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The Specialized Bike Academy is the place for all riders, brand new or seasoned, looking to improve your techniques, step up your riding skills and enhance your riding. Northstar California offers a variety of group and private lessons & clinics as well as camps throughout the season to help bring you to the next level.

Please call us to confirm availability as operational dates can vary throughout the summer.

Specialized Bike Academy

Private Lessons

This full day experience with a certified Specialized Bike Academy Coach includes a top of the line 2017 Mountain Bike Demo, pads & full face helmet.  Add a guest for $239 per person.  Please check in by 9:30AM for this 10AM - 4PM lesson.  
Lesson, Equipment Demo (including Bike, Pads & Helmet) & Lift Ticket $393 
Lesson & Equipment Demo (including Bike, Pads & Helmet) $359

Group Lessons

This full day experience with a certified Specialized Bike Academy Coach includes a 2017 Specialized Enduro Expert EVO mountain bike, pads & full face helmet.  Please check in by 9:30AM for this 10AM - 4PM lesson.
Lesson, Equipment Demo (including Bike, Pads & Helmet) & Lift Ticket $239

Freeride 101 Package 

Everything you need to get introduced to Freeride Mountain Biking. Includes half-day bike rental, all-day lift ticket, two-hour lesson, gear and helmet.   
Saturday - Sunday $169
Weekdays (offered any day the Bike Park is open) $135
Lesson Only (2 hours starting at 10:30 AM)


Add-on, keep bike rental until end of day 





Bumps & Bends 

For experienced riders who want to try lift-served riding, and for downhill riders who want to improve their skills. Bumps & Bends focuses on high speed cornering, jumping and riding rocky terrain.

Lesson Only (2 hours starting at 10:30 AM)

Lesson and Lift Ticket

Private Lessons 

Get instant feedback and personal attention from Tahoe's best coaches. Reservations recommended. Lift ticket and bike rental sold separately. Cost is based on duration of your lesson. 
3-Hour $199 
6-Hour  $259

Pumps On Pedals Women's Evening Rides

Women mountain bike riders of all ages and ability levels are invited to make friends and hone their downhill, free-ride and cross-country mountain bike skills alongside Northstar California’s phenomenal group of female mountain bike coaches during Pumps on Pedals Women’s Evening Ride each Friday from 5-7PM through September 1st. The best part is that these coached evening rides are offered complimentary!

Meet at the bottom of Big Springs Gondola at 4:45 to check in with coaches We will break into groups according to skill level and comfort on trails and head up the gondola by 5 pm!

Don't have a Bike Park Season Pass just yet? We offer a $30 discounted lift ticket specifically for Pumps On Pedals rides! 

Special Event Bike Rental: $29 (Arrive at the Northstar Sports Demo Shop by 4:15pm to start the rental process)

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Her Mountain: A Specialized Women’s Weekend

Ladies of all mountain bike ability levels are invited to join the phenomenal female Bike Academy coaches of Northstar California for two fun-filled days of coaching that will help take their mountain bike technique to another level. 


Session One: July 22 & 23.

Session Two: August 19 & 20

$373 Season Pass Holders (Per Session)

$429 Non-Pass Holders (Per Session)

Trailblazers Teen Mountain Bike Camp

A week-long camp running July 17 - 21st. This camp, tailored to kids age 10-16, offer five days of one-on-one instruction from the best coaches in Tahoe. Trailblazer Camp is an unforgettable experience and an unparalleled opportunity for progression.

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Camp Times


10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

*This is not an overnight camp



9:30 – 10 AM Meet up at the Specialized Bike Academy (Next to the Season Pass Office)

10 AM Bike Park Opens

10:00 – 12:30 PM Warm-up laps. We’ll make sure all riders are appropriately grouped to maximize fun and learning potential. Groups will be around a 6:1 ratio allowing plenty of opportunity for one-on-one coaching. We will utilize the lift priority that only Bike Academy groups get – more riding, less standing in line.

12:30 – 1:30 PM Supervised lunch at Big Springs Day Lodge at Mid-Mountain.

1:30 – 4:00 PM Afternoon riding. We’ll take this time to start pushing ourselves on familiar trails, or exploring new ones.

4:00 – 4:30 PM Village meet-up. Time to recap the day and lay out the plan for the next day. If you’ve still got the energy, try some roller skating or mini golf. OR put your feet up and have a soda as you dream about tomorrow’s trail adventure.



Camp Cost


$405 per session

Trailblazer camp cost includes:


·        5 days of instructor-led sessions for kids ages 10-16; four hours of coaching each day

·        5 day lift ticket for participant

·        Supervised lunch each day at the Big Springs Day Lodge (lunch not included)


Please Note:  Mountain bikes should be suitable for the Northstar Mountain Bike Park. Mountain bikes should have a minimum of front suspension and disc brakes; full-suspension is highly recommended. Knee pads, elbow pads, gloves and full face helmet are required. Mountain bikes and/or rentals are not included in the Trailblazer camp cost.



Trail Blazer Registration

For more information about the Northstar Trailblazer Mountain Bike Camp, please call 530.562.2267 or 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784)

Northstar's mountain bike lessons are offered to all levels of riders, ages 9+. Groups (typically 4-6 people) are formed based on level and ability. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended for those riders requiring a bike rental. A limited number of bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Riders under the age of 18 require a parent/guardian liability release signature.


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