Tahoe Mountain Club Winter Guide
Celebrate Snowy Season with Us!
Embrace the outdoors and immerse yourself in nature, that’s the Tahoe way of life. Whether it’s your first time visiting the region or you’ve been coming here your whole life, there is always something new to discover. Use this guide to plan your activities, find a new secret spot, and unlock unforgettable mountain moments.
Early Season Operations
Northstar California has a new opening date! The Resort announced Monday, November 20, that the forecasted low temperatures over the next few days are prime for snowmaking and will allow the resort to open on Thanksgiving Day. As the ski season starts, so will Tahoe Mountain Club’s winter operations.
Alpine Club Hours of Operations
Operational hours will expand with the mountain footprint. Stay tuned.
Thanksgiving Day (Drink Service Only) – 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Starting Friday, Nov., 24 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thanksgiving Day – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Starting Friday, Nov., 24 – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Holiday Celebrations and Member Activations
Full winter event calendar to be unveiled at the TMC Winter Preview. Sign-up below or check this page following Winter Preview.
Bearfoot Bar & Grill
Located inside The Pavilion
Bearfoot Bar & Grill
Monday- Friday 3 pm-8 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am-8 pm
Chef David’s new menu features food to warm the heart and soul. Perfect after a long day in the cold outdoors.
Pool and Hot Tubs
Located behind the Pavilion
Pool & Hot Tubs
Daily* 6:30 am – 8 pm
*In the event that high temperatures are forecasted to remain below 42 degrees, the adult pool will be covered and closed. The hot tub will remain open.
Enjoy the Lap (Pool) of Luxury
Soak in the comfortable 82-degree water while taking in the surrounding snowy landscape or getting in a winter workout. The Adult Pool is open to lap swimmers of all ages throughout the winter season.
Pavilion Hot Tubs
There is no better way to relax after a long day of skiing than soaking in perfect-temperature water. Lucky for you, there are two hot tubs to choose from at the TMC Pavilion. Soothe your muscles and enjoy a cocktail from nearby Bearfoot Bar & Grill. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Pavilion Fitness Center
Upstairs at the Pavilion
Daily 6:30 am – 8 pm
Get Your Sweat On!
Offering a variety of weight machines, Peloton bikes, treadmills, and rowing machines, the Pavilion Fitness Center is here to ensure your time away from home doesn’t turn into a time of regret. Plus, if you workout, you can eat whatever you want… right?
Sit in practice in a yoga class, improve your flexibility in foam roll and stretch, or get some cardio in a HIIT class. Guided fitness instruction is available Sunday – Friday.
Fitness Class Schedule
Located inside the Pavilion
Daily 9 am – 5 pm
Drop Off at Kids Camp
Get in a workout, get some work done, or enjoy some alone time while we watch the kids. Drop-Off is a complimentary service where the first 90 minutes of childcare is offered free to Tahoe Mountain Club Members.
Your Private Clubhouse in The Village at Northstar
Open Nov 17 – April 16
SAY GOODBYE TO CARRYING SKIS LONG DISTANCES AND GETTING DRESSED IN THE PARKING LOT. ALPINE CLUB MAKES YOUR WINTER EXPERIENCE INCREDIBLY SIMPLE. WITH A RESTAURANT, CLUBHOUSE, SKI VALET, AND PRIVATE LOCKERS, ALPINE IS YOUR DESTINATION FOR AN EASY SKI EXPERIENCE.
Between Old Greenwood and Northstar
DAYS OF OPERATION
Friday, Nov. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 26
Saturday, Dec. 2 – Sunday, Dec. 3
Saturday, Dec. 9 – Sunday, Dec. 10
Daily service Dec. 16 – April 14
|Old Greenwood to Northstar||Trip #1||Trip #2||Trip #3|
|Lookout Loop and Frontier Trail||6:42 am||8:12 am||9:42 am|
|Lookout Loop and Trapper’s Trail||6:44 am||8:14 am||9:44 am|
|Lookout Loop and Caleb Drive (north)||6:46 am||8:16 am||9:46 am|
|Lookout Loop and Caleb Drive (south)||6:48 am||8:18 am||9:48 am|
|Lookout Loop and Settler’s Lane||6:50 am||8:20am||9:50 am|
|Legacy Court Cul-De-Sac||6:54 am||8:24 am||9:54 am|
|TMC Pavilion||7:00 am||8:30 am||10:00 am|
|Entrance Cabins||7:02 am||8:32 am||10:02 am|
|Arrive at Northstar||7:20 am||9:00 am||10:30 am|
|Northstar to Old Greenwood||Trip #1||Trip #2||Trip #3||Trip #4||Trip #5|
|Northstar Shuttle Stop||7:30am||9:20 am||1:00 pm||2:30 pm||5:00 pm|
Located downstairs at Alpine Club
Early Season 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Peak Season 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Bring your skis to Northstar at the beginning of the season, and we’ll hold them for you all season long. Ski Valet at Alpine Club makes your mornings quicker, your walks to and from the car easier, and your ski experience less of a hassle.
Reserve your pickup by 5 pm the day before you plan to ski and we’ll have your gear laid out for you when you arrive.
Note: Ski Valet reservations have moved to a new system. It is quick and requires no sign-in. Click the link below.
Cubbies are available for gear storage both upstairs and downstairs at Alpine Club. Feel free to store your gear here during your ski day. If you are looking for season-long storage, Member lockers are available for lease.
Skiing and boarding is more fun when your gear is well taken care of. If your edges dull or bases in need of a wax, no worries! Let us know and we’ll get them tuned up overnight and ready for the next morning.
Alpine Club Restaurant
Located upstairs at Alpine Club
Alpine Club Restaurant
Complimentary Hot Beverages
8 am – 11 am
Breakfast 8 am – 11 am
Lunch 11 am – 5 pm
Bar 8 am – 5 pm
Warm up with a bowl of chili or share apps with your whole crew. Alpine Club is your après location to meet friends and reflect on an awesome day on the slopes.
Tucked away above The Village at Northstar, Alpine Club provides respite from the hustle and bustle below. No matter if it’s a groomer day or a blue-bird pow day, Alpine Club is your escape from the action. Have a drink, take a nap, or hop on a conference call. This is your clubhouse, use it how you see fit.
An incredible venue meets an unforgettable dining experience.
Open Dec 15 – April 8 (Reservations open Dec 2)
PERCHED ATOP NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA RESORT, ROARING FIREPLACES AND BREATHTAKING VIEWS COMPLIMENT THIS SKI-IN/SKI-OUT LODGE. OPEN EXCLUSIVELY TO TAHOE MOUNTAIN CLUB MEMBERS, THIS IS DINING ELEVATED
Reservations & Walk-ins
Dec. 21 – Jan 1.
Daily (Closed Christmas Day)
Feb. 15 – Feb. 26
Complimentary Coffee & Cocoa
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Dining Service Seatings
11:00 AM – 2:15 PM
FOR DINING ROOM SEATING
Schaffer’s Camp reservations are available at 7 AM, two weeks in advance of a reservation (Book Dec. 16 on Dec. 3, Dec. 17 on Dec. 4, etc. Reservation Date – 13 days = Bookable Day). They can be booked online at or by using the Tahoe Mountain Club app. For help booking reservations, call Schaffer’s Camp during listed operating hours, or call Member Services. Parties with more than 8 people should email email@example.com to book.
IN BAR (21+) OR ON DECK
The best way to dine at Schaffer’s Camp is with a reservation, but if you decide last minute to treat yourself, we’ll do our best to accommodate. Walk-ins are welcome to dine either in the bar (21+) or on the Schaffer’s back deck (weather permitting). Walk-ins will be seated in the dining room only if space and staffing allows.
While reservations are the best way to enjoy Schaffer’s Camp, they’re only effective if people actually show up. To ensure all Members have fair access to their Schaffer’s Camp benefit, any no-show or reservation canceled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged a $75 cancellation fee. Additionally, Members who repeatedly choose not to cancel in advance and/or no show for a reservation will be blocked from making future reservations.
Getting To Schaffer’s
From the Village at Northstar, board the Big Spring Gondola (7 mins). Once at Mid-Mountain, walk across the snow to Tahoe Zephyr Express. Don’t wait in the line with skiers and riders, instead, wait on the platform between the chairlift and the lift shack. Every 3 minutes or so there will be a gondola to Schaffer’s Camp (8 mins). Once at the top, walk down the stairs and straight across the snow to Schaffer’s Camp. Look for the Tahoe Mountain Club signs.
Lift Ticket Required
A ticket is required to board both chairlifts mentioned above. If you already have a day ticket or season pass, that will suffice. If you do not, we are happy to provide a complimentary walking pass. Just ask for one at Ski Valet at Alpine Club.
Note: Walking passes are only available to folks with a Schaffer’s Camp reservation.
Schaffer’s Camp Location
Located at 7910′ above sea level at the top of Northstar California, getting to Schaffer’s Camp requires some logistics.
Dining at Schaffer’s Camp
At Schaffer’s Camp, we’ve redefined ski resort dining. Here, you won’t be limited to burgers and chicken tenders. Instead, enjoy made-to-order dishes such as Hamachi Poke, Vietnamese Pho, and Wood-Fired Skuna Bay Salmon. With a menu like this, the only thing better is the cocktails.
In a hurry or want to dine on a variety of different items, we’ve got a solution for that! The Express Buffet at Schaffer’s Camp offers soups, salads, pizzas, and a chef’s entrée. Just let a server know you’ll be dining at the express buffet and they’ll get you settled up and on your way.
A true Schaffer’s Camp experience is about more than just the food. It’s about reaching ultimate relaxation so you’re re-energized when you get back out on the mountain. For the best experience, ditch your wet clothing in the coat room and trade cold ski boots for cozy slippers. It’s the most comfortable way to dine.
Enjoy The View
An incredible venue meets an unforgettable dining experience. With some of the best views in the region, Schaffer’s Camp is set above the treetops and looks out at the Sierra Crest. With floor-to-ceiling windows in the main dining room and panoramic views on the deck, you’ll find it hard to not be distracted during your meal.
Home to TMC’s Mountain Touchpoints
Opening Day: November 17
RISING ABOVE THE MARTIS VALLEY, NORTHSTAR IS KNOWN FOR IMPECCABLE GROOMING, BLUE BIRD POWDER DAYS, AND UNMATCHED TREE SKIING. WITH A MAJORITY OF BLUE RUNS AND VERY APPROACHABLE BLACK RUNS, NORTHSTAR HAS BEEN A DESTINATION FOR SKIING FAMILIES FOR OVER 50 YEARS.
Getting To Northstar
Village View Lots
New this season, Northstar California has adopted a new paid reservation parking system for the 23/24 winter season. Starting December 16, parking reservations will be required to park in the Village View lots during weekend and holiday periods. Reservations cost $20 and are currently available for the entire season. Reservations must be made online in advance and are free for people carpooling with four or more.
Mid-week and non-holiday skiers are in luck, reservations are not required during these times.
Castle Peak Lots
Avoid the hassle and cost of reservations by parking in the Castle Peak lots. Located at the roundabout near the beginning of Northstar Drive, these lots are available on a first-come, first-served basis every day of the season. No reservations are required and parking is free.
Please note, these lots are located over a mile away from The Village at Northstar and require a ride on a shuttle bus to access ski lifts.
On busy days, these lots will fill up quickly, so ensure you arrive at the mountain early.
Old Greenwood Shuttle
Hands down, this is your best way to get to the mountain. Available exclusively to Tahoe Mountain Club members and folks in-residence with the Old Greenwood Townhomes & Cabins, this bus eliminates the need to find a parking spot. With pick-ups throughout the neighborhood and at The Pavilion, your trip to the mountain will be simple.
Trail Map & Mountain Status
Northstar Trail Map
Boasting 3,170 skiable acres and 100 trails, Northstar California offers guests 13% green terrain, 60% blue terrain, and 27% black terrain. Take laps all day on Axe Handle, rip steep Backside groomers, or find powder stashes in gate-accessed glades.