Stayed here for 4 days in a condo in the Catamount Lodge. Flew in from Washington, DC. Booked the room through VRBO, not Northstar. Great location directly across from the gondola. Starbucks a few doors down. There is no housekeeping unless you stay for more than 6 nights or request it for an extra fee. Condo was roomy, modern and very well equipped kitchen, laundry and a huge bathroom. Ski lockers on first floor to store everything was great!
Overall Northstar is pretty expensive for what it is. We have stayed at several top ski locations in Utah and they were a far better value for the money. Dining options are expensive and a little limited. Do not bother eating at the lodge at the top of the ski mountain for lunch - very expensive, limited menu and bad food. The Zephyr at mid mountain is much better and offers everything you could want.
Nice mountain to ski - mostly blues and blacks so if you are truly a beginner skier you have somewhat limited options. Mountain is not that big and we skied pretty much everything in a few days. If you are skiing here for a week you would get a little bored if you like to try new slopes.
Lift operators were very friendly and all the ski patrol staff were very polite. Good mix of groomed and ungroomed slopes, wide and narrower slopes, moguls and a terrain park if you snowboard.
Fun activities in the Northstar village for kids - ice or roller skating depending on the time of year, bungee jump trampoline, ice cream, daily s'mores. Shopping options like Patagonia, Burton and Helly Hansen. Starbucks. Lots of seating with outdoor fire puts and 2 outdoor bars for post skiing drinks.
Main pool is near the check in building in the fitness center so it's about a 5 minute walk, depending on where you are staying in the village. Our building had a small outdoor hot tub but we opted for the larger one at the pool. Our building did have its own fitness center.
About 15 minute drive to Truckee for off site dining. Drunken Monkey was great for sushi and the restaurant 50/50 is great for kids and very reasonably priced.
Overall good stay for 4 days but there are lots of better skiing options elsewhere out West if you're not fixed on being in California.
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- Also Known As:
- Northstar-At-Tahoe Hotel Truckee
- Northstar At Tahoe Truckee