Recent Snowfall, Successful Snowmaking Allows Northstar California™ Resort to Open to the Top for Thanksgiving Holiday

21 November 2012
  • Comstock Express Lift Opens, Allowing Skiing and Riding from the Top of the Mountain
  • Eight New Intermediate and Advanced Trails to Open
TRUCKEE, Calif. – Nov. 21, 2012 –On the heels of last weekend’s snowfall and the resort’s successful snowmaking efforts, Northstar announced today skiers and riders will be skiing from the top of the mountain for the first time this season starting Thanksgiving Day.
“The combination of recent snowfall and our snowmaking efforts are allowing us to open to the top of the mountain in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” said Bill Rock, Northstar’s chief operating officer. “We are committed to consistently delivering the highest quality snow surface in the region, and will continue to open more terrain as conditions permit. We’re pleased to be able to offer skiers and riders access to eight more intermediate and advanced trails on the front side of the mountain starting Thursday.”
With the addition of the Comstock Express lift, the resort will be turning seven lifts, providing access to 15 beginner, intermediate and advanced trails with an 18-inch base. The eight trails expected to open on Thanksgiving include East Ridge, Delight, Dutchman, The Chute, Lower Powder Bowl, Tonini’s, Lower Grouse Alley and The Flume. The Summit Deck & Grille will also open for the season, allowing guests to dine at the top of the mountain. Daily ski school instruction and on-mountain dining at the Big Springs Day Lodge are also available to resort guests.
The Tahoe Local Pass remains unmatched in value, price and experience with access to more than 263 trails, 14 terrain parks and 10,270 acres of some of the best terrain in the world at Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood in California and Nevada 7 days-a-week with limited holiday restrictions. For just $459, the Tahoe Local Pass pays for itself after just four days and then passholders are skiing or riding for free the rest of the season. Season passes are on sale until December 2, 2012.
The lowest-price guarantee on lift tickets is available through thePEAKS 3-Day Advance ticket when purchased at least three days in advance online at through Vail Resorts Central Reservations. With the PEAKS 3-Day Advance, skiers and riders can save up to 25 percent vs. the window rate.
Shops and restaurants in the Village at Northstar are open, and the resort’s new Tavern 6330’ recently debuted with a California-fresh twist on American classics, signature drinks for après ski and a bar just steps away from the last run of the day. The resort’s 9,000 square foot outdoor skating rink is also open from 12pm-9pm daily (conditions permitting), with skate rentals available for $10.
Those interested in planning a trip to Northstar can take advantage of the 3-2-1 Countdown to Decemberpackage featuring three nights of lodging, two days of skiing/riding per person, and a $50 resort gift card. This offer is valid daily from December 1-24, 2012 and starts at $89 per person, per night. Some restrictions apply.
For the latest snow conditions and upcoming event information, visit or call the snow phone at 530.562.1330.

About Northstar California Resort
One of the finest year-round mountain resorts in North America, Northstar is host to a base area village featuring unique shops and restaurants, a conference center, 9,000 square foot outdoor skating rink, movie theaters, on-site lodging, special events and more. A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, Northstar offers 97 ski trails spread across 3,170 acres, award-winning terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and Telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer activities include mountain biking, golfing, scenic lift rides for sightseeing and hiking, fly-fishing and more.
Northstar is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information, call 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784) or visit


About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is


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