The search is over, this is THE PLACE. Not perhaps the Big Horn specifically, but just the whole Tahoe Mountain Resorts program, impeccable.
We visited in January 2014 and had an incredible time. Upon check-in, and throughout, the staff were all extremely courteous and helpful and our room was ready hours ahead of schedule (perhaps attributed to the fact that business was slow post-New Years and with only scant snow, nonetheless, we were impressed). The underground parking too, forget about the rat race outside clamoring for an up close parking place, just use your room card a 'voila, a private underground parking oasis awaits you. After we checked in and pulled our car underground the bell boy (?) was waiting right there for us at our car to assist us with our bags. Just up the elevator our 1 bedroom condo awaited us. It was virtually perfect in every way. The only thing I can think that wasn't completely awesome... the pullout sofa... but nobody ever slept on one of those and liked it, right? The kitchen was fully stocked, and we took advantage, hitting the grocery store to load up the fridge. The Big Horn is so close to the gondola lift it blew my mind. The ski lockers couldn't have been any more convenient. The Northstar Village is just lovely. The ice-skating rink, as the centerpiece, hours of fun. There are lots of shops and an adequate number of restaurants. Both of these tended to be pricey, but we anticipated this and took advantage of our well stocked kitchen as much as possible. There is a terrific little craft shop directly under the Big Horn that offers different activities like candle-making and pottery painting. There is the standard Starbucks and a froyo shop. Everyday at 3:00pm, it is S'mores O'clock... the staff cruise around the village offering fresh warm s'mores to all of the guests. We loved this! It is a quick 10 minute drive to the lake or alternatively to the adorable town of Truckee. We rented our gear at a small rental shop on the lake as the rental rates at the Northstar Village were double the price, quite pricey. So, we cut corners to save money where we could, but we certainly don't regret our stay at the Big Horn. We absolutely did not want to leave when our 5 nights were up. It might be on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for, and with this resort, IT IS WORTH IT !!! We absolutely plan to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bighorn Lodge, situated at the base of Northstar California ski resort, features professionally designed studio, one, two and three-bedroom condominium-style, ski-in, ski-out residences. Each luxury unit includes a gourmet kitchen (or kitchenette) with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, as well as finishings such as a fireplace and outdoor terrace. The Village at Northstar offers an unparalleled, quintessential Tahoe experience with boutique shops and restaurants, a skating rink and endless family fun and activities. Additionally, guests have complimentary access to an outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs, fitness centers, steam rooms plus heated, underground parking. ... more less