Northstar cancels bike season |

Northstar cancels bike season

Northstar-at-Tahoe has canceled its mountain bike season this summer to allow for continued construction of the resort’s new village and the addition of several lifts to the mountain.

In past summers, Northstar’s mountain bike park featured two chairlifts to carry bikes to the top of the mountain and more than 100 miles of trails rated from easy to extremely difficult.

Meanwhile, the additional lifts – including the new Pioneer Chair, a surface lift to take skiers from the Pioneer Chair to Lookout Mountain and a Big Springs lift from the base to mid-mountain – are just the beginning of a lift expansion that Northstar officials say may add 10 lifts to the resort by 2009.

The 10 planned chairs will add approximately 1,000 acres of lift-accessed terrain to the resort, said Northstar spokeswoman Nicole Klay. Much of the new terrain will be along Sawtooth Ridge, which the resort plans to offer as glade and tree skiing. Sawtooth Ridge is currently accessible by hiking or skiing through a back country gate at the resort’s boundary.

“We have tons of terrain back there that will really open up the mountain,” Klay said.

The mountain expansion is meant to keep up with the large-scale condominium and hotel projects at the base of Northstar. The resort will be adding more than 1,500 condos and hotel rooms to the mountain over the next several years.

“We’re basically keeping up with the bed base,” said Klay. “If we have the people here, we have to fit them on the mountain.”

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