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$30 Million Facelift Scheduled for Northstar-at-Tahoe

Vail Resort Northsar at TahoeVail Resorts announced earlier in March that $30 million will invest in several capital improvement projects at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort near Lake Tahoe, Calif.

The facelift, which is aimed at bolstering the mountain and village alike, is scheduled to be begin in April and be completed by the start of the 2011-12 ski season, typically commencing in mid-November.

Northstar is receiving a new express quad chairlift that will cover 1,440’ of vertical rise on the backside of the 3,000-acre mountain, allowing for access to newly created runs and ski trails. The total skiable acres of the mountain will increase by 10% or an additional 300-acres.

Developers expect the new lift to greatly increase the mountain’s uphill capacity currently figured at 34,799 people per hour. The new chairlift will make seven quads at Northstar and a grand total of 20 servicing the mountain.

More snowmaking capability will also be installed to the backside, capable of servicing one of the two-new intermediate runs and Drifter, a previously standing run. Northstar is noted for its “...long, interrupted advance trails and gladed tree skiing” on the backside of the mountain, as noted in a press release distributed by Vail Resorts announcing the projects.

Northstar will also receive a brand new, 500-seat restaurant, with an additional 200 seats available on the outdoor patio. A variety of menu options will be provided at this new, Tahoe great lodge inspired restaurant.

Skiers can access the new eatery via the Tahoe Zephyr Express, Backside Express and the Comstock Express lifts as well as the new express lift. However, current plans place the restaurant at a central location on mountain, closest to the Tahoe Zephyr Express Lift.

"Installation of the new express lift and construction of the new on-mountain restaurant will offer more terrain and greater access in Northstar's most popular lift area,” said Bill Rock, chief operating officer of Northstar-at-Tahoe.

“[It will] add much needed seating on the mountain, making it much easier for guests to have a great lunch experience," Rock added.

Similar to the mountain, the Village at Northstar is set to receive new restaurants along with new retailers, further expanding entertainment options in the area. Outdoor outfitters Patagonia and Burton will open stores, while the already existing North Face store will expand.

Northstar-at-Tahoe is the newest mountain in Vail’s vast portfolio of resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colo., Heavenly Mountain Resort and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States.

-Ryan O'Leary

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