Northstar, CA….New this year to our snowshoe offerings are three nights with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen during Star Gazing Snowshoe Tours. 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 and a telescopic viewing using top of the line Celestron telescopes. All tours will begin at 5pm and will depart from the Cross-Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center.
During this 2 to 2.5 hour tour Tony will lead you through some of our snowshoe trails including challenging, rolling terrain all while chatting about the wonders of the sky. After, you’ll snowshoeing to the Cross-Country Ski, 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 group will snowshoe down the last 1/2 mile to the Village at Northstar™ where the tour will end. Dogs on leashes are welcome! There will be snowshoes available for rent.
Please give yourself plenty of time to ride the Gondola and check in at the Cross-County Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center located at Mid-Mountain. Snowshoes will be available for rental at the Cross-Country Center.
Participants should make sure to wear warm and waterproof shoes and clothing. We recommend snowboots to keep your feet warm and multiple layers of clothing so you can adjust for your temperature during the hike.
Adults – $50
Children – 10 – 12: $30
Please Note: We have limited the ages of children to 10 and above to keep the group moving at a steady pace.
Snowshoe Rental – $5
Tour Dates + Times
Thursday, December 30 – 5:00 p.m. – The distant gas giants of the Solar System (Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune) join the beautiful star clusters of the winter high above the Southern skies of Northstar at Tahoe.
Saturday, January 8 – 5:00 p.m. – Taurus rises from the East (the mighty star clusters, the Pleiades and Hyades, shine brightly in the eastern sky following and crescent Moon in the west)
Monday, February 14 – 5:00 p.m. – Orion the Hunter and Lepus the Hare (The constellation of Orion rises high in the southern sky cradling the Orion Nebula, the birthplace of stars, with Lepus below pointing to Hinds Crimson Star.
Northstar Resort’s Moonlight Snowshoe Tours sell out on a regular basis. Reservations are required with a 24 hour cancellation policy. Book your reservations online or call the Cross-Country Ski, Telemark &Snowshoe Center at 530.562.3270.