The April 2014 issue of decline magazine hit the newstands and offers a look at the best bets for early season lift-access bike park riding. Some of the picks include MTBparks Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Award winners.
The article highlights the top bike parks that will open in April and May across the US and Canada. With this ride guide, you can begin making spring riding plans now, knowing that this list represents a collection of the best bike parks across North America offering early season access.
Key opening dates to note:
Photo Credit: Whistler Mountain Bike Park
Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s official opening date this year is May 17 with daily operations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Photo Credit: Ski Bromont, Sébastien Larose
The Bromont Bike Park anticipates an opening date of May 16 at noon, and if conditions allow, the resort may be open for shredding on May 10 this year.
Photo Credit: Highland Mountain Bike Park
Highland is the best bike park in the Northeast, according to MTBparks Riders’ Choice Awards, and opens to season pass holders on Wednesday, April 30. Everyone else gets access to the goods on May 1, 2014.
Photo Credit: Mountain Creek Bike Park, Dave Trumpore
Mountain Creek Bike Park fires up its lift again on May 3 this year, for one of the longest lift-served riding seasons in North America. The park crew’s vision is to continue to offer a world-class trail network of purposefully designed and immaculately maintained natural terrain and man-made features.
Photo Credit: Trestle Bike Park | Winter Park Resort
When will Trestle Bike Park open for 2014? There’s not an official date set yet, as Mother Nature really plays a role in determining things in the Colorado high-country, but the resort is hoping for a mid-June opening.
Photo Credit: Grand Targhee Resort | Kevin Cass
Grand Targhee plans to start opening the trails as soon as the snow melts, with an official opening date of June 13 and closing date of Sept 28, weather and conditions permitting.
Photo Credit: Angel Fire Resort Bike Park
The season starts May 16 and lifts will load Monday through Friday throughout the early season with expanded hours and daily operations starting in mid-June. The season is slated to run through early October, making for one of the longest seasons in the West.
Photo Credit: The Rock Bike Park
No additional information available yet, but we expect this Wisconsin bike park to open as soon as the weather will allow. Perhaps as early as sometime in April.
Visit decline magazine to download the full report in the digital edition of its April issue. And be sure to follow MTBparks for an expanded version of 2014 bike park opening dates – coming soon!
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