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These days, it’s easy to forget Northstar was once a Tahoe underdog. Especially when après-ski—after you soared down “seamless groomers,” riffled through powdery woods and hit one of the ultra-hip terrain parks—means getting bubbled by jets in a two-person copper tub at the Ritz-Carlton spa while gazing at big vistas.

Not feeling so ritzy? Enjoy a few drafts around the firepits at the Overlook while the kids skate for free in the Village. Dinner? Epicureans like Manzanita, where San Fran power chef Traci Des Jardins might just visit to admit “I became a chef because I thought it would be a good way to support my dream of being a ski bum.”

Bums whose lifestyles involve less foie gras, however, appreciate slices from Rubicon—and the value-priced “Stay and Ski Free” deals. In other words, Northstar’s trademarked ethos of delivering “a good day” to all and finding fresh ways to do it is working. While some dislike the trek from parking to Village to the actual skiing—and lovers of true double-blacks still should go elsewhere—more converts love the innovative ways this “mellow mountain” turned “top notch resort” delivers great times to many different styles of skiers. Think Beaver Creek meets Deer Valley with a come-one-come-all California attitude. —S.R.

What’s New: Treeskiing skills clinics; new rental fleet; new cool features in The Stash.

Mandatory Run: Lookout Mountain on a powder day.

Don’t Miss: Fresh grilled lunch in the sun with Lake Tahoe views at Summit Deck & Grille.

Summer in Tahoe

An off-season adventure around the lake in three days.

Come for the snow, stay for the sun. As many locals will agree, summers in Tahoe are just as beautiful and full of adventure as the winters inspiring many a seasonal resort worker to stay long after last chair. Just two hours east of Sacramento on Interstate 80, Tahoe's sunny days on the beach, adrenaline pumping bike rides and wild night life of the South Shore are just a few reasons why a trip to the lake should be on your vacation agenda this summer.

A Ski Rental Solution

A Ski Rental Solution
Skis in front of view over Grindelwald, Switzerland
Traveling with your skis is not only a drag, it can be pricey. But renting is no picnic, either. Black Tie Rentals offers an easy alternative.

A common question: To schlep your skis or to rent once you get there? As editors, we travel a lot, so it’s a dilemma we’re faced with a dozen times throughout the ski season. Quick weekend jaunts, business trips with a side of skiing: Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to take your skis along.

Vail Resorts Announces Epic Photo

Vail Resorts Announces Epic Photo
EpicPhoto
Vail Resorts' EpicMix will now include photo sharing.

At a press event in Denver today, Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz announced improvements to the EpicMix program. Expanding on its social networking app that allows registered users to track and share their ski-day stats from any of Vail Resort’s mountains, the next iteration of EpicMix includes EpicPhoto.

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