Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort expands cross-country offerings for 2009-2010 winter season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 21, 2009 7:12 am

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Dec. 21, 2009 – Free the heel, skate and shoot, or race up a mountain. Sounds like a workout to some, but the knowledgeable team at Northstar® Resort’s Cross-Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center are available to introduce outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to the various disciplines of cross-country sports. This season, Northstar Resort is expanding its offerings to include the only permanent biathlon range on the West Coast <> , a snowshoe social and running race series, as well as the line-up of Telemark, skate skiing, cross-country and snowshoe lessons offered daily at the center.    
Biathlon Range
This year, Northstar Resort debuts the only permanent biathlon range on the West Coast. As the sport celebrates its 50th anniversary as an Olympic discipline, Northstar Resort has designed a course and lessons program to introduce people to the sport. For those unfamiliar with biathlon, participants ski around a cross-country track that is broken up into two or four shooting rounds. Those who want to learn the ins and outs of biathlon can take a private three-hour lesson with former US Olympic team biathlete Glenn Jobe at Northstar Resort this winter.  The first part of the lesson involves a clinic on dry firing where participants learn the safety techniques and mechanics of the 12 steps of firing a gun. The second part of the lesson involves cross-country, skate skiing or snowshoeing on the trail system where the targets are set up. For those cross-country or skate skiing, an intermediate level of skill is required. Biathlon clinics will be held in conjunction with the Auburn Ski Club Association on Feb. 12 and March 20. A biathlon race that is open to the public takes place on March 21. Interested participants must be ages 13 or older to sign up for lessons or clinics, which are offered by reservation only (reservations required 48 hours in advance), Monday through Friday, non-holiday. The cost to participate in a lesson is $199 for the first person, and $50 for each additional person, up to four people.

Snowshoe Social and Running Race Series
Northstar Resort is expanding its popular snowshoe race series this year to cater to both serious snowshoe racers and those who want to enjoy a social time on the mountain. The snowshoe series was designed for people of all ages, from athletes to families and friends interested in getting outside to recreate.
Designed by Peter Fain, Atlas Snowshoe Racing team member, the 5k and 10k courses feature a rolling trail that incorporates groomed and ungroomed single-track sections. Monetary prices will be awarded to the top three men’s and women’s finishers in each 10k race, and product prices will be given to the top three men and women in the 5k race. A celebration with awards, raffle and lunch will follow each event. The series kicked off on Dec. 19 with additional races scheduled on Jan. 24 and Feb. 27. The final event benefits the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundations’ Queen of Hearts. The Queen of Hearts provides grants to local non-profit organizations such as Girls on the Run-Sierra and the Truckee Humane Society.

Cross-Country Clinics
In addition to its new biathlon program and the snowshoe series, the Northstar Resort’s Cross-Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center is brining back its popular telemark camps, snowshoe clinics, moonlight snowshoe tours and daily lessons <>  to introduce or help outdoor enthusiasts further excel in these pursuits. Until now there hasn’t been a facility for biathletes to learn or train. We’re excited to be filling a void in the Tahoe area cross-country scene, said Julie Young, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort Cross-Country Director.

 Telemark Camps. Learn how to Telemark or improve your skills. Camp costs are $139 for the full package, or $119 for season pass holders. Instruction will begin promptly at 10 a.m. on Jan. 9 and 10,  Feb. 7, March 7 and April 4, and will include an all access lift ticket, four hours of instruction, video analysis, PSIA manual, demo equipment if needed, and a lunch voucher to be used at Northstar Resort’s mid-mountain Day Lodge.   

Snowshoe Skills Clinic. Join us for a Snowshoe Skills Clinic on Jan. 2 from 10a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first clinic is a Luna Chix women’s clinic with instructor Sarah McMahan, a member of the Atlas Snowshoe Team & Solomon Trail Running Team. Instruction will include discussion on training tips, clothing, managing energy and fueling the body. The core fundamentals and techniques for running on groomed trails, fresh snow, running in changing conditions, transitioning from different conditions and more will be coverage. The clinic does not include snowshoes and is free with the purchase of a cross-country trail pass that day. The second session covers the same topics but is open to anyone with instructor Ross McMahan, member of the Atlas Snowshoe Team & Solomon Trail Running Team.  

Moonlight Snowshoe Tours. Northstar Resort’s popular moonlight snowshoe tours will be offered two consecutive nights each month beginning in December 2009, and are fun for all ages featuring a guided tour, live acoustic music, a bonfire, s’mores and hot cocoa. Tours meet at the Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center at 5 p.m. and cover approximately 6 km of terrain. Cost to participate is $35 for ages 13+ and $25 for ages 12 and under. Snowshoe rentals are just $5.

Rossignol Skate Clinic. The Cross-Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center has teamed up with Rossignol to host a skate ski clinic on Feb. 13. The clinic take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the clinic is free with purchase of a trail pass and open to all abilities. Participants will learn the basics of skate technique before taking a closer look at the subtleties of efficiency and the use of technique through varied terrain. And, for those interested in participating in an on-mountain treasure hunt, The North Face retail store in the Village at Northstar£ and the Cross-Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center have again teamed up to offer a geocaching adventure <> . Four snowshoe and four cross-country ski-oriented caches are positioned on the trails, ranging from easy to difficult. Caches include prizes such as resort gift cards and other items, with the value based on the difficulty of the cache. Two kid-friendly caches are also stashed, containing kid-friendly prizes. Cache coordinates are available at the Cross-Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center, as well as at The North Face store in the Village at Northstar. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are also available for rent at The North Face and the Cross-Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center. The Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center is located at mid-mountain, to the left of the Vista Express Chairlift. Trail passes <> are available for just $25 at the Season Pass & Tickets Office in the Village at Northstar, and must be purchased before riding the Gondola. Northstar Resort’s cross-country trail system features warming huts and scenic picnic sites with views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. Adventurers are encouraged to pack a lunch or pick up some gourmet picnic items in the Village at Northstar. A limited selection of food and beverage items is also available at the Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center.