Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of Summer. The weather is beginning to transition to more warm and sunny days, and at bike parks across the contintent, everyone's cranking up for the season. To celebrate the launch of summer, MTBparks has teamed up with Mountain Bike Radio's Ben Welnak to bring you a weekly look at what's happening at bike parks near and far, will include event announcements and recaps, trail announcements, interviews with bike park staff and more.
Angel Fire Bike Park, NM – I have been counting down the days until the DH season opener all winter, and it almost didn't happen. Angel Fire was poised to open Friday May 16th, but the 14 inches of snow they received on Tuesday almost closed it down. With a solid trail crew, and a good turn out of gravity patrons, the park opened on time with only a few upper trails closed.
Mountain Creek, NJ – The 2014 Spring Classic, Eastern States Cup, USA Cycling ProGRT stop #2 at Mountain Creek is a wrap. Congrats to all of the racers and top finishers. It was a dramatic finish to an amazing weekend as Neko started off the pro men races holding the hot seat for the entire race until the end, when Aaron Gwin in the top seed edged Neko out in the last run of the day! Here are the official results on MTBparks.com.
Bryce, VA – After a big push this spring to get things dialed for the 2014 bike season, and a short delay due to ongoing maintenance of its chairlift, the Bryce Bike Park was still able to get an early start on the season when it opened for riders this weekend.
Whistler, BC – Today is the day! Whistler Bike Park officially opens for the 2104 season. Over the last month, Whistler Mountain Bike Park Manager, Brian Finestone has had his army working hard in preparation for opening day. As it goes this time of the year in many corners of the continent, troops of trail builders were rallied and reported for duty.
The MTBparks Pass makes its debut for the 2014 season with access to an unprecedented collection of some of North America’s Best Bike Parks. The first of its kind, the MTBparks Pass gives you, the rider, an opportunity to plan your best gravity-fed mountain biking road trips ever.
Angel Fire, NM – When Angel Fire Bike Park was crowned the Best Bike Park in the Southwest from the 2013 Rider Choice Awards, its team made a pledge to make sure the park would be in tip top riding shape when the lift starts spinning on May 17th and they are taking that pledge seriously! The trail crew began to get things rolling towards the end of April when everyone arrived in full stoke, and 100% fired up to start getting the goods ready to share with you this summer despite some challenging weather...
Vernon, NJ – Mountain Creek Bike Park officially opened for the 2014 gravity biking season on May 3rd. Despite the fact that the park experienced one of the snowiest winters in New Jersey history, the crew was able to open 100% of Mountain Creek's trails on time, a testament to the park's commitment to offering a top notch downhill mountain biking experience.
Blue Mountain, PA – The Blue Mountain Bike Park's 2014 season officially kicks off on May 10th and to celebrate the beginning of downhill mountain biking season in PA, the park is offering lift tickets for just $25.
Whistler, BC – Mountain bikers with a taste for gravity riding have been awaiting the opening of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park since the last day tires touched dirt on the mountain in 2013. This year, Friday May 16 marks the opening day for Whistler Mountain Bike Park thanks to the hard work of an army of trail crew.