Altitude: 1929 Meters

Northstar in short

  • Posh and quite expensive
  • Family-friendly
  • Modern infrastructure

Situated in northern Lake Tahoe, Northstar has been owned by Vail Resorts since 2010 and now presents itself as a glitzy, stress-free destination ski resort. Modern lift infrastructure, guaranteed snow and impeccably groomed slopes make this a popular destination for well-to-do families. The village at the base is chock-full of upscale accommodation including a five-star Ritz Carlton hotel.

Northstar caters to families and the parents that accompany them, with a range of options for pampering yourself. Indulge in a mountaintop glass of champagne accompanied by a decadent charcuterie board, or book yourself a spot for a mountaintop breakfast and first tracks in the morning. There is also a range of non-skiing activities on offer, including snowtubing, yoga, ice skating and a luxurious spa. Reno/Tahoe International Airport is a 40-minute drive.

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Alternate activities

Northstar also offers cross-country skiing, telemarking, snowshoeing, snowtubing, spa, yoga, ice skating, cinema, shops and live music in the village.

Restaurants and bars

There are a dozen bars and restaurants sprinkled throughout the village and slopes. Après-ski starts with free s’mores (roasted marshmallows on biscuits with chocolate chips) by the fire in the village. If you're looking for livelier nightlife later on, head to nearby Truckee.


Northstar puts the focus on families and the layout of the resort is very family-friendly. Childcare is available for children ages 2-6 and Northstar is renowned for the quality of its children’s ski lessons.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Northstar

Restaurants 19 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 5 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos - Concert hall -
Cinema 1  

 Ski school and ski lessons Northstar

No. of ski schools - Private ski lessons; -
No. of ski instructors - Ski lessons -
Area for beginners - Snowboarding lessons -
Ski lessons in - Cross-country skiing -

 Facilities Northstar

No. of hotels 11 Supermarkets 1
Total no. of hotel beds - Banks -
Total no. of beds -

 Tourist information for Northstar

Northstar California
+1 - 800 - 4666784

 Distances from Northstar

Railway station
Truckee approx. 10 km by bus
Reno/Tahoe Intl Airport approx. 70 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 3 km

 Northstar for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet -
Playground - Ski lift for children -
Merry-go-round -

  Leisure & sports activities Northstar

Public saunaFootpaths -
Fitness centreTorchlight descent -
Public solarium - Indoor ice rink -
Massage Outdoor ice rink -
Spa & wellness Curling -
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding -
Paragliding - Snowmobile tours -
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run -
Squash court -

Ski area
Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
Total slopes 132 (km)
Green slopes 25 km
Blue slopes 0 km
Red slopes 45 km
Black slopes 27 km
Off-piste 35 km
Lifts (14 )
Drag lifts 1
Chair lifts 10
Gondola lifts 3
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