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Northstar California

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Address: 100 Northstar Dr, Truckee, CA 96161-4203
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+1 800-466-6784

For the modern family that prefers substance with a unique, laid-back...

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, incredible tree skiing and enough variety to challenge every level of skier (and world-class terrain parks to keep the kids busy). Those who come to Northstar know what they're looking for. Sometimes it's adventure, sometimes it's to learn, sometimes it's to relax in a welcoming place with family and friends. No matter what that experience is, they'll find it to be exactly the way it should be.

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Glad to return. I loved skiing here. I like it here better than Colorado! I can't wait to come back.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Jennifer J
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Glad to return. I loved skiing here. I like it here better than Colorado! I can't wait to come back.

Thank Jennifer J
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice resort with efficient rental system. Still surprised at the cost of Lucy tickets these days, but that's the same across the country. Food mid mountain was overpriced, but typical. The only thing to make note of was the traffic leaving the resort. Either go early before the lifts close or stay and have a beer. 2 lanes of... More 

Thank Lolly V
Park City, Utah
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Drove in from UT for President's weekend expecting big crowds and we were so impressed with the systems in place to handle the crowds and get everyone on the mountain. Northstar is a great mountain, stay in the backside for less crowds. Expect lots of snowboarders and super friendly people on the lift who were happy to give us tips... More 

Thank Jody A
San Diego, California
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62 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Northstar is our family's favorite ski resort in the Lake Tahoe region. There are lots of intermediate runs that are wide with wonderful views. Most of the chair lifts are at least high speed quads. On a windy day when the gondolas are closed at Heavenly, Northstar's are almost always open. The picturesque village at the base of the main... More 

Thank Photog4funn
Reno, Nevada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My very first time to North Star could not have been better. Terrain is awesome and all the lifties are super nice with great customer service. Ski Patroler Kody W. was great answering all my questions about the resort. I really felt like I knew where to go after talking with him. I will definitely get another season pass next... More 

Thank jfr0ck
Humacao, Puerto Rico
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been Alki get here for over 20 years , my favorite runs in North Tahoe. Family friendly, nice runs for all types of skiers Great village at the base and restaurants at mid and top of the hills.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed skiing here. Probably ideal for ski a week a year improvers / families rather than skiing die hards but some nice touches. Catering on the mountain fairly typically North American with burgers chilli and soup or some Asian noodle things on offer in most of the restaurants and Starbucks quality coffee but you can have a beer if you... More 

Thank Ali H
Sparks, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The resort is very nice beautiful great shops, great food, a nice movie theater. I would like to give it a five stars but traffic control at the resort is one of the worst I have ever seen out of any Resort they need to take lessons to control traffic and parking better.

Thank Thomas H
Hampton, Virginia
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215 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Northstar is a "small" mountain and all of the terrain can be skied in a single day. To me this is a mountain for retirees, great skiers who have dialed it back a few notches. It was also described to me as a "family" mountain. I can see this as a place that I will seek out when I'm retired.... More 

Thank snowbliss1
Mosman, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I skied here with my brother and a friend. My second time skiing in the US. We loved the Rapids run and on the last day we discovered the Stampede. Both awesome!

Thank IcyApple

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