Pros: Friendly staff, Great Village, Awesome food, Versatile terrain, Fun off-piste
Cons: Crowded weekends
Northstar has definitely become my home resort. I live on the east coast but can't help but fly out for weeks at a time. It's become home. Mainly because of the friendly staff everywhere you turn. From instructors to food service to lift personnel and village shop employees you can always find someone with a smile that is willing to help. I've met some great fiends at the resort and will continue going back.
The one consistent thing I hear when I'm at Northstar is that it's got the best snow. On the lifts or just hanging out in the village that is always the general consensus from people no matter where else they've been skiing. Of course at times there is great snow elsewhere but in the times that others are lacking in snow, Northstar has surprisingly great snow. It's amazing how much they can keep open and in good shape even in times of drought or early season. Then of course when they do get some great snow they do a terrific job with grooming the right trails and the skiing off piste is absolutely amazing. There are tons of little spots to shoot in and out of along the trails or you can just ski the whole way down through the trees. Absolutely my favorite place to ski.
Weekends can get a little bit busy but not to the point of being obnoxious. In general the crowd at Northstar is rather friendly though so even on the busiest of days it is still enjoyable.
Just like any place, there are always ups and downs but overall, the experience at Northstar has always been terrific.