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    Am heading up to Northstar, but scheduling only allowed me to go before they open for weekdays, and at least part of the stay will be on weekdays. I don't mind going up to earn my downs...are they cool about allowing that on non-lift operating days (it will be after it is open on weekends)? Seemed like they implied that was allowed on their webpage, but wanted to make sure....

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    Yes it's allowed, helmets required. Technically you are required to have a "Pedal Pass" but I don't know if you can pick one up on weekdays or not. Better than Mammoth where you have to pay just to pedal yourself.

    Here's Northstar's FAQ at Northstar California | Summer FAQs

    Can I ride my bike up without a lift ticket, how much does it cost?
    Yes. If you do not want to use any of the lifts throughout the day, you are able to bike the mountain trails for free. However, there is a designated uphill route and all guests are required to have a Pedal Pass. Please stop by the Plaza Bikes Gear + Rentals in the Village at Northstar to pick up your Pedal Pass before biking our trails.

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    Sweet! what is the mileage/elevation gain for the quickest pedal up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirsam84 View Post
    Am heading up to Northstar, but scheduling only allowed me to go before they open for weekdays, and at least part of the stay will be on weekdays. I don't mind going up to earn my downs...are they cool about allowing that on non-lift operating days (it will be after it is open on weekends)? Seemed like they implied that was allowed on their webpage, but wanted to make sure....
    Why ride Nstar if you want to ride XC? There are tons of great and beautiful rides in Tahoe. Nstar is great for DH, but I'm under the impression the XC isn't that fun. Check with a local bike shop in Truckee, KB or Tahoe City and they can usually direct you to some great rides. My favorite XC ride with my wife is at the Nordic Center in Tahoe City.

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    The best is to ride up Highlands road to the ritz then follow the fire road that starts by the vista chair and zigzags up the mountain to the top of the 6-pack chair (where live wire starts). Mellow grade the whole way, they use these trails in the winter to drive up the snowcats. If you want to add more you can keep going across the mountain again to the top of the pioneer chair and ride down the trails around the Vista chair.

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    It's really not worth riding up at Northstar when you could do so many epic rides in the area that aren't liftserve. Save Northstar for when you can take the chair and have a big bike with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pvd View Post
    It's really not worth riding up at Northstar when you could do so many epic rides in the area that aren't liftserve. Save Northstar for when you can take the chair and have a big bike with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirsam84 View Post
    Am heading up to Northstar, but scheduling only allowed me to go before they open for weekdays, and at least part of the stay will be on weekdays. I don't mind going up to earn my downs...are they cool about allowing that on non-lift operating days (it will be after it is open on weekends)? Seemed like they implied that was allowed on their webpage, but wanted to make sure....
    Look up the trails/fireroads used for the Tahoe Trail 100K if you absolutely need to ride something in/around N*.

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    Am actually bringing the big bike and an AM. I am looking for more DH/park style riding, and I don't mind climbing to earn the downhills...have a hammerschmidt on the DH, and I pretty routinely climb with it.

    Picked northstar because we are meeting two other couples, along with a total of 7 toddlers, and the activities on site can keep the kids happy while we ride, and riding on site keeps us close in case the kids need.

    I was more interested in how cool the resort is with people riding when they are not operating.

    That said, still might run over to corral trail if laps at Northstar start to suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirsam84 View Post
    Picked northstar because we are meeting two other couples, along with a total of 7 toddlers, and the activities on site can keep the kids happy while we ride, and riding on site keeps us close in case the kids need.
    I feel your pain. PMed you a ride idea.

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