The Weekend Drop: January 4 Edition

Three inches of fresh snow at the top of the mountain this morning made for an excellent surprise, and is a sign of things to come this weekend around Lake Tahoe. With precipitation returning to the area, a few more inches of snow are predicted leading into the weekend. That makes for a great start to 2018!

Fresh snow adds nicely to the already 41 runs open at Northstar California. The 41st run to open, Drifter (Blue), opened last Friday morning, allowing access for intermediate skiers and snowboarders to the Backside. Northstar's Backside can be accessed from the top of the Zephyr chair or by taking Lookout Road (Blue) from West Ridge (Blue).

Skiing and riding has been excellent in the morning, thanks in part to Northstar's groomers. Two grooming schedules every night have made way for freshly groomed trails throughout the mountain for fresh corduroy, best experienced early in the morning. First chair is daily at 8:30 a.m., though check the terrain status page for up-to-date conditions and weather.


Though the Lake Tahoe holiday season is winding down, there are still plenty of activities, such as live music on the Village Stage at Northstar from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Grab a fire pit seat around the ice rink mid-afternoon to beat the late-afternoon après-ski crowd, and enjoy free s'mores offered daily around 4 p.m. 

Additionally, the Village at Northstar features a few new offerings this year, including Lululemon, Rink Bar, and Yamakai Sushi. More info can be found in the Facebook post below.

Insider Tip: Take a guided stars tour to experience Northstar after hours.

Finally, there is an opportunity this weekend to explore a side of Tahoe that many guests miss during a short visit. Simply put, nighttime around Lake Tahoe is stunning. For years I have made an effort to go out after dark, walk through the snow and take in the incredible night sky (hello, Milky Way). And this weekend there is a chance to do just that, but through the beautiful forest of Northstar, and after hours. Saturday evening there will be a 2.5-hour Twilight Snowshoe Tour, starting at 5 p.m. at the Cross Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center. Guests will snowshoe through the pine forest, relax by fire pits and enjoy s'mores, ultimately ending their adventure in the Village.

Meanwhile, learn about a few other upcoming events below.

Upcoming Events

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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.