Stargazing Snowshoe Tour brings winter fun, astronomy to Northstar

Snowshoers negotiate the Lake Tahoe shoreline at Sugar Pine Point.
Snowshoers negotiate the Lake Tahoe shoreline at Sugar Pine Point. Sacramento Bee file

Traverse the snow-covered, forested terrain around Northstar Resort while enjoying the starry skies above.

The 2 1/2 -hour snowshoeing tour will be led by poet and star guide Tony Berendson on the day after Christmas: Saturday, Dec. 26.

A bonfire, along with stargazing through a top-of-the-line telescope, and hot drinks at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe will succeed the tour.

Tour begins at 5 p.m, and costs $61 general and $43 per child. Snowshoes are available to rent for $20.

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When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20

Where: 2025 Broadway

Cost: $25 to $85


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When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24

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Cost: $23 for children; $29 for adults


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Cost: $13


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Where: Downtown Reno

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