THE WOLF’S LAST WORD
Overall, Northstar at Tahoe was a great stop for our crew, and we had a lot of fun riding there. We spent a full day shuttling and riding some of the local trails after shredding our brains out for two full days in the bike park. Northstar is a very challenging park for beginners and intermediate riders so be aware that you will be faced with lots of rocky terrain and a pretty ungroomed experience. Unless of course you stick to riding the couple groomed runs. The bike park staff is quite small for the size of the park and when combined with the lack of rain, it makes for some unfiltered terrain. If you are relatively new or not very advanced, we suggest taking Northstar Bike Park up on their Academy discount.
If you live for high-speed rock gardens, steep dirt surf sessions with a bit of jumping mixed in, Northstar will deliver. While we absolutely love the raw terrain, challenging rock gardens and overall raw nature of Northstar, we’ve got some things to bring up. Northstar Bike Park’s ticket prices are higher than Whistler Bike Park and yet they have fewer trails, a smaller variety of trails, less trail maintenance and generally less to offer than Whistler. Their prices are higher than many of the parks we’ve visited this summer in fact, and the high ticket and lodging prices combined with unmaintained trails account for a major ding to the park’s overall rating. While we may love the unpredictability of ever-changing rock gardens, we understand a majority of riders probably will not. Nevertheless, we left Tahoe very stoked on the riding and will definitely be back.
For more info visit northstarcalifornia.com
THE FINAL SCORE
Off Mountain Activities: 8/10