Northstar Ski Holidays

Northstar-at-Tahoe is a superb choice for a family ski holiday or adults wanting to do a North and South Lake Tahoe twin centre. Great tree skiing!
James Rivers
USA Product Manager
Northstar-at-Tahoe is a superb choice for a family ski holiday or adults wanting to do a North and South Lake Tahoe twin centre. Great tree skiing!
James Rivers
USA Product Manager


Average: 4 (1 vote)
Average: 3 (1 vote)
  • Family Friendly
  • Village Charm
  • Non-Ski Activities
  • Quick Transfer Time

Northstar is one of Vail Resort's prettiest resorts in Lake Tahoe and one they like to promote as offering a "luxury" ski experience.

It has seen excellent investment in the lift system, mountain restaurants, grooming and snow making facilities. The pretty resort village is focused around the ice skating rink and surrounded by bars, restaurants and outdoor seating area with fire pits, where you can sip you hot-chocolates - with or without "s'mores" or brandy! 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.

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 there are some great black diamond glades (some groomed daily) which offer the chance to ski the Tahoe powder or nail some high speed turns. 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.

Northstar is included on the Tahoe Value Pass and Epic Passes, so even if you are staying at Heavenly (South Lake Tahoe), its definitely worth a couple of days visit as it is easily reached by car or shuttle bus ($15pp approx) in less than an hour, or you can do a day trip by Paddle Steamer across the lake.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

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Resort Guide

Northstar Resort Guide

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Resort stats

Early December to Mid April
Nearest airport
San Francisco / Reno
Flight time
11 / 15 hours
Direct flight
Transfer time
4 hours / 45 minutes
Car hire / transfer
8,610 ft
Vertical drop
2,280 ft
Avg snowfall
29 ft
Ski area
3,000 acres
Ski lifts
27% advanced
60% intermediate
13% beginner


Resort Map

Google piste view


We seek out the very best accommodation in Northstar for every budget and taste. Our handpicked selections range from self-catering apartments and family hotels to exclusive retreats.

We’ve stayed at or visited all our Northstar accommodation, so we can give you first-hand advice and recommend the best options for you.

Featured accommodation

  • Close to Slopes
  • Close to Village
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Hot Tub
  • Self-Catered
Located only steps from the ski lifts and in the heart of the shops, Iron Horse Lodge's residences offer one to four bedroom condos.


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14/03/2017 Robert Jeacocke

Quaint resort. Not a lot happening due to lack of accomadation at resort

22/02/2017 Junior Lamont

Excellent parks and some nice piste and side hits.

07/03/2010 Melissa McCulloch

I now know why many locals call Northstar Flatstar. Every run is a massive wide groomed run that's not very steep at all. My boyfriend who is new to skiing usually panics at black runs and will not do them. But at Northstar he was able to get down them. If you want to practise then go, but if your a skier that likes a challenge then I wouldn't waste your $80 on a day ticket. If your a boarder there is a massive rail park that would be fun to hang out in.

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