As the winter months are behind us and summer is fastly approaching, Northstar California Resort is a go-to destination any time of year.

The mountain, which sits at 8.610 feet high located in Truckee in North Lake Tahoe, offers an array of winter activities along with golfing packages and mountain biking options during the summer to engage any type of traveler from the adventurous to the luxurious.

Northstar California Resort in Winter

Northstar California Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in Lake Tahoe.

Northstar Mountain receives 350 inches of snow annually and accumulates 50 percent of coverage from snowmaking. The mountain is rated as an intermediate ski experience with 60 percent of their trails being a “blue square.” Northstar offers riders long trails, glade skiing as well as various black diamond runs to keep it fun for skiers of all levels. With seven terrain parks situated throughout the mountain—some designed by pro snowboarder Shaun White—Northstar allows riders the chance to do tricks on pipelines and superpipes weather and conditions permitting.

Aside from downhill skiing, the resort offers snow tubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and telemark skiing. There is also a 9,000-square-foot skating rink located in the middle of the Village at Northstar, just another activitiy to keep you busy while visiting Northstar. 

Northstar California Resort in Summer

Not only does Northstar provide an adventurous 100-plus-miles of hiking and mountain biking trails—considered the most extensive lift-served mountain bike park in the Western U.S.—golfing at the Village’s 18-hole golf course and fly-fishing in the 10-acre-stocked reservoir are also enjoyable options during the summer.

Accommodation at Northstar California

Hotel, condominium and house rentals are available accommodations adjacent to Northstar and all are within walking distance to the gondola or mountain lifts. Northstar Lodging offers hotel-style rooms, lofts, studios, condos and homes to accommodate any size party.

There are also luxury villas located within Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging and slope-side options at Northstar Lodge by Welk Resorts. For an upscale retreat, Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is a luxurious option at Northstar.

Northstar Village

This open-cabana style pedestrian village is loaded with various restaurants and shops, a movie theater and many firepits among comfortable cabana seating positioned throughout to warm your feet after a long day on the mountain or get some vitamin D during the summer month. The laid back atmosphere enables travelers to relax while visiting Northstar making their experience complete. Paired with much entertainment scheduled throughout the year and snack and drink kiosks to unwind, Village at Northstar is the place to hang out in the late afternoons and early evenings of your visit. 

The Northstar village also features a skating rink for travelers to participate in either ice skating or roller skating depending on the season. Fun activities within the Village also includes a bungee trampoline to jump around in.

There are also centers to rent gear or demo equipment as well as lockers to store your stuff. 

complimentary shuttle makes getting to and from the Village exceptionally easy. Just call ahead, wait by the nearest shuttle pick-up and you will get where you need to go in no time.

Northstar Resort Lodging guests also have the opportunity to use the recreational center within the Village. For just $2 per day, enjoy the lap pool, sauna, tennis courts, health club and game room. Remember to bring your own towel to bypass the cost of renting one. Sign up for spa treatments and other holistic treatments to rejuvenate your body. The center provides the overall relaxation needed after an adventurous day on the mountain.

Northstar Village in Lake Tahoe, California
Northstar Village in Lake Tahoe, California

Family-friendly activities at Northstar Village

Northstar is a very family-oriented resort that becomes quiet early at night. For parents, take advantage of the many afternoon activities for children, while relaxing in the Village. And those without children, there are many taverns, bars and five-star restaurants to enjoy a night out. Ultimately, the mountain resort offers travelers a homey experience where they can take advantage of numerous ammenities and satisfy their adventurous calling no matter what time of year.

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