Just less than a mile from our Northstar at Tahoe Condo is the Village at Northstar, the main event area of the resort. Here during the winter is where skiers and snowboarders take the gondola up the slopes. During the summer, the mountain bikers take that same ride up to the trails and lifts to the higher runs. If you are visiting during the summer without a bike, you can get hiking passes at any of the ticket booths around the Village and ride the gondola to some great walking paths. The scenery on the ride is top notch!
In the center of the Village is the ice skating/roller skating rink. Our 3 kids all had the chance to skate and had a wobbly time of it! It was their first experience on four wheels and let’s say thank goodness for the rails. The Saturday afternoon we skated a band played some great 80’s music and it was a great time. The rink is open noon-8pm most days and is a $5 charge for skate rental.
Surrounding the rink are both covered and non-covered lounging areas with couches and some spots with fire pits. Evenings even in the summer are cool, grab your favorite spirit at a few of the great free-standing kiosks selling food and drinks and hang out, it’s a gorgeous area!
There are some great shopping stores in the Village like Ambassador Toys and The North Face. During the summer, on Friday and Saturday nights you can watch an outdoor movie with your family in the fresh night air! Herbie Fully Loaded played on Friday night, while Fame played Saturday. Chairs are available on a first come first serve basis, the movie is free!
My youngest tried out the Apex Bungy featuring the Bungy Trampoline, channeling her inner gymnast/acrobat. For $12 you get 5 minutes of excitement as you bounce up and down on a trampoline. I hear from my 4 year old that it makes your tummy feel “wiggly!”
The dining in the Village runs a little higher than if you were to go into nearby Truckee, but it’s convenient and pretty delicious! You will find a common Starbucks available, Earthly Delights (deli/grocery), Mikuni Sushi, and North of the Boarder (Mexican).
I suggest Rubicon Pizza Company! The pizza was fabulous, and we dined again a second night (my girlfriend and I) and the spaghetti bolognese was divine! Great appetizers (wings, mozz sticks) and kitchy mason jar drinks! Rubicon has a fabulous kids menu as well!
Enjoy the Village at Northstar during your stay, there’s something for the whole family!
I was given a $25 GC to spend in the Village along with skating and hiking passes included in our lodging package. The opinions are our tried-and-true experience and was not influenced by any source.