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Worth the Drive: Poet leads stargazing snowshoe tour at Northstar

With dark skies above, Northstar California will offer a Star Gazing Snowshoe Tour tonight. Star guide and poet Tony Berendsen will lead snowshoers beginning at 5 p.m.

The two and a half hour tour, which will focus on the Quadrantids Meteor Shower, will include a poem reading, a fun space quiz, a laser tour of the stars and constellations, a telescopic viewing using top-of-the-line Celestron telescopes and wine and hot cider around a fire pit, according to Northstar.

Berendsen will lead the group on snowshoe trails with gently rolling terrain, pause for a time at the Cross Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center, then continue on trails again to the end of the evening at the Village at Northstar.

Dogs on leashes and children 10 and older are welcome to attend. Tickets are $50 for adults, 13 years and older, $35 for children 10-12.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (800) 466-6784 or through the Cross Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center at (530) 562-3270. Online reservations will be available through the Northstar California website soon.

Tours will take place snow or shine, and all participants are encouraged to wear warm, waterproof boots and clothing. You are welcome to bring your own snowshoes, or there will be snowshoes available for rent for just $15, according to the resort.

All tours will begin promptly at 5 p.m. and will depart from the Cross Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center.

Participants are encouraged to load the Big Springs Gondola in the Village by 4:30 p.m. to ensure they arrive on time, according to Northstar.

Additional Star Gazing Snowshoe Tours will take place Feb. 9 and March 2.

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