For the modern family that prefers substance with a unique, laid-back style, Northstar California Resort combines California cool with high-end luxury, on-mountain exhilaration with a sophisticated alpine village atmosphere. Halfway between one of North America’s coolest mountain towns and one of the world’s most beautiful alpine lakes, Northstar is a destination on the rise, having poured nearly a billion dollars into creating Lake Tahoe’s premier luxury snowsports experience. Upscale shops, refined dining and Lake Tahoe’s only five-star slopeside lodging is married to impeccable grooming, a Cross Country Center, incredible tree skiing and enough variety + world-class terrain parks to challenge every level of skier/rider.


  • Driving Directions:  Hwy 267 @ Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA 96160
  • GPS:  5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA 96161
  • Mailing:  PO Box 129, Truckee, CA 96160
  • Shipping: 50 Trimont Lane, Truckee, CA 96160
  • Air Access:  Reno-Tahoe International Airport (45 minutes); Sacramento Airport (1.75 hours); San Francisco Airport (3.5 hours); Oakland Airport (3.5 hours)


  • 100 trails – 33% advanced, 56% intermediate, 11% beginnernorthstar_california_deep-powder
  • 3,170 acres of terrain
  • Longest run = 1.4 miles (2.09 km) – Logger’s Loop
  • Nine 1-mile long (1.6 km, 220 acres) advanced runs on The Backside
  • Lookout Mountain – 443 acres of advanced terrain; opened January 2001
  • 344 acres of backcountry terrain (Sawtooth Ridge) open for experts when conditions permit
  • 7 advanced gladed runs:  The Camp Glade, Sugar Pine Glade, Monument Glade, Comstock Glade, Rendezvous Glade, Lookout Glade and Sawmill Glade
  • Expanded beginner teaching area featuring sculpted Smart Terrain™ that the resort has successfully demonstrated helps improve the learning curve for beginning skiers and snowboarders.


  • Park Designer:  Northstar Terrain Park Crew and Snow Park Technologies (SPT)
  • Seven Terrain Parks (all terrain park features are rated small, medium or large)
  • Burton Progression Park (small and medium)
  • Moonshine (small)
  • The Straits (large)
  • Pinball (medium and large)
  • Pipeline (large)
  • The Stash (small, medium and large)
  • Lil’ Stash (small)
  • Halfpipe
  • New Burton “Riglet” park for 3-6 year olds featuring terrain-based learning areas
    Northstar Powder

    Photo Credit: Corey Rich

LIFTS – 20 total (Uphill capacity of 37,891 skiers per hour)

  • Two gondolas (one express, one pulse)
  • One six-pack express
  • Seven express quad chairlifts
  • Two triple chairlifts
  • One fixed grip quad chairlift
  • Two surface lifts
  • Five Magic Carpets


  • Base = 6,330 feet (1,929 meters)
  • Summit = 8,610 feet (2,624 meters)
  • Vertical = 2,280 feet (695 meters)
  • Average Annual Snowfall = 350 inches (9 meters)


  • A variety of on-mountain dining facilities, including mid-mountain and summit day lodges, as well as the new Zephyr Lodge
  • Ski & Snowboard School for children and adults
  • Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Center offering 35km of groomed and tracked trails (includes track, skate, snowshoe and Telemark)
  • Two rental equipment shops (Village and mid-mountain)
  • Two demo centers (Village and mid-mountain)
  • Complimentary on-site shuttle service
  • Licensed childcare for kids ages 2+ (license no. 293610610)
  • Village at Northstar™ featuring unique shops and restaurants, bars, grocers, overnight ski storage, locker room, two movie theaters and WiFi Internet access
  • Apex Bungy trampoline
  • Experiential opportunities including candle, mosaic, teddy bear making and pottery painting
  • 9,000 square foot outdoor skating rink (ice skating in winter; roller skating in summer)
  • On-site gas station
  • Recreation Center with outdoor heated lap pool, outdoor spas, saunas, fitness center and teen center (for Northstar Resort lodging guests only)
  • Lift-accessed tubing hill
  • More than 5,000 square feet of on-site, year-round conference and banquet facilities with experienced event planners
  • State-of-the-art Snowell tuning facility for skis and snowboards
  • Day storage lockers and complimentary overnight ski and board check
  • Largest snowmaking system of any resort in North Lake Tahoe covering more than 50 percent of Northstar Resort’s 100 trails


  • More than 220 on-site lodging units for rent through Northstar Central Reservations, 1.800.GO.NORTH (466.6784). Accommodations range from condominiums to hotel-style units, to spacious mountain homes with some ski-in/ski-out rentals available.
  • All Northstar Resort lodging guests receive access to the Recreation Center featuring a lap pool, spas, game room, sauna and health club for a small fee.
  • New 1-4 bedroom luxury condominiums in the new Village at Northstar available to rent through Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging.
  • New 2-3 bedroom luxury condominiums available to rent through Hyatt Residence Club.
  • Situated at mid-mountain at Northstar, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe features ski-in/ski-out access, mountain valet services, Manzanita, the resort’s signature restaurant created by renowned San Francisco celebrity chef Traci Des Jardins, and a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center. The year-round resort property includes 170 guest rooms, 23 private Ritz-Carlton Residences and Ritz-Carlton Club fractional ownership units.

Photo Credit: Corey Rich



Skiable Acres: 3,170 Trails: 100
Vertical Drop: 2,280 ft (695 m) Beginner: 13%
Elevation (Summit): 8,610 ft (2,624 m) Intermediate: 60%
Elevation (Mid-Mtn): 6,800 ft (2,073 m) Advanced: 27%
Elevation (Village): 6,330 ft (1,929 m) Longest Run: 1.4 miles, Logger’s Loop
Winter Season: Mid-Nov. to Mid-April Gladed Tree Skiing: 7 trails, 600+ acres
Avg. Annual Snowfall: 350 in (9 m) Gate-Accessed Advanced Terrain: 347 acres (Sawtooth Ridge, White Rabbit)*
Avg. Daytime High: 43°F (6°C) Nov. – April Lifts: 20
Avg. Overnight Low: 21°F (-6°C) Nov. – April Gondolas: 2 (1 express, 1 pulse)
Snowmaking Coverage: 50% (largest snowmaking system in N. Lake Tahoe) Six-Pack Express: 1 (chondola)
On-Mountain Dining: Mid-mtn, Summit, Zephyr Lodge, Ritz-Carlton Quad Express Chairs: 7
Snow Tubing: Lift-accessed Quad Fixed-Grip Chairs: 1
Child Care: Licensed (ages 2+) Triple Chairs: 2
Overnight Ski/Board Check: Yes Tow/Surface Lifts: 2
Ski & Snowboard School: Yes Magic Carpets: 5
Tuning & Repairs: Yes Uphill Capacity: 34,799 skiers per hour
Cross Country Skiing: 23.7 km
Snowshoeing: 32.5 km
Telemark Skiing: Yes  
Fat Biking: Yes
Terrain Parks & Pipes
Terrain Parks: 8 Fun Parks: 1 with Terrain Features
Pinball: medium & large Magic Moguls: small
Moonshine: small Adventure Parks: For kids
Burton Progression Park: small & medium Jib Park: small
The Straits Park: large Upper Mineshaft: small
Pipeline: large Accolades: #7 Pipes, #8 Parks, #8 Overall Resort
The Stash: small, medium & large Terrain Park Designer: Snow Park Technologies (SPT) & Northstar Terrain Parks
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