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California Travel
Northstar California Resort is less than an hour away from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and just ten minutes away from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport (KTRK). KTRK offers unparalleled access to private airlines on flight services such as Mountain Lion Aviation, available on-demand, and Surf Air, flying from anywhere in California.

Convenient non-stop routes to RNO include San Jose and Oakland in the Bay Area. Southern Californians have non-stop access from Long Beach, which Jetblue increases to twice daily flights in February, Orange County and San Diego. Travelers coming from Los Angeles (LAX) can choose from a total of eight daily flights on Southwest, United or American Airlines. With such easy travel access, visitors traveling within California can leave their homes and breathe alpine air by the afternoon.
Things To Do
Northstar California Bike Park                                             
The Northstar California Bike Park leads the gravity-born downhill, cross-country and freeride industry with the largest, lift-served bike park on the West Coast. Having nearly 60 percent beginner and intermediate trails, the park is ideal for learning and growing. More advanced trails, like the iconic Livewire, offer experienced riders a range of technical challenges and a smooth flow. The park has a total of 52 trails, including scenic rides overlooking Lake Tahoe and Martis Valley. Views just beyond the handle bars include a mix of man-made and natural features created by Northstar California’s expert trail crew. These features not only add diversity and challenge to the trails, but they also protect the environment at the resort fostering healthy geography, flora and fauna.
Specialized Bike Academy at Northstar                                                           
The exclusive Specialized Bike Academy at Northstar takes mountain biking to new heights. Riders of all ages receive a personalized coaching experience from certified Specialized instructors and access to top-of-the-line Specialized downhill equipment. Lessons are designed to help riders gain confidence, conquer new terrain, improve technical ability and discover a new way to explore the Sierra. The Specialized Academy is set in an elevated lounge, complete with leather seating and stone architecture accents, creating an ideal setting for starting or ending a day on the mountain. Pro Tip: Check out the Specialized Bike Academy at the inaugural Northstar Free-Ride Festival Powered by Interbike.
Northstar Golf Course                                              
This formal and challenging course provides golfers with a balanced atmosphere of tradition and relaxation in the mountains. The front nine holes are open to the Sierra Nevada and Martis Valley, appealing to beginners and families, while the back nine weave tightly through the pine and fir trees at the base of Mount Pluto. Northstar Golf’s team of PGA professionals offer private lessons for families and individuals, along with a variety of clinics for juniors and women. Whether the goal is to play as a family or reach professional dreams, the clinics are rooted in fun.
Spa and Yoga                                                               
Tahoe Yoga, Spa & Wellness is a mountain sanctuary in the Village at Northstar. Separate spaces, Tahoe Yoga & Wellness and Tahoe Spa & Wellness, allow for two distinct experiences. The yoga studio focuses on well-being, personal growth and the awakening of the body, mind and heart. The spa prides itself in personalized, results-oriented treatments that heal the body, calm the mind and awaken the soul. Hyper-local treatments include the Truckee River Stone Massage and Spirit of Tahoe Custom Facial. Both locations are located steps away from the Big Springs Gondola, making a seamless transition from mountain serenity hiking or mountain biking to relaxation and recovery.
Roller Skating                                                              
Positioned as the hub of activity in the Village at Northstar, the roller rink is open daily for kids, families and those young at heart. Retro Tuesdays and Family Fun Nights on Fridays, beginning June 26 and 29 respectively, pump up the excitement with costumes, music and a lot of laughs. Classic roller skates or in-line blades are available for rent across from Frites and to the left of True North.
Miniature golf is both fun and educational at Northstar California. The course is Sierra themed with elements of local flora, fauna, and designs that pay homage to the area’s history of mining and ice production. Educational signage at each hole ensures that the whole family gains knowledge on lesser known mountain facts, like how mountain bike parks can nurture healthy ecosystems or how Northstar California’s Mount Pluto formed Lake Tahoe.
Kids Adventure Club                                                 
The full day program gives children the experience of summer camp while parents take the opportunity to unwind. Kids Adventure Club activities include nature hikes, miniature-golf, gem panning, roller skating and more. Each daily plan also includes an engaging ecological activity to foster appreciation for the mountain environment where we vacation, live and play. Kids are separated into two groups, Chipmunks age 4-6 and Bears age 7-12, ensuring that each group receives age-appropriate lessons and outdoor adventures.
Kid Zone Day Pass                                                     
Available for all ages, the Kid Zone Day Pass allows parents the flexibility of letting kids run off to play without having to make individual activity purchases. The pass includes roller skate rental, and access to the Bungee Trampoline, Spider Climb, rock wall, gem panning and miniature-golf. Passholders have access to the activities until 7:30 p.m. on the day of purchase, ensuring a full and exciting day of play.
Most of these activities are at the Kid Zone, a designated area for adventurous playtime, on the second level of the Village at Northstar. While the kids are at play, parents can enjoy a designated space to relax in Adirondack chairs or partake in a game of cornhole.
Special Events
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
Nestled in the heart of the Sierra, the 33rd annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival inspires palettes and elevates the culinary experience, literally and figuratively, September 7-9. Renowned winemakers and some of the region’s finest chefs come together for cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, mountain top dinners, live music, a gourmet marketplace and more. Seminars for the 2018 event range from intimate on-mountain tastings to large-scale, gastronomic celebrations in the Village. The Grand Tasting wraps up the festival featuring plates from the finest regional restaurants, prepared by top local chefs, paired with world-class wineries and breweries.
Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival
The 12th annual Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival lights up the Village at Northstar for the Independence Day weekend July 6-8 with roots jams, family mountain fun, and fresh brews. Pick up a souvenir tasting glass and enjoy crisp pours along with food stations boasting hand-crafted, relaxed summer fare. The festival plunges families into the mountains Friday, explores flavors and GRAMMY award winning music Saturday, followed by an alpine-style recovery on Sunday morning. (NEW) A la carte experiences include:
  • Northstar Mountain Beer Run: A family-friendly on-mountain brewery run Friday, July 6 kicks off a weekend of high-altitude hops. This 3K/5K race weaves through Northstar California’s alpine trail system with beer sampling for those of age.
  • Pedal Before the Pour: Festival goers can take a mountain bike ride at the Northstar Bike Park and receive a discounted ticket to Beerfest. The Specialized Bike Academy is onsite in the Village for approachable lessons to guide riders through bumps and bends. 
  • Summertime Soda Sampling: Kids of all ages (and the young at heart) enjoy a fully revamped family space featuring a Craft Soda Walk, face painting, a shady area with water misters for optimal relaxation, and a variety of hands-on activities.
  • Mountaintop Mantra: On Sunday, reset and rejuvenate with a morning hike through the mountain and a recovery yoga class at the summit to find center amidst the weekend’s activities.
The weekend culminates with a Brewmaster dinner on Sunday evening at Martis Valley Grille. Northstar California’s Executive Chef Steve Anderson artfully pairs five courses of seasonally inspired dishes with craft beers. The partnering brewmaster leads diners through an al fresco flavor journey overlooking the sunset.
Brewmaster Dinner Series
Northstar California’s Executive Chef Steve Anderson partners with local breweries July 8, August 12 and September 2 to artfully pair five courses of seasonally inspired dishes with craft beers. At each event, guests are led through a different flavor journey guided by the brewmaster in an al fresco setting overlooking the sunset. Tickets can be purchased in advance or same day. Beer lover’s tip: Pair the Brewmaster Dinner on July 8 with the Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival for a weekend of high-altitude hops.
(NEW) Northstar Free-Ride Festival Powered by Interbike
In partnership with Interbike, the largest bicycle industry trade show in North America, Northstar California launches the Northstar Free-Ride Festival Powered by Interbike. This event not only kicks off Interbike Marketweek, but also encompasses a bicycle demo event open to the public, multiple mountain bike races, road bike rallies, on-bike clinics and off-bike activities for all levels of cyclists and non-cyclists. Event activities are based in the Village at Northstar while riders have access to three chairlifts and gondolas transporting riders to trails traversing the mountain.
The festival kicks-off Friday, September 14 with the Village at Northstar Wine Walk as a welcome to the Sierra surrounding Lake Tahoe. Saturday and Sunday’s activities include bike skills clinics, Northstar Enduro Race, Bosche Boogaloo E-Bike Race, Northstar Downhill Bike Race, and the opportunity to demo 2019 bikes from leading industry brands. The weekend also includes yoga classes, bike clinics, Village Pub Crawl, and family activities such as a kid’s bike rodeo, bungee trampoline, miniature golf, face painting, gem panning and more. Live music Saturday and Sunday sets a lively tone on the main stage in the heart of the Village.
Women’s Events
Her Mountain
The Specialized Bike Academy at Northstar presents two full days of female-only riding, friendship and mountain adventure. The course is comprised of small group lessons, ensuring individual attention in an environment that encourages team support. Off the mountain, the weekend includes breakfast and lunch, restorative yoga and a wine mixer to fuel the mind, body and soul. The Her Mountain weekend retreat is offered July 21-22 and August 18-19.
Pumps on Pedals
Every Friday evening female mountain bike riders are invited to an open clinic taught by women for women. Pumps on Pedals is guided by the Specialized Bike Academy female coaches and offers discounted lift tickets and bike rentals. The group fosters a no-posturing zone and welcomes cross country, endurance and downhill riders. It is an open course intended for all ability levels, including moms improving their skills to be able to ride with their kids or women needing an exhilarating escape from city life. The evening starts at the base of the Big Springs Gondola and culminates in the Village for well-earned libations.
Northstar California Bike Park Events
Northstar Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series
Building up the community, this series allows competitors to ride with one another all summer long within 20 different divisions for men, women and juniors. The top three racers in each division receive points-based awards at the end of each race, as well as the conclusion of the entire series. Family and friends are invited to the Series Award Ceremony on the Lodge at Big Springs Deck for food and drink specials — and plenty of summer stories. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin shortly after the final rider crosses the finish line. For race dates and more information, visit                                                 
California Enduro Series: Round 5
Northstar California transforms into an endurance mountain biking Mecca August 25-26 as the fifth stop on the California Enduro Series and the second stop on the Golden Tour. The two-day race tests riders’ endurance levels and technical skills on a variety of Northstar Bike Park trails. While competitors push their limits, fans can explore hiking trails and ride chairlifts to view the race from multiple vantage points. Guests can take a break at the Mid-Mountain vendor village to shop for the latest gear, view upcoming bike trends or lounge at the Lodge at Big Springs with a Mountain Margarita in hand.
(NEW) This year, the Northstar California Enduro race welcomes the continent’s top competitors who are racing for the North American Enduro Champion title in the Enduro Continental Series. The resort proudly gears up for the 2019 race season where Northstar California will be a stop on the Enduro World Series race circuit, inviting the best enduro mountain bikers on the planet to race at Mount Pluto.
Tahoe Trail 100
The Tahoe Trail 100 mountain bike race held July 14 is part of the Leadville Qualifying Series and features a two- loop, 50-kilometer course filled with views of Lake Tahoe, pine forests and rocky summits overlooking Truckee River Valley. Competitors have a chance to score a slot in the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race by placing in the top of each age group or by lottery. The top 50 athletes in each age group earn a spot in the Leadville Trail 100 and 50 lottery spaces are distributed to riders who complete the Tahoe Trail 100 within the race cut-off time. Families and friends are invited to watch the race from Northstar California hiking trails and attend the post-race celebration at the Overlook in the Village. The finishers’ party includes summer-inspired provisions and access to a full bar.
Ongoing Events & Traditions
(NEW) EpicPromise Farm Stand
Through Vail Resorts EpicPromise, Northstar California partners with the Tahoe Food Hub to provide organic fresh fruits and vegetables for purchase as a pilot program every Friday throughout summer, starting May 25. The program encourages healthy food consumption by both Northstar employees and guests, provides food that has a reduced carbon footprint, and supports regional farmers. Learn more about Vail Resorts’ Zero Footprint, employee foundation and community engagement efforts at

Friday Fun Nights
Fridays are for friends and family at Northstar California beginning June 29. Activities include Margaritas & Mini-Golf, face painting, balloon twisting, roller skating or exploring the Summer Activities on the Overlook. Rink-side cabanas offer a relaxing place for parents to unwind with a craft cocktail and listen to live music on the Village stage, while kids and the young at heart squeeze out every bit of summer energy.
Tahoe Star Tours
Awe-inspiring and educational, Tahoe Star Tours take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from June 14 through September 1. Gazers can view the cosmos comfortably with blankets and outdoor heaters, all while indulging in hot chocolate and s’mores under the summer sky. Star guide and poet, Tony Berendsen guides families through an intimate look at the Sierra stars, as well as lively conversation around the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. The evening culminates by viewing the cosmos with Ryan Berendsen, the other half of the father-son duo, through high-powered Celestron telescopes.         
With more than 15 dining locations at the Village at Northstar and on the mountain, there is plenty to choose from.
(NEW) Los Arcos Mexican Grill
The newest dining location in the Village at Northstar proudly showcases recipes from the small town of Concepcion de Buenos Aires, Jalisco, Mexico. Families can expect a fresh Latin meal with plenty of fuel to hike, bike or explore Lake Tahoe.
Martis Valley Grille
Tucked away in the secluded neighborhoods at Northstar California lies Northstar California’s Sunday Mimosa Brunch hot spot. The Martis Valley Grille sits alongside the Northstar Golf Course, serving breakfast and lunch daily. Outdoor seating overlooks the namesake valley creating a perfect 19th hole after a round of golf or an intimate place to connect on a relaxing weekend getaway.
Serving up gourmet fries and craft brews, the menu includes classic fry fare such as House Fries, with a smoked sea salt blend, or Garlic Fries enhanced with a roasted garlic sauce, smoked garlic salt, fresh parmesan and cracked black pepper. Guests can also try reimagined recipes, such as Short Rib Fries complete with Brussel Crips, or the Northern favorite, Poutine. And yes, it all goes good with a cold beer.
Downhill Grille + Bar
Open only during the summer season, the Downhill Grille + Bar at mid-mountain is the hub of the Northstar California Bike Park. Signature dishes include employee-revered seared ahi fish tacos, juicy burgers and fresh salads. Many dishes are served with fresh watermelon, a refreshing mid-activity treat.
Tavern 6330’
Set in a modern-rustic atmosphere, Tavern 6330’ elevates classic mountain lodge dining with hints of alpine comforts. Outdoor, covered and indoor seating is open for lunch and dinner giving diners the option of overlooking the Village, mountain or sinking into an intimate conversation. The mixologists at this location have mastered hand-crafted cocktails, creating each beverage with locally and responsibly-sourced ingredients. When it’s time to eat, Chef Chad Shrewsbury offers a seasonal rotating menu based on regional ranchers, farmers and the Tahoe Food Hub.
Rubicon Pizza Company
Inspired by the Sierra Nevada, Rubicon Pizza Company has some of the most creative pies in the region. This lunch and dinner restaurant is child-friendly, relaxed and sets the tone for easy family dining. Two items on the menu that consistently stand out are the Thai Red Curry Chicken Pizza and Jacob’s Lotsa Cheese Please! Pizza.
Copper Lane Cafe? & Provisions
One part cafe? and the other part market, Copper Lane Cafe? & Provisions has become a fan favorite since opening during the 2016-2017 winter season. The concept is clear: Keep food simple. Guests can find locally roasted coffee, produce and dairy, as well as an extensive selection of beer, liquor and wine. The kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with handmade pastries and refreshing recipes. The provisioner also offers forgotten vacation necessities and toiletries.
A locally-sourced tapas menu, wine flights, lounge seating and an outdoor fire pit give Petra an intimate atmosphere for meaningful conversation. Dishes are approachable, family-friendly and go well with the ever-changing seasonal wine list. Glasses and bottles are for sale as a dining experience or retail to take and sip on the hotel balcony.
Yamakai Fish and Sushi Co.
Yamakai Fish and Sushi Co. is located near the roller rink at the center of the Village. The name, inspired by Hawaiian and Japanese fusion cuisine, is a combination of the words “yama” meaning mountain in Japanese and “kai” meaning ocean in Hawaiian. Diners can expect an eclectic menu of seafood, sushi and Japanese-inspired fare served in a visually-inspired location. The extensive kids menu, wine list and colorful atmosphere create a lively space for families to dine together.
About Northstar California Resort                              
Northstar California Resort is a multi-season destination offering effortless family adventure. Summer transforms the mountain into the largest, lift-served bike park on the West Coast alongside a network of hiking trails, the Kid Zone, and a family-friendly golf course. The Village at Northstar features boutique shopping, elevated dining experiences, a year-round outdoor skating rink, conference centers, movie theatre, alpine-chic lodging and more. Northstar California is located on Highway 267, six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information visit
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