ANGEL FIRE, NM – Opening dates are coming up fast across the continent, but perhaps nowhere marks the return of summer for riders across the Southwest like Angel Fire's opening weekend. Scheduled for Thursday, May 19, the "Best of the Southwest" can count on seeing us in the lift line, and this update from Angel Fire Bike Park Director Hogan Koesis has hoping the next two months fly by.
VERNON, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park announced today an early 2016 opening day of Saturday, April 2. Thanks in part to a particulalry dry East Coast spring, that's a full month ahead of last year's May 2 opening.
GRANBY, CO – Bike Granby Ranch will host its first annual Granby Ranch Meltdown this Sunday, March 27. The last day of the ski season will host the mountain's first downhill bike race on snow, taking competitors down Dragon Lady, a trail groomed for the race with snow berms, rollers jumps and other features.
ROXBURY, NY – Plattekill Mountain announced that it will partially open its bike park this weekend, March 19 and 20, while still operating skiing and snowboarding on select runs. Tickets will be $35, giving riders acces to any discipline they choose. The mixed-use soft opening makes it the first bike park to open for the season in North America, year-round resorts not withstanding.
HARRISONBURG, VA – Massanutten Resort announced today that construction of its all-new lift-served bike park is officially underway with a target opening of July, 2016. The resort already offers an extensive singletrack network accessible via pedal power in the summer months, but 402 Trails, based out of Greenville, VA, has been tasked with downhill duties.
ROTORUA, NZ — The man who wrote the book on Slopestyle penned himself a new first, Saturday, as the inaugural winner of the Kelly McGarry Memorial Trophy at Crankworx Rotorua. Brandon SEMENUK’s effortless performance bested even Nicholi ROGATKIN’s groundbreaking 1080, dubbed “The Twister,” on an afternoon no one in the bike community will soon forget.
ROTORUA, NZ — Fast trails and a good-time vibe left athletes smiling as they pulled in from a pedal-heavy Toa Enduro at Crankworx Rotorua, and the whip cranked the crowd into a frenzy to cap the night.
QUEENSTOWN, NZ –When we found our good friend and MTBparks ambassador Michael Moore was headed down to Kiwi town for Crankworx Rotorua, we jumped at the opportunity for live coverage of our first international event. But with all the out-of-this-world riding New Zealand is known to offer, he of course had to sample some local goods along the way. Here's his first check in from Skyline Queenstown, Gorge Bike Park and Wynyard Freeride Terrain Park.
DONNELLY, ID – Tamarack Resort will resume full operations of its bike park operations this summer for the first time in nine years. The Idaho resort was "once regarded as one of the best bike parks in the country," according to the press release, and this summer lift service will once again give riders access to 1,700 feet of vert. New trails and features are also in the works, according to the resort.