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Northstar is a resort area that is part of the Lake Tahoe region, located between the north shore of the lake and the town of Truckee. It is home to one of the top rated western ski resorts, with 63 downhill runs covering over 2400 acres and with 2,200 feet of vertical drop. Snowboarders enjoy half-pipes, berms and jumps and cross-country skiers have 65 kilometers of groomed trails. In the summertime, the ski runs become bike trails, and other summertime activities in the area include horseback riding, rock climbing, golf, swimming, boating and fly fishing and rafting on the spectacular Truckee River. In summertime, visitors can ride the high-speed gondola and chairlift to the top of the mountain for an amazing view of Lake Tahoe, as well as enjoy a look at native flora and fauna. There are also picturesque picnic spots on top of the mountain. The new Village at Northstar broke ground in April, 2004 and will offer a "ski-in, ski-out" village with luxurious condominiums, outdoor ice rink, fire pits, shops and cafes. Northstar is just five miles to Lake Tahoe and casinos, live entertainment, world-class dining and nightlife. The little mountain village of Truckee is just 7 miles away and offers quaint shops and art galleries, restaurants, cafes and historical spots.

Surrounding areas: Cedar Flat, California (3.3 mi), Carnelian Bay, California (3.4 mi), Dollar Point, California (4.5 mi), Tahoe Vista, California (4.8 mi), Tahoe City, California (5.1 mi), Agate Bay, California (5.5 mi), Squaw Valley, California (5.6 mi)

Northstar Vacation Rentals

Northstar Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Zelmar Lakeview LodgeN LK Blvd & Carnelian Bay RdCarnelian Bay, CA3.4 mi.(530) 546-3133
Resort At Squaw Creek400 Squaw Creek RdOlympic Valley, CA4.6 mi.(530) 583-6300
Lake Of The Sky Motor Inn955 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA5.1 mi.(916) 583-3305
Tahoe City Travelodge455 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA5.1 mi.(916) 583-3766
Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn1920 Squaw Vly RdOlympic Valley, CA6.1 mi.(530) 583-1576
Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn11331 Hwy 267Truckee, CA6.1 mi.(800) 824-6385
Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe/Truckee11951 State Hwy #267Truckee, CA6.1 mi.(530) 587-1197
Holiday Inn Express10527 Cold STRM RdTruckee, CA6.1 mi.(530) 582-1073
Best Western Trailside Inn343 N MainAlturas, CA6.2 mi.(530) 233-4111
Truckee Super 8 Lodge11506 Deerfield DrTruckee, CA6.5 mi.(530) 587-8888
Sunnyside Resort1850 W Lake BlvdTahoe City, CA7.0 mi.(530) 583-7200
Cal Neva Lodge Resort Hotel Spa & Casino2 Stateline RdCrystal Bay, NV7.4 mi.(775) 832-4000
Loch Leven Lodge13855 Donner Pass RdTruckee, CA8.4 mi.(530) 587-3773
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe111 Country ClubIncline Village, NV9.0 mi.(775) 832-1243
Inn At Incline Condominiums1003 LK BlueIncline Village, NV9.0 mi.(775) 831-1052
Tahoe Lake Cottages7030 West LK BlvdTahoma, CA12.3 mi.(916) 525-4411
Holiday Inn Express Carson City4055 N Carson StCarson City, NV19.8 mi.(775) 283-4055
Days Inn3103 N Carson StCarson City, NV20.1 mi.(775) 883-3343
Boomtown Hotel & Casino2100 I-80 W & Garson ExitVerdi, NV20.5 mi.(775) 345-6000
Best Western Trailside Inn1300 North Carson StCarson City, NV20.6 mi.(775) 883-7300
Carson Motor Lodge1421 N CarsonCarson City, NV20.6 mi.(775) 882-3572
Park Inn Hardman House917 N Carson StCarson City, NV20.6 mi.(775) 882-7744
Hampton Inn And Suites10 Hospitality WayCarson City, NV20.8 mi.(775) 885-8800
Carson Station Hotel Casino900 S Carson StCarson City, NV20.9 mi.(775) 883-0900
Motel 62749 S Carson StCarson City, NV21.1 mi.(775) 885-7710
Carson City Super 82829 S Carson StCarson City, NV21.2 mi.(775) 883-7800
Rodeway Inn4127 Pine BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.3 mi.(530) 541-7150
Caesar's Tahoe55 Hwy 50Stateline, NV22.3 mi.(775) 588-3515
Harrah's Tahoe Hotel & CasinoHwy 50 & Stateline Pobox 8Stateline, NV22.3 mi.(775) 588-6611
Harveys Resort & CasinoStateline, NV22.3 mi.(775) 588-2411
Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino ResortHwy 50Stateline, NV22.3 mi.(775) 588-6211
Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino/reso50 Hwy 50Stateline, NV22.3 mi.(775) 588-6211
Ridge ResortsStateline, NV22.3 mi.(775) 588-3553
El Dorado Motel4139 Lake TahoeSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.5 mi.(415) 731-7793
Marriott Vacation Club Timber Lodge4100 Lake Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.5 mi.(530) 542-6600
Marriott Vacation Club Grand Residence Lake Tahoe1001 Park AveSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.6 mi.(530) 542-8400
Casino Area Travelodge4003 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA23.2 mi.(530) 541-5000
Days Inn3530 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA23.2 mi.(530) 544-3445
Embassy Suites Hotel Lake Tahoe Resort4130 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA23.2 mi.(530) 544-5400
Forest Inn SuitesOne LK PkwySouth Lake Tahoe, CA23.2 mi.(916) 541-6655

Northstar Weather & Climate

The Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, just west of the Nevada state line has an alpine mountain climate. This high mountain region is known as one of the chilliest spots in the country, which comes as a big surprise to many that visit California. Nestled between the Sierra Nevada peaks, the towns of Truckee and Graeagle, and the Donner Lake region, often gets an inversion, whereby cold air is trapped overnight, thus the reason for the extreme cold temperatures in the very early morning hours - even in summertime. As the sun comes up, the temperature begins to rise and daytime highs are usually quite pleasant. Large amounts of snow are received in the higher elevations of the Sierras - up to 40 feet. Rain is possible any month of the year, although most occurs October through April. Mountain weather conditions can change quickly, and rain in the lower elevations can mean snow, sleet or ice in the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 20°F 6.01 in. -
February 42°F 21°F 5.71 in. -
March 45°F 24°F 4.57 in. -
April 51°F 27°F 1.82 in. -
May 60°F 33°F 1.21 in. -
June 69°F 39°F 0.77 in. -
July 77°F 44°F 0.33 in. -
August 77°F 44°F 0.46 in. -
September 70°F 39°F 0.90 in. -
October 60°F 32°F 1.95 in. -
November 47°F 25°F 4.25 in. -
December 41°F 20°F 4.68 in. -

Northstar Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Truckee Tahoe airport (TRK) located about 5 miles north of Northstar in Truckee, California, the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located approximately 25 miles south of Northstar in South Lake Tahoe, California, the Reno Tahoe International airport (RNO) located roughly 26 miles northeast of Northstar in Reno, Nevada, the Minden Tahoe airport (MEV) located around 26 miles southeast of Northstar in Minden, Nevada, and finally the Reno Stead airport (4SD) located about 32 miles northeast of Northstar in Reno, Nevada.

Northstar Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA23.2 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV26.3 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV28.8 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA86.0 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV28.8 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA86.0 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA115.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Tahoe City Golf CourseTahoe CityCA5.2 mi.
Ponderosa Golf CourseTruckeeCA5.6 mi.
Coyote Moon Golf ClubTruckeeCA6.1 mi.
Old Brockway Golf CourseKings BeachCA6.1 mi.
Tahoe Donner Golf ClubTruckeeCA6.1 mi.
Eagle Valley Golf CourseCarson CityNV21.2 mi.
Empire Ranch Golf CourseCarson CityNV21.2 mi.
Silver Oak Golf CourseCarson CityNV21.2 mi.
Bijou Municipal Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA23.2 mi.
Golf Club at Genoa LakesGenoaNV23.4 mi.
Sierra Nevada Golf RanchGenoaNV23.4 mi.
Lake Ridge Golf CourseRenoNV25.9 mi.
Northgate Golf ClubRenoNV25.9 mi.
Rosewood Lakes Golf CourseRenoNV25.9 mi.
Washoe Golf CourseRenoNV25.9 mi.
Wolf Run Golf Club at Fieldcreek RanchRenoNV25.9 mi.
Brookside Municipal Golf CourseRenoNV26.8 mi.
Lake Tahoe Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA26.9 mi.
Tahoe Paradise Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA28.0 mi.
DAndrea Golf & Country ClubSparksNV28.6 mi.
Red Hawk Golf Club At Wingfield SpringsSparksNV28.6 mi.
Dayton Valley Country ClubDaytonNV29.4 mi.
Wildcreek Golf CourseSparksNV29.6 mi.
Sierra Sage Golf CourseRenoNV29.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA5.1 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA5.7 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA6.1 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA6.1 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV9.0 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA11.0 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA12.6 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA12.6 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA23.4 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV26.3 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA30.0 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA37.7 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA54.3 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA66.3 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA116.5 mi.
State Parks
Burton Creek State ParkCA3.9 mi. 
Tahoe State ParkCA5.3 mi. 
Kings Beach State ParkCA6.5 mi. 
Donner Memorial State ParkCA7.4 mi. 
Sugar Pine Point State ParkCA13.6 mi. 
Lake Tahoe State ParkNV14.4 mi. 
D L Bliss State ParkCA18.6 mi. 
Snyder Meadows State ParkNV18.6 mi. 
Washoe Lake State ParkNV19.3 mi. 
Emerald Bay State ParkCA20.6 mi. 
Dayton State ParkNV30.0 mi. 
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA6.1 mi.(History)
Stewart Indian MuseumCarson CityNV20.8 mi.(History)
Nevada State Railroad MuseumCarson CityNV20.8 mi.(Technology)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV22.9 mi.(History)
W.M. Keck MuseumRenoNV26.3 mi.(History)
Nevada Historical SocietyRenoNV26.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Fleischmann PlanetariumRenoNV26.3 mi.(Science)
National Automobile MuseumRenoNV26.3 mi.(Technology)
Nevada Museum of ArtRenoNV26.3 mi.(Art)
Vernon Wood Museum of ArtDaytonNV29.3 mi.(Art)
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV29.7 mi.(History)
Portola Railroad MuseumPortolaCA42.8 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA86.0 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA98.3 mi.

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