Northstar California

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  • Luxurious and vibrant base village with plenty of dining options
  • Family-friendly
  • Some of the best intermediate terrain in Tahoe
  • Shuttle bus required from most parking lots to base area

Northstar California Ski Packages

Lodging Discount Price
One Village Place By Welk Resorts
27% off $660
Northstar Lodge By Welk Resorts
23% off $495

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Northstar is ideal for your luxury family ski trip to Lake Tahoe. On Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, Northstar has a modern mountainside skiers village with an ice-skating rink, bonfires, inviting outdoor couches, restaurants, wine bars, cafes, shops and après ski pubs, and for lodging stay at the Four Diamond on-mountain Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe at Northstar or stay on the Lake at the CalNeva Hotel or a Lake Tahoe condo rental.

Northstar California

Northstar CaliforniaHeavenly Mountain Resort
beginner16 %20 %
intermediate47 %45 %
advanced37 %30 %
expert-5 %
total runs100 97
ski area3,170ac 4,800ac
summit elevation8,610ft 10,067ft
total lifts20 28
child lift ticket$90 $80
adult lift ticket$152 $146
back country
value for money
average total snowfall281″ 256″

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Northstar California Reviews

Fabulous 4.3 / 5
based on 56 reviews

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Very Good!4.1 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Northstar California ReviewsRobert B.
advanced skier
Northstar California is a great resort to me. Last year was my first year and I loved how long the runs were. Most runs were groomed, if not, they would have it posted on there website. Love the accomodations and restaurants. I live on the Nevada / California border, so it’s a no brainer for me to come here, 30 minutes. Great views of Tahoe!... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Northstar California ReviewsMichael L.
intermediate skier
I grew up skiing this resort. I've skied most of the resorts in the Tahoe area and for the North side of the lake, Northstar is my favorite and in my opinion, far away the best on that side of the lake! Great runs, great atmosphere, great views, great resort!! Loved the village too!... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Northstar California ReviewsJj P.
intermediate snowboarder
if you're looking to progress your park riding game north start is the place to do it. they offer everything from extra small features all the way up to extra large features with everything in between! go get ya jib n jump on!... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Northstar California ReviewsJohn C.
advanced snowboarder
Top notch operation. While some might not care for the lack of steeps and cliffs, the great tree skiing, lack of wind closures, and unique terrain parks and features more than makes up for it. The Village is a great place to have drinks at the end of the day.... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Northstar California ReviewsRichard A.
intermediate skier
Took my family there it had great ski school lodging was excellent right by the ice skating nice fire pits for just relaxing great groomers great beginner slopes lift lines moved quickly... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Jan 14, 2019
Northstar California ReviewsNicholas R.
advanced skier
NorthStar California is Amazing! I learned to ski when I was 3 years old at northstar, from childhood memories through adult memories northstar has always been one of my favorite resorts. The friendly staff and professional take on the resort is extremely appealing, and with the introduction of vail resorts it has only gotten better. From lovely... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Northstar California ReviewsNicholas L.
intermediate snowboarder
Great overall resort with excellent park and apres village. Good for families with young kids as well. Only cons of resort are parking issues and lack of big mountain steep terrain.... More
Good!3.7 / 5Nov 20, 2018
Northstar California ReviewsKyle K.
advanced snowboarder
A classic ski resort with miles and miles of runs, getting lost in the powder is easy to do here. The crowds tapper off as you get depper into the resort but the lines can be long.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 08, 2018
Northstar California ReviewsRobert T.
expert skier
Love this place. The skiing is great and the Lake Tahoe views are amazing. If you ski in Lake Tahoe this is a must!! Two feet of fresh powder last year made it one my best ski days ever.... More
Superb!5 / 5Apr 30, 2018
Northstar California ReviewsMaciej U.
expert skier
there was the most and best quality of snow. They did a great job of opening up what was covered and good at closing off what wasn't ready yet. I Still my sentimental favorite as I ski at a lot of different resorts nowadays. If your going to "ski" and want the best chance of the most and highest quality snow.... More

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