This past week we were invited out to the grand opening of the new Zephyr Lodge and snag a ride on the new Promised Land Express chairlift at Northstar California. Normally 7am shred includes gassing up the sleds and charging pow in the backcountry, but when Vail Resorts invites you to a function, you set the alarm extra early. The grand opening was chalk full of media outlets, industry hitters, and even a dude from the California Senate came out. The new lift is a welcome addition to Northstar, allowing for a ton more tree skiing, as well as a few new runs that look really promising. The new Zephyr Lodge adds over 700 seats to the on-hill dining situation and offers a ton of different food options, as well as some incredible views. After somehow poaching first chair with Northstar COO Bill Rock, Tahoe Snowboard Magazine founder Tawnya Schultz, and one other girl who won a Facebook contest, it was off to shred an incredible amount of terrain thanks to Northstar's relentless snowmaking. It's hard to tell that it hasn't snowed very much this year when you're out there. They have virtually the entire mountain open. Check out the edit we made from the other day and see for yourself. Thank you Northstar!
Press Release Stuff since we don't write that well:
Northstar California™ Resort Announces Official Grand Opening of New Zephyr Lodge and Promised Land Express Chairlift
· North Lake Tahoe Resort’s $30 Million in Capital Improvements Now Complete
· Zephyr Lodge Offers Spectacular Views, On-Mountain Dining Experience
· Promised Land Express Provides Access to New Ski Pod in Popular Terrain Area
TRUCKEE, Calif. – – With $30 million in capital projects now complete, today Northstar hosted the official grand opening of its new on-mountain restaurant, the Zephyr Lodge, as well as the Promised Land Express, a new express quad chairlift providing access to two new trails and a new ski pod in the resort’s most popular terrain area.
“We’re excited to open the Zephyr Lodge and Promised Land Express to our guests for the first time, and in advance of the holidays,” said Bill Rock, chief operating officer at Northstar. “The views from the lodge are spectacular, and our guests are going to love the new on-mountain food options it provides. The lift changes the way our guests navigate the mountain, and offers access to some really fun terrain on the Backside of the mountain.”
Completed in just 20 weeks, the 17,000 square foot Zephyr Lodge features 700 seats, a fast casual dining experience, and unmatched views of the Sierra Crest. Resort guests can now enjoy new menu options including an Asian bowl station, a Napa salad bar, and signature items like the Gourmet Brisket Grilled Cheese sandwich. The Zephyr Lodge provides 50 percent more on-mountain seating, and access to 26 additional on-mountain restrooms.
The Promised Land Express, a new detachable express quad chairlift with a vertical rise of 1,440’ doubles the lift capacity on The Backside. The new lift also provides access to an all new ski pod in one of the resort’s most popular areas, featuring expanded gladed terrain and two new intermediate ski trails, The Islands and Castle Peak.