Northstar Ski Resort
Northstar is one of Lake Tahoe's premier ski areas, with great groomers, good steep terrain and incredible park facilities.
Most of the front of the mountain is rated blue, providing great intermediate terrain that holds its snow well due it its northerly aspect. There's also one of the world's best freestyle zones served by the Vista Express chairlift and steeper, long blacks off the Backside – served by two fast quads.
For accommodation, you can either stay in the purpose-built base village, or in one of the smart hotel complexes further up the hill. There's also the option to stay down in either Truckee or on the shores of Lake Tahoe itself in Kings Beach. Getting here is fairly simple from either San Francisco or Reno and it is a great option to combine a stay here with time at another Tahoe resort – such as Squaw Valley or Heavenly.
Resort website: www.northstarcalifornia.com