching area will round out the improved experience for guests.

Northstar-at-Tahoe is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information on Northstar Resort, call 1-800-GO-NORTH or visit