NEW VILLAGE AT NORTHSTAR
This season, the journey to create one of the finest mountain villages in North America will come to fruition with the launch of a pedestrian friendly village featuring 100 luxury condominiums, a variety of shopping options from stylish boutiques, art galleries and specialty retailers to a collection of cafes and restaurants all centered around a year-round ice skating rink. The Village will bring a revitalized energy to the resort with live music, special events, holiday festivities and a collection of fire pits, ideal for sipping hot chocolate and roasting s'mores or trading ski stories. New amenities will enhance the overall guest experience including a new skier service facility located at the heart of the Village, a concierge service, complimentary on-site shuttles and valet parking.
Those who like to shop will get their fix as many new and exciting retailers will be opening their doors this winter, including The North Face, Oakley, The Butterbox—an edgy and chic lifestyle store featuring snowboard and fashion apparel, art galleries, two children's boutiques, a bath and body store and more. After a day on the slopes, guests can satisfy their hunger at a virtual buffet of dining options throughout the new Village including Big Wave Wraps- offering specialty burritos, wraps and salads, Earthly Delights- a bakery featuring artisan breads, pastries, espresso, and deli specialties, a fine dining restaurant featuring a nationally-recognized chef and a Sushi/Japanese Restaurant, all scheduled to open this winter/spring.
ICE SKATING RINK
Northstar is scheduled to open its year-round ice skating rink in December 2005. Located at the heart of the new Village at Northstar, the ice rink will be the place to gather with outdoor fire pits, a s'mores kiosk, boutiques and restaurants surrounding it on all sides. Perfect for an après ski outing, the 9,000 square foot rink will be open days and evenings and will also offer entertainment on select dates throughout the season. Ice skating will be free, however there is a charge to rent skates.
BURTON PROGRESSION PARK
Always a leader in progressive terrain park offerings, Northstar has teamed up with Burton Snowboards to create the first Burton Progression Park. This park will cater to new park riders with small and medium sized features, ideally spaced for teaching. Northstar will offer freestyle terrain lessons this season to help riders ease into rails and jumps with proper technique. Burton will also offer beginner-specific rental equipment to accelerate the learning curve. Guests can find the Burton Park between Sidewinder and Forerunner.
NORTHSTAR IS THE COVETED PRIZE ON NEW AMPED 3 VIDEO GAME
Amped 3 was designed to be played on the long-awaited Xbox 360, the successor to the popular Xbox, which is scheduled to be released fall 2005. The Amped 3 video game features authentic snowboarding gameplay where characters can execute stylish tricks, take white-knuckle sled rides, and experience death-defying crashes. Players can also tweak their tricks, gear, runs, music, and special effects with the precision controls while saving their crew. Each level is modeled after existing ski resorts and Northstar was selected as the final and toughest level of the game.
PARK WISHES & PIPE DREAMS DO COME TRUE AT NORTHSTAR
Northstar will add a standard halfpipe to its collection of freestyle features this season. The pipe will be located on Gulch, and will offer a less intimidating alternative to the 17-foot superpipe. Perfect for getting the feeling of carving turns on the walls, this pipe will also be visible from the Lodge at Big Springs deck, located at mid-mountain.
For park fans, Northstar will expand The Straights and Pinball to make room for more terrain features and improve the flow and layout of the parks. Expanding these runs will also improve the traffic flow through these areas.
In addition, park riderrs will see some unique features this season, thanks to Northstar's new sponsorship partners. It is likely that top brands such as DC Shoes, Burton Snowboards and Matix will all make their presence known in Northstar's terrain parks by creating signature features with the help of Northstar's expert design team— Snow Park Technologies.
RIDE IN STYLE WITH NEW PARKING LOT SHUTTLE SERVICE & VALET PARKING
Guests entering the new Village at Northstar will be pleasantly surprised to find valet attendants awaiting their arrival. Northstar takes the hassle out of parking the car and schlepping the families' ski/snowboard gear from the depths of the parking lots, instead offering this luxury at the auto drop, just steps from the new Village at Northstar.
Also, Northstar will protect its guests from the elements with new, enclosed buses that will shuttle guests from their cars to the Village entrance. Gone are the days of cold, wet rides on open-air trams. Now guests will ride in comfort and style, starting and ending their day on a high note.
KIDS RULE AT NORTHSTAR
This season, the children's-sized Paw Parks will get an extreme makeover. Now known as Adventure Parks, each one will have a distinct theme that will be reflected in the signage, the new entrances and the features within the parks. Six different parks are located throughout Northstar's mountain.
Northstar now also offers kid-friendly and family-friendly lodging units with gift-baskets containing coloring books and other gifts with a children's theme, children's movies for rent (DVD and VHS), complimentary high chairs and cribs upon request, and other child-friendly amenities. Kid's trail maps, family travel tips on the website and a kid's corner in the reception area will also offer added convenience for vacationing families.
Northstar-at-Tahoe is located off Highway 267, just six miles from the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. For more information on Northstar, call 1-800-GO-NORTH or log onto www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com.