Saturday, September 29, 2012

Northstar celebrates 40 years this season

Northstar opened to skiing in 1972 when it was known as "Timber Farm", because the mountain was owned by Georgia Pacific lumber company.
Zephyr Lodge

1988: The resort began to allow snowboards.
1997: Cat Tours were offered on Lookout Mountain.
2000: Lookout Express lift became operational.
2005: First phase of the Village at Northstar opened.
2006: Groundbreaking year for the Ritz Carlton.
2008: Lookout Express lift was extended, ski boundaries were pushed back and new advanced runs were opened.
2009: Highlands Gondola was added.
2011: Zephyr lodge was built and the backside Promised Land Express chair was added. (at a cost of $30 million).
For this season, Northstar has some new features and plans to dazzle their guests. Beginning this year, there will be access to Sawtooth Ridge by snow cat and guided backcountry tours. EpicMix Racing (phone and computer ski/ride application), will allow you to see how you compare to Lindsey Vonn's time. Burton will open a Riglet Reel snowboard progression park to teach 3-6 year olds how to ski.
Promised Land Express

Everyone is hoping for a bunch of snow this year. Opening day is set for November 16, 2012. If the snow doesn't make it by then, check out the new restaurant in the Village called "Tavern 6330".

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