What a weekend! The new venue for the slope style went off this weekend. We had a great group of riders come out for the event and even a bigger group of spectators taking it all in. Watch our Face Book and web site for the upcoming recap video if you missed it. And after watching I am sure we will see you next year.
It was all made possible with the help of our sponsors, Fox Head, Rock Star, X-Fusion, Oakley, Dakine, Toyota, Norco and Brandt Tracker hooked us up with a sweet brand new John Deere 50G excavator to shape all the landing. That thing had the trail crew vibrating when it showed up on build day. Speaking of trail crew if you see any of those boys give them a huge pat on the back. They busted the butts to get that course up to the standard that I am sure surprised most. Thanks Derek, Mike, Chris and Jay for all your hard work, I could not do this job without you! Along with them the Silver Star operations staff (Tim, Bill and crew), we appreciated your time and machines. Thanks.
Okay enough about what happened last week, what about this week you ask…. Well keeping with the Silver Star motto of great maintenance we are not sitting back at the end of season waiting for the final two bonus weekends. We have been busy doing some heavy work on the trail. If you rode Super Star or Rock Star this past weekend you probably noticed a bunch of rework to the middle of those trail. That is continuing this week. Section of trail getting fully re-built. Berms pulled up, jumps being re-shaped and straight-a-ways being smoothed out. Don’t feel left out if you can’t make the bonus weekends, we are doing the section of trail that we can’t touch in the spring. This way they will be ready and waiting for us all next year. But really you should try because nothing is like riding freshly built trail!
Rock Star had a couple jumps and a berm changed just above paved / Cross mtn. This is the “newer” section trail crew calls the Loop, that is a hate it or love it section. The step up had the some material put into the middle, giving it a little more friendly “case”. If you were cleaning it before you should not even notice. Leading up to it we took out the roller and moved the first jump forward. Should give the intermediate rider a little more set up time. The sniper berm has tripled in size. If you could nail the old berms and let your bike run the follow jumps were never an issue, now with a giant berm there should be no problems. You can follow your little sister through there and make the jumps. A word of warning, we waited until the end of the season to do these changes because of the soil type in there. Thinking we wanted to do it in drier condition, the forecast is for some heavy rain this week. If it is wet on the weekend this section could get very muddy. Consider yourself warned. On a the other hand the rest of the park is going to be MONEY with a little rain! J
We are also starting the FULL re-build of the oh so popular Blast Off trail this week. This trail has seen minimal maintenance this year. The idea was to let it go a little longer than normal because we wanted to give it the once over this fall. Again it is a trail that we cannot touch with machines until late in the season due to the ground water. The line is going to stay the same for the most part, but every berm and jump on that trail is getting pulled up and re tooled. I for one cannot wait for this one! This is
just a heads up if you are one of the first few riders down there on Saturday morning. It will feel slow. That trail is so tight we will not be able to do a proper pack on the berms, so it will need tire traffic to speed back up.
We are also working on the XC product over the next few weeks. Unfortunately nothing we will get to ride this year, adding an all new climb trail to the top of the mountain for the spring. This is only one of many projects happening this fall for the all mtn. / XC product on Silver Star.
Have a great bonus weekend. I will be away for this one, so enjoy the freshly built section of trail, wish I was here!