Northstar California

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Northstar California
Location Placer County, California
Nearest city Truckee, California
Coordinates 39°16′24″N 120°06′09″W / 39.2733°N 120.1025°W / 39.2733; -120.1025Coordinates: 39°16′24″N 120°06′09″W / 39.2733°N 120.1025°W / 39.2733; -120.1025
Vertical 2,280 ft (690 m)
Top elevation 8,610 ft (2,620 m)
Base elevation 6,330 ft (1,930 m)
Skiable area 2,904 acres (1,175 ha)
Runs 100 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 13% beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 60% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 27% advanced
Longest run 1.4 mi (2.3 km)
Lift system 19 lifts
Lift capacity 34,799 passengers/hr
Terrain parks 7
Snowfall 350 in (890 cm)
Snowmaking 50%
Night skiing No

Northstar California (previously Northstar-at-Tahoe) is a mountain resort situated near the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Placer County, California, approximately 200 mi (320 km) from the San Francisco Bay Area. The 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) resort features 2,280 ft (690 m) vertical drop downhill 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 Co of Truckee, CA and was acquired by Fibreboard when they purchased Douglas in 1967.[1] Its original name was Timber Farm, but was changed to Northstar-at-Tahoe when the mountain opened in December 1972.[2]

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.[3]

Looking northwest toward Truckee Meadows. 


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