The early opening makes it a likely candidate for the first summer-only bike park to open in North America. The decision comes on the heels of the resort having to cancel its Winter Bike Jam due to unseasonably warm weather.
"With the warm winter, we're just trying to make lemonade with the lemons we've been given," Derek Clifton, bike park manager, told MTBparks. "We're going to have every trail open and we're going to be rockin' and rollin' in the middle of April."
Alex Mercer sends it into late November at Bryce. | Photo: Paul Busa
Last year, Bryce stayed open later than usual through November, and it turned out to be one of the busiest seasons on record, according to Clifton. The park crew was even able to open Pickleback, a brand-new trail, at the end of the season. As an added bonus, Clifton says riders will get to sample new features on Pickleback opening weekend that weren't there when the park closed in fall, and hints at more new trails and revamps of old trails later this season.
"If the weather's cooperating and people want to ride bikes, let's get out here and do it," said Clifton. "We're the little guy on the block, but we like to swing like the big guy."
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-by Don Stefanovich