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    KidzView Boy, does Northstar have some winter toys. Snowbikes, snowscoots, skifoxes, snowmobiles, tubes, who has time for skiing? Try them out at night - Mom and Dad can hang out at the Lookout Bar. Or take them tubing for a laugh. Grab a Kids Trail Map and look for the Paw Parks - adventure areas with terrain features just for kids!

    For Sanity's Sake: Try a free lesson to brush up on your skills. The free lessons are 1 3/4hrs long and meet at 10am, 12 noon, and 2:15pm. Not a skier or boarder? Try the First Time Pro Package or check out cross country skiing or snowshoeing - all from mid-mountain.

    KidzPoints: Parent's Predicament ticket $57 (shared ticket). Kids lift tickets are just $19 (5-12). Mommy, Daddy and Me is a free clinic to give parent's tips on skiing with their young children. Meets at 2:30 Sunday -Friday. Parents of Minors' Camp enrolled kids get a pager so they don't have to worry about their little ones. Northstar's demo centers are a great way to test-drive skis or boards before you buy. Ski up, change skis, ski off. Easy and fun.

    Where to Ski: Northstar's variety is great. Plenty of intermediates, lots of black diamonds and a few very nice novice runs make Northstar great for families. The Village Run is very flat and easy for even the youngest of skiers. For great intermediate runs and tons of freetyle terrain, go to the Vista Express lift, with scattered terrain features for new challenges. Look for terrain features on The Gulch, Jibboom, and Klondike as well. Advanced skiers won't need to leave the backside until their legs give out. New terrain on Lookout Mountain - five black diamonds!

    Where to Board: Terrain a-go-go. Pinball, Forerunner, Jibboom, Hoot Owl, Drop Off and the Straits. Where to start? Try the terrain park - Lake Tahoe's longest terrain park (almost a mile. The Vista Chair used to be quiet, but now it's the place to be. Polaris Park, offering a lighted halfpipe and limited terrain, is open until 7 p.m. on selected Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. New Superpipe for on lower Drop Off for big air!

    Special Programs: Minor's Camp Ski Cubs program for children age three - six combines learn-to-ski with a child care program. Reservations are recommended (530-562-2278). Kids aged 6-12 will love the Starkids program. 5,000 square foot building at mid-mountain gives a one-stop-shop approach. Enroll, ticket, lesson, all from one place. 9:45-3:45 includes lesson, lunch and ticket for $85. Half day is $65.

    Child Care: Minor's Camp, Northstar's state-licensed childcare facility, provides learning-oriented supervision for children ages two-six (potty trained). Lunch, snacks, and activities are included. Call 530-562-2278 for reservations.

    Good Groceries: Sushi, tri-tip BBQ, stir-fry, grilled salmon stuffed with pesto; you're guaranteed to eat well at Northstar. Oh, and for the kids there's the old standby, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers. Maybe you can entice them to try the baked potato/soup/chili bar at the Lodge at Big Springs (mid-mountain). The Summit Deck Grille offers fajitas, barbecued tri-tip, quesadillas and a new stir fry station. For an evening of fun, hang out at the Lodge at Big Springs and catch the action at Polaris Park. You can get a light dinner, pizza or appetizers. Get more info and phone numbers to Northstar's restaurants.

    Sleep Tight:

    Northstar-at-Tahoe offers a variety of slopeside accommodations. From a cozy room in the village to a deluxe condo or mountain home, there's something for everyone. Check out their rates and specials.

    Spendy: Full mountain homes available for rental. See the Northstar Lodging page for details.
    Moderate: Good family packages available in slopeside condominiums. See the Northstar Lodging page for details.
    Thrifty: Check out Northstar's "Stay and Ski/Ride Free" package starting at $92 per person.


    Rent: New fleet with automated rental conveniently located in the village.
    Buy: Northsport located in the village.

    Other Fun Stuff: Determined to be known for fun, Northstar has got a variety of toys for snow sliding in their fun-packed Polaris Park. Try the snowbikes, snowscoots and ski foxes to perfect your sliding moves. Read more about Polaris Park's rates here. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available at the Cross-Country Center. Kids over 16 can drive their own snowmobile or children over five can ride as a passenger. Last but not least, try tubing - two locations including the snowplay volcano!

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    Location: On Hwy. 267 halfway between Truckee and Kings Beach, CA.

    Info: 530-562-1010




    Terrain: 2420 acres
    25% beginner
    50% intermediate
    25% advanced

    Base elevation: 6330'

    Vertical rise: 2280'

    Average snowfall; 350 inches

    15 lifts including one express gondola, five express quads, two triples, two doubles, two Magic Carpets, and three surface lifts.

    Lift tickets:
    All day adult: $57
    All day young adult (13-22): $47
    All day child (5-12): $19
    Half-day adult: $45
    Half-day young adult: $41
    Half-day child: $16
    Parent's Predicament: $57
    Gondola Transport Ticket: $10

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