The Weekend Drop: March 9 Edition

Another incredible week is in the books at Northstar California, characterized by a week of both sun and snow. After several sunny days last weekend, the beginning of the week brought another 46 inches of snow to the summit! The powder days were epic, but the sun has returned to bestow some much needed vitamin D upon Truckee and Lake Tahoe. 

Last week's warm temperatures did wonders to relieve some mid-season blues and generate excitement for the spring season. For me, the only thing that beats a beautiful spring day is incredible powder. Luckily, we were treated to both. Sunday and Monday proved to be two of the best powder days of the season, with fluffy, fresh snow perfect for skiers and riders of all skill levels to enjoy. I spent the majority of Monday morning on waist-deep powder runs in the Northwest Territory and Lookout Mountain. Sugar Pine Glade (Black) was incredible, featuring head-high powder turns through the trees.

As the week continued, the skies cleared and the grooming team was able to produce some amazing surfaces. I took full advantage of Wednesday's mild temperatures by lapping Burnout (Black) on the Backside and Pioneer (Blue) in the Northwest Territory. If you missed out on the epic conditions this week, don't worry because the sunshine is here to stay for a while.

Looking ahead, the National Weather Service is predicting mostly clear skies and warm temperatures for the next ten days. The highs will be in the 50s with lows in the 30s and light winds.  

Naturally, sunny skies and breathtaking vistas combine perfectly to create the perfect backdrop for photos. Take advantage of the conditions and get your picture taken by the Epic Mix team. The photos upload directly to your mobile app at the end of the day for you to keep. Look out for the photographers in green uniforms, who can typically be found in the Village in the morning and at the top of Comstock Express in the afternoon.

Insider tip: Participate in the Epic Mix team's daily photo challenges!

As this week comes to a close, there are plenty of exciting activities to look forward to. We hope to see you soon.

Upcoming Events:

  • (3/11) Stargazing Snowshoe Tour. Take advantage of the dark skies above Northstar on a snowshoe tour and telescopic viewing with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen. Meander through the serene forest while observing the starry sky above, all while working your way to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Each tour includes a laser tour of the stars and constellations, a telescopic viewing using top-of-the-line Celestron telescopes, and a chance to relax around a fire pit with wine and hot cider.
  • (3/11) Twilight Snowshoe Tour. Slow down and enjoy the peaceful setting of the Sierra Nevadas during Northstar’s guided, evening snowshoe tours. During the adventure, snowshoers will also relax around a fire pit to enjoy live acoustic music, s’mores, and hot chocolate. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join the fun. 
  • (3/10-3/12) Weekend Festivities. Join us for live music, ice skating, complementary s'mores, and lots of fun in the Village from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

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.