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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe ski resort’s exclusive slope-side location at Northstar provides ski-in/ski-out access suitable for all levels. The resort’s ski valets will secure your ski and boarding equipment the moment you arrive. To retrieve your gear, simply notify the mountain-concierge and the ski valets at this North Lake Tahoe ski resort will assist with your boots and escort you to your skis and poles waiting on the slopes for ski-in/ski-out access to the Northstar lifts. When you return to this exceptional ski hotel in Lake Tahoe, the ski valet will retrieve your equipment and store it overnight, at no additional charge for hotel guests.

Northstar California is known for its family-friendly environment, glade (tree) skiing and its exciting parks and pipes. With terrain facing east, Northstar is protected from wind and chairlifts rarely shut down due to inclement weather like the more exposed ski resorts in Lake Tahoe. Featuring a forested network of high-speed lifts and immaculately groomed boulevards, the double lift accessing the resort’s beginner teaching area was replaced and realigned. The fixed grip-quad chairlift – “The Big Easy” – greatly improves access to Northstar’s beginner teaching terrain. The Big Easy also provides ski-in/ski-out access to and from The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe ski resort from the mid-mountain area of Northstar.

Northstar’s family-friendly beginner teaching area features the sculpted Smart Terrain™ that has successfully improved the learning curve for beginning skiers and snowboarders. The resort features 97 trails and 3,170 skiable acres.

All of Northstar Resort’s terrain park features are rated small, medium or large.

  • Burton Progression Parks - Sidewinder and Forerunner Trails (small and medium) 
  • The Straits (small) 
  • Moonshine (large) 
  • Pinball (medium and large) 
  • Pipeline (small, medium and large)

Fun Parks with Terrain Features

  • Magic Moguls (small) 
  • The Stash (small, medium and large) 
  • Lil’ Stash (small) 
  • Plus two Adventure Parks just for kids (small)


  • 1 22-foot Shaun White Signature Superpipe on Cat's Face

Other Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts
Step outside the resort and explore 11 other world-class alpine ski resorts.

  1. Heavenly Mountain Resort »: The largest ski area in Lake Tahoe sits between California and Nevada, located in South Shore Lake Tahoe near Stateline, features expansive views of Lake Tahoe and a long 5.5 mile trail.
  2. Squaw Valley »: The second largest ski area, known for hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics, located near Tahoe City, and is a Mecca for expert skiers.
  3. Alpine Meadows »: A medium sized ski area on the north shore only a few miles from Squaw Valley and known for its open out-of-bounds skiing and down-to-Earth atmosphere.
  4. Diamond Peak »: A small ski area located in Incline Village, Nevada with fantastic views of Lake Tahoe.
  5. Kirkwood Mountain Resort »: Located 35 minutes south of South Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood gets more snow than any other ski area in Tahoe.
  6. Sierra-at-Tahoe »: A small South Lake Tahoe ski area.
  7. Boreal Mountain Resort »:A small ski area on I-80 near Donner Pass.
  8. Sugar Bowl Ski Resort »: A medium sized ski area on I-80.
  9. Donner Ski Ranch »: A very small ski area on Donner Pass.
  10. Homewood Ski Resort »: A small ski area on the west shore with great views of Lake Tahoe.
  11. Mount Rose Ski Resort »: A medium sized ski area north-east of the Lake boasting Lake Tahoe's highest base area at 8,260 feet opening up a 1,800 foot vertical and 1,200 acres of skiing.