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From a post on : Ride Monkey

“I’m hoping to use this thread as info to the powers that be so I’d like some honest input. Some friends and I have approached a ski area here in north Lake Tahoe about a mountain bike park and they’re listening.  …………….

 As it stands, it sounds like they were already thinking of putting on some sort of event next year but without a clear idea of what yet. We’d like them to open up for at least weekend operations on a regular basis…….possibly have some sort of opening or even several events.

I’m not naming the spot because this is just now being discussed, but the area has a history of hosting sort of “less mainstream” activities. They’ve held mt board races, motorcycle trials, dh bike races, a 24 hr race and were one of the first places in the country to allow snowboards way back when. The location could potentially put us in competition with the existing lift accessed mtn already here (Northstar). So what we’re proposing to do is basically build the things that Northstar won’t. Jumps, bridges, skinnies, as well as reopening a former dh course already on the property…..maybe change it up a bit. So I’d like to know how much interest there would be in something like this.

We’re willing to do the trailwork for free in exchange just for having this stuff available since building in the area on public lands is impossible around here. Having a demonstrated client potential would certainly make turning the lifts in summer time more appealing if they can have a reasonable expectation to cover their costs and maybe make some money.

So a more ‘freeride’ oriented offering in the north Tahoe area……..what do you think? “

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9 Comments

  1. This would be great! Its not any fun waiting to see if northstar will be open or closed. I hope this happens! I just want to ride…

  2. There would definitely be interest. It would be great to see some northshore style log rides added to the area.

  3. Donner Ski Ranch ??? I hope how fun would it be to go up there again , myself and Glen Seel built stuff up there last year (40 ‘ hip table ) and there is some really awesome terrain to be had on that mountian .I hope it’s true ,and hopefully it dosen’t get all bro’ed out .

  4. Definite YES! I will buy a season pass and bring my trail design/build tools.

  5. As you can tell from my post on Ridemonkey I’m kinda hoping it’s Boreal. But, anything is good. I still love Northstar though……but we would support both.

  6. Norm’s always up for this stuff. He’s run so many motorcycle races up there, snow biking races, all kinds of stuff. Plus it’s the birthplace of snowboarding in the Sierra… mostly because he wasn’t afraid to make it happen.

    It’s almost all on private land too.

  7. I think that this will be a great opportunity for the growth and development of mountain biking. I can not imagine how good the trails would be if they were built and maintained by riders instead of skiers. There has to be a meeting or a group rally to coordinate construction. I know if the people know of this place and what it has to offer, this resort could do very well.

  8. That would be awsome!!!!!

  9. Ok its gotta be donner ski ranch.sounds great!Its a good old place to race.thats pretty much were it all started for most of norcal dh ers.Cool ,cant wait.


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