For the second year we're distilling a mountain of answers towards the simple pursuit of finding the best lift-accessed mountain biking in North America. From juggernauts to the mom & pops, we’re obsessed with finding legendary shredding. We’ve got our own ideas of who’s delivering the goods, but it would be trivial without input from riders like you. 2014 isn’t over so results aren't final yet.
Watch a video of any early DH race and prepare to witness some mad shredding on truly terrifying bikes. Mercifully, changes to suspensions, materials and geometry transformed those early bikes into the veritable fighter jets of today. Trails, too, have undergone changes along the way. More flow, better sustainability, and new features have made modern trails worthy adversaries for this recent breed of shredding machine. Change often creates challenges, like the adoption of 27.5 inch wheels and the rise of Enduro. But it also encourages evolution and growth. Two things we hope mountain biking continues to see a lot of.
Riding the same trail over and over can get a little stale. Sometimes the best days of riding come down to options. A killer lap of tech riding is all the sweeter when paired with the flow lap that follows. And it’s always nice to give your hands a break and explore some buff singletrack, or maybe catch some air on a jump trail. Having a plethora of great trails at your finger tips kind of does feel like being a kid in a candy store.
We’re not sure why sticks and stones would harbor resentment against our bones, but anyone whose braved an old school technical trail didn’t have time to ponder these things — there’s just too many sticks and stones to dodge. Yesterday we examined the status of flow trails in North America and today we’re flipping the coin to look at technical trails.
Mountain biking has long been defined by the pursuit of flow — the magic rhythm of trail, body, and bike that transform two-wheeled propulsion into something remarkable. It should come as no surprise that this quest gave rise to the development of flow trails.
This year's summer of shred is a wrap and that means it's time to cast your vote for your favorite lift-served mountain bike parks of 2014. MTBparks.com is on the hunt once again to uncover all of North America's best bike parks, according to you, the riders. From the best flow trails to the best technical trails to the best base area amenities and more, this is your chance to recognize the resorts that you love to ride.
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.
Jackson Hole, WY – The April 2014 issue of decline magazine hit the newstands and offers a look at the best bets for early season lift-access shredding. Some of the picks include MTBparks Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Award winners.
Jackson Hole, WY – Last summer, there was a surge of "Best Bike Park" articles circulating around the Internet. And as it normally goes with all things found online, each article seemed to draw a spark of controversy amongst the vocal riders who would comment about how each article had completely missed the mark, excluded an obvious choice and so on.
The March 2014 issue of decline magazine hit the newstands this week and offers a peek at the winners of the MTBparks Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Awards. In this issue, MTBparks founder Michelle Good gives decline readers the first peek top picks from the three-month rider-voted survey.