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Northstar California Bike Park
Northstar California Bike Park leads the gravity-born downhill, cross-country and freeride industry with the largest, lift-served bike park on the West Coast. Having nearly 60 percent beginner and intermediate trails, the park is ideal for learning and growing. More advanced trails, like the iconic Livewire, offer experienced riders a range of technical challenges and a smooth flow. The park has a total of 52 trails, including scenic rides overlooking Lake Tahoe and Martis Valley.

Specialized Bike Academy at Northstar
The exclusive Specialized Bike Academy at Northstar takes mountain biking to the next level. Riders of all ages receive a personalized coaching experience from certified Specialized instructors and access to top-of-the-line Specialized downhill equipment. The Specialized Academy is set in an elevated lounge, complete with leather seating and stone architecture accents, creating an ideal setting for starting or ending a day on the mountain.

Northstar Golf Course
This formal and challenging course provides golfers with a balanced atmosphere of tradition and relaxation. The front nine holes are open to the Sierra Nevada and Martis Valley, appealing to beginners and families, while the back nine are tight within the pine and fir trees. Northstar Golf’s team of PGA professionals offer private lessons for families and individuals, along with a variety of clinics for juniors and women. Whether the goal is to play as a family or reach professional dreams, the clinics are rooted in fun.

Spa and Yoga
Tahoe Yoga, Spa & Wellness is the newest mountain sanctuary in the Village at Northstar. Two separate spaces, Tahoe Yoga & Wellness and Tahoe Spa & Wellness, allow for two distinct experiences. The yoga studio focuses on well-being, personal growth and the awakening of the body, mind and heart. The spa prides itself in personalized, results-oriented treatments that heal the body, calm the mind and awaken the soul. Hyper-local treatments include the Truckee River Stone Massage and Spirit of Tahoe Custom Facial. 

Roller Skating
Positioned as the hub of activity in the Village at Northstar, the roller rink is open daily for kids, families and those young at heart. Retro Tuesdays and Family Fun Nights on Fridays pump up the excitement with costumes, music and a lot of laughs. Classic roller skates or in-line blades are available for rent across from Frites and to the left of True North.

Miniature-Golf
New for summer 2017, the miniature-golf course is reimagined with Sierra themed holes just in time for July 4th celebrations. Each hole is built out with replica structures and educational signage. Some of the holes feature elements like local flora, wildlife and pay homage to the area’s history of mining and ice production. Other holes feature less-known facts, like how wooden mountain bike features, showcased on Livewire trail, prevent erosion or how Northstar California’s Mount Pluto formed Lake Tahoe.

Summer Fun Day Pass
Available for all ages, the Summer Fun Day Pass allows parents the flexibility of letting kids run off to play without having to make individual activity purchases. The pass includes roller skate rental, and access to the Bungee Trampoline, Spider Climb, rock wall, gem panning and miniature-golf. Passholders have access to the activities until 7:30 p.m. on the day of purchase, ensuring a full and exciting day of play.
Most of these activities are at the Kid Zone, a designated area for adventurous playtime, on the second level of the Village at Northstar. New this summer is an expanded space for parents to relax behind the Spider Climb, Bungee Trampoline and rock wall. This area includes Adirondack chairs, cornhole and close proximity to the Overlook Bar.

Kids Adventure Club
The full day program gives kids the experience of summer camp and parents the opportunity to unwind. Kids Adventure Club activities include Nature hikes, miniature-golf, gem panning, roller skating and more. Each daily plan also includes an engaging ecological activity to foster appreciation for the mountain environment in which we vacation, live and play. Kids are separated into two groups, Chipmunks age 4-6 and Bears age 7-12, ensuring that each group receives age-appropriate lessons and outdoor adventures.  
Dining
With more than 15 dining locations at the Village at Northstar and on the mountain, there is plenty to choose from.

Yamakai Fish and Sushi Co.
New this summer is Yamakai Fish and Sushi Co., located near the roller rink. The name, inspired by Hawaiian and Japanese fusion cuisine, is a combination of the words “yama” meaning mountain in Japanese and “kai” meaning ocean in Hawaiian. Diners can expect a refined menu of seafood, sushi and Japanese-inspired fare served in a visually-inspired location near the roller rink. The extensive kids menu, wine list and colorful atmosphere create an elevated space for families to dine together.

Martis Valley Grille
Tucked away in the secluded neighborhoods at Northstar California lies Northstar California’s Sunday Mimosa Brunch hot spot. The Martis Valley Grille lies alongside the Northstar Golf Course, serving breakfast and lunch daily. Outdoor seating overlooks the namesake valley creating a perfect 19th hole after a round of golf or an intimate place to connect on a relaxing weekend getaway.

Frites
Also new to the Village in 2017 is Frites, serving gourmet fries and craft brews. The menu includes classic fry fare such as House Fries, with a smoked sea salt blend, and Garlic Fries enhanced with a roasted garlic sauce, smoked garlic salt, fresh parmesan and cracked black pepper. Guests can also try reimagined recipes, such as Short Rib Fries complete with Brussel Crips, or the Northern favorite, Poutine. And yes, it all goes good with a cold beer.

Downhill Grille + Bar
Open only during the summer season, the Downhill Grille + Bar at mid-mountain is the hub of the Northstar California Bike Park. Signature dishes include seared ahi fish tacos, juicy burgers and fresh salads.

Tavern 6330’
Set in a modern-rustic atmosphere, Tavern 6330’ elevates classic ski lodge dining with hints of alpine comforts. Outdoor, covered and indoor seating is open for lunch and dinner giving diners the option of overlooking the Village, mountain or sinking into an intimate conversation. This restaurant is known for hand-crafted cocktails, locally and responsibly-sourced ingredients, and a seasonal menu created by Executive Chef Chad Shrewsbury.

Copper Lane Café & Provisions
One part café and the other part market, Copper Lane Café & Provisions has become a fan favorite since opening during the 2016-2017 winter season. The concept is clear: keep food simple. Guests can find locally roasted coffee, produce and dairy, as well as an extensive selection of beer, liquor and wine. The kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with handmade pastries and refreshing recipes. The provisioner also offers forgotten necessities and toiletries.

Rubicon Pizza Company
Inspired by the Sierra Nevada, Rubicon Pizza Company has some of the most creative pies in the region. This lunch and dinner restaurant is child-friendly, relaxed and sets the tone for easy family dining. Two items on the menu that consistently stand out are the Thai Red Curry Chicken Pizza and Jacob’s Lotsa Cheese Please! Pizza for kids. 

Petra
A locally-sourced tapas menu, wine flights, lounge seating and an outdoor fire pit give Petra the ideal atmosphere for meaningful conversation. Dishes are approachable, family-friendly and go well with the ever-changing seasonal wine list. Glasses and bottles are for sale as a dining experience or retail to bring back to hotel accommodations.

Events
Ongoing Events & Traditions
Family Fun Nights
Fridays are for friends and family at Northstar California. Activities include Margaritas & Mini-Golf, face painting, balloon twisting, roller skating or exploring the Summer Activities on the Overlook. Rink-side cabanas offer a relaxing place for parents to unwind with a craft cocktail and listen to live music on the Village stage, while kids and the young at heart squeeze out every bit of summer energy.

Village at Northstar Wine Walks
Every final Saturday of the month from June-August the Village at Northstar transforms into an alpine-style wine walk set against the stunning Sierras. Souvenir tasting glasses are provided to sip wine, weave throughout the Village shops, and snack on paired hors d’oeuvres. The wine selection and pairings offer a new experience each month with different themes, including sustainable vineyards.
 
Tahoe Star Tours at Northstar California
Look above Northstar California every Thursday and Saturday evening throughout the summer at the Northstar Dark Skies Cosmoarium with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen for an intimate look at the Sierra stars. View the cosmos with Ryan Berendsen, through high-powered Celestron telescopes. Enjoy comfortable seating, blankets, outdoor heaters, hot chocolate, s’mores and more as the conversation covers the possibilities of extraterrestrial life and the solar eclipse, which will occur on August 21.

Tahoe Star Tours at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Gaze under the alpine night sky from The Backyard’s open meadow located at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe every Friday evening throughout summer. Join star guide and poet Tony Berendsen for an intimate look at the Sierra stars, as well as lively conversation around the possibilities of extraterrestrial life and the solar eclipse, occurring on August 21. View the cosmos with Ryan Berendsen through high-powered Celestron telescopes and enjoy the personalized service offered by the Ladies & Gentlemen of this luxury resort, along with blankets, hot chocolate, coffee and water.

Special Events
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival held September 8-10 is Lake Tahoe’s premier gourmet event. Foodies enjoy three days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, a Farm to Tahoe dinner, live music, a gourmet marketplace and more. Seminars for the 2017 event range from intimate tastings to large-scale, gastronomic celebrations in the Village. The Grand Tasting wraps up the for the festival, featuring food from the finest regional restaurants, prepared by top local caterers and chefs, paired with premium world-class wineries and breweries.

Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival
For the 11th consecutive year, The Village at Northstar comes alive July 1 with al fresco roots jams and fresh brews. This family-friendly festival features live music from Poor Man’s Whiskey, dozens of local and regional breweries for the adults, and special activities for the kids — or the young at heart. Pick up a souvenir tasting glass and enjoy crisp pours along with food stations boasting hand-crafted, relaxed summer fare. Summer traditions are born from this event.

The hops keep flowing at the Brewmaster’s Dinner the evening of July 2, where Northstar California’s Executive Chef Steve Anderson artfully pairs five courses of seasonally inspired dishes with craft beers. Diners are led through a flavor journey, guided by the brewmaster, in an al fresco setting overlooking the sunset.

Brewmaster’s Dinner Series
Northstar California’s Executive Chef Steve Anderson partners with local breweries July 2 and September 3 to artfully pair five courses of seasonally inspired dishes with craft beers. At each event, guests are led through a different flavor journey guided by the brewmaster in an al fresco setting overlooking the sunset. Tickets can be purchased in advance or same day.

Beer lover’s tip: Pair the Brewmaster’s Dinner on July 2 with the Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival for a weekend of high-altitude hops.
 
Mountain Kids Cook-off
Rooted in the culinary arts, Northstar California proudly fosters children learning about healthy food and how to prepare it. For this event, Executive Chef Steve Anderson hand-selects teams of youth chefs from a video contest to face-off in front of a live audience at Zephyr Lodge on August 6. All in the name of Project MANA, a Tahoe-based nonprofit organization dedicated to hunger relief, judges evaluate each dish crafted by the children in a blind cooking competition. Friends, families and spectators are invited to purchase tickets to cheer on the upcoming culinary talent in our own backyard. The top two teams meet again in the kitchen at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival for the first place title. Join as we build character, skills and memories together.

Concert Star Tour
Experience the Sierra night sky August 11 with a musical theme at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Ballrooms for a Concert Star Tour featuring Accent. This concert, timed to correspond with the Perseid Meteor Shower, features stargazing, and a live performance including the world premiere of a quintet composed by Stephanie Ann Boyd of star guide Tony Berendsen’s poem “Oh How We Wonder.”

Northstar Brew Walk
Hand-selected craft brews and tapas-style snacks take over the Village at Northstar, along with activities for the whole family September 2. Participants receive a souvenir glass, get lucky at the poker walk and play a few rounds of miniature-golf together. Live music fills the air of this poker-themed event where various stops test luck by rolling dice and picking up cards throughout the Village, trying to gather the best hand possible.

Women’s Events
Her Mountain
The Specialized Bike Academy at Northstar presents two full days of female-only riding, friendship and mountain adventure. The course is comprised of small group lessons, ensuring individual attention in an environment that encourages team support. Outside of biking, the weekend includes breakfast and lunch, restorative yoga and a wine mixer to fuel the mind, body and soul. The Her Mountain weekend retreat is offered July 22-23 and August 19-20.

Pumps on Pedals
Every Friday evening female mountain bike riders are invited to an open clinic taught by women for women. Pumps on Pedals is guided by the Specialized Bike Academy female coaches and offers discounted lift tickets and bike rentals. The group fosters a no-posturing zone and welcomes cross country, endurance and downhill riders. It is an open course intended for all ability levels, including moms improving their skills to be able to ride with their kids or women needing an exhilarating escape from city life. The evening starts at the base of the Big Springs Gondola and culminates in the Village for well-earned libations.

Northstar California Bike Park Events
Bikes & Brews
After a day exploring the Northstar Bike trails, Bikes & Brews welcomes riders with cold beers and happy hour specials every Friday evening. Join us on the Tavern 6330’ patio and kick-off the weekend at the largest, lift-served Bike Park on the West Coast.
 
Northstar Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series
Building up the community, this series allows competitors to ride with one another all summer long within 20 different divisions for men, women and juniors. The top three racers in each division receive points-based awards at the end of each race, as well as the conclusion of the entire series. Family and friends are invited to the Series Award Ceremony on the Lodge at Big Springs Deck for food and drink specials — and plenty of summer stories. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin shortly after the final rider crosses the finish line. For race dates and more information, visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com/events.

California Enduro Series: Round 6
Northstar California transforms into an endurance mountain biking Mecca August 12 as the sixth stop on the California Enduro Series and the second stop on the Golden Tour. The two-day race tests riders’ endurance levels and technical skills on a variety of Northstar Bike Park trails. While competitors push their limits, fans are encouraged to explore the hiking trails and ride the lifts to view the race from multiple vantage points. Guests can take a break at the Mid-Mountain vendor village to shop for the latest gear, view upcoming bike trends or lounge at the Lodge at Big Springs with a Mountain Margarita in hand.

Tahoe Trail 100
The Tahoe Trail 100 mountain bike race held July 15 is part of the Leadville Qualifying Series and features a two-loop, 50-kilometer course filled with views of Lake Tahoe, pine forests and rocky summits overlooking Truckee River Valley. Competitors have a chance to score a slot in the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race by placing in the top of each age group or by lottery. The top 50 athletes in each age group earn a spot in the Leadville Trail 100 and 50 lottery spaces are distributed to riders who complete the Tahoe Trail 100 within the race cut-off time. Families and friends are invited to watch the race from Northstar California hiking trails and attend the post-race celebration at the Overlook in the Village. The finishers’ party includes summer-inspired provisions and access to a full bar.
 
About Northstar California Resort
Northstar California Resort™ is a four-season destination offering effortless family adventure. The Village at Northstar features boutique shopping, elevated dining experiences, a year-round outdoor skating rink, conference centers, movie theatre, alpine-chic lodging and more. During the winter months Northstar California is home to meticulously groomed runs, award-winning terrain parks, and alpine activities including as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer transforms the mountain into the largest, lift-served bike park on the West Coast alongside a network of hiking trails, the Kid Zone, and a family-friendly golf course. Northstar California is located on Highway 267, six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information, call 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784) or visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.

Contact(s)

Marcie Bradley

Sr. Communications Manager
Email: mhbradley@vailresorts.com
Phone: 530.562.3866

Stephanie Myers

Communications Specialist
Email: Smyers4@vailresorts.com
Phone: 775-343-5886
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