Northstar Lodge by Welk Resorts in Lake Tahoe Announces Expansion with New Building and Sales Center Opening October 23, 2015 | Business Wire

<p>SAN MARCOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Northstar

Lodge in Lake Tahoe, owned and operated by Welk Resorts, will be

opening its second of three buildings, the Fremont, in October 2015. The

building features 28 luxury vacation villa units and a

14,500-square-foot preview centre, complete with a Kids’ Club and a

deluxe theatre for timeshare tour presentations, allowing Welk Resorts

to continue to excel. Preview tours will begin as early as October 23,

2015 and rooms will be available for reservation by October 31.

“Welk Resorts continues to grow by leveraging the assets we've at our

California properties to create new demand in seasonal drive-to and

fly-to markets,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Jon

Fredricks. “The resounding success of our investments to enhance the

brand over the past several years has allowed us to expand our presence

in this important growth market.”

Fremont floor plans range from 2,000-square-foot two- and three-bedroom

villas to 500-square-foot studios. ADA-accessible configurations,

for both timeshare ownership and guest rentals. Each villa of the new

Fremont building—named after the first European-American settler to

“discover” Tahoe—comes with a master bedroom with a king-size bed and

fireplace, spacious living room with fireplace, 50” TV and Bose®

sound system and a fully stocked kitchen with state-of-the-art GE®

appliances. Villa guests will enjoy their own private balcony with an

outdoor fireplace as well. Each villa also comes equipped with a

full-size GE® washer and dryer. Larger units come with

additional sleeper sofas. Guest bedroom(s) with king- and queen-size

bed options as well as another fireplace.

Northstar Lodge by Welk Resorts is located at the base of Mount Juno in

Truckee, California. Situated just steps away from The Village at

Northstar, the property boasts a ski-in/gondola-out private club with

its own gondola. Resort amenities include an owner’s lounge, media

theatre, ski and boot valet (winter) and bike valet (summer), a large

outdoor spa and fireplace area. Access to the adjacent Village Swim

and Fitness Centre. Just across the street in the Village, find

speciality boutiques, bars, restaurants, cafés, open-air ice rink (roller

skating in summer), cabanas, outdoor fire pits and a bungee trampoline.

Northstar Lodge by Welk Resorts to Continue Expansion through 2016

Currently under construction is Northstar Lodge’s Snowshoe

building—named after the legendary “Snowshoe” Thompson, the region’s

most celebrated mail carrier who travelled through blizzards to deliver

mail and much-needed supplies. This third and final building is already

underway and is expected to be a 12- to 14-month project. This expansion

is part of Welk Resorts’ long-range plan to accommodate the growing

number of outdoor enthusiasts retreating to the Lake Tahoe region for an

exhilarating five-star vacation experience.

Northstar California is one of the premiere ski resorts in North

America, with 3,170 skiable acres, 97 trails, 7 terrain parks, 20 lifts,

2,280 feet of vertical drop and a newly constructed 22-foot half pipe

designed by Winter Olympics gold medalist Shaun White. During the

summer, the mountain serves up over 100 miles of trails in what's the

most extensive lift-served mountain bike terrain in the Western U.S.

Welk Resorts Gains Momentum in Diverse American Markets

Welk Resorts expects to grow with two new properties planned in key

markets across the United States over the next five years as well as

expanding current portfolio holdings in high-demand locations. Planned

expansion includes Welk Resorts Breckenridge and Welk Resorts Kauai.

In Colorado, construction is expected to begin on Welk Resorts

Breckenridge in 2016, with the property debut 12 to 14 months after. Set

on 6.5 acres of wilderness on Colorado’s Blue River, the property will

include 123 villas in addition to custom amenities including an owner’s

lounge, state-of-the-art fitness centre, game room, indoor and outdoor

pool, spa, fire pits and barbeque areas designed to seamlessly blend

with the area’s alpine ski atmosphere.

In Hawaii, construction on Welk Resorts Kauai is expected to commence

once the Breckenridge property is opened. Hawaii is one of the most

sought-after timeshare destinations in the country, according to the

American Resort Development Association. This development will

feature six plantation-style buildings with a total of 164 villas across

more than 21 acres of tropical land. Property features at Welk Resorts

Kauai include open-air lobbies, a private movie theatre, game rooms,

spas and a white sand beach pool with waterslides, tropical landscaping

and lava rock formations.

“Welk Resorts timeshares has a long history of being movers and shakers

in the industry,” said Fredricks. “Our development strategy is focused

on working on the right deals in the right locations and these planned

developments underscore a growing number of opportunities for the brand

in more mature markets like Breckenridge and Kauai.”

About The Welk Group

Founded in 1955 by the late entertainment icon, Lawrence Welk, Welk

Resorts is one of the most respected independent brands in the

vacation-ownership industry today. Welk remains a privately held,

family-owned company led by President and CEO Jon Fredricks, the

grandson of Lawrence Welk. Fredricks has established the Welk Resort

Group of properties as top vacation destinations. He's helped the

company realise unprecedented growth by implementing profitable, high

quality, expansion projects that provide superior vacation opportunities

for Welk owners and guests.