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Northstar at Tahoe

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  • 350 in of annual snowfall
  • 3170 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 8608 ft, base 6328 ft
  • 13% beginner, 60% intermediate, 27% advanced, 2% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/22/2013
  • Projected closing: 04/20/2014

Northstar Expert Skiing

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.

Northstar Expert Terrain

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.

To learn more about Northstar expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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