Still More Amenities at Northstar-at-Tahoe
is a perennial favorite for families traveling to Tahoe. Kid-friendly in every
aspect, the new Lookout Mountain just pushed up the ante for parents as well.
Northstar has been quietly
at work improving service (is that possible?), revamping the village, and the
big one, adding terrain. Lookout Mountain opened in January to rave reviews.
We had been looking up at
the trails of Lookout for over a year. The kids argue whether the runs are cut
to spell anything out. “N” and “D”? “L”, “N”, “D”? After a slow start to the winter,
I finally had the chance to explore Lookout Mountain one day. It’s a bit of an
adventure to get there. You can take Pioneer chair up or head up Comstock Express
to work your way over. We opted for Comstock to get a run in on West Ridge (one
of our family favorites). Down the ridge and through the woods. What’s this? A
pony tow takes you across the flats and into Lookout Mountain. “Into” because
this area feels different. Log signs, deep pines and lots of granite – it almost
feels like a different area.
We happened on some fresh
powder and worked our way over to Martis on skier’s right from the pony tow.
A black diamond, the run had a nice pitch, not too tough for advanced intermediates,
and worked its way through the thinned trees. Where were we going? Was that Truckee’s
flats way below? A very quick trip up the quad and this time we headed off the
chair to skier’s left to the Prosser trail. Wide open, with gentle rolls, the
trail also has a consistent pitch before it rakes right back to the chair. Hey,
we could do this all day! Straight shots, rolls, some wonderful tree skiing and
even snowmaking! Prosser, Stampede, Gooseneck, Boca and Martis are all named after
Truckee’s numerous bodies of water. It’s a nice touch.
That’s what Northstar is
all about. Thoughtful design, impeccable grooming, and one great family experience.
“Lookout,” more on the way.
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