SLINGER, WI – MTBparks.com is excited to welcome Little Switzerland, the two-time number one ranked MTBparks.com Best Bike Park Winner, Midwest Region, back to the 2018 MTBparks Pass for the third year in a row. Providing lift-accessed mountain biking just 1 hour from Milwaukee, WI, "Little Switz" is keeping the stoke alive in America's Heartland.
Growing up in the Midwest, and experiencing the struggle we had to find "Downhill" mountain biking, where the only uplift was a beefed up F-350 with tow ropes on the back, I always love having the opportunity to come back and see how far lift-accessed biking has progressed in the upper Midwest. We made a trip in early September to sample some of the bike parks offered on our MTBParks Pass. We would first drive up to Duluth, MN, stopping in Red Wing first to sample some trails, then up the south shore of Lake Superior to Bayfield, WI. Lastly, we would shoot South to Little Switzerland just outside of Milwaukee.
SLINGER, WI – Little Switzerland Bike Park has recently completed its acquisition of the now defunct The Rock Bike Park, and will take over operations for the future. There is no word on the details of the transaction, but The Rock was put up for sale for only $1 back in 2015. While there is no official word on how the new owners will proceed with operations at the Franklin, WI, location, several wooden features have been relocated to Little Switzerland in Slinger.
SLINGER, WI – Little Switzerland Bike Park has announced its 2017 operating schedule. This freeride haven of the midwest is only open select Sundays throughout the summer, so be sure to double check dates before planning your trip, but this hidden gem is certainly worth checking out if you're in the Wisconsin area.
For many of us summer is defined by the warm chorus of sun, dirt and shredding. Days that are spent riding with friends, chasing trails or pinning laps in the park underscore why so many of us are drawn to the mountains. It's that draw and our ravenous pursuit of fun that set the stage for great mountain bike festivals and events each year.
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.