Mountain bike enthusiasts will have a full season ahead of them, as Northstar California opens its legendary bike park on Friday, May 22, according to Cassandra Walker of Northstar PR, in a press release on May 18
The Bike + Hike Park offers some of the best riding in North America. The park is the complete package. World class mountain bike coaches compliment an extensive set of training programs. Everyone from beginners to expert riders will benefit from the coaches and programs here.
The park draws locals all summer long. Out of town visitors and international visitors who are mountain bike fans find Northstar the best place to either watch or participate in taking to the trails.
Covered with snow from fall till spring, and a mecca for snow sports fans, things change in spring. “The entire mountain changes with the seasons here at Northstar. It’s fun to see the transformation of the atmosphere when families trade in the skis and snow for bikes and dirt, smiling ear-to-ear after a day of adventure.” said Andy Buckley, director of skier services at the resort.
What’s on tap for the summer? Quite a lot. Check out the list that Northstar has lined up:
- Northstar Bike Academy & BetterRide Camps
Bike Academy 101 daily coaching packages offer the ultimate way to gain technique and riding skills that help guests have more fun while descending the trails at Northstar. Whether riders are new to mountain biking or seasoned veterans, the Northstar Bike Academy coaches all ability levels. All-inclusive Bike Academy 101 packages (which include bike rental, lift ticket, protective gear and helmet, and coaching) start at $125.
Northstar California excitedly welcomes the experienced coaches of the BetterRide Downhill Mountain Bike Camp for two separate weekends of instruction, June 26 – 28 and July 10 – 12, where participants will learn to rail corners and fly through rock gardens like the pros. The camps are designed to develop the core and fundamental skills of downhill mountain bike riding, racing and an understanding of techniques through drills and trail application of skills they teach each day.
- Pumps on Pedals & Workshop Weekend
A hit with Lake Tahoe locals, Pumps on Pedals will be hosted for a second season at Northstar California, taking place each Friday evening June 26 through September 4. Ladies of all skill and experience levels can take to the trails alongside other women riders, led by Northstar’s phenomenal team of female coaches where they can hone their skills in a supportive and motivational environment, learning about equipment and technique, and unwinding together afterward in The Village at Northstar.
The Pumps on Pedals Workshop Weekend will be hosted at Northstar from August 15 – 16 offering women two full days of coaching that will help take their mountain biking technique to the next level. The event includes breakfast and lunch on each day, coaching and much more. Tickets are available for $389 through Memorial Day, and $419 after May 25.
- Top-Rated MTB Course Brings Signature Events
The Bike Park at Northstar is renowned for its rugged, varied terrain which accommodates a variety of prestigious races and competitions on the mountain. The Tahoe Trail 100 qualifier race to the Leadville Qualifying Series is scheduled for July 18 and features two 30 mile loops that circle Northstar California and the surrounding areas with overlooks into the Truckee River Valley and Lake Tahoe. Riders have the opportunity to gain entry to the famed Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race by placing at the top of their age group or by winning one of 50 entry spots awarded by lottery.
Downhill, Cross-Country and Enduro Mountain Bike racers can challenge themselves and compete against their peers all summer long during Northstar’s Mountain Bike Race Series. Downhill races feature over 20 divisions for men, women and juniors to compete in, awarding the top three competitors in each division based on cumulative points. Cross-Country races feature courses for all skill level and also award the top three competitors at the conclusion of the race. Enduro races will consist of special timed and untimed stages that require uphill pedaling and the use of chair lifts to arrive at special stages for assigned start times. The Northstar Events Calendar offers a complete listing of all registration and race dates.
- Mountain Bike Season Passes Now Available
The Free-Ride Unlimited Pass is again available for summer 2015 for $349 for a limited time, which includes unlimited summer mountain bike access to Lake Tahoe’s Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain Resort, as well as Vail Mountain and Keystone Resort in Colorado, and Canyons in Park City, Utah. Additionally, pass holders will receive five Bike-with-a-Friend discounted tickets, each valid for a day of riding at the five mountains.
There’s more. Try lodging at Northstar. Staying and playing has its advantages. More time on the bike, in training, and simply enjoying the mountains comes with the rooms.
There is obviously a lot going on here. No matter what your status is on a mountain bike, you’ll find a spot at Northstar to become a more competent rider. If you don’t own a bike, and want to give the sport a spin, this is the perfect place to rent one, with the perfect instruction, to do it. A little coaching and instruction can make the rest of your time on a mountain bike much more enjoyable.
If you are moving up in the ranks, the instruction here could be your ticket to the big time, or at least to some hefty bragging rights at the end of the day.