Member Rating 3 out of 5 by cporter0 on December 8, 2003

The only thing that keeps Northstar from being just a ski area, not a resort, are the rental condos at the base.

Northstar is a small (by Lake Tahoe standards) area that is known for being very family-friendly and has a good ski lessons for the kids. A nice feature is the Parents Predicament lift ticket, which lets mom and dad trade off using the lift ticket while the other watches the kids. There is also a very nice snowboard park.

The mountain itself is not very challenging for upper level skiers, and I would rate most of their black diamond runs as only upper level intermediate.

There is food available at the base and at the quite nice mid-mountain lodge.

All-in-all, I would have to say that if you are staying on the south shore, as I prefer, it would not be worth the trip to Northstar. There are far closer and more fun resorts for a day trip. If you are staying on the north shore, or between here and Squaw, this is a nice, low key, family-oriented experience.

50 Trimont Lane / HWY 267 & Northstar
South Lake Tahoe, California, 96161
(530) 562-1330

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