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Northstar-at-Tahoe

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.

Mountain Lotus Yoga

Mountain Lotus Yoga
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Enjoy hot yoga in a welcoming environment.

Ready to sweat? Mountain Lotus Yoga will cleanse those toxins, open those pores, and calm your mind and body. While not officially Bikram Yoga (which requires the blessings of the yogi himself), Mountain Lotus offers the same thing, hot yoga. Their heated studio provides an increase in cardiovascular benefits, muscle elasticity, and a replenishing of skin cells (to help reduce signs of aging).

Lighthouse Spa

Lighthouse Spa
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A local's favorite.

With 18 years of keeping both locals and visitors relaxed and refreshed Lighthouse Spa has the kind of reputation people trust. Literally a stone’s throw from the waters of Lake Tahoe, Lighthouse has established themselves as a true local favorite. Specializing in massage and offering a wide range of therapeutic techniques the Lighthouse staff will ease away those aches and pains, leaving you stress-free and feeling great. Not to be forgotten, Lighthouse also offers a full assortment of facial, waxing, and wellness services and can out-call their services to your home as well.

Clearwater Day Spa at Tahoe

Clearwater Day Spa at Tahoe
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Enjoy the shores of Lake Tahoe from a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.

Just off the shores of Lake Tahoe and in the middle of Tahoe City, Clearwater Day Spa brings the calming peace of the lake to their loyal customers. With an array of treatments from massage and facials to waxing and nail care the professional staff at Clearwater will have you feeling fresh and relaxed in no time. Clearwater strives to create a welcoming and calming atmosphere of serenity for their guests and with phenomenal views of the lake and some of the most experienced therapists in the basin they’re sure to do just that.

Clearwater Day Spa at Tahoe

Ritz-Carlton Highlands Spa

Ritz-Carlton Highlands Spa
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This spa is located right in the middle of beautiful Tahoe wilderness

If you believe that old real estate motto; Location, location, location; then this is your spa. Located at mid-mountain, the Ritz-Carlton Highlands Spa brings relaxation and rejuvenation right into the middle of the spectacular Tahoe wilderness. There’s no lack of luxury either. With 16 serene and picturesque treatment rooms and an impressive list of treatment options and a full schedule of holistic wellness options to boot, the Highlands Spa will keep you fully pampered and rejuvenated. This is truly the way to finish off an incredible day on the slopes.


Balance Holistic Health

 
Balance Holistic Health
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Located at the bottom of the hill, this is a convenient stop for relaxation.

Located in the village at the bottom of the mountain Balance Holistic Health is your first stop for après ski relaxation. Offering a full array of massage, facial, manicure/pedicure, and acupuncture services in addition to yoga, Tai Chi, and nutritional options for those with a little more active focus, Balance has something for everyone. Balance also works with many local public and private events so if you’d rather have them come to you their certified staff of therapists can track you down at your hotel, or condo.

Dragonfly

Asian fusion at its best.

After skiing at Northstar-at-Tahoe or Alpine Meadows save your appetite for sushi at Dragonfly, where the menu blends Japanese, Thai and Indian influences. This is Asian fusion at its best. Try the plantain-and-panko-encrusted basa fish with a little sake.

dragonflycuisine.com; 530-587-0557

Baxter's

Baxter's
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Hyper-local, California cuisine.

Baxter's is run by Mark Estee and JJ Morgan, the owners of the popular Truckee-based Moody’s Bistro Lounge.  They serve up food that focuses on hyper-regional ingredients. “This type of cooking requires more legwork, but it’s healthier and it feels better,” says chef  Estee, who serves regional duck, grass-fed beef and seasonal produce. “You get what’s being harvested now.”

530.562.3200; baxtersbistro.com

Mikuni

Mikuni
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Stylized sushi in a high-energy location alongside the Village ice rink.

Right in the heart of the village, Mikuni serves up creative, California-style sushi.  Try the Tahoe roll, Tempura vegetables with spicy salmon. 

mikunisushi.com; 530-562-2188

Chocolate Bar

Chocolate Bar

Northstar’s new Chocolate Bar is, well, sweet. At après around the fire pit or late-night at the sleek metallic bar, sip drinks ranging from hot white chocolate laced with peppermint to cocoa amaretto martinis—all made with grand cru chocolates. Pair them with kobe sliders or herb-marinated flatiron steak, or damn the calories and go for the raspberry raviolis or chocolate mud pie. In the Village at Northstar; northstarattahoe.com

Try a delicious chocolate-inspired cocktail along with dinner or dessert.

Northstar’s new Chocolate Bar is, well, sweet. At après around the fire pit or late-night at the sleek metallic bar, sip drinks ranging from hot white chocolate laced with peppermint to cocoa amaretto martinis—all made with grand cru chocolates. Pair them with kobe sliders or herb-marinated flatiron steak, or damn the calories and go for the raspberry raviolis or chocolate mud pie.
Village at Northstar, California | 530.562.1800 | northstarattahoe.com

Manzanita

Manzanita

North-Star-at-Tahoe, California

Set to open in December 2009 in The Ritz-Carlton Highlands. See the menu.

This Northstar-at-Tahoe restaurant is mountain-chic.

San Francisco super-chef/James Bear Award-winner/avid skier Traci Des Jardins raises the local dining scene with Manzanita, in the Ritz Carlton Highlands. The mountain-chic restaurants showcases Des Jardin’s flair in dishes like foie gras terrine with quince chutney.
Lake Tahoe, California | 530.562.3050 | manzanitalaketahoe.com

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