Inside Northstar California’s Big Horn Lodge

When it comes to Tahoe ski vacation lodging, a prime location is key. But why not enjoy luxury and location? Northstar California’s Big Horn Lodge is located in the heart of the village, directly across from 1 Gondola Place, where skiers and snowboarders depart for the slopes.

Beautiful Big Horn

Condo layout:

A two-bedroom condo at Big Horn easily slept our family of five, with a large, luxury kitchen, two bedrooms, a pull-out double sofa bed in the living room, and two large bathrooms with jetted tubs. And the best feature of a Big Horn Lodge condo is—wait for it—a full-sized washer and dryer in each unit! During our stay, we also enjoyed the gas fireplace, the balcony overlooking village life below us, and the building’s ski locker, which housed not only our skis but all our boots. During morning ‘rush hour’ the narrow ski locker can get crowded, but it’s also a great time to get to know your Big Horn ski vacation neighbors.

The full-sized kitchen meant we could eat leisurely breakfasts in instead of bundling up

Big Horn Interior

early to grab something to go, and that we could make dinners in our condo after long ski days. Because skiers at Big Horn can ski directly to their condo at the end of the day, they enjoy the first samples of Northstar’s traditional s’mores, available right at the lobby of Big Horn. Also adjacent? Big gas fire-pits and plenty of après ski dining options. Basically, you’re right in the heart of the action.

Roasting S’mores at Big Horn


Hot tubs and recreation:

There isn’t a hot tub directly in Big Horn Lodge, but guests have access to several directly across in Catamount Lodge. This is really the only negative of a Big Horn stay: that chilly walk back across the village street to your condo after a dip! Lockers and a comfortable changing area do exist at Catamount, but if you have kids who don’t want to be slowed down by a post-soak shower and change, be sure to bring cozy (and well-covering) bathrobes for everyone.

Guests at Big Horn do also have access to a community fitness center located at the end of the village by the main parking area. This is a beautiful facility, with exercise equipment, a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, and fun game room with pool, foosball, and the like. Towels are available, as well as lockers. Again, the only caveat is the walk back, but guests can take the chill out of it by showering and changing right at the center.

The first morning of our Big Horn stay, we clocked our time from stepping out our condo door on the top floor of Big Horn to the moment we were catching our first high-speed quad chair at the base of Northstar: 12 minutes. Not too shabby considering we needed to access our skis and boots in the downstairs locker (heated, of course), put on our gear, carry our skis across the street to the gondola, ride it up to the base, and load. In fact, Big Horn boasts some of the easiest ski-in, ski-out lodging we’ve experienced!


Amy Whitley (6 Posts)

Amy Whitley, is a Tahoe-native lucky enough to spend her childhood skiing and ski racing on Northern California slopes. After moving to Southern Oregon, Amy got her three sons on skis from the time they could walk; they’re now all avid skiers and snowboarders who love mountain vacations in all seasons. Amy is editor of family travel site Pit Stops for Kids, and content editor of family-travel mega site Trekaroo. When not skiing, Amy writes about outdoor adventure travel at Outdoors NW Magazine and eco travel at Go Green, Travel Green. She and her family spend at least two ski vacations a year at Tahoe resorts, spending every other winter weekend skiing the Pacific Northwest. Amy is an ambassador and contributor to Mountain Reservations. Connect to Amy Whitley: Google+ | LinkedIn

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