There’s much more to the Golden State than beaches and surfing! Head east where the winter storms dump the powder and you’ll see that California’s best ski resorts hold up well compared to Utah and Colorado. We’ve teamed up with local experts up and down the Sierra to bring you the top 5!
Northstar is a dream come true for skiers and riders who love to carve big smooth turns on the corduroy because almost half of the runs here are rated as intermediate! So if you like long groomed cruisers – in some cases up to a mile long – this is the place for you!
No Wind Holds Here
Just about all of Northstar’s runs are cut through the trees, with very few exposed to the elements. That means that when the storms come and both Squaw Valley and Heavenlyhave some of their lifts shut down, you can still be making turns here. In fact, according to the local ski patrol, Northstar’s lifts only close due to high winds about once a year! Of course, many of the runs are sheltered by the trees because the resort is lower than most of its neighbors. That means warmer temperatures, occasional rain, and some poor snow conditions. But the good news is that there is a first-rate snowmaking system to help make up for it!
Top-Notch Base Village
Northstar’s base village is one of the best in the area. With a spa, movie theater, shopping, and an ice skating rink, it’s a great place for families as well as non-skiers. You won’t go wanting when it comes to dining and drinking after your day on the slopes, and there’s a range of accommodations to suit varying tastes and budgets. Outside of the village, things aren’t as well laid out as they are at other resorts, with most parking lots relatively far away from the slopes. At least there’s a shuttle bus to make the trek easier!
Getting there: 45-minute drive from Reno, Nevada; approximately 3-4 hours from the San Francisco Bay area