Located near the California-Nevada border near Truckee, Northstar is one of America’s up-and-coming ski resorts. A new base village has transformed an oft-overlooked ski area into Tahoe’s trendiest destination resort.
While advanced skiers complain that the resort's terrain is uninteresting and generally unchallenging, families and intermediates will love the abundant grooming and excellent snow conditions. Lake Tahoe is visible from several points on the mountain.
One of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts, Northstar has a reciprocal lift pass system with Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sierra at Tahoe, and Squaw Valley. Between them they access over 17,000 acres (6,800 ha) of skiing. Northstar itself has 2,420 acres (979 ha) of skiable terrain and excellent snowmaking capabilities. With the ability to cover 24 football fields with a foot (30 cm) of snow in 24 hours, it can open early with a full mountain. The ski season runs from mid-November to mid-April. Peak season is November 25th to December 31st, and Jaunary 14th to February 19th. There are 16 lifts serving the all-ability ski trails, six terrain parks, two halfpipes and facilities for cross-country skiing and tubing.