If you enjoy mountain biking at a ski resort, Northstar California has plenty to offer this summer.
Northstar says it features the largest lift-served mountain bike park in Northern California. Thanks to light spring snowfall in the Sierra that enabled crews to get a head start on trail maintenance, the bike park is already open.
“We have made some big strides in early season trail maintenance and I’m really pleased with the quality of product we’re rolling out this season,” said Bike Park Manager Forrest Philpot. “Our loyal riders can look forward to a few additions and improvements. Those new to the sport shouldn’t put learning off for another summer. In addition to the bike park, bikers can access some of the best cross-country trails in Lake Tahoe from here.”
Philpot says the park’s popular trail Gypsy is slated to become one of the best trails in Northern California this year thanks to recent upgrades. Crews expect to have the trail completely rebuilt by mid-summer. Other notable improvements include a new wood S-berm on Upper Mineshaft and a fresh feel in Zone 1 of Livewire after a machine resurfacing project.
Northstar Mountain Bike Park offers more than 50 miles of trails for both cross-country and downhill riders. Cutting edge builds and world-class trails attract top athletes from around the world and Northstar Bike Academy helps riders of all levels advance their skills.
RACE SERIES & EVENTS
Northstar will host a series of bike events and clinics this season. Northstar Cross-Country Bike Race Series expands to Saturdays and the Tahoe Trail 100, a Leadville Classic Qualifier, will return July 20. Participants for the highly-anticipated race are invited to a free race preview and clinic this Saturday.
A variety of amateur, professional and signature biking events on the calendar include:
• LUNA Chix Women’s Specific Cross-Country Clinic – June 25
• Cross Country Bike Race Series – Thursday nights and Saturday mornings*
• Downhill Bike Race Series – Sunday mornings*
• Tahoe Trail 100 (Leadville Qualifier)– July 20
• Specialized Women Sports Camp – August 10-11
*For complete details on all Northstar events, see the online events calendar at NorthstarCalifornia.com.
The Northstar Bike Park is open Friday-Sunday through June. Daily operations begin the first week of July and continue through August 19. Complete details on dates and hours of operation are online.
Daily lift tickets will be available for purchase for $48 and discounted multi-day lift ticket options are available for $91. For those who want to ride all season, Mountain Bike Park season passes are available now for $329 and can be purchased at the Tickets & Season Pass office in the Village at Northstar, by calling 1.800.466.6784, or online at www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
LESSONS & CAMPS
Affordable group and private mountain bike lessons are available to all levels of riders, ages nine and up through the Northstar Bike Academy.
Packages offered include:
• Bike 101 – An introduction to all of the basic skills needed in the park.
• Private Lessons – Two, three and six-hour private biking lessons give riders instant feedback and personal attention with professional bikers using elite-level coaching and training methods.
• Trailblazer Teen Mountain Bike Camp – Providing young riders ages 10-16 with access to experienced local coaches, the Northstar Bike Academy aims to get teens familiar with the sport and advance their skills.
• Bumps & Bends – For the rider who wants to work on jumping technique, high speed cornering and attacking the rock sections.
Helmets are required for all riders and can be rented along with bikes and other equipment at the resort or online in advance. In addition, all rentals will come standard with a full face helmet and gloves.
Guests are invited to book Northstar Lodging’s Stay + Bike FREE™ package for the best value for their visit. By booking two or more nights, Northstar Lodging guests can receive two all-day multi-ride biking or hiking lift ticket passes per room, per two night stay.
Stay + Bike on-site lodging packages start at $75 per person, per night. Some restrictions apply. Reserve lodging online or call 1.800.GO.NORTH for more information.
With the opening of the Mountain Bike Park, Northstar will also resume its popular scenic chairlift rides for sightseeing and hiking. Daily tickets will be available for purchase in the Village at Northstar at the Tickets & Season Pass office. Lifts will operate for scenic lift rides and hiking during the same hours of operation as the Mountain Bike Park.
For a complete list of race series dates, hours of operation, events and information about the Northstar Mountain Bike and Hiking Park, visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com or call 1.800.GO.NORTH (466.6784).