After five years of planning and several months of building Whitefish Mountain Resort announces the completion of the Bike Park expansion project adding five new trails more than doubling the downhill freeride experience. The Whitefish Bike Park 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. After the winter, trail work resumed this spring and included 150 excavator days and 1,200 man hours to build over 26,000 feet of trail. The new trails include over 100 berms and over 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. For more information on these and other summer events visit skiwhitefish.com/events.
Here's a great edit from Pinkbike showing some of the sweet riding you'll find at Whitefish.