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A Hot Tub at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, California
Courtesy of Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

Après Ski at Northstar California

Après Ski at Northstar California
sip champagne and rejuvenate with a massage after a day on the slopes

This popular resort on Lake Tahoe’s northwest side lets you start celebrating right out on the slopes. Kick off après with Northstar’s “daily tōst,” where guests are invited to raise a glass and sip bubbly on the mountain each day at 2:00pm. 

Down at the base, all the après action centres around the lively ice rink anchoring the handsome Village at Northstar. Scan the crowd chillin’ by the ice rink in the handsome Village at Northstar and you can see this place is all about families—happy families—on the ice, sprawled on cushy sofas, in shops and restaurants. Kids bust their moves (or their buns) on the ice, then take breaks with mom and dad (sipping Irish coffees in heated rink-side cabanas) to make marshmallowy treats with ready-made s’mores kits, complete with toasting sticks and all the sweet ingredients (for sale at a rink-side stand).

Another fun option for all is the Family Après Snow Play area, where you can build snow sculptures, have snowball-tossing competitions, dance to popular tunes, and play games.

A favourite après-ski hangout spot for grownups, including gold medallist Shaun White (Northstar is his home mountain), is romantic Petra, in the village a short walk from the ice rink. Slip into a pillow-filled banquette at the edgy urban-meets-mountain hip hangout, then sip top wines paired with sophisticated small plates, like cumin lamb meatballs.

After a day in ski boots, getting a massage can be an awesome way to après. Try the ‘Aching Feet Rescue’ at the swanky spa at Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Rehydrate with cucumber water then steam, soak, or swim in a heated lap pool, included with all treatments.

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Northern California

Discover the High Sierra

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November
Average (°C)
Sept - Nov
18°
High
-4°
Low
Dec - Feb
3°
High
-7°
Low
Mar - May
12°
High
-5°
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June - Aug
22°
High
5°
Low

Snow-covered peaks in winter, gushing waterfalls in spring, wildflower meadows and glistening lakes in summer, vibrant colours in fall—this is a land of dramatic and wild beauty. World-class mountain resorts circling turquoise-blue Lake Tahoe, and at Mammoth Lakes cater to all, with scenic ski trails in winter and trails and vistas in summer.

Yosemite Valley…is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and gold and wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”  - photographer Ansel Adams

Yosemite National Park - a World Heritage Site, is found roughly 3½ hours east of San Francisco. Whether you hike a mountain, ski the steeps, or lounge in a hot tub beneath a canopy of stars, you’ll find your perfect getaway. 

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