Angel Fire, NM — The Red Bull Final Descent will begin with a mass start at the top of the lift at 9:00 a.m. The course closes at 8:45pm sharp, and all riders on the mountain at that time will be allowed to score their final lap.
If two riders are on similar total laps, the first to cross the finish on their final lap will be the winner.
Panorama, BC – Panorama Mountain Village has unveiled a new stunt feature on its mountain biking tracks. The new feature, The Mouse Trap, consists of a steep lead-up with a jump, which lands riders on a wooden track. At the end of the short track, riders can either launch up onto the adjacent wall and ride it across to the finishing mound, or make a full jump off the launch ramp to the mound if they so choose.
Attitash, NH — The Pin The Trail series will run for six weeks and be a single run format downhill mountain bike race held every Wednesday at Attitash Resort Bike Park. Each week, a number plate draw determines the next week’s course with the lucky winner playing the classic, blindfolded game of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” to make the choice.
Girdwood, AK — Mountain biking trails and lift access are not the only new additions to Alyeska Resort this summer; the summer season also welcomed the start of a new mountain patrol unit to promote safety and handle emergencies.
“With increased activity on the mountain, comes a need for added safety measures,” said Ben Habecker, patrol director for Alyeska Resort.
Similar to the function of the ski patrol during ski season, the mountain patrol is made up of trained staff and volunteers who watch for potential problems, or are on call to provide transport for injured hikers or bikers.
Vail, CO — The upper portion of Big Mamba, one of two new “flow” trails planned for Vail Mountain, will open this Friday in Lionshead with access from Eagle's Nest down to the top of the Born Free Express Lift (No. 8). From there, riders will be able to access other routes down the mountain. Work on the lower portion of Big Mamba will continue throughout the remainder of the summer.
Whistler, BC – First Lift-Accessed Mountain Bike Park in the World to Reach This Feat. Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. announced today that the Whistler Mountain Bike Park hosted its millionth unique rider on Friday, August 12th. The first lift-accessed mountain Bike Park in the world to reach this feat, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is in its twelfth season of operation and is considered the # 1 lift accessed mountain bike park in the world. To mark this auspicious occasion, a celebration was held at the base of the Fitzsimons Express chairlift, with a countdown to the lucky millionth visitor hosted by biking legend Brett Tippie.
Park City, UT – There’s more to Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, than great skiing and snowboarding. This summer, the resort is offering a number of off-season activities including mountain biking, ziplining, boating, hiking, miniature golf, dining and more.This month, Canyons introduced an all-new bike park located mid-mountain. In addition to a Skills Park area, the new mountain bike park will feature three different skill-level trails and be serviced by the High Meadow lift. The trails are designed to complement the existing network of cross-country trails throughout the resort. Information and lift tickets are available at Canyon Mountain Sports in the Resort Village.
Mount Snow, VT – The Eastern States Cup Downhill Regional Championship Mountain Bike Race Series visits Vermont and Mount Snow for the final time in 2011. The August 21st race will be the fourth and final race of the USA Cycling Vermont State Downhill Championships and the eighth ESC event of 2011.