Mt. Bachelor Will Launch Downhill Bike Park Sept. 13
The first phase of a the “long dreamed of” Mt. Bachelor Downhill Bike Park in Oregon will open to the public Friday, Sept. 13 from the top of the Pine Marten Express in the West Village. Current terrain is for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers. Opening day tickets are limited and must be booked in advance online.
“Offering downhill mountain biking on Mt. Bachelor has been a dream for many of us for a long, long time,” said Resort President Dave Rathbun. He said the Bachelor trail crew and Gravity Logic downhill bike park planners have done “an amazing job to get phase one of the Mt. Bachelor Bike Park ready to ride.”
Each Opening Day online purchaser will be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to ride on the first chair with two friends. A more public kick-off day, Saturday, Sept. 14 will feature live music, bike demos from top manufacturers, and a BBQ at West Village Lodge.
Tickets for all ages are $29 full day, $19 for afternoons starting at 1 p.m. A non-transferable 3-pack is $69 (valid any three days the park is operating through Oct. 13).
Riders are required to have a lift ticket, helmet, closed-toe shoes, and a mountain bike with functioning front and rear brakes. The resort “strongly encourages” riders bikes to have full suspension with a minimum of five inches of travel and disc brakes, a full-face helmet, and additional body armor including, at a minimum, knee, shin, and elbow protection.
The resort will offer retail items for sale, including helmets, gloves, jerseys, shorts and pads. Bike repair and maintenance services are available.
The approval of Mt. Bachelor’s Ski Area Improvement Project in April made it possible for trail construction to begin July 1 with crews working every day throughout the summer. Phase one consists of three distinct downhill routes. Trail construction will continue this fall until snow covers the mountain and over the next several seasons until build out at more than 20 km of downhill bike trails. The park will be open daily next summer and on weekends in the fall.
Map: Mt. Bachelor Bike Park