Looking southeast from the back of the summit of Northstar.
|Location||Placer County, California|
|Vertical||2,280 ft (690 m)|
|Top elevation||8,610 ft (2,620 m)|
|Base elevation||6,330 ft (1,930 m)|
|Skiable area||3,170 acres (12.8 km2)|
|Longest run||1.4 mi (2.3 km)|
|Lift system||20 lifts|
|Lift capacity||34,800 / hr|
|Snowfall||350 in (890 cm)|
Approximately 200 miles (320 km) from the San Francisco Bay Area, the 3,170-acre (12.8 km2) resort features 2,280 ft (690 m) vertical drop of alpine terrain accessed by 19 lifts, a snowmaking system, a cross-country center, a village, on-site lodging and summer activities including an 18-hole golf course and a lift-served mountain bike park.
Northstar was a former lumber site once owned by the Douglas Lumber Company of Truckee and was acquired by Fibreboard when they purchased Douglas in 1967. Its original name was Timber Farm, but was changed to Northstar-at-Tahoe when the mountain opened 45 years ago in December 1972. The first ski resort amenities included 5 chairlifts. The trails were designed by Luggi Foeger, an Austrian, who had fled Europe during World War II.
In 2007, CNL Lifestyle Properties acquired Northstar, which since 2010 has been operated under a triple-net lease by Vail Resorts. Vail also owns Heavenly Ski Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort both at Lake Tahoe, four other ski resorts in Colorado, including Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Beaver Creek, and other ski resorts. Previously, Northstar had been owned by Booth Creek, a holdings company managed by George Nield Gillett Jr., the owner of the now defunct Gillett Holdings, a former owner of Vail Associates.
In 2016 EPR Properties agreed to purchase Northstar California in a package deal along with multiple other properties from CNL Lifestyle Properties for approximately $456 Million.
Northstar features 3,170 acres of terrain, with 60% of trails designated for intermediate skiers. Grooming on trails is well-established and offers many "groomers" for resort visitors. In 2015, Ski Magazine listed the resort as the 24th best Ski area in the western United States.
According to resort sources, the annual snowfall at Northstar is 350 inches per year. Snow totals are measured at the mountain summit and are counted from the first snowfall until closing day.
- History of Northstar. Tahoe Mountain Reality http://www.tmrrealestate.com/history-northstar-part-v-everything-middle-nowhere/. Missing or empty
- "Vail Resort History". Colorado Ski History. 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
- Ski Net. Ski Magazine http://www.skinet.com/ski/galleries/2015s-top-ranked-western-ski-resorts?i=55593749. Missing or empty
- "Snowfall totals". Northstar California.