Northstar Ski Holidays

USA Holidays

Expert Opinion Our Expert
James Rivers

"Northstar-at-Tahoe is an exciting new addition to our Lake Tahoe ski holiday programme and a superb choice for a family ski holiday or adults wanting to do a North and South Lake Tahoe twin centre."

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 10/10
  • Intermediates: 9/10
  • Advanced: 7/10
  • Families: 10/10
  • Nightlife: 6/10
  • Village Charm: 9/10
  • Affordability: 8/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 8/10
  • Sustainability: 1/10

Season: Nov 12 - Apr 13

Nearest Airport: San Francisco/Reno

Flight Time: 11/15 Hours

Direct Flight: No

Transfer Time: 4 hours/45 minutes

Transport: Car hire or transfer

Elevation: 8,610ft

Vertical Drop: 2,280ft

Avg Snowfall: 29 ft

Ski Area: 3,000 acres

Ski Lifts: 19

Runs: 95

Grade: 27%Advanced 60%Intermediate 13%Beginner

Why Northstar?


Northstar is one of the fastest developing ski resorts in North America, located in North Lake Tahoe it offers not only an excellent ski holiday destination in its own right, but is also another great base to explore all the resorts in the ski area. $30 million was invested in the resort last season to include new gladed terrain, increase skiable terrain by 10%, a new high-speed quad chair lift on 'Backside', new snowmaking and a new on mountain restaurant near the top of the Tahoe Zephyr Express lift. New retail shops and a signature restaurant have also been added to the village. The attractive village base is centred on the large outdoor ice rink with a good selection of shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants. This is also the focus for most of the lively après ski - from roasting marshmallows around the fire pits to dancing to live music or even watching a movie on their outdoor cinema screens.

There have also been new on-mountain developments including a new high speed lift system and the introduction of brand new ski terrain for 2008/9 season - further developments planned for the future.

Northstar is an excellent resort for a family ski holiday with great learn to ski areas for the children, excellent ski school as well as an attractive and safe resort centre. The wide groomed runs on Mount Pluto with their stunning views over Lake Tahoe offer great intermediate terrain whilst much of the recent ski area expansion has been into advanced terrain adding new runs and gladed areas, perfect for the Tahoe powder. Northstar is also a great option for snowboarders with 5 terrain parks, and it's a breeding ground for some of the best pro-snowboarders in the USA.

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