Check out the Unofficial Guide to Northstar for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 




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West Ridge - March 3, 2011




Further down the West Ridge - March 3, 2011




Luggi's (off West Ridge) - March 3, 2011




East Ridge - March 3, 2011



Tonni's (off the East Ridge) - March 3, 2011




Drifter (back side) - March 3, 2011



Trail Map
Trail Map


(updated for 2011/12 season to include new terrain - click for larger version)
(updated again by someone else - larger version was not working)

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A variety of lodging options include hotel rooms, studios, lofts, condominiums and private homes.

Extra person charges may apply 

$230 and up





Village Real Estate 

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Known more as a family ski area than its Lake Tahoe neighbors, Northstar-at-Tahoe is a very well-rounded resort with plenty of terrain to keep all skill levels happy, as well as a host of off-mountain activities to keep non-skiers and snowboarders smiling all day long. Northstar's strengths are its wide-open, cruising terrain (perfect for intermediates), accessible tree skiing, quality terrain parks (Shaun White's new training grounds), and most notably its protection from the notorious Tahoe wind. With quality snow and above average weather, Northstar is usually a safe bet for good conditions on questionable days.

Snow making percent50%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet5
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad7
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Total number of lifts
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park7
Trails-6-Half pipe22 foot on Cat's Face
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run1.4 mi
General-Base elevation6,330 ft (1,929 m)
General-Vertical drop2280 ft. (695 m)
General-OwnerVail Resorts
General-Mountain rangeSeirra Nevada
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access347 acres
General-Total area in bounds3,170 acres
General-Snow making coverage50%
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Awesome snow making and grooming. Very Friendly. Varied terrain. Excellent Trees. Great Park. Wonderful hiking for fresh powder (when it happens!)

Cons: No double blacks. Not enough bumps. Parking

Northstar is a great area if you don't need adrenaline rush steeps. The Martis Camp chair and Backside chair offer good advanced terrain. The White Rabbit area and Sawtooth Ridge of a great off piste experience as do the many glades that have been set aside for off piste skiing. The food is excellent. Northstar is a great place for a family ski vacation. If you haven't been for a while, you will be surprised by what it has grown to be.


Pros: open when others are on windhold

Cons: wants to be Vail or Aspen.

It's nice. Just nice.


We have season passes to Squaw, Heavenly, Nsatar/Sierra and Heavenly and Kirkwood, We bought the Nstar passes because a) +1 is a low intermediate and loves it, b) I wangled thepasses at about $US200 each to ski spring 2010 free + 2010/11, c) we're there only 5 days and d) chances are SV will be on windhold. I turned down an offer to 'try' a condo for a week free with 'rights' to a 'mountaintop' club house. Its not a place I'd commit too. Wants to be 'exclusive' but then it wants normal people who get crowded dining areas with very ordinary self-serve  fast-food.

My favorite Tahoe resort, Northstar is fantastic.  The skiing is great, snow making is great, village is great.  It doesn't get much better than Northstar.


Pros: Great terrain parks, awesome tree skiing.

Cons: So...many...chinese...people. And it isn't called flat-star for nothing.

Awesome terrain parks, and great tree skiing. But, It gets very crowded, and like I said, It's not called, flat-star for nothing.


Pros: Family

Cons: Conservative

Northstar's a great place for families with kids.


Cons: the mountain is flat

I'm sure I'm biased here and this could be a great resort for amateur skiiers or those learning to tackle more blue runs. I have never enjoyed Northstar much for the lack of challenging runs and the crowds are too much to handle.


The last time I was there a drunk 15 year old kid knocked me off the chair while we were loading, leaving me in a snowbank under the chair. Obviously I wasn't too happy about that.


Needs some crowd control!


Pros: Amazing Park, Killer Trees, Some Amazing Secret Sweet Spots, World Class Grooming, Some Great Off-Piste Opportunities, Village is pretty awesome, HUGE

Cons: Not the most challenging terrian, Crowded, "Chic", No cornices, No rock chutes, Way too expensive

I work as Mountain Safety / Patrol at Northstar, its my home mountain, great trees, no wind holds, 15 minutes from my house. 


Some advice to anyone going, if the snow is any good, get the hell off the runs and go exploring. Northstar is huge (doesn't seem like it on the runs but it is). Go find some boundry lines and I will guarantee that you will enjoy yourself. If the snow is bad, stick to the runs and go irresponsibly fast, just not in the slow zones please...