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Although it's significantly smaller than Squaw Valley or Heavenly Resort – boasting a mere 3,170 acres and almost 100 runs – Northstar California Resort is often rated among the top ski resorts in the West. In fact, Northstar had to construct an "express gondola" to accommodate the number of people who couldn't wait to hit the slopes. 

Aside from skiing and snowboarding, other Northstar activities include swimming, ice skating (roller skating in summer) and snowshoeing. Also, youngsters can have the time of their lives on the kid-friendly slopes and the rides found at the Kids Adventure Zones. After a long day on the slopes (or the trails or the rink or the pool), catch up on your rest and relaxation with some time at the spa. There is also a movie theater on the property, as well as several shops and eateries. Recent visitors extolled the resort's awesome trails and family-friendly activities, but admit it is quite expensive.

The resort sits on the northern shore of Lake Tahoe just about 6 miles southeast of Truckee. There are several shuttles servicing the resort, including one operated by Northstar as well as TART. The ski season runs from mid-November to mid-April. Lift operation times vary depending on the day and season. For more information, including lift ticket prices, specials and trail maps, check out Northstar's website.

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#1 Emerald Bay State Park Carved millions of years ago by passing glaciers, this state park is a must-see for anyone looking to experience Lake Tahoe's beauty. Sheltered by towering trees, this inlet along ... Read more » Howcheng / Wikimedia Commons

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