The Weekend Drop: January 11 Edition

Kicking off 2018, it's been exciting having a a number of days to wake up to fresh snow. And while I share more info on conditions and terrain below, this weekend I'm equally excited for the return of one of Northstar's best events of the year, the Mountain Table Dinner Series. Simply put, this is one of the finest meals and finest views you can have during winter in Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe is certainly no stranger to fine dining with a view, with restaurants such as Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, Sunnyside on the West Shore, and Gar Woods in Carnelian Bay. All of these Lake Tahoe restaurants are famous in their own right and can be visited daily. This weekend, however, fine dining comes in the form of a mountaintop pop-up restaurant atop Northstar California.


While Zephyr Lodge is normally just open during the day, this weekend it will be the site of Northstar's first pop-up dinner of the winter, playing host to beautiful views, a five-course food and wine paring, and live music. It's what's known as the Mountain Table Dinner Series, with each dinner bringing a different California winemaker to share their finest wines paired with uniquely crafted dishes from Northstar's chefs, all enjoyed at 7,910 feet up.

As of this morning, there are only a few tickets left for the Mountain Table Dinner with SIMI Winery. However, if they do sell out, there are plenty of tickets available for next month's dinner on February 2. I am personally excited about next month's dinner, since one of the best bottles of wine I've had is from Prisoner, which is the featured winery next month. Mark your calendars.


Even still, there is still plenty more to do this weekend at Northstar California Resort. Northstar's snow reporters come bringing good news, most notably, telling us that the upper mountain has received 12 inches of new snow in the last week. Last Saturday that allowed for the opening of new terrain, such as Corridor (Black). To access Corridor, take an immediate left off the top of Comstock Express and ski under the lift for a few hundred yards before the run joins Ax Handle (Blue).

Corridor (black) is located underneath Comstock Express.

Corridor (black) is located underneath Comstock Express.

Colin Lygren

Colin Lygren is a recovering news reporter seeking a new life in a ski town. While he is originally from Sacramento, Tahoe is the place Colin has always called home. He started visiting the region at just a year old and practically grew up on the slopes with his dad and sister. When he is not writing for Tahoe Ascent, Colin is shooting pictures and video or getting up early to make sure he gets fresh tracks, whether it be a groomer day or a powder day. In the summer, Colin likes to relax on the beach by Lake Tahoe’s blue waters or fly fish in the Truckee River.