Northstar California Ski Resort, California

Unlike its more extreme North Tahoe neighbors, Northstar California excels at offering an approachable ski experience, with mellow runs that are ideal for families and beginners. That more civilized approach to alpine sports is nicely complimented with a host of luxury items, from high-end lodging to its kid-friendly village and on-mountain amenities and non-ski activities. But Northstar California does crank up the dial when it comes to its highly ranked terrain parks, including a 22-foot superpipe and eight other X-Game-influenced playgrounds.

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