Northstar California™ Resort Opening More Lifts, Trails and Lookout Mountain This Weekend

15 December 2011
  • More than 25 Percent of the Resort’s Trails, Featuring More than 15 Miles and more than 200 Acres of Terrain Now Open
  • 22’ Shaun White Signature Superpipe, First 22’ Pipe in Tahoe to Open For Christmas

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Dec. 15, 2011 – Mother Nature continues to offer cold temperatures, and Northstar’s snowmaking and grooming teams are taking full advantage of it. The resort announced today that it will open even more terrain this weekend, giving resort guests access to more than a quarter of its 97 trails, and the best snow surface conditions in Lake Tahoe. In addition, snowmaking efforts are nearing completion for the resort’s 22’ Shaun White signature Superpipe, with plans to open it over the Christmas holiday.

“The investments we’ve made in our snowmaking system over the years continue to allow us to offer our guests the best snow surface and the most open terrain in Tahoe,” said Bill Rock, chief operating officer at Northstar. “We’re committed to continuing to open more terrain and offering a high quality snow surface for all of our guests. The feedback we’ve been hearing from our guests is that the snow quality and experience are far superior to anything else currently offered in the region.”

This weekend, Northstar plans to open the Lookout Link and Martis Camp Express lifts with access to intermediate and advanced terrain on Lookout Mountain, marking the first time this season that terrain in every area of the mountain is open. The resort’s powerful snowmaking system has provided snow depths of 18-24 inches on all open trails with wall-to-wall coverage.

With the opening of this new terrain, as well as additional trails off of the Comstock Express and Vista Express lifts this weekend, Northstar offers top-to-bottom (2,280 vertical feet), front-to-back skiing and riding on 25 trails accessed by 15 chair and surface lifts.

Resort services are all in full swing, and the resort’s new Zephyr Lodge and Promised Land Express lift – both constructed this fall, will open to the public for the first time on Tuesday, December 20. The $30 million in capital improvements that have been completed at Northstar this season is one of the single largest capital improvements at any resort in the country this season.

“We’re excited to give our guests access to the Zephyr Lodge and Promised Land Express lift for the first time this season, and plan to continue to open more terrain as we lead into the holidays. In fact, our 22’ Shaun White signature Superpipe is on schedule to open in time for the Christmas holiday. It will be the only 22’ Superpipe open in Tahoe, and one of only a handful currently open across the country,” said Rock.

To see video previewing the Promised Land Express lift and Northstar’s current snow conditions, visit

Complimentary “Meet the Mountain” tours will begin this weekend, offered daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to intermediate and advanced skiers and riders ages 13+ who want to familiarize themselves with the mountain. Tours meet at the entrance to the Arrow Express chairlift.

The most economical way for skiers and riders to enjoy Northstar this season is to take advantage of the Lowest Price Guarantee on lift tickets. When purchased seven days in advance online at or through Vail Resorts Central Reservations, guests are guaranteed the price will be the lowest available for that day – and significantly lower over the holiday period – compared to the window rate.

Ski and Stay Free lodging packages are available at Northstar, starting at $115 per person, per night (some restrictions apply). For more information about current conditions and activities at Northstar this holiday season, visit

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, horseback riding, 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 resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar California 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 property and 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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