The Weekend Drop: President's Weekend Edition

Thank you Mother Nature!  After not exactly cooperating for a while, weather has been on our side this week, helping improve conditions across the mountain.  We started the week with a Monday/Tuesday storm total of 4 inches of fresh snow, but the real difference has been made my our snowmaking team.  


Temperatures at Northstar California Resort have been in the teens and 20s most of this week.  That has allowed for near constant snowmaking.  Many of the runs, especially on the lower mountain, have had their snow surface refreshed.  The good news though, improvements are not strictly limited to the lower mountain.  Burnout (The Backside, black) has been closed most of the week, but thanks to round-the-clock snowmaking, it reopened Wednesday, just in time for President's Day weekend.  For the latest on conditions, be sure to visit the current conditions page.

This weekend, by the way, has potential to be a lot of fun for couples and families alike.  Aside from improved skiing and riding conditions, there are a lot of other activities to do in the Village and around the mountain.  First and Foremost... Go Team USA!  Have you been watching the games?  From Chloe Kim dominating in the Half Pipe to Red Gerard putting up amazing run in slope-style, these games have been a thrill to watch.  If you are looking to watch some of the action this weekend, visit TC's Pub in the lower level of the village.  They have food and drink specials as well as Team USA themed raffle prizes.

Also happening this weekend, our third Mountain Table Dinner of the season is on Friday.  Guests will ride the Big Springs Gondola to mid-mountain, transfer to the Zephyr Express Gondola, then make their way to Zephyr Lodge.  If you forgot to celebrate Valentine's Day, this is a terrific way to do it!  The menu looks simply fantastic and each individual course will be paired with a specific wine from Charles Krug winery.

Finally, if you want to experience something truly unique, it's Tahoe after dark.  No, I am not referring to any nightlife event or club with loud music, but something far more rewarding -- a Star Gazing Snowshoe Tour.  There is so much less light pollution at Northstar than there is in a city, that you can easily see thousands of starts.  The experience is truly breathtaking.  The Star Gazing Showshoe Tour is on Saturday from 5-7:30pm.  Meet at the Cross Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center at mid-mountain. 

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.