A Weekend at Northstar


It’s no secret that we love Lake Tahoe. We make a point to visit in all seasons to enjoy all that the nature offers. But the only thing that’s been missing is the full winter sports experience. The thing is, we don’t ski, but we should because Tahoe is a skier’s paradise. I was thrilled to join the team at Northstar as an ambassador this season–I figure it’s never too late to try something new, and it’s definitely the right time for my kids to give winter sports a try.

Northstar ski resort

A recent weekend there was meant to be my introduction to skiing, but the weather had other plans (I’ll be up there early in 2017 for ski lessons instead). Still, it was a perfect introduction to the ski resort experience, and it afforded us just what we needed–time to relax as a family. Here’s a peek at that stay, if you’d like to see:

weekend Northstar

weekend Northstar

The drive up to Northstar was easy. We left on a Friday at 1:00 and arrived just over an hour and a half later to see Northstar decorated for the holidays. After checking into our condo, we explored the Village, made s’mores at the outdoor fire pits, and had an early kid-friendly dinner at Rubicon Pizza Co. Rodrigo took the kids back to the condo for bed, and I met the Northstar team for a late dinner of seasonal dishes at Tavern 6330′.

The next morning, we woke to pouring rain. With ski lessons canceled, we cuddled up by the fire, the kids stayed in their pjs and played before I left for lunch with the team at Manzanita, the beautiful restaurant at The Ritz. The hotel is reached by a gondola ride and sits on the mountain almost 1000 feet above the Village. Needless to say, lunch was delicious. Check out how beautiful my cauliflower soup was!

lunch Manzanita Ritz Northstar

After a relaxing rest of the day, we were greeted by clear skies the next day.


The kids loved the coziness of the condo so much and were sad to leave! If you’d like to stay at Northstar, the many condos located around the Village are a more affordable option.

condos to rent at Northstar

We started the morning by taking the free gondola up to the Ritz (because what kids don’t love a gondola ride?) and admired the views from above the Village.

Northstar ski resort Northstar ski resort

gondola Northstar


Tips for visiting Northstar:

In the winter, the village comes to life with holiday decorations, fire pits, ice-skating, and s’mores making. Check Northstar’s events calendar for more information on special events in the village.

The Village often hosts live music in the afternoons.

There are plenty of restaurants to suit everyone’s taste, from casual stops like Starbucks, Frites, and Rubicon Pizza to higher-end restaurants like Tavern 6330′ and Manzanita in the Ritz Carlton.

Just about everything at Northstar is kid-friendly, and you’ll see lots of families with kids around.

The gondola ride from the village to the Ritz-Carlton is free.

We stayed in two different condos located outside the village (similar to this). Both were comfortable, cozy and clean, and our kids loved them. Shuttle service to the village is available; if you choose to drive, park in the free lot behind the village (you’ll see a sign for it on the right as you approach the village), but get there early or late for a spot as they fill up quickly with skiers.


Until next time, Northstar! Have you been there? I’d love to hear your suggestions for what to do around Lake Tahoe in winter and for learning to ski.

This is sponsored content written by me on behalf of Northstar California. The opinions, text, and photos are all mine.

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Tips for visiting Northstar Ski Resort, Lake Tahoe


  • Michelle says:

    Looks beautiful! Reminds me of Banff Alberta. We go there at least once a year.

    Michelle @ lifestylepriorities.com

  • Cindy says:

    Wow! I have heard about Northstar but had no idea it was so amazing! We are inspired by your post to put it at the top of our list next time we head up to Tahoe.
    Good luck with your skiing lessons. I hope you’ll share your progress here. It’s inspiring for the rest of us who might have (secretly) thought we were too old to learn. 😉

    • Jenna says:

      It’s a fun place to base yourself because there is plenty to do, it’s near Truckee, and the restaurants, shops, cafes, etc. are so convenient!

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