VERNON, NJ – Registration is now live for the US Open of Mountain Biking at Mountain Creek Bike Park. The race will take place May 25 through 28 and discounted early bird registration is available until April 30. Those interested can register here.
ROXBURY, NY – Plattekill Bike Park recently announced reduced hours for 2017, citing increased competition from a growing number of bike parks in the Northeast region. Entering its 24th year, Plattekill will only load bikes on lifts for what it is calling "key weekends" during the 2017 season.
MASSANUTTEN, VA – Virginia's Massanutten Bike Park has announced an April 15 opening. The bike park will operate Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from April 15 through May 28 when regular season hours take effect. The park will also host a Yee-Ha! Race April 29 and 30.
AUSTRIA – Sweet dreams are made of...old city bikes, cows and black cats? In this insane edit, Fabio Wibmer proves that you don't need the newest bike to send it or match with the hottest locals. Hang on with Wibmer while he shreds Austria's Saalbach and Leogang bike parks on, well, something that makes clunkers look modern in "Out of Mind."
MOAB, UT – Desert season. It happens twice a year in Moab—ask any mountain biker. The shoulder seasons, spring and fall, when the surrounding mountain locales—including bike parks—are buried, cold, wet and otherwise miserable, there's a magic time when Moab's higher elevation is dry and its desert floor isn't too hot. Contributor Nancy Kim recently met up with MTBparks founder Michelle Good et al for some desert shredding, and decided to share her recipe for success, aka 'Porcupine Stew.'
VERNON, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park has announced a 2017 opening day of Saturday, April 15. Other details for the opening weekend, and season, including ticket prices and operating schedule have yet to be released, but Mountain Creek looks to be among the first in the Northeast to fire up the lifts for the summer season.
BOISE, ID – Idaho's Bogus Basin ski resort plans to invest nearly $4.3-million into become a year-round multiseason resort destination, according to the Idaho Statesman. A bike park is rumored to be among those improvements which also include a mountain coaster, water tubing and a new patio.
SNOWSHOE, WV – Snowshoe Bike Park has announced a 2017 opening day of Friday, May 26. The bike park will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Get ready to sling some dirt as we start spinning the lifts and kick off another awesome downhill mountain biking season at Snowshoe Bike Park," said the bike park on its Facebook page.
BASYE, VA – Virginia's Bryce Bike Park is kicking Old Man Winter to the curb sooner than expected and has announced a 2017 opening weekend of April 15 and 16. The park will be 100-percent open and operate on an early season schedule, weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until mid-June when regular season hours commence.
MTBparks is stoked to once again launch its Annual Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Survey! Five rider-voted Best Bike Parks will once again be crowned in each of eight regions across North America: Eastern Canada, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic/Southeast, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Northwest and Western Canada.
WHISTLER, BC – Jill Kintner (USA) proved the picture of dominant force in 2016. Kintner won more competitions than any athlete on the Crankworx World Tour—male or female—amassing a total of 1380 points, over 11 different competitions, and sweeping the pump track and dual slalom events, at all three World Tour stops, and in addition to winning some of the biggest events, like the Crankworx Rotorua DH.
SLINGER, WI – Little Switzerland Bike Park has announced its 2017 operating schedule. This freeride haven of the midwest is only open select Sundays throughout the summer, so be sure to double check dates before planning your trip, but this hidden gem is certainly worth checking out if you're in the Wisconsin area.
Women are taking to two wheels more than ever before—from the local pump track to World Cup downhill courses. Red Bull published its list of Mountain Biking's Five Fastest Females (see below), and we thought it was a killer list worth sharing, but thought we'd add a few of our own favorite lady shredders in honor of International Women's Day.