Happy Opening day to you, Happy Opening Day to you….. That’s right! It’s time to sing because Northstar Resort at Tahoe is officially open for business! Jibbing business, that it. With 5 running lifts and the Pinball Terrain Park open with 11 features, you’ll be able to feel your skis and boards on the slopes again. Vista lift is currently on hold for wind, and current temperatures are around 36 degrees with 1-3 inches of snow expected to fall today. Northstar is open as of Friday, Nov 18th, with a 18-24 inch base.
What’s in store for this 2011-12 season? Northstar Resort announced that it will expand the resort boundaries in two areas of the mountain, adding 170 acres of new sidecountry terrain to the resort’s skiable acreage. Guided sidecountry tours and snow cat accessed skiing and riding will also be offered for the first time to advanced skiers and riders who want to explore the resort’s new terrain offering.
“Northstar already had some of the best tree skiing in Tahoe, but with the expansion of our boundaries, skiers and riders will now have access to even more powder stashes and incredible glade skiing,” said Bill Rock, chief operating officer at Northstar Resort. “And, for those interested in learning the ins and outs of these areas with someone more familiar, guided tours will be available both within and outside the resort’s boundaries.”
The resort’s boundary lines will be extended to the skier’s left of the Prosser ski trail on Lookout Mountain, giving access to approximately 1,000 vertical feet of new terrain within the new Lookout Glade (accessed off of the Martis Camp Express chairlift). Additional boundary expansion will take place to the skier’s right of the Logger’s Loop ski trail, providing access to approximately 800 vertical feet of new terrain within the Sawmill Glade, accessed off of the Vista Express chairlift. Both of these areas will be open to advanced skiers and riders, and guided tours will be offered through the resort’s Ski & Snowboard School into these new areas as well as existing sidecountry terrain on White Rabbit and Sawtooth Ridge.
Snow cat accessed skiing and riding will also be offered for the first time this year on Sawtooth Ridge, offering unprecedented access to a popular sidecountry area that was already included within the resort’s boundary and previously open to advanced skiers and riders when snow conditions permitted. In addition, guided backcountry tours will be available to advanced skiers and riders interested in skiing or riding outside the resort’s boundary on Sawtooth Ridge to a potential area of future expansion, when conditions permit.
The addition of this new terrain provides Northstar Resort guests with access to 3,170 acres of skiable terrain.
For those interested in skiing or riding at Northstar Resort all season long, season passes are on sale, starting at just $379 for the Tahoe Value Pass. Other pass products are also available, including the $649 Epic Pass, which provides unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Arapahoe Basin. For more information or to purchase a season pass, visit www.EpicPass.com.
Video above: Northstar’s Snowmakers and Groomers are working hard to have the mountain lined in corduroy. With fresh snow in the forecast, and a solid base already laid down, the mountain looks primed and ready for an exciting, snowy Opening Weekend of skiing & riding.