"Whoah!!! We're going into insane mode!!!" One of our favorite things about watching UCI World Cup downhill mountain bike racing is riding along with Swiss-born Claudio Caluori on his entertaining course previews. The Gstaad-Scott team manager, with years of racing experience of his own, takes on each World Cup track blindly, without practice, ensuring great commentary every time.
CHARLEMONT, MA — Thunder Mountain Bike Park loaded the last chair of its inaugural season this weekend, marking an end to Berkshire East's first summer as Massachusetts' first downhill mountain bike destination. The lift that carried that last chair—and downhill mountain bikers throughout the season—is a bit unique. Take a look at the technology behind the economically viable and environmentally sustainable Sky Trac Quad.
BOULDER CITY, NV – Better known for the Hoover Dam that lies on the outskirts of town separating the Nevada and Arizona state lines, this sleepy desert hamlet situated only a short jaunt from the Las Vegas strip also happens to be a hotbed of outdoor activity, particularly mountain biking. And in the winter months, just when the chairlifts in mountain towns switch gears for ski season, the mercury drops in the desert and this sleepy town becomes the best winter downhill destination in the West.
CHARLEMONT, MA – Thunder Mountain Bike Park will close for the season this Sunday, November 15. If you haven't ridden New England's latest lift-served downhill bike park, it's not too late to ride free with your 2015 MTBparks Pass.
Northfield, NH – Winter is nipping at our tires everywhere. Killington, Mammoth, Sunday River and many other resorts have already made the transition and have kicked off ski season, while many other resorts are slated to open in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Highland Mountain Bike Park in New Hampshire is still offering riders the chance to get a few more days of lift-served shredding in before calling it for the 2015 season.
MARSHALL, NC — Bailey Mountain Bike Park announced it will host its first "Ladies Takeover" this Sunday, November 8. The year-round North Carolina downhill mountain bike park announced that women would be given preference on the day's shuttle reservations, but men are able to get on a wait list in the event the women's slots aren't filled.
Boulder City, NV – The 2016 Winter Gravity Series at Bootleg Canyon Bike Park kicks off this season with the Thanksgiving weekend Gravity Fest, an event inspired by local Bootleg Canyon legend Brent Thomson. Brent was the man who initially brought mountain biking to life at Bootleg Canyon, and founded "The Gathering," drawing riders from all over the country to ride Southern Nevada's epic desert trails.
VERNON, NJ – This Saturday, October 24, marks the final chance for ladies to take advantage of Mountain Creek Bike Park's Women's Ride Day. Join 3X World Master's Downhill Champion and IMBA Certified Instructor Kathi Krause and her Dirt, Rock N Root team to meet likeminded female riders and take your downhill riding to the next level. Mountain Creek Bike Park offers participants discounts on lift tickets and rentals for the event.
Sweetgrass Productions returns to the screen with Darklight, a film that pushes the creative boundaries of action sports cinema while delivering viewers into a world of impressive light and color. Supported by innovative television manufacturer Philips TV, this is the third collaboration between the soulful filmmakers at Sweetgrass Productions and Swedish creative house Ahlstrand and Wållgren.
The East is on fire with the color of the changing leaves and snow is starting to make its mark on ski hills everywhere. With the not so subtle hint of winter in the air, you may be tempted to hang up the bikes and tune the skis—but there's still plenty of opportunities left to shred! Take a minute to check out our handy guide for to planning out the rest of bike park season, and beyond, with our final look at where you can still get a gravity fix in the East.