Northstar ski resort will open 24 trails |

Northstar ski resort will open 24 trails

Northstar-at-Tahoe will open for winter operations this Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8:30 a.m. with top to bottom skiing/riding on 24 trails for all ability levels.

The mountain will open five lifts, including the gondola to transport guests to mid-mountain and the Arrow Express and Comstock Express lifts to take skiers and riders all the way to the top. The Bear Paw lift will access gentle terrain for beginners, while the terrain park on Upper Main Street will satisfy skiers/riders’ quest for freestyle terrain. Additional terrain will open as snow conditions permit and Northstar has been making snow nightly. For opening day lift ticket prices visit

This season, Northstar patrons have a lot to look forward to, thanks to the addition of the Village Express, a new high-speed quad chairlift that has replaced the Echo triple chairlift. With the new Village Express, Northstar can transport double the guests to mid-mountain in half the time. Village Express is slated to open Saturday, Dec. 25.

Also new this season is the Village Plaza, which contains skier services such as tickets and season passes, overnight ski storage, Wi-Fi Internet connection, lockers and food and beverage outlets that include a deli, espresso bar and sports bar. The Village Plaza will also feature comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, fire pit gathering areas, a barbecue and seven large flat screen televisions.

As another added convenience for guests, Northstar has added two new traffic drop-off zones at the entrance to the Village. One is designated for private vehicles and the other for buses and shuttles. Private vehicles can pull into the drop-off area, unload their guests and ski gear with the ConSKIerge and go park the car. This will alleviate guests having to schlep their gear from the parking lots across Northstar Drive.

With the Farmer’s Almanac and El Nino rumors coming to fruition, this season is one that skiers and riders can’t afford to miss. Now is the time to purchase a Double Whammy Season Pass starting at just $299 for adults, $249 for young adults and $79 for children.

For more information about Northstar-at-Tahoe visit or call 1-800-GO-NORTH.

The holidays and long weekends are upon us and North Lake Tahoe ski resorts continue to open with access to some of the best snow in the country.

Alpine Meadows will be offering daily skiing and snowboarding beginning this Friday, Nov. 19, and Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Bowl Ski Resorts follow with daily operations beginning Saturday, Nov. 20.

Mt. Rose/Ski Tahoe opened last week and is now open daily. While the East Bowl remains closed (and is scheduled to open for Thanksgiving) 90 percent of the main side is open, as well as the terrain park, starting at Lower Around the World, is open. Stay tuned for news on the Chutes opening. Diamond Peak’s opening day is Dec. 16. Homewood Mountain Resort will open as soon as conditions allow.

First-time skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes for a bargain this winter at North Lake Tahoe’s Learn to Ski or Board weekend, where $20 gets you an all-day beginner lift ticket, lessons and gear rental Dec. 4-5. For Learn to Ski Weekend or lodging package information, call 800-824-6348 or visit

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