The Weekend Drop: April 13 Edition

The end of this epic winter season is rapidly approaching but it would appear that Mother Nature never got the message. In the past 7 days, the summit at Northstar California has received 37 inches of fresh snow from 2 separate storm systems. We have officially surpassed a long-standing snow total record, ringing in now at 690 inches! More snow is expected to fall through the weekend and possibly into next week. Get those first tracks and face shots in while you can.

The Spring It On! CANtina: Canned Craft Beer Tasting event took place last Saturday in the Big Springs Day Lodge. A live DJ spun groovy tunes while attendees enjoyed more than 10 delicious canned craft beer selections. If you missed out on the fun this year, don't worry because the event will be back bigger and better than ever next spring.

Last Sunday, I scored first tracks with patrol and several lucky guests before the mountain opened to the public. The morning could not have been more perfect, with sunny skies and 72 freshly groomed runs. After meeting up with the group at the bottom of the Highlands Gondola at 7:15 a.m., we headed to Tahoe Zephyr Express to take advantage of some of the best early morning corduroy in Lake Tahoe. Patrol led us down Upper and Lower Pioneer (Blue), The Gully (Blue), and Flying Squirrel (Black) several times before heading up Comstock Express for a final run down West Ridge (Blue) to Lookout Bypass (Blue) and finally to Boondocks (blue). As the mountain opened to the public, our group finished the morning at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe where we enjoyed a delicious breakfast. 

According to the National Weather Service, we're in for some more winter weather. Snow showers are expected to continue throughout the day and into the evening, delivering several inches of accumulation. Another system is forecasted to arrive Sunday evening, followed by several weaker systems through the week. It may be April, but don't put away that snow shovel just yet. As always, make sure to follow @NorthstarMtn on Twitter for current information regarding mountain operations, traffic updates, and special events.

The countdown is on with just 10 days remaining in the season. Check out this weekend's awesome springtime events and join us in celebrating an unforgettable season. We'll see you on the slopes!

Upcoming Events:

  • (4/15) Spring It On! Rail Jam presented by Butterbox. The annual Northstar California spring rail jam is back with an all new feature line-up designed by renowned terrain park expert, Mike Schipani. The event is $10 to enter and participants can sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis in men’s and women’s categories, within three divisions: 16 and older, 11-15 years old, and Grom (10 and under). For a full schedule of this event, follow the link above.
  • (4/16) Easter Eggstravaganza. Easter activities will take place all day in the Village and on the Mountain for everyone to enjoy. There will be an Easter Egg Dash, live music, and a jelly bean counting contest. For a full schedule of this event, follow the link above.
  • (4/23) Northstar California closing day. The epic 2016-17 season wraps up on April 23rd with a pass holder appreciation party and plenty of good vibes. Join us on the slopes for a full day of fun!

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.