The Northstar Mountain Master Plan (NMMP) proposes new ski terrain, lifts, skier facilities and additional recreational opportunities as well as upgrades to existing ski terrain and facilities. It was developed using environmental principles and management strategies established in Northstar’s Habitat Management Plan (HMP), a resource management guide. The HMP was developed in collaboration with the local environmental community to conserve and enhance the natural resource values of Northstar lands while allowing for current and planned future land uses in a manner that is compatible with those values.
The NMMP proposes the following improvements:
- Lift access to the advanced terrain and gladed back country terrain located on Sawtooth Ridge, which will help diversify and balance the terrain choices available to resort guests.
- Approximately 300 acres of new ski trails accessed by seven new lifts. New terrain will offer diversity through proposed traditional and tree island trails as well as gladed tree skiing, and will be located on the eastern and western slopes of Mt. Pluto, the northeastern slopes of Sawtooth Ridge, and Lookout Mountain
- Improved quality of snow surface conditions through additional snowmaking coverage, further enhancing the resort’s snowmaking system with new and improved technological and energy efficiencies
- On mountain skier service site improvements to provide additional seating, restrooms, and enhanced food service
- Improved skier circulation within existing terrain through trail widening, skier bridges and existing lift upgrades.
An important component of the proposed NMMP is the resource management and enhancement of lands in the northwestern section of the resort that borders Sawtooth Ridge, public lands to the west and the Martis Valley, making it a significant protected area. This area will be managed using the HMP guidelines to conserve and enhance the natural resource values. Implementation of the HMP includes areas managed primarily for conservation over specific areas that lie outside resort infill areas, forest health enhancement measures that have been and will continue to be implemented, and additional measures, as appropriate, to mitigate impacts to biological resources that may be identified through the environmental review process.
Northstar wants to maintain its competitiveness as a resort destination by upgrading existing services, amenities and operations. This includes providing a better balance of skier amenities, improving lift technology, and increasing the variety and mix of recreational activities. This will be accomplished by implementing a plan that respects and adheres to the habitat and land use goals defined in the Northstar Habitat Management Plan (HMP).
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) examining the proposal has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) statutes and guidelines, and Placer County’s Environmental Review Ordinance. The EIR identifies feasible mitigation measures to reduce or avoid impacts, considers project alternatives, and evaluates the project’s potential to contribute to cumulative impacts in the region. Project entitlements and the Final EIR are tentatively schedule to be considered by the Placer County Planning Commission on January 5, 2017. More information is available on the Placer County website.
Master Planning Process
The Northstar Mountain Master Plan was developed through years of diligent planning and collaboration by Northstar and community stakeholders. The timeline below illustrates the evolution of the Northstar Mountain Master Plan.
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Northstar Mountain Master Plan Timeline
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