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“Good intermediate ski area” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Northstar California

Northstar California
Ranked #2 of 49 things to do in Truckee
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: For the modern family that prefers substance with a unique, laid-back style, Northstar California Resort combines California cool with high-end luxury, on-mountain exhilaration with a sophisticated alpine village atmosphere. Halfway between one of North America's coolest mountain towns and one of the world's most beautiful alpine lakes, Northstar is a destination on the rise, having poured nearly a billion dollars into creating Lake Tahoe's premier luxury snowsports experience. Upscale shops, refined dining and Lake Tahoe's only five-star slopeside lodging is married to impeccable grooming, incredible tree skiing and enough variety to challenge every level of skier (and world-class terrain parks to keep the kids busy). Those who come to Northstar know what they're looking for. Sometimes it's adventure, sometimes it's to learn, sometimes it's to relax in a welcoming place with family and friends. No matter what that experience is, they'll find it to be exactly the way it should be.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good intermediate ski area”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Now has even more runs and more places to eat. But if you are looking for excitement and real diamonds go elsewhere.

Visited January 2013
Thank bruceski88
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Truckee, California
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you loathe the constant abuse at high-quality terrain mountains like Squaw Valley, North Star is a nice break, with professional management, quality infrastructure, decent grooming, great snowmaking, and friendly staff.

Unfortunately, they've chosen to remove any semblance of natural-ness or physical or mental challenge from the place by dynamiting inconvenient rock outcrops, glading excessively, expanding chairlifts into every square inch of their boundary area, and failing to open the side-country access gates except for very, very rare occasions.

The effect is to put you to sleep quickly, since there is really no corner left to explore, nowhere to challenge yourself, nowhere to make decisions, nowhere to hike for earned turns, and nowhere to have to think. Ever.

It's like skiing on a beginner's golf course. Good for business meetings and for getting your legs strong for backcountry touring.

On the other hand, summer lift-assisted mt. biking is spectacular!

Visited December 2012
2 Thank F F
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Truckee, California, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great family, couples, friends spot.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Nice place to walk around, eat at Mikuni's - Best Sushi Ever! Lots of shopping, eateries. Bike Trails, in the winter great ski runs. Condo's are beautiful. Pool for condo owners is a great spot. Beautiful location in quaint Mountain town of Truckee, CA. Summers here rarely see 90's, with zero humidity. No Mosquito's for miles so enjoying a cocktail outside on a warm summers nite is perfect. Stars really do shine brighter in Truckee, Hardly any street lights to light up the night sky. If you time your visit right, you can usually catch a meteor shower that you just can't see in the city.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Truckee-2012
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Truckee, California, United States
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53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great year round!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Our favorite place to ski. Lots of snow making, great intermediate runs. Beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. Large village with ships, restaurants, ice skating or roller skating. Mountain biking and hiking in summer.

Visited March 2013
Thank Sue K
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Turlock, California
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135 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice place to walk around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Fun up at North Star. Good food, unique shops and even a small theater. We will be going back. We've been there a few times for pizza. This year they had a fun blue grass festival.

Visited July 2013
Thank Debbie D
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