Drumroll please.......It's Northstar, California!! Shocker, right? If you've ever skied with me it was at Northstar. I love the diversity of this mountain, and at Northstar I'll ski more days than Squaw skiers, where they often close due to strong winds. Believe it or not it's also where I took my wife on our first date, at age 19. It sure has come a long way since the days of the blue roofed condos and subpar amenities - a LONG WAY. Come ski Northstar with me, and you'll agree.
Here's why Northstar is the best for families:
LOCATION: I wouldn't purchase a season pass anywhere but Northstar. Located closest to the town of Truckee out of all North Lake Tahoe ski resorts, getting there is a breeze. It's situated exactly in the center of Kings Beach and Truckee, a 15 minute drive, so you can feel free to just do a few runs, or hang out for the day. An added bonus, my main real estate office is located there in the Icon building, so you can stop in and I'll show you some amazing ski properties.
AMENITIES: The Village at Northstar is always humming with people from all over the globe. In the winter it's like a living, breathing thing, alive with excitement. People are ice skating, roasting marshmallows, watching music performances and soaking up the ever so common bluebird days in the warm Tahoe sun. The retail offerings in the Northstar Village are great, and Mikuni rolls up award-winning Sushi for the best on-mountain apre-ski in Tahoe. And if it's too blustery and icy to take your family on the mountain, Northstar's cinema has two showings a day.
"Even my advanced Squaw-skiing friends agree Northstar has the best amenities in California - hands down."
THE LODGING: Hey, if it's good enough for the Ritz it's good enough for me. In 2009 The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe opened and has really added an international flair and once again upped the game for on-mountain food choices with Manzanita and The Living Room. My other recommendations for lodging are The Village at Northstar and if on a budget, check out Hampton Inn in Truckee or the boutique- style Cedar House.
THE FOOD: Schaffers Camp cuisine and location at Northstar's summit will knock your boots off (literally - they have a dressing room complete with slippers and helmet hangers). I love popping in for a beer with friends just to get amped for the next run. You do need to be a member or guest of Tahoe Mountain Club - so let me know when I can take you there as my guest, really I love to do this. They have a french dip with rosemary au jus that's perfection on a cold day. Zepher Lodge is a great option too - here you can get a burger, salad bar, or asian noodle bowl.
THE RUNS: Boasting an even 100 runs, from The Big Easy to The Plunge, Northstar's terrain pleases both beginner and avid skiers alike. Not only is the skiing great, but when I want to ski, I can. Northstar doesn't close due to high winds and avalanches are nearly unheard of. Next time you ski Northstar, try out my favorite run, Burnout and on a powder day White Rabbit is killer. If you're a real estate buff like me, you'll also want to check out the ONLY true ski-in ski-out real estate in California. You'll ski right past these impressive properties if you take Home Run and The Glades.
Check out the winter trail map and website for Northstar California. Any questions about Truckee real estate? Call me at 530-941-9881
Thanks for reading my post on my favorite family ski resort in California, and I wish you a great winter. - Teddy