SnoCountry’s Best Ski Resort Mountain Bike Parks
They crank up a couple of lifts for the summer months and offer up miles of downhill riding to all levels of mountain bikers. Integrated into the trail systems are the humps and jumps, berms and trestles that have become standard features at most mountain biking parks.
Riders can roar straight downhill, like an alpine racer, while negotiating twists and turns, rocks and stumps on the way. Or, for the more mellow among us, most parks cut long, slow-swinging novice runs like the green runs of the winter.
SnoCountry.com took a look at the U.S. mountain resorts that fire up for mountain biking in the summer, and come up with this list of our favorites, spread across the country.
Angel Fire. Commitment by this New Mexico resort doubled trail-miles to more than 60 and brought in world-class competitions – plus a long May-October season.
Crested Butte. Oldest U.S. resort mountain bike park, Evolution Park rocks (literally) with 3,000-foot vertical and all levels in 14-trail system.
Winter Park. Resort ramps up Trestle Bike Park with ton of diamonds and double-diamonds – plus lodging and meal deals for mountain bikers.
Northstar. California’s largest park boasts only fully irrigated trail, LiveWire, as its signature advanced run, but also comprehensive instruction and training programs.
Deer Valley. Three chairlifts bring bikers to much of the mountain – and system connects to Park City’s 400-mile network.
Snowshoe. West Virginia resort grooms a couple of runs for newbies, and a pair of high-speed quads zip riders up 1,500 feet of vertical.
Sunday River. Maine resort cranks up Chondola lift for 25 trails with single track, downhill runs, and machine-made bermed, trestled and ramped terrain, all totaling 20 miles.
Silver Mountain. North American’s longest gondola delivers 3,300-feet of gnarly ascent, while Chair 3 serves the less experienced or riders who just want a mellow day in the Idaho mountains.
Whistler. Where it all started and home to the Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival August 8-17. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is considered the No. 1 lift accessed downhill bike park in the world, and for good reason. Boasting more terrain than any other bike park in North America with 4,900 vertical feet of lift-serviced descending trails.
Photo top: Mountain biking for the whole family at Northstar Tahoe (Northstar/Facebook)
Whistler is the No. 1 Mountain Bike Park in the world. (Whistler Bike Park/Facebook)