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Going down hill fast

Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra Sun Mountain Biking at Northstar

Staff reportsNorthstar-at-Tahoe, home to Northern California’s largest mountain bike park, will open its lift-accessed mountain bike terrain for the summer season Saturday, June 25 (weather and conditions permitting). Offering more than 100 miles of trails, Northstar’s park is guaranteed to challenge even the most technical riders. All of Northstar’s trails are easily accessible via the Village Express and Vista Express chairlifts. It is recommended that mountain bikers have a strong intermediate skill set to ride the Northstar mountain bike park. The trails are broken down into 26 percent “least difficult,” 43 percent “more difficult,” 23 percent “most difficult” and eight percent as “expert only.”

All trails feature some sort of technical downhill or freestyle element, including log rides, rock drops, boulders, bermed turns and fast-paced downhill thrills. The advanced nature of Northstar’s mountain bike park is one of the reasons the resort received its reputation as a “downhill mountain biking Mecca” from Mountain Bike Action Magazine in 2004.”Northstar currently has one of the most progressive parks in the country,” said Kyle Crezee, Northstar mountain bike park manager. “We are consistently maintaining and building new features and trails to add to the broad range of terrain to suit intermediate through expert riders.” Hours of Operation & Rates The mountain bike park is open daily from 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. June 25 – Sept. 5, and Friday-Sunday only from Sept. 9-Oct. 9. Saturdays will have extended operating hours. An all-day pass costs $34 per adult (13 and older) and $21 per child (9-12). For avid bikers, Northstar offers an unlimited adult season pass for $199, or $169 for winter Double Whammy passholders.

Events Back by popular demand, Northstar will again host the tooth-rattling Downhill Race Series this summer. These one-day events cost a registration fee of $25 for the sport class and $35 for expert/pro class riders. Prizes for the sport class include products from FOX Racing Shox, WTB, Kona, Santa Cruz and Fox Racing. Pro riders receive cash prizes. The Downhill Series is open to both male and female riders of all ages. The four-part Downhill Race Series kicks off this weekend on June 26, 2005. Remaining races will be held July 31, Aug. 14 and Sept. 25.

For those who prefer peddling uphill, Northstar will host the Thursday evening cross-country mountain bike race series. Races cost $10 per week or $50 for the series (a savings of $10). Registration is from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and the races begin promptly at 6 p.m. A raffle and results are held after each race and awards are based on cumulative points over the season and are presented at the end of the series. Participants must compete in four of the six races to qualify for prizes. Races will be held every Thursday from July 14 to Aug. 18.Downhill speed racers will hit the Northstar trails for Team Big Bear’s California Downhill Mountain Bike Races hosted by Northstar-at-Tahoe on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10.”Northstar’s downhill race course is phenomenal,” said Patrick Follett, co-owner of Team Big Bear. “It’s one of the best and we love holding an event at the resort every year.”The resort will also be hosting the Firefighters Olympics Mountain Bike Race July 28-29. For a complete event calendar, visit northstarattahoe.com.For more information about Northstar’s mountain bike park or to reserve the Stay and Bike Free package, visit http://www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com or call 1-800-GO-NORTH.

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