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About Us


From a self-titled "Timber Farm" to one of the finest mountain resorts in North America, the story of Northstar California began nearly 40 years ago in the historic lumber town of Truckee, California whose winter sport traditions date back to the 1890's.

Northstar is now a year-round destination resort attracting hundreds of thousands of ski/snowboard and mountain biking enthusiasts each year. And, we are proud to be called home to the largest snowmaking system on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, one of the nation's top ski/snowboard

terrain parks, new base village area offering 35 shops and restaurants and the largest mountain bike park in northern California.


  • The demo equipment shop in the Village at Northstar expanded in time for the 2010-2011 winter season.
  • All Fired Up! Pottery making studio will makes its debut, joining the exisiting 35 shops and restaurants in the 150,000 square foot Village at Northstar.
  • New rental equipment including K2 skis, Burton snowboards and Dalbello ski boots available in the rental shop, and Rossignol cross-country ski equipment available for rent by cross-country skiers.
  • Offered skills clinics for advanced skiers and riders focused on maximizing enjoyment of Northstar's one-mile long tree skiing trails on The Backside and Lookout Mountain.
  • For the first time, Northstar served as host to a Nordic SuperTour event, the premiere cross-country race series in North America.
  • Vail Resorts acquires Northstar, expanding its collection of premier North American mountain resorts.


  • Situated at mid-mountain at Northstar, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe opened December 9, 2009 featuring ski-in, ski-out access, mountain valet services, Manzanita, the resort's signature restaurant, and a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center. The year-round destination includes 170 guest rooms, 23 private Ritz-Carlton Residences and 25 Ritz-Carlton Club fractional ownership units.
  • The Highlands Gondola, a fixed grip pulse gondola featuring 8 passenger cabins provides a direct connection between the Village at Northstar and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, located at mid-mountain at Northstar.
  • The Bear Paw double lift accessing the resort's beginner teaching area was replaced and realigned. The new fixed grip quad chairlift - The Big Easy - provides ski-in, ski-out access to and from The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe from the mid-mountain area of Northstar and greatly improves access to Northstar's beginner teaching terrain.
  • Northstar's beginner teaching area was expanded and redesigned to include more of the sculpted terrain Smart Terrain that the resort has successfully demonstrated helps improve the learning curve for beginning skiers and snowboarders.
  • New snowmaking was added to the beginner teaching area of the mountain, allowing for ski-in/ski-out access from The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, as well as improved early season conditions for those learning to ski and snowboard. This adds to Northstar's already extensive snowmaking system.


  • In advance of the summer 2008 season, Northstar's mountain bike trail crew constructed a jump park and a new beginner trail from the top of the gondola to the Village at Northstar, providing trails for all levels of rider.
  • Northstar invested more than $13 million in on-mountain improvements for the 2008.09 winter season. Improvements included the extension of ski trails and the express quad lift on Lookout Mountain — one of the areas of the resort offering advanced ski terrain — new snowmaking systems, tree thinning to make for improved glade skiing, increased lift capacity, and the widening of the ski area boundaries, increasing the resort's total skiable acreage by 414 acres to a total of 2,904 acres.
  • Lookout Express lift was extended 2,246 feet and renamed "Martis Camp Express" for the 08.09 winter season.
  • The Northstar Lodge, Hyatt Residence Club, located in the Village Walk area of the resort, opened the first phase in December 2008.
  • A four year, $55 million dollar project, the Village at Northstar was completed with the addition of restaurants and retailers including Baxter's Bistro & Lounge (now Tavern 6330'), The Chocolate Bar, EuroGelato and the Northstar Logo Company.


  • In June 2007, the Northstar Mountain Bike Park came back bigger and better than ever before. With more than 100 miles of trails, new trails and trail segments, skills development areas, a full-time trail crew and the introduction of LiveWire, Northstar's first signature mountain bike trail, riders couldn't get enough.
  • During the summer of 2007, the resort also offered free scenic chairlift rides for sightseeing and hiking, which were hugely popular.
  • Construction of Village Walk, the third phase of Village construction began during the summer of 2007. Upon completion, Village Walk will contain 137 units (34 town homes and 103 condominiums).


  • The summer of 2006 saw the groundbreaking for The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe, located at mid-mountain at Northstar. The Ritz-Carlton Highlands will be Lake Tahoe's first five-star luxury hotel.
  • In conjunction with Burton Snowboards and Snow Park Technologies, Northstar's terrain park crew constructed The Stash during the summer of 2006 – a first-of-its-kind run containing features made of materials that are natural to the area. The run combines park riding with backcountry feel and features for all levels of riding.
  • In October 2006, Northstar's first six-pack express chairlift, the Tahoe Zephyr Express opened. At the time, it was the only lift of its kind in the United States – a "chondola" containing both chairs and gondola cabins.
  • During the 2006.07 winter season, the second phase of village construction was completed. This phase included additional luxury accommodations and 40,000 square feet of retail space.


  • The first phase of the Village at Northstar opened during the 2005.06 season and included three buildings and 60,000 square feet of commercial space that offered a variety of shopping options, galleries, cafes and restaurants all centered around a Village Plaza complete with a 9,000 square foot skating rink.


  • The Clocktower building at the base of the mountain was deconstructed in May 2004.


  • The Superpipe was moved from Pioneer to Lower Dropoff.
  • The terrain park crew dramatically increased the number of features and added signature rails and fun boxes that were accessed off the Vista lift during the 2002.03 season.


  • Lookout Express lift and snowmaking on the terrain accessed by the lift began during the summer of 2000.
  • Homerun, a new run off Boondocks to the homes at Big Springs and the parking lot, was cleared.
  • The North Lookout area was renamed "Lookout Mountain" and opened during the 2000.01 season.


  • Northstar received county approval for the North Lookout lift and runs during the summer of 1999.
  • Booth Creek signed a letter of intent with East-West Partners to develop Northstar's real estate.


  • 25th anniversary season.
  • Snow tubing was added under the Echo lift.
  • Cat tours were offered on North Lookout.


  • Fibreboard sold the resort group to Gillett in the summer of 1996.
  • Vertical Improvement Lessons and free advanced lessons were introduced during the 1996.97 season.
  • Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc. acquired Trimont/Northstar in December 1996.


  • The Big Springs real estate development began the summer of 1995. Forty-four lots in Phase I were all sold by November of that year.


  • The Forest lift was replaced with a Doppelmayr Express Quad and renamed "Vista Express" lift during the summer of 1994.
  • The title to Northstar property passed from Fibreboard to Trimont during the summer of 1994.


  • The resort began to allow snowboarders on the lifts during the 1988.89 winter season


  • Originally known as “Timber Farm,” the mountain was acquired by Georgia Pacific.
  • Named "Northstar Resort"
  • The ski resort opened operations in December 1972.

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