EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Hard(ly) working at Northstar's new Zephyr Lodge
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Hard(ly) working at Northstar's new Zephyr Lodge

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I'm posting this from the Zephyr lodge at Northstar (on my mobile) where the food and drinks are free for the grand opening of the Zephyr lodge and Promise land Express.

Dwink Blevins err reviews
To be sen shoot ly

Circque. You shoulda been here. a6cd89f4-cd18-6d6d.jpg
post #2 of 27

I still can't understand why you ski at Northstar.

post #3 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

I still can't understand why you ski at Northstar.



194 (hic) trails marked yellow?

post #4 of 27

They love their work!

post #5 of 27

Did it feel like deja vu going in there?  Am I at Heavenly?

post #6 of 27

Putting aside the big picture argument...

 

Right now, considering the conditions in Tahoe, are you seriously asking this?
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

I still can't understand why you ski at Northstar.



 

post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bud heishman View Post

They love their work!



Yes we do! Missed you and your boyz today. 

beercheer.gif



Quote:
Originally Posted by JayT View Post

Did it feel like deja vu going in there?  Am I at Heavenly?



Yes!  They are using Heavenly as a model which is quite nice and laid out well.

Oh, and the bathrooms are nice, but not as nice as Snowbasin. biggrin.gif



Quote:
Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

I still can't understand why you ski at Northstar.


I don't expect you to understand.......just saying.cool.gif

How's the snow up in your neck of the woods?

 

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by JayT View Post

Putting aside the big picture argument...

 

Right now, considering the conditions in Tahoe, are you seriously asking this?
 



 


Shhhhhhhh!

Don't give away our secrets!!!

Repeat after me..............  Northstar sucks

 

 

 

But seriously, The new lodge is nice and they did a great job with the grand, including free food and beverage for a bit in the morning.  

I highly recommend the cinnamon rolls.

 

The Bar at Zephyr Lodge has some interesting original options that you should really try.

My recommendations are a bit torn between the Pimms Royal (Sparkling Wine, Pimms No1, cucumber spear) Blackberry Sage Smash(Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Blackberries, sage and lemon Juice) and the S'More Snow (Firelit Coffee Liqueur, Absolute Vanilla, Hot cocoa and whipped cream)

 

 

post #8 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by bud heishman View Post

They love their work!



And we work the love. wink.gif

 

As TC said, we were able to attend the ribbon cutting festivities for the new new Zephyr Lodge. We were able to experience some of Zephyrs great new entrees from the asian fusion chef including the beef and shrimp stir fry dishes with just enough tang to know these weren't just portion control and prepackaged a week prior. And as TC said the awesome cinnamon rolls...and I really don't like cinnamon rolls, and these were great cinnamon rolls..a must to try. Along with the drinks TC mentioned, I really like the Beefy Mary with it's beef Jerky and customary salad sticking out the top of the glass (not plastic cup) and my other favorite was the Zinger which consisted of Lime Vodka, Ginger Beer and Lime Juice...this might be the drink of choice at the beach come Mothers Day. 

 

Oh..to why we ski Northstar?...it is the best game in town right now, shoe me where the skiing is better right now around the lake, and we will be there. 

post #9 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

beercheer.gif


 

The Bar at Zephyr Lodge has some interesting original options that you should really try.

My recommendations are a bit torn between the Pimms Royal (Sparkling Wine, Pimms No1, cucumber spear) Blackberry Sage Smash(Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Blackberries, sage and lemon Juice) and the S'More Snow (Firelit Coffee Liqueur, Absolute Vanilla, Hot cocoa and whipped cream)

 

 


They have Pimms at the Zephyr Lodge?  The last time I had Pimms was in the middle of nowhere outside of picturesque, hedgerow-y Manchester, UK.  Lilabear would approve...

 

And to think I missed the gala by a few days...  Blast!

 

post #10 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by FairToMiddlin View Post


They have Pimms at the Zephyr Lodge?  The last time I had Pimms was in the middle of nowhere outside of picturesque, hedgerow-y Manchester, UK.  Lilabear would approve...

 

 

 

Mmmm, Pimm's

 

 pimms.jpg

 

That blackberry thingy sounds good, too ...
 

 

post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by FairToMiddlin View Post


They have Pimms at the Zephyr Lodge?  The last time I had Pimms was in the middle of nowhere outside of picturesque, hedgerow-y Manchester, UK.  Lilabear would approve...

 

And to think I missed the gala by a few days...  Blast!

 



 

We were thinking the same thing, about the timing of your visit and this opening...

We'll make sure to visit Zephyr Lodge when you're here next time, hopefully with Lilabear!!



Quote:
Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

 

Mmmm, Pimm's

 

 pimms.jpg

 

That blackberry thingy sounds good, too ...
 

 

Just a few short weeks and you'll have your chance to try them both!!

 

Now, do that gosh darn snow dance!!!
 

 

post #12 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

I still can't understand why you ski at Northstar.

Question: Why does Philpug love Northstar?

 

Answer: Well, duhhh

He spent his first 45 years on the slopes in Pennsylvania!!!

 

Fair to Middlin and I are in the same boat!


 

 

post #13 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

Question: Why does Philpug love Northstar?

 

Answer: Well, duhhh

He spent his first 45 years on the slopes in Pennsylvania!!!

 

Fair to Middlin and I are in the same boat!


 

 


So flat, and crowded feels like home?

 

post #14 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post


So flat, and crowded feels like home?

 



You just keep telling yourself that.   

Trust me when I say that I ski a lot of other places, but Northstar has some hidden gems that really shine.

As for crowded, perhaps on the frontside, but in the past year of skiing there I really don't recall any lift lines or crowded slopes other than holiday weekends, but holidays are crowded everywhere.

 

What I do recall is NO lift lines, waist deep powder in the trees, free refills and nothing on wind hold all of the season last year.

Meanwhile others who won't ski Northstar were pouting because the lift lines were crazy bad because most of 'their' mountain was on wind hold.

 

Yup, you're right, I'm lame and Northstar sucks!

post #15 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

Question: Why does Philpug love Northstar?

 

Answer: Well, duhhh

He spent his first 45 years on the slopes in Pennsylvania!!!

 

Fair to Middlin and I are in the same boat!

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

So flat, and crowded feels like home?


Yes, we like Northstar, we are not apologizing, rationalizing but more defending (this resort). This year, I would say that Northstar currently has more open than ALL the other Tahoe areas do..combined. I think they deserve the kudos at this point, they are trying harder to get more area open than anyplace else. 

 

Please note that we also do have a Squalpine pass for this season too but haven't even bee there with Northstar skiing so well. We will ski Alpine and Squaw (and Heavenly) when they start skiing as well but at this point...Why? 

 

post #16 of 27

This attitude towards Northstar is short sighted. Its big advantage compared to other north shore resorts is that it spins its lifts through the big storms. It certainly doesn't boast the terrain of Squaw and Alpine, but it has some fun stuff on the Backside and Lookout, and it stays open. When you show up in the parking lot at Squaw on a bluebird day immediately after a 4' dump and realize that the upper mountain is closed, and will be for 2 days, and the KT line extends past Red Dog, you can appreciate what Northstar can offer. And right now it is really the only game in town. We were there yesterday afternoon and it was amazing just how much was open; as Philpug said it is more than every other place combined. Having said that we commented yesterday that when we went hiking off the Zephyr lift in July there was WAY more snow on the ground then there was yesterday. The latest we've heard is maybe next Wednesday? Keep your fingers crossed.

post #17 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post



You just keep telling yourself that.   

Trust me when I say that I ski a lot of other places, but Northstar has some hidden gems that really shine.

As for crowded, perhaps on the frontside, but in the past year of skiing there I really don't recall any lift lines or crowded slopes other than holiday weekends, but holidays are crowded everywhere.

 

What I do recall is NO lift lines, waist deep powder in the trees, free refills and nothing on wind hold all of the season last year.

Meanwhile others who won't ski Northstar were pouting because the lift lines were crazy bad because most of 'their' mountain was on wind hold.

 

Yup, you're right, I'm lame and Northstar sucks!


I have spent about 30 of time at Northstar with employees and locals. I was there when Tahoe got 10 feet in 3 days. I have stood in line for 20 minutes at Marti's.

 

Don't give me the 1 season local routine.

 

post #18 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post


I have spent about 30 of time at Northstar with employees and locals. I was there when Tahoe got 10 feet in 3 days. I have stood in line for 20 minutes at Marti's.

 

Don't give me the 1 season local routine.

 



And compare that to lift lines at Squaw or Alpine?

Granted, Squaw, Alpine, and Sugarbowl have some incredible terrain that you won't find at N*, but I can find a way to have fun on some pretty interesting terrain at N* too.

 

I know my limitations as a 1 season local, but I have not experienced the things at Northstar that most others complain about.  Dunno, maybe I'm just lucky. th_dunno-1[1].gif

Maybe I'm just a hick from Michigan that know's how to appreciate mediocre at its best. rolleyes.gif

post #19 of 27

Took the words right out of my mouth.  The other thing some people don't get is that Lookout can be damn near empty sometimes on a powder day and you can get lap after lap of fresh - and on weekdays I've had the same experience even on the front side.  Did I wish overall it was steeper?  Sure, but on the other hand it's "flat" reputation can actually be a benefit because on the "steeper" terrain there's way less competition and it doesn't get tracked out nearly as fast.

 

I've had days where I drove up early to Alpine and talked to a few patrollers about what they expected to be open, and then left to head over to Northstar because I know all the lifts will be spinning.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by stephen1254 View Post

This attitude towards Northstar is short sighted. Its big advantage compared to other north shore resorts is that it spins its lifts through the big storms. It certainly doesn't boast the terrain of Squaw and Alpine, but it has some fun stuff on the Backside and Lookout, and it stays open. When you show up in the parking lot at Squaw on a bluebird day immediately after a 4' dump and realize that the upper mountain is closed, and will be for 2 days, and the KT line extends past Red Dog, you can appreciate what Northstar can offer. And right now it is really the only game in town. We were there yesterday afternoon and it was amazing just how much was open; as Philpug said it is more than every other place combined. Having said that we commented yesterday that when we went hiking off the Zephyr lift in July there was WAY more snow on the ground then there was yesterday. The latest we've heard is maybe next Wednesday? Keep your fingers crossed.



 

post #20 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JayT View Post

Took the words right out of my mouth.  The other thing some people don't get is that Lookout can be damn near empty sometimes on a powder day and you can get lap after lap of fresh - and on weekdays I've had the same experience even on the front side.  Did I wish overall it was steeper?  Sure, but on the other hand it's "flat" reputation can actually be a benefit because on the "steeper" terrain there's way less competition and it doesn't get tracked out nearly as fast.

 

I've had days where I drove up early to Alpine and talked to a few patrollers about what they expected to be open, and then left to head over to Northstar because I know all the lifts will be spinning.
 



 

We did just that last year.

Went to Alpine because we like to spread out love around, took three chair lift rides on Roundhouse(the only lift open), waited in huge lines at that one open lift, and decided to call it a day.

On our way out of the parking lot, Phil said, "hey lets see how Northstar is"

We hit Lookout, never had a lift line, and did lap after lap of untracked. 

We called it our Great F-ing day:

Fresh tracks, 

Free refills

Friends

Fun


 

 

post #21 of 27
Thread Starter 

Look who made the cut on the media video

post #22 of 27

I checked out Zephyr today for some lunch.  I have to say, when they first announced this I was a bit sarcastic about it, but now that it's there I really like having food / bathroom options there, and the view from the deck is nice.  The new Promised Land lift is also a much more convenient addition than I would have anticipated.  So overall, well done - I was dead wrong.

post #23 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

I still can't understand why you ski at Northstar.



ha ha try skiing squaw on a powder day, not so good any more and alpine doesnt even roll the lifts  and lets you know this at around 10 am. Sugarbowl does there best and northstar is wind protected gladed and the family crowd stays on the flat areas. Way better than homewood or diamond peak because of better lifts. Kind of a walk though

post #24 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post



You just keep telling yourself that.   

Trust me when I say that I ski a lot of other places, but Northstar has some hidden gems that really shine.

 

Yup, you're right, I'm lame and Northstar sucks!



The think that cracks me up T.C., is you act like those of us who have lived and skied in Tahoe for MUCH longer then you have, don't know about those hidden gems you speak so highly of. We also know about the lines at Squaw when the upper mountain is closed, we know that Alpine doesn't open sometimes because of avalanche danger, something Northstar has very little of. 

 

Promote N* all you want, just don't think you on to something new when you speak of hidden stuff.  

post #25 of 27

the reality is it all sucks right now in ca, i'm goinng to oregon after the xmas crowds and if the storm train keeps going

post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ske-Bum View Post



Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post



You just keep telling yourself that.   

Trust me when I say that I ski a lot of other places, but Northstar has some hidden gems that really shine.

 

Yup, you're right, I'm lame and Northstar sucks!



The think that cracks me up T.C., is you act like those of us who have lived and skied in Tahoe for MUCH longer then you have, don't know about those hidden gems you speak so highly of. We also know about the lines at Squaw when the upper mountain is closed, we know that Alpine doesn't open sometimes because of avalanche danger, something Northstar has very little of. 

 

Promote N* all you want, just don't think you on to something new when you speak of hidden stuff.  

I know I'm not as experienced as the "real" Tahoe locals, and I'm only a transplant. I also know that the gems I love about N* are well known by the lot of you. I think you missed my point that I readily admit I'm a transplant from Michigan which probably has an impact on my appreciation of the "less GNAR".

So I'll bow to your GNAR- ness and agree that I'm lame and I'll keep fooling myself about how much fun I'm having when I ski.
post #27 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post


I know I'm not as experienced as the "real" Tahoe locals, and I'm only a transplant. I also know that the gems I love about N* are well known by the lot of you. I think you missed my point that I readily admit I'm a transplant from Michigan which probably has an impact on my appreciation of the "less GNAR".
So I'll bow to your GNAR- ness and agree that I'm lame and I'll keep fooling myself about how much fun I'm having when I ski.


You also missed the point. I'm sure you have fun skiing or you won't do it. However saying stuff is "hidden gems" is funny. Anyway, Merry Christmas.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Hard(ly) working at Northstar's new Zephyr Lodge