Spirit Mountain, MN – It's been a long wait for Minnesota riders, but things are starting to look promising as Spirit Mountain vows to become a premier mountain biking destination and adds downhill mountain biking to their roster for 2013. Last fall, Spirit Mountain completed a major part of their long-term development plan, which included the addition of two lift-access mountain biking trails. These trails were built last summer and have just opened to the public for the 2013 season. Spirit Mountain plans to add two more downhill mountain bike trails this summer.
The two new trails will be funded with $60,000 in city tourism tax money.
The trails added last year are the 1.5-mile Candyland trail and the more challenging one-mile Smorgasbord Trail. Both are gravity trails. Candyland is a 1.5 mile beginner/ intermediate level downhill flow trail featuring large berms, medium and small sized table tops, and hip jumps. Smorgasbord is a 1 mile intermediate level freeride/ downhill mountain bike trail that offers more of the same, including large berms, medium size jumps, a 5-foot drop, and rock gardens.
"It's really important that we don't end up with all expert trails," executive director Renee Mattson said. "To build the sport, you need the terrain to allow people to build their skills."
To learn more about Spirit Mountain's new trails, be sure to check out the video below.
Spirit Mountain has been working on developing some downhill mountain bike trails over the past year in accordance with our Master Plan. Cyclists can ride the trails down the mountain and take the NEW “Spirit Express II” Chairlift back up to the top with their bikes. The new flow trail begins near the Spirit Mountain Adventure Park and ends approximately 500 feet below, and a mile later, at the NEW Grand Avenue Chalet. Cyclists can purchase lift tickets at either location. The site of the new flow trail was home to a Flow Trail School hosted by IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) and COGGS (Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores) in September 2012. About 30 people from around the country attended the school to learn skills and techniques for building these types of trails. The school was led by Aaron Rogers, IMBA Midwest Trail Specialist, who has officially declared this to be, “the best flow trail in the Midwest”. Additionally, Adam Sundberg, chairman of COGGS, says, “Everybody is blown away by how great the trail is looking. It’s so much fun, so creative, so well-done.”