The Weekend Drop: December 7 Edition

Cue the holiday music and clinking of Champagne flutes, because Lake Tahoe winter ski season is officially under way. That's because Northstar California opened the mountain last weekend to skiers and snowboarders, with more than 20 trails, 6 lifts, and 1 terrain park opening. What's more, the mountain even saw a little fresh snow at the beginning of this week to kick-off December.

This weekend, however, will see Northstar California opening from top to bottom! The Zephyr lift (and lodge) will be opening this weekend, along with several new runs, inculding Cascade, Village, and Main Street, as well as the Big Easy lift. Guests can close out their day on the mountain by cruising down East Ridge (Blue) for the complimentary 2 p.m. tōst, and afterward, enjoy afternoon s'mores and après-ski in the Village.

Northstar Tost

As always lift and trail openings are dependent on weather and conditions, so check the snow & weather report and terrain status for up-to-date information. Weather is predicted to be in the 40s during the day with partly cloudy skies most of the weekend until Sunday, which is forecasted for sunny skies. 

Holiday events continue in the Village at Northstar this weekend with Noel Nights, taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday night. Among the activities are horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, photos with Santa, and s’mores and hot chocolate by the fire pits surrounding the ice rink. Furthermore, being the season of giving that it is, bring 2 cans of food during Noel Nights and receive $5 off ice skate rentals to help support the Truckee Community Christmas. As usual, live music will be taking the stage above the ice rink all weekend long. 

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Meanwhile, just a couple miles up Highway 267, our friends at Truckee Tahoe Airport are hosting their annual Santa Fly-In. Families can head to Hangar A-09 on Saturday morning, where Santa is scheduled to fly in at 10 a.m. Find out more on Truckee Tahoe Airport's website.  

Check out a few other upcoming events below.

Upcoming Events

Southern born and bred, Spencer was bitten by the travel bug at a young age, flying on a plane for the first time at age five and by himself for the first time at seven. While he continues to travel around the world in search for the best whiskey, Spencer now calls Reno home, where his search is for the best cocktail (and first tracks, naturally). He has written about travel, food, and drinks for a number of publications that have included the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Outside Magazine, and Travel + Leisure, just to name a few. See a more candid version of Spencer on his website,, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.