Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort review

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If you’re planning a family skiing trip then Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort was custom built for you.  The park is jammed with ski areas designed with kids and teens in mind.  There’s a fun park, two adventure parks and a 420 foot superpike too.

There are family-friendly distractions at the bottom of the mountain too.  The Villiage-at-Northstar is packed with stores vying for your vacation dollars.  There’s a movie theater and an ice-skating ring to help you kill time too.

Here are the resort’s stats;

  • Lifts—19
  • Base elevation—6,330 feet
  • Vertical drop—2,280 feet
  • Trails—92
  • Terrain parks—7
  • Longest trail—1.4 miles (Logger’s Loop)

Northstar has it problems too.  The ski resort lacks any truly challenging trails for advanced and expert skiers.  There there’s the crummy parking.  Forget your car and catch a shuttle at one of the downtown hotel-casinos in Reno or Lake Tahoe.  It’s free and the bus will pick you up again at the mountain and bring you back down around 5 p.m.

Crowds are the other thing to look out for.  On weekends and holidays this place looks like Disneyland complete with seemingly endless lines.  If you can swing it go on an off day to avoid the long waits and headaches that go along with them.

The Tahoe ski-season usually kicks off in mid November and with the aide of snow machines, resorts usually keep the lifts running until the middle of April.  During the off season you can take a gondola ride up the mountain and enjoy the view.  It’s pretty expensive but worth paying for at least once.  Northstar also opens up its trails for bikers to enjoy during the summer.

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