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After receiving 300 inches of snow this season, there are so many ways to enjoy this amazing winter. Around Northstar there are plenty of ways to take advantage of this amazing season.

Exploring Northstar California

Northstar ski resort is an amazing place for everyone – downhill skiers and riders, nordic skiers, ice skaters, and winter enthusiasts. Experience terrain that will challenge and excite all ability levels and world class lessons for those just starting out. The nordic center has 35 kilometers of scenic trails that are perfect for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking and more. Bring your family and definitely bring a camera because the trails open up to views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding valley like nowhere else on the mountain. The Village at Northstar is perfect for those looking to shop or cozy up next to a fire pit and enjoy live music, cocktails and some ice skating.

For those in the surrounding neighborhoods within Northstar, including The Retreat homesites off Big Springs Drive, you have access to a complimentary shuttle that takes the hassel out of parking and will drop you off directly in the Village at Northstar

For terrain status, hours of operations and exciting village events visit 

Snowshoeing on the Tomkins Memorial Trail

In the woods surrounding Northstar California is a 17+ mile network of trails called the Tompkins Memorial Trail, or T.M.T. for short. With all this new snow, this is the perfect place to take your snowshoes. While not maintained in the winter, they are an amazing corridor to some breath taking winter hiking. The best part about the trails is that you have access to them from nearly every neighborhood within Northstar, including The Retreat homesites off Big Springs Drive. Below map of the T.M.T.

Tips for Snowshoeing

These trails are not patrolled. If you get into trouble you will be on your own. So be prepared, and tell someone where you are going, and when you will return. Below is a list of a few things to do and to bring when you head out snowshoeing . Most important is common sense. Always check the weather forecast. Remember that it takes longer to go uphill than downhill, and plan your turn around time accordingly. Winter is a beautiful time
to explore the Sierra, so plan ahead and have a safe and fun time!

  • Tell someone who cares where you are going and when you’ll return
  • Take a friend. It’s more fun and safer.
  • Water — bring plenty!
  • Food — i.e. energy bar, sandwich, etc. – perfect opportunity for a snowy picnic
  • Adequate clothing — layers, hats, gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Map of area
  • Sunglasses, or goggles, sunblock, lip balm
  • Check the weather report