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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!

 We have to admit, there really isn’t a bad time to visit North Lake Tahoe, as every season offers something unique and special. Summer revolves around lake activities, spring offers promise and a quiet beauty, fall the trees help create a fiery landscape that takes your breath away. But winter? Winter is when we shine! Snow-capped mountains offer an icy beauty that never fails to stun. The sight of people going about their business in colorful clothing complements the snowy backdrop. These winter sightseeing ideas will help make your North Lake Tahoe visit as perfect as it can be—especially when you begin and end each day in one of our Tahoe Signature Properties winter escapes!

Get Out of the Cold and into One of These Great Museums 

The cold air is amazingly refreshing, but when you feel the need for a little warmth during your North Lake Tahoe getaway, popping into a museum is the only way to go! The Gatekeeper’s Museum, the Watson Cabin Museum, and Tahoe Maritime Museum, all in Tahoe City, are excellent examples of museums that explore and display the artifacts of historical Lake Tahoe.

Playing in the Snow

Winter activities like skiing and sledding are popular ones, but what about ice skating or even snow kiting? ALLll winter sports are popular here in North Lake Tahoe, including ice skating at Truckee Ice Rink, snow kiting (instructions and gear can be found at the Sierra Snowkite Center in Truckee), and midnight snowshoe hikes through the wilderness with Tahoe Adventure Company in Tahoe Vista.

Donner Summit Bridge

Explore more history during your stay with a visit to the Donner Summit Bridge. Built in 1924 and located on Old Highway 40 in Truckee, the magnificence of this manmade structure needs to be seen to be believed! For a moment of breathtaking contemplation, the scenic overlook is located just .3 miles west of the bridge; be sure your phones are charged and your cameras have enough battery capacity because you’re going to want to stay in this spot for a while!

Emigrant Trail Museum

Yes, we are taking you back to the museums, because quite frankly, the history of our town is as fascinating as the landscape is beautiful! The Emigrant Trail Museum gives guests a peek into the early days of the area and the troubles and turmoil early settlers had to suffer through. Learn about the infamous Donner Party, discover just how deep the snow was, and take a family picture in front of the Pioneer Monument. You’ll come away from this visit with a chilling understanding of how lucky we are today!

Comfort and Style on Your North Lake Tahoe Visit

When the sun sets on another perfect day in North Lake Tahoe, you’ll be tucked away all cozy and warm in one of our luxurious Tahoe Signature Properties winter escapes—perhaps the best part of your North Lake Tahoe visit! Reserve your stay with us today.