With capital investments surpassing $30 million throughout the past five years, Northstar California Resort is Lake Tahoe’s premier destination for guests in search of quintessential laid-back California luxury and style. Deemed the ‘Best Resort for Families’ by Outside Magazine and North Lake Tahoe’s top-ranked resort for 2015 by SKI Magazine, Northstar is a favorite among parents and children; and with accommodations exuding unparalleled mountain elegance – throughout The Village at Northstar as well as within slopeside-located Constellation Residences at Northstar, a Rock Resort and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe – Northstar continues to offer skiers the best of the Lake Tahoe experience.
State-of-the-art mountain investments have curated the perfect setting to unveil new experiences, innovative ski programs, refined culinary traditions, and elegant events during winter 2015-2016 – all of which echo Northstar’s indisputable penchant for casual sophistication.
tōst - Bubbles on the Slopes. Every Day.
Continuing for winter 2015-2016, Northstar will host tōst, the celebratory culinary tradition that redefines the art of the daily toast. Celebrating the mountains, Lake Tahoe and the tradition of toasting to friends and family, Northstar invites guests to raise their flutes and sip bubbles each day on the mountain at 2 p.m. Luxurious, whimsical and an ode to fun in the mountains, tōst invites guests to enjoy the authentic atmosphere found only at Northstar.
Mountain Table Features California-Sourced Cuisine
Epicureans are invited to discover the essence of Northstar’s laid-back California luxury through Mountain Table, the new mountaintop culinary experience at Northstar’s Zephyr Lodge, which features an entire menu of California-sourced ingredients. Offered twice monthly from December, 2015 through March, 2016 as well as special seating during the weekend of Valentine’s Day, each mountaintop dinner presents a feast for the senses which celebrates the best of California’s freshly-sourced produce, meats and seasonal ingredients; masterfully paired with regional artisan wines, craft beers, and distilled spirits. Dinner is served in Northstar’s Zephyr Lodge, which is renowned for its refined mountain elegance and unmistakable, panoramic view of the Sierra Nevada’s Pacific Crest through floor-to-ceiling windows. Each Mountain Table dinner will donate proceeds to one of North Lake Tahoe’s non-profit foundations.
Experiences for Families and Children
Terrain Based Learning 2.0
As the first resort to introduce Smart Terrain™ and terrain-based learning into instruction, Northstar will launch the next chapter of skiing’s most innovative instructional methodology in 2015-2016. Additional strategically-created snow enhancements – such as berms, gentle rollers and angled features – will offer improved focus on technique which guides skiers and riders to the next ability level.
“The concept behind Northstar’s terrain-based learning features is to provide a seamless, natural transition between beginner, intermediate, and advanced ability levels,” said Andrew Buckley, Northstar senior director of skier services. “Skiers and riders will be able to learn on subtly-sculpted snow features that help to steer them into the correct technique. The added snow features help to control speed and body position, which allows a guest to focus on a specific task. Once guests recognize the feeling of good technique, progression happens naturally and much more quickly.”
Enhanced terrain-based learning features can be experienced through the Northstar Kids’ and Adult Ski & Snowboard Schools, the Adventure, Guiding and Learning Center, and the Burton Learn-to-Ride Academy.
Progression Snow Park for Families and Kids
Northstar’s renowned terrain parks are constructed with masterful precision suitable for the world’s best athletes, including Northstar’s 2014 Olympic gold medalist, David Wise; and this winter’s new series of progression snow features will bring additional inspiration to budding terrain park skiers and riders. Catering to children and families, the new progression park features will offer a smoother, more refined transition between beginner, intermediate and advanced ability levels during Burton Learn-to-Ride instruction; and for families in search of the best features to enjoy together for a day on the slopes, the new progression features offer an ideal option.
Family Après Snow Play
New for winter 2015-2016, Family Après Snow Play offers an arena of interactive snow sculptures and features, fun kid-centric coaching and play with Northstar’s professional instructors, music and a festive atmosphere ideal for families and children. Located at The Village Overlook above the skate arena, the Après Snow Play area allows for additional activities during select weekends and holidays.
Holiday Tree Lights, Northern Lights and Noel Nights
Northstar California will usher in the spirit of the holidays commencing with the celebratory Tree Lighting Ceremony during the weekend after Thanksgiving Day. The tried-and-true family tradition invites guests to The Village at Northstar for kid-friendly activities, S’mores, sleigh rides, holiday music and the piece de resistance – the official lighting of the Holiday Tree.
Introducing Primo – Carte Blanche Access to Premier Services, Amenities, Adventure and Experiences
The new Primo Private Lesson invites guests to enjoy carte blanche access to the mountain – such as distinct privileges to exclusive on-mountain dining, detailed amenities and preferred access to Northstar’s recognized echelon of world-class instructors and guides.
“Our philosophy is that each guest has a unique vision of a perfect day in the mountains. The Primo tailors a day to the guest’s preference and whether it’s defined by superb ski instruction, a guided off-piste adventure tour, refined cuisine or a day at the spa, the options are limitless.”
“Whether guests are in search of a new adventure, a world-class, guided experience of the resort or looking to hone new skills, Primo invites skiers and riders to customize their day,” said Andrew Buckley, senior director of skier services at Northstar California.
The Primo Private Lesson begins with the Northstar Adventure, Guiding and Learning Center’s (AGL) concierge experts, where consultations are unique to each guest’s requests. From equipment assistance to guided tours, lessons, lunch reservations, spa appointments, childcare and beyond, Northstar’s concierge team works with each guest to create a seamless vacation experience of a lifetime.
From beginner through expert, skiing and riding is experienced with ease and convenience: guests receive first-class ski lift priority, slope access, dining privileges and preferential introduction to Northstar’s select team of world-class mountain guides and instructors.
Perfect Private Lessons with Custom Fit
New this winter, guests who reserve private instruction in advance are invited to Northstar’s Adventure, Guiding, and Learning Center (AGL) for a customized high-performance equipment fitting and a one-on-one consultation with Northstar’s team of performance equipment experts. Skiers and riders can visit during the après-ski hour the day before hitting the slopes, select an upgrade for high-performance equipment from Northstar’s state-of-the-art fleet and customize the fit – all while relaxing in AGL’s comfortable couches and connecting with some of the world’s most accomplished equipment experts.
New this season, the Northstar Cross Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center will be offering fat bike rentals and trail passes for use on the entire 30+km Nordic trail system. Rentals and tickets will be available daily starting in December (conditions permitting) and lessons and guided tours will be available for reservation by contacting the Cross Country Center at 530.562.3270.
Bay Area Discovery Partnership
Northstar California Resort and the Bay Area Discovery Museum will again partner to present the Snow Days of December.