TRUCKEE, Calif. (Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015) – Northstar California Resort will open this winter's first halfpipe to skiers and riders Friday, Jan. 9. Located on Pipeline trail and accessible via Vista Express, the halfpipe is a popular and highly-anticipated feature among Northstar's terrain park users. Its addition allows for a contiguous, uninterrupted terrain park descent from the top of Pinball Park, which currently offers guests access to 46 features, into the Pipeline Park, which hosts the halfpipe.
"Recent weather patterns brought very cold temperatures, allowing for extensive snowmaking efforts at the halfpipe's location," said Beth Howard, vice president and general manager. "With the recent opening of The Islands and Castle Peak on The Backside, Northstar now offers 70 open trails. Friday's halfpipe opening will be a great addition to the resort's three open terrain parks, which collectively offer more than 70 features for all levels of progression. Prosser, an advanced slope on Lookout Mountain, also opens Friday."
Northstar's terrain and progression parks are an integral component to the resort's terrain-based beginner learning system. As the first resort to introduce Smart Terrain™ and terrain-based learning into instruction, Northstar recently launched the next chapter of skiing's most innovative instructional methodology. Additional strategically-created snow enhancements – such as berms, gentle rollers and angled features – will offer improved focus on technique which guides skiers and riders to the next ability level.
Terrain-Based Learning during January – Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
Northstar lives up to its reputation as the best resort for families through its ski and snowboard programs for kids age three through 12. Receive a $20 savings per day with advanced reservations of three consecutive days of kids' group lessons, Kids' Ultimate 4 semi-private instruction (maximum of four students per class) or children's snowboard instruction at the world's only Burton Academy. Guests who reserve more than three consecutive days receive a commemorative gift bag and individualized concierge services.
Save 20 Percent with Mid-Winter Escape
Mid-Winter Escape offers twenty percent nightly savings on lodging at Northstar – including studio, one-, two, and three-bedroom condominiums. Valid throughout Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with the exception of Jan. 16 – 18, 2015, Mid-Winter Escape offers flexibility to reserve any number of nights for any number of guests. Reservations can be made at NorthstarCalifornia.com/WinterEscape or by dialing 800.GO.NORTH.
Bypass Lift Ticket Lines
Northstar offers up to 25 percent savings on advanced purchase lift tickets this season via the new EpicDay Lift Tickets platform, now available across all Vail Resorts. Tickets can be purchased through an easy-to-use online and mobile sitehttp://www.snow.com/epicday, and picked up at a designated EpicDay Express Ticket Pick-Up lane at each resort. Once the ticket is picked up, guests can keep their ticket and load it with more days online, avoiding a return trip to the ticket window. EpicDay Lift Tickets rewards advanced planning, even if the purchase is made while walking up to the resort, with more savings and less time spent in the ticket line.
About Northstar California Resort
Northstar California™ is home to a base area village featuring unique shops and restaurants, a conference center, 9,000 square foot outdoor skating rink, movie theaters, on-site lodging, special events and more. A winter sport enthusiast's paradise, Northstar offers 100 ski trails spanning 3,170 acres, award-winning terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and Telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer activities include mountain biking, golfing, scenic lift rides for sightseeing and hiking, fly-fishing and more. Northstar is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information, call 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784) or visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.