Moonlight Snowshoeing in Lake Tahoe Northstar
We are oh-so excited about Northstar Lake Tahoe's winter activities this season. Amidst candle making, gourmet cooking classes, movies, live music, pottery painting, tubing, ice skating, the ever-popular bungy trampoline and ropes challenge and obvi skiing and/or snowboarding (yeah, that probably doesn't even need to be mentioned) and more, perhaps what has caught our attention the most, is the twilight, moonlight and star gazing snowshoe tours. Yes, you read that correctly. Now, no need to be getting all scared just yet, these tours are guided and concluded with live acoustic music or poetry, smores and hot chocolate/cider for you and the rest of your tour group to enjoy. And the guides are equipped to fight off any nighttime werewolves, so that you can relax or get your workout on in peace, depending on the pace you which to take.
These magical and adventurous snowshoe tour opportunities are possible by way of the Cross Country, Telemark + Snowshoe Center, which is located at mid-mountain, near the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Lake Tahoe and Ritz Carlton Residence Club at Lake Tahoe, which are also at mid-mountain. The Snowshoe Center offers a warm, relaxed atmosphere including our comfortable indoor seating and fireplace, a patio complete with Adirondack chairs and a fire pit, and our friendly, helpful staff here to make your day. Most importantly, however, is their remarkable trail system which includes terrain for all ability levels, from true beginners to advanced adventurers, and offers access to wilderness warming huts, stocked daily with hot chocolate and hot tea and cider, picnic tables, and great vistas of the Martis Valley and Lake Tahoe.
Please see below for more information on each of the tour options from the Northstar snowshoe tour website:
TWILIGHT SNOWSHOE TOUR
"Enjoy a guided 2 - 2.5 hour evening snowshoe tour with live acoustic music, smores and hot chocolate waiting for you at the finish. All tours will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center and will finish in the Village at Northstar at the base of the Big Springs Gondola. Rates are $45 for adults, $30 for children ages 10 - 12, and snowshoes are available to rent for $15.
STARGAZING SNOWSHOE TOUR
Take Advantage of the Tahoe dark skis this winter with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen during Star Gazing Snowshoe Tours at Northstar California. Every tour is as different as the starry skies above however each will include a poem reading, a fun space quiz, a laser tour of the stars and constellations, a telescopic viewing using top of the line Celestron telescopes and wine and hot cider around a fire pit. Rates are $50 for adults, $35 for children ages 10 – 12.
During the 2 - 2.5 hour tour, Tony will lead you through some of our snowshoe trails, including gently rolling terrain, while chatting about the wonders of the sky. Halfway through the hike, you'll find yourselves back at the Cross Country, Telemark + Snowshoe Center for the laser tour, telescope viewing, wine and hot cider around one of our fire pits. After you've had time to relax, the tour will continue with a group snowshoe down the last 1/2 mile to the Village where the tour will end. Dogs on leashes are welcome!
MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE TOUR
Enjoy a guided 2 - 2.5 hour snowshoe tour under the moonlight with live acoustic music, smores and hot chocolate waiting for you at the finish. All tours will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center and will finish in the Village at Northstar at the base of the Big Springs Gondola. Rates are $45 for adults, $30 for children ages 10 - 12, and snowshoes are available to rent for $15.
For more information on any of these tours, you can call the Cross Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center at 530.562.3270.