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We were warned and locals mentioned several times that Northstar is also called Flatstar, and yes, that’s how it is. This was the flattest black run I have ever seen, and it would be blue at most other resorts.

Report is based on one day skiing in 2005. Great for beginner to advanced, but boring for experts.

Half a day on the backside: We were warned and locals mentioned several times that Northstar is also called Flatstar, and yes, that’s how it is. This was the flattest black run I have ever seen, and it would be blue at most other resorts. On the positive side, they have a lot of high-speed chairs.

Half a day on “Lockout Mountain”: The black runs are steeper than on the backside, and there is some great tree skiing.

We discussed for quite some time whether we would return to ski this mountain again. Over US$60 (2005) is a lot of money, and only a real powder day would make it worth going back. If I did go back, I would probably ski all day on Lookout Mountain. On a weekend, I would not recommend it at all. If you like cruising on easy blue and green runs, this is the resort for you. From top to bottom, it takes quite some time, and the grooming is excellent.

Accomodation

  • North Lake Tahoe: Lots of motels and other places to stay. Busy on weekends and peak season.

Discounted Tickets

  • Check the sport shops, but not sure if they have any.
  • Expensive one-day tickets!
  • Only US$349 for the season pass (2005)
  • Double Whammy season pass for Northstar and Sierra at Tahoe from US$439 (2005).

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Prices

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Weather Affection

Minor

Trees

Yes

Best Time

Weekdays

Worst Time

Weekends