Whitefish Mountain Resort Opens Five New MTB Trails This Weekend
It took five years of planning and several months of earth moving, shoveling and raking, and you can ride them this weekend at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Five new trails open July 27th at Whitefish Mountain Resort, more than doubling the downhill freeride experience. The Whitefish Bike Park now offers mountain bikers nearly 30 miles of trails from expert downhill to intermediate and beginner cross-country terrain.
“We are absolutely stoked to offer several new freeride trails offering bikers a chance to experience flow trails, which will be like riding a dirt roller coaster. It is this experience that is driving mountain biking across the world. New technology in bikes, new trail design with the use of chairlifts has set the stage for this trend in mountain biking,” said Josh Knight events and recreation manager at Whitefish Mountain Resort. “Our two new top-to-bottom trails, Kashmir and Freebird, are packed with large berms, jumps and have been designed to enhance the natural terrain at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Along with the recent trail additions across the valley, and the local vibe of the town and mountain bike community we are excited to make Whitefish a biking destination worth exploring.”
Construction of the new trails began in October 2012 led by Knight, his trail crew and assisted by renowned trail builder Pete Costain and his company Terraflow Trails, a member of the Professional Trail Builders Association. Trail work resumed this spring and included 150 excavator days and 1,200 man hours to build more than 26,000 feet of trail. The new trails include more than 100 berms and 50 jumps. Additionally Whitefish Mountain Resort added more downhill bikes to its rental fleet, created additional positions to its bike patrol and purchased a new rescue vehicle.
Whitefish Mountain Resort will celebrate the completion of the Bike Park expansion project on Saturday, July 27 with a downhill race and other activities from the top of the mountain to the base area to officially open the new trails. The event will include the first installment of the inaugural Double Dip downhill, to take place on a section of the Kashmir trail. The race begins at 2 p.m. viewing will be available by riding down the Summit Trail.
Downhill and freeride mountain bikers will have their chance to prove their mettle with additional events this summer. The All Gravity Series returns to Whitefish Mountain Resort August 24-25. The All Gravity Series is a USA Cycling sanctioned series of technical downhill and enduro downhill races throughout Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana. The Double Dip Downhill continues on September 14 when racers will race on the new Freebird trail.
Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the most affordable mountain biking destinations in North America. An all-day lift pass is only $29 and a season pass goes for $165. The resort’s mountain biking Stay & Play Package, “Eat, Bike, Sleep, Repeat” package starts at just $65 per person, riders receive lodging at the Hibernation House, a full day bike pass and a hot breakfast to fuel the day. Rate is based on double occupancy.
2013 Bike Park Expansion New Trails:
Kashmir - Black Diamond
Length - 2.54 Miles
Elevation Loss - 1684 Vertical Feet
Description: A fun flow trail along the west ridge of the mountain intersecting the Summit Trail multiple times allowing riders to work up to more advanced features.
Freebird – Black Diamond
Length - 1.7 Miles (2.7km)
Elevation Loss – 1517 Vertical Feet (462m)
Description: A fast flow trail with berms and jumps down the gut of Ptarmigan Bowl.
GNR – Double Black Diamond
Length - .21 miles (.35km)
Elevation Loss – 190 Vertical Feet (38m)
Description: Steep and technical, this trail will get your heart beating.
Classic Rock – Double Black Diamond
Length - .31 Miles (.5 km)
Elevation Loss – 200 Vertical Feet (60m)
Description: Big nasty rock garden. 'Nuf said.
Overflow – Black Diamond
Length - .75 Miles (1.2 km)
Elevation Loss – 452 Vertical Feet (138m)
Description: Big jump line with a flowy finish.
Photo: Mountain Biking at Whitefish Mountain Report / Whitefish Mountain Resort Photo