The Weekend Drop: December 29 Edition

All week we've been saying the same thing over and over again: "New runs open." And we couldn't be anymore excited. As of today, Northstar California is 70% open with more terrain and activities opening every day. Thanks Mother Nature! In the last 7 days, Mother Nature has delivered 18 inches of fresh snow on top of Mount Pluto, and there's more snow coming.

With the sun shining bright every day since Christmas, this past week has been incredible. I have been adventuring around the mountain all week to see how conditions are, from Castle Peak (Blue) on the backside to Logger’s Loop (Blue) on the east side of Mount Pluto. With it being such a nice week, there's been nothing better than cruising to Zephyr Lodge (accessed by the Zephyr Express chairlift or West Ride from the summit) to enjoy a brisket grilled cheese (yes, seriously) while taking in the views of the Sierra Nevadas on the deck. The snow is holding up well, with hidden powder stashes at Monument Glade (Black) on the backside, and perfectly groomed corduroy down East Ridge (Blue), Skid Trail (Green), and Lumberjack (Green).

Temperatures stayed low early in the week, preserving all that fresh powder from the weekend, while they're dropping again Friday just in time for some more snowfall. Needless to stay, stoke level is max. 

Lastly, the terrain parks have been full throttle this season, featuring four open parks boasting 69 features. Look for the terrain parks team to open more features on Moonshine and Sidewinder in the coming days. (Northstar's terrain parks team is one of the best in the country, ranking in the top-10 in the Transworld Snowboarding Park Poll and winner of the Workhorse Award.)

Upcoming Events

  • (12/31) New Year's Eve Fire & Ice Celebration. Celebrate with family and friends in the Village at Northstar on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy ice skating, s’mores, live music, and more from the Village. Above all, don't miss the amazing fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m. 
  • (1/1) Family Afternoon Snowshoe TourBring the kids to Northstar for an afternoon of exploring the great outdoors with this snowshoe tour. An expert guide will lead the group on a tour of some of the best nearby family-friendly trails, culminating with hot chocolate and cookies. Now that's our kind of family après-ski. 

  • (1/13) Mountain Table DinnerThe Mountain Table Dinner Series offers guests a unique dining experience in Northstar's iconic Zephyr Lodge. This dinner will feature wines from Orin Swift Cellars, complemented by a menu spotlighting local foods and farmers. Enjoy a fantastic menu, breathtaking views, and live music, all while giving back, since a portion of proceeds are given to a local non-profit as part of Northstar's EpicPromise program. 

Craig, a Northern California native, is an action sports junkie, having grown up around race cars and dirt bikes, which in turn sparked an interest in all things extreme. In the winter he can be found on the slopes, exploring fresh powder stashes, and in the summer, ripping through the Nevada desert. With a recent Business Marketing degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, he plans to blur the line between work and play. In the office he can be found listening to marketing influencers while reporting the snow conditions or editing photos at Northstar California.