The Weekend Drop: February 9 Edition

It has certainly been an interesting week for weather at Northstar California! So far we've seen a snow storm, a crazy amount of wind, sunshine, and plain old rain. What's next Mother Nature? According to the National Weather Service, we're in for a relatively normal weekend with clear skies and cool temperatures. 

Last weekend started out with new snow on Friday, delivering more than two feet of that beautiful white stuff through Sunday. I ventured up to the Summit on Saturday morning for first tracks and was rewarded with several especially excellent powder runs on Upper Grouse Alley (black) and The Plunge (black). The snow-covered trees and valley looked so beautiful from the vantage point below Comstock Express. Of course, nothing compares to the epic view of Lake Tahoe from East Ridge (blue) after a snow storm. 

The sun decided to make an appearance on Sunday, making it a perfect morning for park laps on Moonshine and Pinball. With more than two hundred features, all eight terrain parks were looking great! 

As we move into the weekend, wet conditions are expected to transition into snow overnight with up to eleven inches of possible accumulation. The temperature will hold between the high twenties and low thirties through Saturday night, creating ideal surface conditions.

Insider Tip: Escape to Lookout Mountain and The Backside on weekends to discover the best untouched terrain!

If this awesome season has taught us anything, it's to expect the unexpected. Always be prepared for changing weather conditions and mountain operations. The mountain operations teams at Northstar always aim to open as much terrain as possible but sometimes nature has other plans. Follow @NorthstarMTN for the most up to date information regarding weather conditions and mountain operations.

We are heading into an exciting week in Lake Tahoe, check out some of the upcoming events at Northstar California below.

Upcoming Events:

  • (2/10-12) Weekend Festivities in the VillageUnwind after a day around Lake Tahoe with great live music and DJs following every weekend at The Village at Northstar. There will be ice skating, s'mores, great company and more!

  • (2/11) Stargazing Snowshoe Tour - The Clusters of AurigaExplore the dark skies above Northstar California on a snowshoe tour featuring telescopic viewing with Star Guide and poet, Tony Berendsen. The event will include a laser tour of the cosmos using state-of-the-art Celestron telescopes.

  • (2/12) Ski, Tōst, and be Married! Northstar California will host a group wedding ceremony as part of tōst on Sunday at 1:45 p.m. The ceremony will be complimentary for anyone who wishes to profess their love, renew their vows or actually be married!



Ahlani is a wanderlust-inspired adventurer and aspiring travel writer born and bred out of the Sierra Nevadas. She is passionate about combining her love of travel with her love of words while pushing creative boundaries and exploring the great outdoors. Ahlani received dual degrees in public relations and international affairs from the University of Nevada, Reno and plans on chasing powder and working in the mountains for years to come. She's lived in the Bahamas and New Zealand, and spent time in 47 other countries, but Lake Tahoe will always hold her heart. Read more about her adventures here.