The Weekend Drop: December 28 Edition

Simply put, the best Lake Tahoe days start with a stunning sunrise or end with a stunning sunset. And here recently, we have been lucky enough to experience a string of both. Combine that with the opening of new terrain (and more than 40 available trails at Northstar) and iconic holiday events, and it's made for a great end to the year around Lake Tahoe.

At Northstar California Resort, the latest and most exciting terrain opening happened on Monday with the opening of Burnout (Black). Accessible from the top of Comstock Express and Backside Express, this long, steep, aptly named run will have your legs feeling the burn at the end of the day. 

Another fun addition has been Logger's Loop (Blue), the longest run at Northstar. To access Logger's Loop, hang a left off Vista Express and you'll be carving a 1.4-mile groomer. 

However, If you are looking forward to skiing with your kiddos, there are two new fun options: Sidewinder and the Kids Adventure Zone. Sidewinder is a terrain park that allows kids to go big (but not too big), while the Kids Adventure Zone, located on Easy Street (Green), is a mild slope with a little fun thrown in. At the Kids Adventure Zone, kids can have fun skiing through features like miniature train cars as they make their way down the hill.

Mountain tip: Enjoy the best conditions and smallest crowds by hopping on first chair at 8:30 a.m.

If I can offer one tip, it's to arrive early. Skiing and riding early in the morning has been excellent, with the mountain generally not getting too busy until late morning. As always, conditions are subject to change based on weather, so keep an eye on the terrain status page.


With the new year fast approaching, the fun in the Village continues to rival the fun on the mountain. To start, there will be live music continuing in the Village every day from 2 to 5 p.m. Call it a day early on the hill, relaxing with afternoon s'mores by the fire around the ice rink, taking in live music.

Meanwhile, Northstar's snowshoe tours are ramping up. If you've never tried snowshoeing, there are two awesome Lake Tahoe snowshoe tours you can take advantage of in the next few days. On Saturday, the Twilight Snowshoe Tour takes guests on a 2.5-hour tour through the forest, ultimately ending in the Village with s'mores and warm beverages. And then on New Year's Day, grab the kids and enjoy a 3-hour Family Snowshoe Tour through a beautiful meadow where kids can play in the snow.

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Finally, on Sunday, the Village at Northstar will play host to one of Lake Tahoe's best New Year's Eve celebrations: New Year's Eve Fire and Ice Celebration. Entertainment is from noon to 9 p.m., including The Who Show (featuring The Who cover band) and two DJs. The fun culminates at 9 p.m. with a fireworks show above the Village.

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Colin Lygren

Colin Lygren is a recovering news reporter seeking a new life in a ski town. While he is originally from Sacramento, Tahoe is the place Colin has always called home. He started visiting the region at just a year old and practically grew up on the slopes with his dad and sister. When he is not writing for Tahoe Ascent, Colin is shooting pictures and video or getting up early to make sure he gets fresh tracks, whether it be a groomer day or a powder day. In the summer, Colin likes to relax on the beach by Lake Tahoe’s blue waters or fly fish in the Truckee River.