The Weekend Drop: March 23 Edition

Not so fast spring. The calendar may have turned from winter to spring, but Mother Nature had more snow in store for Lake Tahoe, dropping some huge snowflakes earlier this week. The last couple of days have seen 15 inches of snow, while there’s more snow in the forecast off and on over the next week. That bodes well for an extended season that goes through April 23rd this year.

It was a big week at Northstar California across the board. It began with the last of Northstar’s Mountain Table Dinner Series of the year. Happening a few times a winter, the dinner is one of the ski resort’s premier events, pairing a great winery with Northstar’s great chefs for a five-course dinner atop the mountain at Zephyr Lodge. You can read all about this year’s series here.

While the first day of spring dropped earlier this week, it was then followed immediately by snowfall the last couple of days, bringing Northstar’s total for the year to 622 inches. Needless to say, it’s shaping up to be a great spring skiing season.

Need a change of scenery or want to skip the gondola line on your next day at Northstar? Then keep walking past the Big Springs Gondola to the Village Express lift, which actually drops guests off higher up the mountain at Logger’s Loop (Blue). Here you can do a quick warm-up run before catching one of the mid-mountain lifts up the mountain. It comes in handy on those busy weekend days.

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Following more fresh snow this week, conditions should be primetime this weekend as we go into the final month of the ski season. Where did the season go? JanuBURIED seems just like yesterday. Nonetheless, there’s some great skiing to be had, as well as a number of events in the coming weeks, which you can discover below.  See you on the slopes!

Upcoming Events

  • (3/24-3/26) Weekends in the Village. Your après–ski sesh begins in the Village at Northstar. Join us for live music, ice skating, and complimentary s'mores in the Village from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 
  • (4/1) Spring It On! Pond Skim. This is spring skiing at its best in North Lake Tahoe, for the annual pond skim, taking place mid-mountain at Northstar. Don your favorite 80's throwback and come out for a day of pond skimming and live music. If you think you have what it takes, arrive in the morning to register to compete and bring your A-game in the afternoon.
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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.