Tahoe Ski resorts Reviews

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls Truckee, Lake Tahoe, California

The Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort

Pros

  • Ski-in/ski-out access and the world's only in-lobby gondola
  • Full-service spa on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi and heated underground self-parking
  • On-site perks include restaurants, shopping, and a skating rink

Cons

  • Rates increase (and decrease) depending on availability

Bottom Line

The four-pearl Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging offers direct access to Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort, with plenty of nearby upscale shopping and dining found via cobblestone streets. Housed in separate lodges in the quaint Village at Northstar, the spacious, luxe rooms include kitchens, surround-sound TV systems, and fireplaces. A heated pool, underground parking, and the beautiful mountain setting are added bonuses.The Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort However, it can be difficult to find a room here in winter, and rates may increase depending on availability.

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Ski-in/ski-out access and plenty of amenities draw families and ski junkies alike

The lodging of Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is located nine miles west of Lake Tahoe at the base of Northstar mountain and in the Village at Northstar.

Map of Northstar-at-Tahoe ResortLake Tahoe is one of the premier four-season destinations in the country, offering a beautiful combination of clear skies, heavy winter snows, and the blue lake waters backed by the picturesque Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tahoe is an outdoor-lover's paradise offering activities such as camping, fishing, kayaking, white-water rafting, rock-climbing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding.

With winter snow often measuring 300 to 500 inches annually, the ski resorts at Tahoe are among the most reliable and exciting in the country. Known for steep vertical drops, open bowls, and some challenging terrain (along with family-friendly runs), Tahoe's collection of ski resorts draws thousands each winter. Despite the snowy conditions, the area usually gets more than 300 sunny days a year. But because of the snow, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended here in winter.

The Great Bear Lodge Three Bedroom at the Northstar-at-Tahoe ResortLake Tahoe is divided across California and Nevada, with 70 percent in California. Because of this, Tahoe is generally spoken of as two distinct areas, North and South Lake Tahoe. South Tahoe is known for its gambling (which is legal in Nevada) and nightlife, while North Tahoe is generally quieter with more of a " mountain personality."

When traveling to the area there are some things to keep in mind: The elevation of the lake is more than 6, 000 feet, and the ski resorts surrounding the lake have runs that begin at 10, 000 feet. Be careful when engaging in physical activity before acclimating, which usually takes a couple days, as the thin air means the body will need to work harder.

Also, black bears have become a persistent problem around Lake Tahoe. They often break into parked cars and empty buildings looking for food, and are even sophisticated enough to recognize coolers and other signs of food by peering into windows. It's best to remove all food, toiletries, and anything else that may stimulate a bear's keen sense of smell from your vehicle while staying overnight at Tahoe. No locked door or window will stand up to a hungry bear looking for free Cheetos or a sandwich.

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