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Northstar-at-Tahoe Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Center

100 Northstar Drive , Truckee, California 96161 | 530.562.3270
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Type: Sports and Nature & Gardens
Ages: Ages 5 — adult
Cost: $$$

You can track, skate-ski or snowshoe on over 50 kilometers of carefully groomed scenic trails with state-of-the-art equipment.  Warming huts with hot chocolate and picnic tables along the trails.
 
Cross-country + Snowshoe trail fees provide access to machine-packed trail system (for cross-country skiing & snowshoeing) plus use of the Big Springs Express Gondola and the Village Express Quad Chairlift.

Northstar-at-Tahoe has made some remarkable accomodations to meet the needs of families.  These are the programs for Winter 2008-09
MOMMY, DADDY & ME AT NORTHSTAR RESORT - This program pairs parents with one of Northstar Resort’s instructors to learn tips on how to teach their child how to ski. The 45-minute lesson is free and is available Sunday through Friday excluding holiday periods at 1:30 p.m. Suitable for parents with kids ages 3-4.
 ICE SKATING AND S’MORES AT NORTHSTAR RESORT - Open and free to the public, the skating rink is surrounded by comfy couches and Cabana Bars where parents can enjoy a hot toddy or mulled cider in between laps around the rink. Skate rentals are just $5. Families can purchase a gourmet s’mores kit and roast marshmallows over the fire pits in the central plaza.
LICENSED DAYCARE AT SIERRA RESORT AND NORTHSTAR RESORT - Wild Mountainat Sierra Resort offers daycare for children ages 18 months through 5 years. Minors’ Camp at Northstar Resort offers daycare for children ages 2 to 6 years. Don’t worry about your children being potty trained. They don’t need to be.
KID DROP-OFF AT SIERRA RESORT AND NORTHSTAR RESORT - Parents putting their children in ski school can drop-off and pick-up their kids at one convenient location at both Sierra Resort and in the Village at Northstar™. 
FAMILY PRIVATE LESSONS AT SIERRA RESORT
PREFERRED PARKING PASS AT SIERRA RESORT - Families cna purchase preferred parking for $15 per day ($149 for the season). Families who drive a hybrid vehicle to Sierra Resort can park in Preferred Parking for free!
 


2 Reviews for Northstar-at-Tahoe Cross Country Ski and Snowsh...

April 05 2013
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Violetwhite_word
"A great way to hike! "

Ordinarily I'm not sure that my family would have thought to try out snowshoeing.  One of my children is currently dealing with a health issue and as a result needs to take a hiatus from her usual winter repertoire of snowboarding, skiing, ice skating --- basically anything with a little more octane in it.  However she was cleared for trekking around in snowshoes. Happy to have an activity the entire family could enjoy together during our visit, our quartet strapped on shoes in solidarity and off we went.

It was a beautiful hike up into the pristine white trails that wind into the trees above the cross country ski and snowshoe center.  This activity actually provided a new perspective of the resort.  When you're swooshing down the hill at high speeds, how often do you stop to take in the tree line or notice the crystal blue sky above your head?  We stopped and enjoyed views and threw snowballs while breathing in fresh mountain air.  It was divine!  Best of all --- despite the fact that the resort was packed during our weekend visit,  it was peaceful, quiet and serene up on the snowshoing  and cross country trails, which tells me I may be letting one of the best kept secrets in the resort out of the bag!

This is one of the simplest snow sports activities you will ever introduce your kids to.  It is simply walking!  The family bonding benefits you receive from the activity are priceless!  If you get an opportunity to do this, my family highly recommends it!

Disclosure: Thanks to Northstar at Tahoe for hosting my family. Although my family received complimentary lodging, dining, and activities, my reviews are always my own opinions and are not influenced by staff or its affiliates.

February 28 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Gorgeous and Empty! But not great for kids"

My husband and I enjoyed a day of snowshoeing over President's Day- one of the busiest weekends of the year.  While the downhill areas of Northstar were crawling with people, the cross country and snowshoe trails were empty.  

The snowshoeing is probably too strenuous for kids- lots of deep, unpacked snow and steep trails, but the groomed cross country tracks would be fine for older kids who know how to ski.  For babies and toddlers, the cross country hut rents trailers- imagine a Burley bike trailer on skies- so your little ones can accompany you.  However, I would only bring my kids if I absolutely had to.  XC is a workout by itself.  Just imagine adding 40 lbs of trailer and a cold, whining toddler and you will start to sympathize with a pack horse.  Not my cup of tea.  Beg grandma to watch the ankle biters so you can get out and enjoy the trails in peace.  The other winter sojourners will thank you.

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