Northstar California Resort Winter 2023/24 Tip Sheet
Northstar California Resort Winter 2023/24 Tip Sheet
The combination of relaxation and exhilaration is what draws many of us to skiing and snowboarding. Northstar California is the perfect place to find that sense of calm, where the majestic trees in the Martis Valley and proximity to Lake Tahoe make it feel like home away from home. Fireside s’mores and hot cocoa with family in the Village, extraordinary mountain views, an average of 350 inches of annual snowfall, and decades' worth of history and traditions – all these experiences on and off the mountain add up, and they leave you with endless unforgettable memories that will have you daydreaming about this mountain getaway for years to come.
Terrain For Everyone: Explore Northstar California’s diverse terrain and trails on Mt. Pluto, an extinct volcano that last erupted more than two million years ago. Now it’s the perfect place for exploratory cruising with its moderate pitch, sweeping views of Lake Tahoe off the East Ridge trail, and wide-open runs that allow guests the chance to curate an on-mountain adventure that everyone will love. With more than 3,000 acres, families can progress together in family-designated learning zones, or for more advanced guests, explore over 400 acres of advanced terrain on Lookout Mountain, or test your legs on Logger Loop: the longest run at Northstar California, extending 1.4 miles. The truly adventurous among the bunch can ride bumps and glades on mile-long runs on the Backside or even defy gravity in one of the largest progression terrain parks in the country.
Cross Country Center: Visit the most stunning mid-mountain cross country center in the country, with 35 kilometers of scenic trails that are perfect for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking, and so more. Bring your family (and pack a camera) because the trails open up to views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding valley like nowhere else on the mountain. If it’s your first Nordic adventure, book a lesson and get a professional tour with best-in-class instructors. Best of all, access to this hidden gem is included with your Epic Pass!
Parking: Northstar will be implementing a reservation-based paid parking program at Village View and Lower Village Preferred Paid lots on weekends and peak periods, while the Castle Peak lot will remain free seven days a week, with no reservations required. For more information, visit the “Getting Here and Parking” page on our website.
Food and Beverage
VOUS: From first sip to last pour, Vous (short for Rendezvous – like the chairlift servicing Northstar’s East Ridge) is the brand new gathering spot for family and friends all day long, open 7 days/week from 7am-7pm this season. Featuring premium Lavazza coffee, sweet and savory breakfast offerings, and relaxing après with speciliaity cocktails after a fun-filled day on the mountain — VOUS is for everyone.
Wild Pine: Enjoy modern mountain fare and a family-friendly dining experience complete with hearty meals, shared plates, and signature cocktails every day from 11am – 8:30pm. Wild Pine features comfort food offerings like platters, sandwiches, and bowls made with a selection of proteins straight out of the rotisserie oven. Whether you’re looking for a place midday to refuel or look back on the epic day you had, sit down to relax with friends and family and enjoy a variety of offerings from the kitchen and bar.
TŌST: Join in on one of Northstar California’s most unique traditions returning this winter *Friday – Sunday all season long. Enjoy a glass of bubbly (or apple cider) with friends and family at Lake Tahoe’s only ski-up, mountain-view bubbly experience. Local tip: get in line by 1:30pm to partake in the 2pm tōst as glasses are first come, first served. Sparkling wine and light snacks are also available for purchase after the tōst, so kick back and enjoy the view for a while. *Days and times are subject to change pending conditions.
Music in the Village: Après the right way in The Village at Northstar. Grab a drink from Vous or the Cabana Bar, cozy up around a fire pit, and break out the ice skates while enjoying music from *2 – 5pm in The Village Friday – Sunday all winter long. *Days and times are subject to change.
Winter Wonders: Formerly known as Noel Nights, Winter Wonders is a week-long event in December that’s filled with festive fun like live music, ice skating, s’mores under the starry Sierra sky, and other family activities to celebrate the holidays!
Spring It On: Celebrate the end of ski season with a full weekend of activities that highlight the magic of spring in the Sierras, because it won’t just be the final turns in beautiful weather that will put a smile on your face. Whether it's braving the waters in the Pond Skim, cheering on freestyle competitors in fun costumes from the sidelines, all kinds of activities in the Village for the kids, or just enjoying the California sunshine on the slopes – the spring stoke will be at an all-time high!
Your Pass, now on your phone with the new My Epic app: New this season, the My Epic app with Mobile Pass and Mobile Lift Tickets is now available to download, allowing guests to use their phone as their ticket to the slopes.
Mobile Pass and Mobile Lift Tickets is a hands-free option for skiers and riders to use at all 36 of Vail Resorts’ owned and operated U.S. resorts for the 2023/24 season, with availability at Whistler Blackcomb to follow in future seasons. It allows guests to buy their pass or lift ticket online, activate it in the new My Epic app, put their phone in their pocket, and get scanned, hands free in the lift line using Bluetooth® technology designed for low energy usage to minimize the impact on a phone’s battery life. This season, to ensure a smooth transition, the company will continue to provide physical cards for passes and lift tickets to all guests. For guests choosing to use Mobile Pass this season, watch this video for some tips. The My Epic app also offers a range of guest-favorite features, including interactive trail maps with GPS location tracking, and mountain and resort alerts, including operational information like grooming updates, terrain status, snow reports and conditions.
**All scheduled dates are conditions dependent and subject to change