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Mountain Biking and Hiking Safety | Northstar California Mountain Biking and Hiking Safety | Northstar California

Mountain Safety + Responsibility Code

 

These are partial lists only. Ride and Hike With Care.

 

Mountain Bike Responsibility Code

  • Familiarize yourself with the trail system and select rides within your ability level.
  • Make sure that all bike components work properly.
  • Helmets are required while riding. Gloves and protective clothing are recommended.
  • Always ride with a buddy and be prepared for emergencies.
  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings and ride only on designated trails. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Be courteous to other riders and pass only when it is safe.
  • Yield to other types of trail users including hikers, horses and vehicles.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • Respect the environment and wildlife.
  • When entering a trail or starting downhill, you must look uphill and yield to other riders.
  • Prior to using any lift you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely. When in doubt, ask a lift operator.


SDA OvalFOUR MAIN POINTS OF SMART RIDESmart Ride is a mountain bike specific safety program that you should check out before using Mountain Bike Terrain and Skill Development Areas at Northstar and any other mountain bike parks.

  • Make a Plan. Every time you ride Mountain Bike Terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Use your first run as a warm up run and to familiarize yourself with the terrain. Your speed and approach will directly affect your maneuver or jump and landing.
  • Look Before You Leap. Before getting into Mountain Bike Terrain, observe all signage and warnings. Scope around the jumps first--not over them. Be aware that the features change constantly due to weather, usage, maintenance and other factors. Do not jump blindly and use a spotter when necessary.
  • Easy Style It. Know your limits and ride within your ability level. Begin with smaller features and work your way up. Stay in control on the ground and in the air. Do not attempt any features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely. When in doubt, walk your bike or ride around.
  • Respect Gets Respect. Respect the terrain and others. Wait your turn: One person on a feature at a time. Always clear the landing area quickly. Respect all signs and stay off closed terrain and features.

 

Hiker's Responsibility Code

  1. Obey all trail signs and markings and hike only on designated trails.
  2. Don't stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible to others.
  3. Dogs must be on a leash and under an owner's control at all times while on Northstar property.
  4. Know how to use the lifts properly. When in doubt, ask a lift operator.
  5. Respect the environment and wildlife.
  6. Access to emergency care available at the top of Big Springs Gondola and the top of Tahoe Zephyr Express.
  7. If you are involved in or witness a collision, you must identify yourself to a Northstar Mountain Bike Medic or lift perator.
  8. Be prepared for constantly changing weather conditions.
  9. No smoking due to extreme fire danger.
  10. Some trails may be closed due to construction. Consult mountain bike staff for information.
  11. Please check in at the Village Bike Shop prior to accessing the trail system.
  12. Please hike on designated hiking trails and roads only.
  13. Hiking/outdoor footwear is recommended.

CAUTION: Black bears are common in the Sierra. Leave the bears alone and do not aggravate them. Use common sense and please DO NOT FEED THEM.

 

Additional Information + Rules

  1. While dogs are not allowed on the chairlifts, leashed dogs are allowed on Northstar's Big Springs Gondola, Tahoe Zephyr cabins and hiking trails.
  2. Please hike on designated hiking trails and roads only.
  3. If you are involved in or witness a collision, you must identify yourself to a Northstar Employee. Emergency care is available at the top and bottom of Big Springs Gondola Express, Vista Express, Tahoe Zephyr Express and the Village Bike Shop. To summon help, call 530.562.3444.
  4. Use U.S. Forest Service maps or other topographical maps when bicycling outside the Northstar trail system.
  5. Please don't walk or ride on the dam at Northstar's reservoir.
  6. Sierra mountain weather can change rapidly. Severe thunderstorms and temperature changes are common. Be prepared for changing conditions.
  7. No smoking due to extreme fire danger.
  8. Some trails may be closed due to construction. Obey posted signs, review map and consult mountain bike staff for info.
  9. Please check in at the Village Bike Shop prior to accessing the trail system.
  10. The Village at Northstar™ is a pedestrian friendly resort. Please refrain from riding down stairs. Walk your bike where appropriate.

 


WARNING: Mountain biking, hiking and other recreational activities involve inherent and other risks of injury and death. Trail conditions vary constantly because of weather, changes and biker/hiker use. Variations in terrain, stumps, forest growth, rocks and debris, (All of which may be hidden by tall grass or vegetation) lift towers, snowmaking equipment, vehicles, logging equipment and other machinery and other natural and manmade obstacles and hazards may exist throughout the area. You must assume the risks of personal injury and death related to participation in recreational activities within this recreation area.



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