Northstar has consistently ranked as one of the best ski destinations for families, and for darn good reason. The list may be long, but here are some of the chart toppers: ice skating, pottery and candle-making in the self-contained base village, 35 shops and restaurant to frequent, some of Tahoe’s best terrain parks including Burton Snowboard Academy and Riglet Park for little boarders numerous beginner and intermediate terrain options. Families will love the interactive fun to be had with the EpicMix smartphone app. Plus, nearly 73-percent of Northstar’s terrain is designated as beginner or intermediate. Kids will also love checking out Northstar’s seven world-class terrain parks and be in awe of the professional skiers and snowboarders hitting the resort’s 22-foot halfpipe. If this doesn’t sound like an ideal family ski vacation, we don’t know what does.
Families want convenience and kid-friendly amenities, and four-star, ski in, in out One Village Place delivers them both on a silver platter. Parents will love how easy it is to grab the family’s gear from ski storage, walk out of the hotel door and get the kids in ski school and up on the chairlifts. One Village Place’s opportune locale allows parents to get much-deserved turns in. Kids will appreciate the outdoor swimming pool.
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The beauty of a dining on a Northstar family ski vacation is that the resort is self-contained, which takes the pressure off parents. There’s no coordinating transportation, everything you need is right there. There are several great family-friendly restaurants in Northstar, but the very best would have to be Rubicon Pizza Company, thanks to its extensive kid’s menu, which features several pizza options, chicken tenders, spaghetti Bolognese, penne and butter, veggies and several dessert options. Parents will love the specialty pie options, as well as the beer and wine options. A visit to Chocolate Bar for dessert is an absolute must for families.
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Northstar’s new facelift has propelled the resort into the ultimate luxury mountain getaway. The resort now boasts 35 new boutique shops and restaurants, a 10,000-square-foot conference facility, a 9,000-square-foot ice skating lodging, and tons of on-site lodging, among them, the exclusive and exclusively located Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. This new hotel sits at mid-mountain offering incredible views to its patrons.
Luxury pursuits on a Northstar ski vacation are more feasible than ever before thanks to the new Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe. Everyone knows a Ritz-Carlton ski vacation is like no other, which is why a stay at the new Lake Tahoe location is in high order if world-class accommodations top your ski trip docket. This ski-in, ski-out property offers skiers mid-mountain access, a deluxe spa and fitness area, extraordinary dining and the top-notch service that has made the Ritz Carlton world-renowned.
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The Northstar fine dining standout is hands down Manzanita at Ritz-Carlton. This dining experience is not one you’ll soon forget with incredible sunset views, a roaring fireplace, immaculate ambiance, a simple, but elegant menu and extensive wine list. Foodies will also appreciate Manzanita’s approach, since they’re menu is committed to Northern California cooking techniques and utilizing local farms.
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With a whopping 60-percent of Northstar’s terrain designated as blue, or intermediate runs, there are few places that can offer intermediate skiers what Northstar at Tahoe can. That equates to about 58 trails out of the resort’s 97, plus intermediate skiers have unimpeded access off of every one of Northstar’s 20 chairlifts.
Intermediates can cruise down 1.4 miles of pristine groomed snow on Northstar’s longest trail, Logger Loop. Washoe, off of the Martis Camp Express chairlift, and Castle Peak, off of the Promised Land Express also offer sustained, long groomers sure to put a wide grin on any intermediate's face. The Vista Express four-person chairlift also accesses Northstar’s terrain parks and 22-foot halfpipe. Intermediate skiers have two runs to choose from on the “Backside” of the mountain, the rest of the terrain in that area is designated as expert.
The East Ridge trail, which is the ridgeline trail accessed via the Comstock Express chairlift or the Renedvous chairlift, offers incomparable views, and the option to try your luck out on Northstar’s black diamond runs. Because Northstar isn’t as steep as some of its Lake Tahoe resort counterparts, it’s an excellent area for intermediate skiers to challenge themselves. Start by skiing down the East Ridge trail to the end of the ridge. Drop into Delight or Dutchman, both trails are short black diamond runs that lead into green and blue terrain. The East Ridge is perfect for intermediates looking to progress their skiing, as they get more confident, the can drop in higher and higher on the ridgeline for longer and steeper terrain. There are few resorts that can offer intermediates the same sort of progressive terrain perfect for learning in a comfortable way. Intermediate skiers also have the luxury of skiing back to their lodging accommodations if they’re staying the looker’s right side of the Village at Northstar.
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Since Northstar is a self-contained resort the party quickly fades after après-ski is over. But this is good news for those looking to take advantage of their time on the slopes, as it takes away the temptation to stay out all hours of the night. But if you’re willing to travel a little bit night hawks can still find plenty of late night entertainment with downtown Truckee just six miles away.
While you won’t really find dance clubs and a raging bar scene in Truckee, at least one trip to the historic downtown area is well worth it. Truckee offers plenty of tavern-esque bars and live music venues that will please anyone looking for an enjoyable evening. Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats, on Bridge Street just over the Truckee River, is a popular local restaurant which turns into a lively bar and music hotspot later in the night. If you’re a sports fan and in search of a bar with plenty of beers on tap, then you’ll want to stop in at Blue Coyote Bar and Grill on Palisades Drive, off of Brockway Road. Blue Coyote has plenty of flat-screen TVs, ensuring you can see the game from any seat in the house.
When the lifts close down, Northstar has a handful of great après-ski spots to choose from, and Chocolate Bar should be at the top of your list, especially if you like chocolate. You’ll find great wine, spirits and of course chocolate cocktail creations. If you’re craving a post-ski snack with a lively scene, then you’ll want to head to Mikuni Sushi. They offer some specials on sushi and appetizers starting at $5, and also offer all their signature cocktails for $8 during happy hour. And for a more traditional, casual après scene, Rubicon Pizza Company is where it’s at. This pizza joint offers interesting signature pies and pleasing variety of draft and bottled beer. On the weekends Rubicon is also a great spot to see live music.
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With the addition of AAA, four-diamond Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, as well as numerous townhomes and condos, just about every budget and lodging preference and expectation will be met and exceeded on a Northstar ski vacation.
For your decision-making convenience we, at Ski.com, have provided our top picks for budget, family and luxury lodging options. You’ll find them listed below.
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Northstar village provides a lively après-ski experience, especially on the weekends with live music at the Village Stage. Visitors can also enjoy bungee jumping, free ice skating, pottery painting, shopping and dining in the village. And mid-week Northstar hosts Turtleneck Tuesdays Skate Nights, with hit music from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Thrill-seekers and adventurers have a laundry list of Northstar outdoor activities. Here’s Ski.com’s top picks for things to do in Northstar:
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Beginners should not let Northstar’s mountain statistics deter them from skiing there. True, only 13-percent of Northstar’s terrain is designated as green, or beginner runs, but the resort offers several world-class programs for beginners, from the Northstar Ski and Snowboard School to Burton Snowboard Academy and Burton Riglet Park, for youngsters. Plus, Northstar slopes are generally considered to be of lesser grade, or steepness, so more experienced beginners may find that Northstar’s blue runs suit them just fine.
Beginners have their run of the base area terrain via the Big Springs Express Gondola or Village Express four-person chairlift. The Village Run trail, a green, is the only trail back to the Village at Northstar, so beginners can opt to stick there. But the place for first timers and less experienced beginners is actually higher up on the mountain off the Big Easy four-person chairlift. In this area, beginner skiers and snowboarders will find the Burton Snowboard Academy and the Northstar Ski and Ride School. The Burton Snowboard Academy offers beginner snowboarders a progressive and unique teaching method using features to help newbies dynamically adjust their speed and balance to nail foundational techniques quicker and more efficiently. Once the basics have been aptly nailed, beginners should head up the Vista Express four-person chairlift, which provides incredible scenery of Lake Tahoe, surrounding mountains and higher alpine views of the resort. Beginners can cruise down Skid Trail to Lumberjack, both of which are green runs and slow skiing zones. While this may seem like minimal access, it’s import for beginners to keep in mind that Northstar is considered to be less steep than some of the other Lake Tahoe resorts, so once you’ve conquered runs like Skid Trail and Lumberjack the next step is blue runs. And once you’ve graduated to blue runs, you’ve earned access to 60-percent of Northstar’s terrain.
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Northstar may not be the cheapest ski vacation known to man, with day lift tickets over $100, upmarket restaurants and luxury accommodations as the majority lodging option. But, skiers and boarders on a budget don’t need to take Northstar off the table as an affordable ski vacation; it just takes some planning and research to make this North Lake Tahoe resort a viable option. For example, opt for a condo and split the cost between a group of friends or family members. Plus, condos make cooking in the unit much easier, allowing you to save some money on meals.
Budget-conscious skiers and snowboarders will find that they can’t beat Northstar Resort Condominiums’ amenities to price ratio. Located a short walk to the ski bus stop, these condo units offer guests an outdoor pool and hot tub, steam room/sauna, fitness facilities, restaurants and lounges and ski shuttle services.
If you’re looking to grab a quick (and cheap) bite, then that’s something Northstar has mastered. The resort features a fleet of Euro kiosks all over the base area and up on the mountain. The kiosk cuisine varies between gelato, crepes, French hot dogs and other European tasties, and no single item exceeds $12. Pizza is always an affordable option even in an upscale resort village, so head to Rubicon for their tasty and reasonably priced pies that range from $13 to $25.
TC’s Pub features a build your own burger bar for under $10. You can add toppings for an additional $1 to $2, depending on your selection. The vast majority of TC’s menu items are in the $10-$11 range, so you’re pretty much golden no matter what you choose.
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Foodies with a taste for contemporary American food will be pleasantly surprised with the Northstar dining scene. While Americana, upmarket and pub eats alike dominate the culinary options, Truckee offers plenty of choices, like Asian fusion and Mexican as well. With downtown Truckee just a couple minutes away from the resort nearly every type of diner and budget will be pleased.
The Lodge is a consistently well-reviewed upscale Northstar restaurant. This contemporary American establishment features everything from surf and turf, to gourmet salads, burgers, fresh market fish and prime Angus beef cuts. The Lodge has a complete kid’s menu, sure to please both parents and children with fresh, healthy and tasty options from grilled chicken to fresh catch-of-the-day, to more traditional kid fare, like burgers and mac-n-cheese. Diners who appreciate the farm-to-table movement must make a reservation at Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton. While those looking for an eclectic “Asian-Cal” experience will love Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar. Their menu ranges from Thai curry to Moroccan Lamb to Indian-spiced veggies to Japanese noodle bowls to sustainable, signature sushi rolls. While the menu is sort of niche, the restaurant was voted “Truckee’s Best Restaurant,” so you can bet it isn’t only adventurous eaters who enjoy Dragonfly’s flavors.
PJ’s Bar and Grill, located just off Grey’s Crossing golf course, isn’t just a great option for golfers, but anyone looking for an exceptional meal with exceptional atmosphere. PJ’s, which is named after golfer-pro Peter Jacobson, features a wonderful contemporary American menu fit for foodies.
If you’re on the hunt for a Truckee restaurant that offers memorable ambiance, as well as food, then you’ll want to check out Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats. This American dining and live music establishment features everything from gourmet corn dogs to exceptional salads, burgers, stew to thick-crust pizza, (even vegans have options) making it a great place for large groups families or indecisive diners.
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Advanced to expert skiers on a Northstar ski vacation have ample terrain options with nearly 30-percent of the terrain designated at expert. Northstar offers plenty of steeps, moguls and glades, but experts looking for extreme terrain and more technical high alpine skiing might look elsewhere. That being said, this is why Northstar makes for such an incredible family ski destination. Expert parents or teens can enjoy the resort’s steeper terrain, while beginners and youngsters in the family have an overwhelming amount of terrain options.
The best and most concentrated Northstar expert terrain is found on looker’s right side of the mountain. Skiers and boarders looking for the most challenging of Northstar’s terrain want to head immediately to the resort’s “Backside.” To get there quickly, start from Martis Camp Express chairlift to Backside Express chairlift. But, if you’re staying in the main base village head up the Big Springs Express Gondola , then hop on the Arrow Express chairlift to the Comstock Express chairlift. From the Summit of 8,610-foot Mt. Pluto drop into Polaris or Burnout trails for long, sustained steeps. If weather and conditions permit head down Sierra Grande or Challenger from the top of the Backside Express. Follow either trail along the ridgeline, which will lead into the coveted Northstar expert glades: Sawtooth Ridge. If you’re on the hunt for incredible tree skiing both Backside Express and Martis Camp Express offer a ton. Off of Backside Express head skier’s right and drop into Monument Glade for fun, squeal-inducing glades. Off of the Martis Camp Express its pretty much skier’s choice for more incredible, well-spaced tree skiing. And if you find yourself on looker’s left side of the mountain amongst the sea of beginners and intermediates, don’t despair you have options off of the Vista Express chairlift. Head skier’s left off of the lift on Logger’s Loop but cut into the trees on your left high for a Sawmill Glade, a fun, quick glade.
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