Resort Poll 2013: Top 10 Overall

10. Northstar, California


Average Snowfall: 350”

Elevation: 8,610’

Vertical Drop: 2,280’

Number of Lifts: 20

Hub: Reno, Nevada



Eero Ettala calls Northstar home because of its “overall mellow Tahoe vibe and sunny California feeling.” He gets his day going by taking the Zephyr Express then following Pioneer Trail to the Stash Park where you can session wooden jibs all the way to the lift. If you’re craving more park, Eero recommends hitting Pinball. It’s got top-to-bottom jumps, rails, and jibs, followed by a pipe. Hitting so many features is bound to make you hungry, so snag lunch at the Zephyr Lodge. If it’s snowing, however, explore the trees on The Backside or Martis Camp. For après head to TC’s Pub for brews and grub, or head to Truckee and hit Bill’s or Tacos Jalisco. With Northstar enjoying more than 300 days of sunshine a year, you can toast to many more laps.