A long time training ground for some of the best snowboarders in the world, Northstar will serve as host to the second stop of the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding & Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix January 9-12, 2014. This Olympic team qualifying event will be televised on NBC, and will offer visitors the opportunity to watch first-hand as top freeskiing and snowboarding athletes compete for their spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic teams headed to Sochi, Russia in February. Events will include Snowboard Half Pipe, and new Olympic disciplines Snowboarding Slopestyle, and Freeskiing Half Pipe and Slopestyle.
With Northstar team athletes competing at their current levels, the expectation is that four members – Shaun White, Elena Hight, Chas Guldemond and David Wise – could represent the U.S. in Sochi in 2014.
The Big Springs Gondola received a complete makeover in advance of the winter season. Guests will now enjoy a comfortable ride to mid-mountain in refurbished cabins that feature new doors and windows, more cushioning in the seats, upgraded ski and snowboard racks that accommodate the newest technology, and a new exterior.
On the mountain, trail widening and tree thinning completed in the Promised Land ski pod over the summer will make for improved access to some of the resort’s most popular tree skiing and riding.
The PEAKS 3-day Advance lift ticket offers the most economical way to access Northstar all season. When purchased online at www.snow.com/lifttickets at least three days in advance, skiers and riders will receive the lowest price available for that day on lift tickets.
At Northstar, it’s all about progression. Regardless of age or ability, there are innovative lesson programs and varied terrain that cater to those who want to improve. From the new Ripperoo Riglet Park for snowboarders ages 4-6, to the one-of-a-kind Burton Snowboard Academy, traditional group lessons to the Ultimate 4, at Northstar you can customize your experience and make the most out of your time on the mountain.
Whether you’re looking for adventure in the backcountry, a guide to show you where to find the best snow on the mountain, or to learn or improve your skills, Northstar’s Adventure, Guiding and Learning Center offers advanced, one-on-one training. No matter if you’re just starting out or have more experience, at Northstar you’re sure to learn something new or simply build confidence.