TAHOE STAR TOURS at THE DARK SKIES COSMOARIUM
Experience the wonder and awe of the dark skies above Northstar California during our popular summer Tahoe Star Tours!
The annual summer series is back at its viewing venue, the Dark Skies Cosmoarium, for those who want to learn about and experience the night sky Thursday and Saturday evenings, June 16 through September 3, 2016.
Every tour is as different as the starry skies above, and each features an informative Star Tour Astronomy presentation, a laser tour of the sky, and telescopic viewing using state-of-the-art computerized Celestron telescopes, all while gathered around a fire pit enjoying warm treats. And you won’t leave empty handed – all guests will earn the status of “Star Guide” along with a badge that you can take home to remember your experiences. And new this year Tahoe Star Tours will incorporate use of Celestron’s newest technology, optimized for photography, and will include an astro imaging demonstration allowing stargazers to take pictures of what they’re viewing in space and share them through their own social media networks.
Offering convenient access for guests lodging or visiting the resort, the Cosmoarium is located near the entrance to Northstar on the lower level of the Castle Peak parking area. Featuring wide, unobstructed horizons for viewing, it provides Tahoe Star Tours participants with comfortable seating, fire pits, outdoor heaters and blankets, complimentary hot chocolate, Starbucks coffee, s’mores, and Aquafina water as well as convenient, free on-site parking just a short walk from the viewing site.
Star Guide extraordinaire, Tony Berendsen, owner of Tahoe Star Tours is an award-winning amateur astronomer, past President of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, and The Astronomical Society of Nevada. He has been showing the skies above northern Nevada and California for the past 20 years, including five years at the Fleischmann Planetarium observatory in Reno.
Adults - $35.00
Children 12 & Under - $20.00
Dates & Tour Themes
June – Mars
July – Jupiter
August – Saturn
September – Tribute to Carl Sagan
8:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Northstar California Bike Park: Cross-Country Race Series
Cross-Country Mountain Bike riders are invited to test their skill at the Northstar California XC Mountain Bike Races held on-mountain throughout the summer. A variety of courses offer terrain suitable for intermediate to expert riders; with race classes for Beginner to Expert racers. The top three racers in each division will receive awards at the conclusion of each race as well as the conclusion of the entire series, based on cumulative points. An after party and awards ceremony will be hosted with food and drink specials for competitors to enjoy. Awards are scheduled to begin approximately one half hour after the final competitor finishes.
Cross-Country Race 5
Date: Thursday July 28, 2016
Join us for our Village at Northstar Wine Walk Series this summer on the final Saturday of each month, June through August. Enjoy a variety of delicious wine samples and light snacks as you meander throughout the Village from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. As the afternoon comes to a close there will be live music from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and a raffle will be held at 6:30pm for Wine Walk participants.
July 30 & 31, 2016
Northstar California Bike Park: Downhill Race Series
Downhill Mountain Bike enthusiasts are offered the perfect conditions for downhill racing on Northstar California’s terrain and can compete against one another all summer long during the Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series featuring 20 divisions for men, women and juniors to compete in. The top three racers in each division will receive awards at the conclusion of each race as well as the conclusion of the entire series, based on cumulative points. An after party and awards ceremony will be hosted on the Day Lodge Deck with food and drink specials for competitors to enjoy. Awards are scheduled to begin at approximately 3:30 pm (or a half hour after the final competitor finishes).
Downhill Race 4
Course: Sticks & Stones
Date: July 31, 2016