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When the temperatures drop and the snow starts falling, chances are you’ll find many of our Tahoe Signature Properties staff strapping on their skis (and snowboards) and heading to the hills—the slopes of Northstar Ski Resort, to be exact. A winter day on the slopes helps clear our minds, soothe our souls, and because its such a great workout, we can afford those extra desserts at the dinner table later! If this adventure sounds as heavenly to you as it does to you, this guide to skiing at Northstar will ensure your North Lake Tahoe visit is a dream come true!

The Mountain

The entire region of Lake Tahoe can be attributed to a single volcano, Mount Pluto, that erupted over two million years ago, creating the beautiful landscape that includes the Northstar Ski Resort. Offering lessons for both skiing and snowboarding, dining, and nine different terrain parks designed for all levels of skiers, it really is close to perfect. Take a refresher course if you haven’t skied in a while, or sign up for the beginners courses—they are divided into age groups so you don’t feel like a foolish giant in a sea of 7-year-olds—and start developing skills for your newest hobby.

The season generally starts in mid-November (November 29th was opening day in 2019) and ends in mid-April, allowing skiers nearly five months of snow fun! Offering 20 ski lifts and 100 trails for skiers of all abilities, your day in the snow promises to be an exciting and exhausting one that you won’t be able to wait to repeat! Season passes can be purchased online at the Northstar website but are not available for the 2019/2020 season at this time. A day pass, however, can always be purchased at the ski shop on the mountain (this is where you will rent your equipment) or online.

When hunger pangs strike, there are five different spots on the mountain where you can chow down as you warm up. Ranging from simple sandwiches and hot cocoa to fine dining with award-winning wines, there’s a taste for every budget and palate.

Our Winter Escapes Will Keep You Warm During Your North Lake Tahoe Visit

After a long day of schussing down the slopes and enjoying après ski with your ski partners, coming home to one of our Tahoe Signature Properties winter escapes will give you the perfect ending to another perfect day in our winter paradise. Reserve yours today and get ready for an unforgettable North Lake Tahoe visit!

If you’re coming up to the mountains, we expect you’re either skiing veterans or trying to become some! If you’re not familiar with this area, most of the ski runs are part of larger ski resorts. Here is our Lake Tahoe ski guide! These tend to be the most popular:

Northstar California

This is a popular sojourn for skiers for a bunch of reasons—the delightful architecture of the village and the variety of amenities are chief among these, but most important is the slopes themselves. The slopes are consistently well-loved. However, the prices here tend to be higher than many other spots. If you’re going for the ski resort experience, it’s a great spot, but there are equally fine places to look for cheaper access to wonderful pistes.

Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley was host to the 1960 Olympics, and its slopes still delight professionals and amateurs alike. It also includes a wide selection of shops—just in case you forgot anything! It has a wealth of different trails, so you can ski (or snowboard!) according to what suits your skill level and (ahem) inclination.

Alpine Meadows

Another ski resort, this place is perhaps the best of the three North Lake Tahoe options for those looking to skip the resort experience and focus on the slopes. There are fewer accommodations overall, but the terrain is comparable to Squaw Valley. The runs tend to be shorter, but Alpine’s ideal for beginner and most intermediates.

Tahoe Donner Ski Area

The Donner areas, including the downhill and cross-country areas, bring plenty of people to Truckee each year. The downhill area is great for beginners—there are shorter runs and instructors for hire. If you’re looking not to take the slopes so seriously, this is where you should come! Donner’s cross-country area is also highly rated thanks to the variety of terrain, all kept in good condition. Of all options here, the Donner ski areas tend to be the most reasonably priced.

Unequipped? Snow Problem!

The resorts themselves usually offer some equipment for rent. If you’re looking for a better deal though, check some places in town: Truckee’s Start Haus, Ski Butlers, and BlueZone Sports all sell goods that’ll get you set for the slopes. If you’re in North Lake Tahoe, check out our Lake Tahoe ski guide and see places like Tahoe Dave’s Skis and Boards or Alpenglow Sports.

Your Own Place in the Mountains

When looking for rentals in Lake Tahoe and Truckee, why not consider a Vacation Rental home or Condo? You certainly want to make the most of your trip to North Lake Tahoe&Truckee and choosing the best place to stay for your family is an important piece of the success of your trip. Hotels and Motels are expected to be crowded and offer limited amenities with little or no kitchen facilities.  Rather than stay at a hotel in Lake Tahoe, why not stay in a Lake Tahoe Rental house or condo for your trip.  Rental homes & condos offer more space, full kitchen amenities and all the comforts of home.  To view the Best Rentals in Lake Tahoe, or to Rent a Cabin in Lake Tahoe, visit Tahoe Signature Properties’ website at www.TahoeSignatureProperties.com Or call Tahoe Signature Properties’ Vacation Rental Hotline at 530-562-4242.