Northstar California Resort Fast Facts



The combination of relaxation and exhilaration is what draws many of us to skiing and snowboarding. Northstar California, celebrating its 50th anniversary this winter, 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, awe-inspiring 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. 


Mountain Stats

Base Elevation 6,330 feet  / 1,929 meters
Vertical 2,280 feet / 695 meters
Top Elevation  8,610 feet / 2,624 meters
Skiable Terrain 3,170 acres 
Terrain Type (beg/int/adv) 13 percent / 60 percent / 27 percent
Trails 100
Terrain Parks 8
  Riglet Park (extra small, kids 6 and under)
Playground (extra small)
Forerunner (extra small)
Sidewinder Burton Progression Park (extra small)
Lil' Stash (small)
Moonshine (small)
Pinball (medium)
Pipeline (large)
Halfpipes (Large. Two 18-foot pipes and one mini-pipe)
Total number of lifts 20
  Two gondolas (one express, one pulse)
Two six-pack express
Six quad express chairlifts
Two triples chairlifts
One fixed-grip quad chairlift
Two surface lifts
Five Magic Carpets
Total Uphill Capacity/Hour  34,799 guests per hour
Longest Run 1.4 miles / 2.09 km
Snowmaking Largest snowmaking system of any resort in North Lake Tahoe, covering more than 50% of Northstar’s 100 trails
Mountain Resturants Michael Mina's Bourbon Pub Northstar

Summit Smokehouse


Zephyr Lodge


The Lodge at Big Springs


Après Alley


Rink Bar


TC's Pub


The Overlook


Cabana Bar


White Rabbit


Copper Lane Café




Euro Snack




Ritz-Carlton Dining


Rubicon Pizza Company




Los Arcos


Fun Facts

  • Nine 1-mile long (1.6 km, 220 acres) advanced runs on The Backside
  • Lookout Mountain – 443 acres of advanced terrain; opened January 2001
  • 374 acres of gate-accessed advanced terrain (Sawtooth Ridge + White Rabbit) open for experts when conditions permit
  • 7 advanced gladed runs: The Camp Glade, Sugar Pine Glade, Monument Glade, Comstock Glade, Rendezvous Glade, Lookout Glade and Sawmill Glade
  • Expanded beginner teaching area featuring sculpted Smart Terrain™ that the resort has successfully demonstrated helps improve the learning curve for beginning skiers and snowboarders.
  • Average Annual Snowfall = 350 inches (9 meters)

Facilites and Amenities

  • A variety of on-mountain dining facilities, including mid-mountain and summit day lodges, as well as the new Zephyr Lodge
  • Ski & Snowboard School for children and adults
  • Cross-Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center offering 35km of groomed and tracked trails (includes track, skate, snowshoe, Telemark, and fat tire bike)
  • Two rental equipment shops (Village and mid-mountain)
  • Two demo centers (Village and mid-mountain)
  • Complimentary on-site shuttle service
  • Village at Northstar™ featuring unique shops and restaurants, bars, grocers, overnight ski storage, locker room, and two movie theaters.
  • Apex Bungy trampoline
  • 9,000 square foot outdoor skating rink (ice skating in winter; roller skating in summer)
  • On-site gas station
  • Recreation Center with outdoor heated lap pool, outdoor spas, saunas, fitness center and teen center (for Northstar Resort lodging guests only)
  • More than 5,000 square feet of on-site, year-round conference and banquet facilities with experienced event planners
  • State-of-the-art Snowell tuning facility for skis and snowboards
  • Day storage lockers and complimentary overnight ski and board check
  • Largest snowmaking system of any resort in North Lake Tahoe covering more than 50 percent of Northstar Resort’s 100 trails


  • More than 220 on-site lodging units for rent through Northstar Central Reservations, 1.800.GO.NORTH (466.6784). Accommodations range from condominiums to hotel-style units, to spacious mountain homes with some ski-in/ski-out rentals available.
  • All Northstar Resort lodging guests receive access to the Recreation Center featuring a lap pool, spas, game room, sauna and health club for a small fee.
  • New 1-4 bedroom luxury condominiums in the new Village at Northstar available to rent through Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging.
  • New 2-3 bedroom luxury condominiums available to rent through Hyatt Residence Club.
  • Situated at mid-mountain at Northstar, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe features ski-in/ski-out access, mountain valet services, Manzanita, the resort’s signature restaurant created by renowned San Francisco celebrity chef Traci Des Jardins, and a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center. The year-round resort property includes 170 guest rooms, 23 private Ritz-Carlton Residences and Ritz-Carlton Club fractional ownership units.