Displaying items by tag: the rock bike park North America's Mountain Bike Park Guide - MTB Parks - search for the best bike parks, trail maps, news and events. http://mtbparks.com Wed, 24 May 2017 08:00:20 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb BUY THIS WISCONSIN BIKE PARK FOR A BUCK: You Can Own a Piece of The Rock http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/Wisconsin/The-Rock/BUY-THIS-WISCONSIN-BIKE-PARK-FOR-A-BUCK-You-Can-Own-a-Piece-of-The-Rock.html http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/Wisconsin/The-Rock/BUY-THIS-WISCONSIN-BIKE-PARK-FOR-A-BUCK-You-Can-Own-a-Piece-of-The-Rock.html BUY THIS WISCONSIN BIKE PARK FOR A BUCK: You Can Own a Piece of The Rock

FRANKLIN, WI – Mike Zimmerman is a business man. He's made millions through starting, growing and selling health-care consulting firms. He knows how to make a buck and learned the value of crunching numbers early on. At just 17, he took a junior consultant role with his father's company, traveling to hospitals, performing accounting audits and figuring how to make them more profitable. He's doubled his own investments many times over.

So why is he selling the entire bike park at the Rock Sports Complex—a self-funded business venture in which he invested hundreds of thousands of dollars—for only a buck?

"I'm not looking for a manager per se," said Zimmerman. "I've been looking for someone else to own it—someone that shares the long-term outlook, passion and vision required to make this work."

The Rock Sports Complex announced earlier this week via its Facebook page that it would discontinue downhill mountain biking, writing "...the current business model doesn't support itself, nor does it offer the surrounding MTB community an option that best reflects the type of ridership in the Metro Milwaukee area."

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Ten lift-accessed downhill trails dropping 375 feet of elevation in Wisconsin need somebody to love them. | Photo courtesy The Rock Bike Park

The Rock Bike Park was built in 2013 and featured chairlift access to a network of Gravity Logic, Inc. trails winding down a reclaimed landfill, dropping 375 feet of elevation.

"It was purely a business decision," said Zimmerman. "One part financial, one part risk mitigation and one part focus."

He cites lack of growth in the first three years, his timeline for a "proof of concept" venture, along with astronomical insurance costs and lack of a downhill demographic in the region.

"Even though we were rated the best park in the Midwest two years in a row, this ranking never translated to our financial statements in a positive way. (Residents of) Milwaukee didn’t seem to care much that they had one of the nation's best downhill bike parks in their city," he said. "Metro Milwaukee is still very much a cross-country community. It's a huge and vibrant mountain bike community, just not downhill oriented. It’s still virtually impossible to walk into any bike shop in Milwaukee and purchase a dowhill bike."

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The Gravity Logic built trails at The Rock provide more berms for a buck than you can shake a rake at. | Photo courtesy The Rock Bike Park

But for Zimmerman—who started the bike park after riding Trestle and Steamboat in Colorado—the $10.5-million complex, including the baseball diamonds, is his first investment based on personal passion. And while the dollars and sense don't add up for him any longer, he'd prefer see someone else with that same passion carry the torch rather than let it die or try to recoup his losses.

"My offer is simple and compelling: I am willing to sell the bike park for $1—this season only— to the 'right person,'" Zimmerman told MTBparks.com

Gregg Winter took the news to heart.

"I said, 'You can’t, man. You just can’t quit,'" said Winter of the phone call he recieved from Zimmerman two weeks ago. "But he’s willing to entertain any kind of ideas that could make it successful."

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Once upon a time, riders enjoyed lift-accessed magic in the Midwest. You can bring it back. | Photo by Gregg Winter

Winter, the project manager for Gravity Logic, Inc. who oversaw the park's construction, still believes in its potential.

"If Ray’s Indoor can be successful in that region, I see no reason a well-built, well-maintained lift-accessed park can’t be," said Winter. "Does the park need to be tweaked a bit? Probably.”

Ryan Sullivan of Portage, Indiana, made the two-hour drive to ride The Rock several times per month. 

"The jump lines were fun. They ranged from beginner all the way to more advanced lip style of jump," he said. "There were a few trails that made you stop and think before hitting, which helped riders feel accomplished after successfully riding that section." 

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Ryan Sullivan hits a wall ride, one of the many features since removed from The Rock. | Photo courtesy Ryan Sullivan

But, Sullivan said, some advanced riders may have looked elsewhere for more challenging features.

Winter agrees that ongoing maintenance—and building—is key, and that good trails speak for themselves. He believes a core group of volunteer trail builders could make all the difference and cut down overhead while giving riders exactly what they want.

“Three people could kill it there," he said. "Three work parties a month. You let these guys ride, and then they're like, 'We’ve got seven trails. This is our spot now. We don’t have to go renegade in the woods.' They’ve got a spot now. They have every opportunity in the world.”

Zimmerman agrees that support from a volunteer base willing to work to ride their creations may be a viable option until the regional market for downhill grows.

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Please, save the tabletops. | Photo by Gregg Winter

"They could be very progressive in the community by establishing that park, helping to grow that park, giving local schools, scouts, other organizations, an outlet to get involved in a sport that’s a little more single person oriented and community based," Winter said, citing the success of the baseball programs that call The Rock Sports Complex home.

For the time being, riders are still able to access the trails under their own power on the honor system by filling out a waiver and dropping $5 per day or $50 for a season pass into a drop box. The park is unstaffed, the lift is not running and downhill features have been removed.

"It's virtually turnkey, complete with new pro shop and rental room, rental inventory and workflow technology to run the business," said Zimmerman. "To keep DH alive someone needs to move fast—this season. If not, I fear the park risks forever losing any momentum created thus far."

-by Don Stefanovich

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The Rock Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:20:03 +0000
FIRST CHAIR ALERT: The Rock Bike Park Opens May 16 http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/Wisconsin/The-Rock/FIRST-CHAIR-ALERT-The-Rock-Bike-Park-Opens-May-16.html http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/Wisconsin/The-Rock/FIRST-CHAIR-ALERT-The-Rock-Bike-Park-Opens-May-16.html FIRST CHAIR ALERT: The Rock Bike Park Opens May 16

FRANKLIN, WI – The Rock Bike Park opens this Saturday, May 16, for the summer of 2015. This two-time Best of the Midwest returns to the MTBparks Pass program with a free day for 2015.

The Midwest isn’t known for its towering mountain peaks, so in order to build a lift-served, downhill destination behind the Cheddar Curtain, The Rock Sports Complex wound its ribbon of singletrack down a reclaimed landfill—but don’t let that put you off. These trails offer undulating, sustained descents uncommon in this slice of the States.

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The Rock Bike Park is a two-time winner in the MTBparks.com Riders' Choice Best Bike Parks Awards for the Midwest Region.

The Rock Bike Park has something for everyone from the never-ever to the hardcore downhill rider. With a progressive skills park, riders can master the bike handling skills required to attack the gravity park. For those looking earn their turns, The Rock also offers a no-lift access pass. The gravity park offers up green jump lines to double black-diamond rated flow trails and a wealth of trail feature options. 

New for 2015

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Last Year The Rock Bike Park introduced its newest component: a skills park. The park's vision was to create an area for newbies to learn the fundamentals and experienced riders to work on their technique. The skills park has multiple lines that incorporate bermed turns, beginner flow trails, balance features and more, allowing riders to progressive and build skills. 

From The Rock Bike Park riders can access the Alpha trail which is a public use single track trail that loops out though Whitnall Park and bak to The Rock. Many riders will head out on this trail to change up the ride and get even more riding variety in their day. 

2015 The Rock Bike Park Event Highlights

This year, the Rock Bike Park 's BMX track will again host a State Qualifier race on June 7. This is the perfect opportunity to see some of the best BMX racers in the state show off their talent and really get to know the sport of BMX racing. We will also continue to host a weekly Wednesday night cross-country races series starting June 3. 

2015 Operating Schedule

Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

2015 Ticket Prices

All Day (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.): $30

Half-Day (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) or (3 p.m. - 8 p.m.): $16 Season Pass: $250 

2015 MTBparks Pass Perks
-One FREE lift ticket

Ride FREE at The Rock Bike Park and across North America this summer with the MTBparks Pass!

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The Rock Wed, 13 May 2015 17:55:00 +0000
MTBparks PUBLISHES RESULTS OF 2014 RIDERS' CHOICE AWARDS: Exclusive First Look in May Issue of decline http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/MTBparks-PUBLISHES-RESULTS-OF-2014-RIDERS-CHOICE-AWARDS-Exclusive-First-Look-in-May-Issue-of-decline.html http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/MTBparks-PUBLISHES-RESULTS-OF-2014-RIDERS-CHOICE-AWARDS-Exclusive-First-Look-in-May-Issue-of-decline.html MTBparks PUBLISHES RESULTS OF 2014 RIDERS' CHOICE AWARDS: Exclusive First Look in May Issue of decline

VALENCIA, CA – The May 2015 issue of decline hits newsstands this week with an exclusive first look at the winners of the MTBparks.com 2014 Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Awards. The article highlights the top rider-voted bike parks for eight regions across the US and Canada. What is so great about this list? You'll have to pick up a copy at your local bike shop and find out. 

VALENCIA, CA – The May 2015 issue of decline hits newsstands this week with an exclusive first look at the winners of the MTBparks.com 2014 Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Awards. The article highlights the top rider-voted bike parks for eight regions across the US and Canada. What is so great about this list? You'll have to pick up a copy at your local bike shop and find out.

 

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2014 RIDERS' CHOICE AWARDS: MTBparks Announces North America's Best Bike Parks http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/2014-RIDERS-CHOICE-AWARDS-MTBparks-Announces-North-America-s-Best-Bike-Parks.html http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/2014-RIDERS-CHOICE-AWARDS-MTBparks-Announces-North-America-s-Best-Bike-Parks.html 2014 RIDERS' CHOICE AWARDS: MTBparks Announces North America's Best Bike Parks

JACKSON, WY – Last year, MTBparks.com launched the Riders’ Choice Awards via an online survey in an effort to identify the best North American bike parks—according to riders—in their respective regions. This year, while many resorts fiercely defended their rankings, other resorts worked hard to put themselves on the map or step up a notch or two.

JACKSON, WY – Last year, MTBparks.com launched the Riders’ Choice Awards via an online survey in an effort to identify the best North American bike parks—according to riders—in their respective regions. The idea was simple enough—rate bike parks according to categories like best flow, best features, best family destination, best for a weekend trip and so on. The overall results resulted in Top 5 rankings for eight distinct regions, and the goal—or so we thought—was to give passionate riders a chance to make their voices heard for what seemed like a worthy goal of providing valuable feedback to the resorts that were—or weren’t—giving riders the best experience.

This year, while many resorts fiercely defended their rankings, other resorts worked hard to put themselves on the map and stepped up a notch or two. As we compiled the results of this year’s survey and worked with bike parks across North America to gather information about what made them great, a larger picture began to come into focus.

 

We all ride bikes because it’s fun, and those of us that choose bike parks do so because they offer more smiles per mile than just about any other riding option. But the larger implications of these destinations that we rarely consider are the sense of community they provide for riders—this is readily evident in how passionately loyal some voters are to their favorite resorts—and the viable economic impact they have on not only the resorts themselves, but surrounding cities and towns.

 

The latter has caused ski resorts—many of which either put mountain biking on the backburner when it comes to allocating resources or haven’t given any credence to spinning lifts in the summer months—to sit up and pay attention as many regions continue to experience record lack of snowfall and dwindling ski pass sales. Mountain biking has the ability to build—and in some dramatic cases—save the mountain communities many of us love, whether we call them home or escape to them one weekend a year.

 

The Best Bike Parks in North America by Region

MTBparks Riders' Choice Awards Best Bike Parks 2014 Map

 

Mountain bikers are estimated to bring millions of dollars to riding destinations each season, funneling money into the local economies via lift tickets, lodging, beer, food and gas—and that’s still just a fraction of what ski towns bring in during the winter months (when there’s actually snow).

 

This sank in as I sat sipping a cold pint of frosty hops in a bar in Aspen, arguably the most iconic ski town in North America. Even during a relatively dry ski season, the joint was packed on a Wednesday night. And as I looked at a ski magazine on the wall and the ski passes stuck to the bar, I wondered about the possibilities of the equivalent bike town.

 

So, dear rider, why should you really care about a silly survey?

Sure, thanks to the survey, you can plan your summer riding trips knowing that this list represents the top bike parks in regions across North America—according to riders like you—who know these parks better than anyone else. Each of these top-rated mountain-bike parks in each region offers something unique. It goes without saying that a top-rated bike park in the Midwest is not going to provide the same experience as one might find in Western Canada, but it will provide you with a great experience and top notch riding in its respective region that's worth checking out.

 

But you are also helping to not only make your voice heard and provide resorts with the valuable feedback needed to improve existing infrastructures, but showing them that mountain bikers are a viable, dedicated base who should not be overlooked. This will only benefit us in having more options to ride for years to come, in places where we know we are welcome, the trails are built just for us and there’s a good chance that the guy next to you at the bar is as passionate about two wheels as you are—places with bike mags on the wall and MTBparks Passes stuck to it.

So, without further ado, we’ll step down from the soapbox and present the best bike parks in North America, as chosen by you, the riders. It is our hope that you’ll use this information to plan your next adventure, whether it’s a summer spent crossing the continent, or a weekend in the local mountains, and raise a glass to towns that celebrate two wheels.  

 

by Don Stefanovich

EASTERN CANADA | Sugarloaf, NB

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This newly crowned east coast king was built by Gravity Logic, Inc., a fact made evident as the lush, green ferns of the deciduous forest disappear into your peripheral vision and the flow sculpted into the dark, tacky dirt somehow seems to multiply the 507 feet of vert. But don’t be fooled; tight, rocky singletrack and root staircases await those seeking a technical challenge.

 

Local Picks: You can sit on the patio at the T-Bar restaurant and enjoy some famous Sugarloaf Nachos or BBQ chicken and ribs with a cold pitcher while watching riders hit the last three tabletops of Supa Sweet before getting back on the lift.


FROM THE BIKE PARK

Signature Trail“Sugar Daddy would be considered our signature trail. It was our first machine-excavated jump trail. It's a blue/intermediate trail packed with awesome jumps, step-ups, step-downs and our signature wooden feature, the wall ride. It's an intermediate run, so riders from novice to expert abilities ride this trail and have an exhilarating experience.”


What’s New: “We did several things last spring/summer to improve Sugarloaf Bike Park including rebuild existing features and added a few new features to Sugar Daddy and Supa Sweet. Ridgeline is a new top-to-bottom intermediate singletrack, and we also completed a new cross-country trail.”

 

1. Sugarloaf, NB

2. Blue Mountain, ON

3. Bromont, QC

4. Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC

5. Camp Fortune, QC

 

 

NORTHEAST U.S. | Highland, NH

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Nestled in New Hampshire just 90 minutes north of Boston, there’s a good reason top pros plan trips around this park and it appears in countless edits and photoshoots. Known for its massive features and slopestyle lines, Highland is a freerider’s paradise, but with an emphasis on progression, it’s also a great place for the novice to get comfortable and up their game.

 

Local Picks: If you venture into the town of Tilton there is plenty to choose from, but the locals prefer the Tilt’n Diner (good for late night eats and hangover breakfasts) and Tilton House of Pizza.

 

FROM THE BIKE PARK
Signature Trail: “Highland caters to all abilities and each trail offers a solid platform for riders to progress. NE Style is probably our best-known advanced trail, while Cat’s Paw is great for intermediate riders and Central Park is a beginner favorite.”


What’s New: “Our Highland Trails team built an entire new beginner area located easily from the base lodge called Central Park. This area is designed for beginners of any age (including kids on balance bikes) to get comfortable with mountain bike terrain and flow style trails. We’ve built mini features of stuff you would find on the mountain.” 

 

1. Highland, NH

2. Plattekill, NY

3. Burke, VT

4. Whiteface, NY

5. Mount Snow, VT



MID ATLANTIC/SOUTHEAST U.S. | Mountain Creek, NJ

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Located just over an hour from the bustling metropolis of Manhattan, Mountain Creek is a well-built resort on which the valuable—and often limited—real estate of Northeastern elevation is used to its full potential. With 40 miles of trail etched into just over 1,000 feet of vert, this Beast of the East offers a progressive riding experience with something for everyone, but is classically known as big bike territory.

 

Local Picks: Every Thursday in the summer Mountain Creek hosts its Thursday Night Race League with cash-in-the-hat fun races followed by karaoke and food and drink specials in the Biergarten until 11 p.m.

 

FROM THE BIKE PARK
Signature Trail: “The trail called Alpine is widely known as a must-ride during each visit. With a secondary ride line added last year, guests can create their own unique path to put on a show for the spectators riding the cabriolet directly above. Even though Alpine is rated as an advanced trail, the overall flow allows intermediate riders to enjoy the terrain, making it a fan favorite amongst all skill level riders. This trail includes both man-made wall rides and natural dirt features.”


What’s New: “Last season we put a lot of effort into improving the overall rider experience and trail flow for riders at all levels. We rebuilt the upper section of our beginner trail Green Horn, and we completely revamped one of our most popular blue freeride trails, Deviant. We also added in several new over/under merges to keep the traffic flow moving for all.” 

 

1. Mountain Creek, NJ

2. Snowshoe, WV

3. Blue Mountain, PA

4. Bryce, VA

5. Launch, PA

 

 

MIDWEST U.S. | The Rock, WI

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The Midwest isn’t known for its towering mountain peaks, so in order to build a lift-served, downhill destination behind the Cheddar Curtain, The Rock Sports Complex wound its ribbon of singletrack down a reclaimed landfill—but don’t let that put you off. These trails offer undulating, sustained descents uncommon in this slice of the States.

 

Local Picks: DiMaggio’s delivers stone-fired pizzas via a customized bike to riders anywhere on The Rock grounds.

 

FROM THE BIKE PARK

Signature Trail: “Our riders enjoy spending time on all of our trails but the most talked about trail is Tapeworm, our black flow line. A big part of that is because of how well the whole trail flows and each jump is pitched just right for effortless air.”
 

What’s New: “Last year we built a skills park designed around the beginner rider. It’s a progressive style park that can take the most novice rider and build their skills in a controlled and non-intimidating environment. Our Skills Park incorporates components like berm turns, beginner flow trails, balance features, progression features, log features, rock gardens, drop sections, jumplines and much more.” 

 

1. The Rock, WI

2. Spirit Mountain, MN

3. Little Switzerland, WI

4. Boyne Highlands, MI

5. Devil's Head, WI

 

 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN U.S. | Trestle Bike Park @ Winter Park, CO

MTBparks Riders' Choice Rocky Mountains | Trestle Bike Park @ Winter Park, CO

 

Perched high in the Rockies and just a short drive from Colorado’s Front Range, Trestle is working hard to brand itself “Bike Park U.S.A.,” and it shows. With more than 40 miles of trails, built features and manicured runs are what this park is known for. Other resorts in the region offer more in the way of tech, but you can still find plenty of pucker factor here, and for an overall world-class bike park destination, Trestle should be on your short list.

 

Local Picks: The Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café near the lifts is a rider favorite, and and Library Brewery in town is known for its catalog of brews, while Pepe Osaka’s serves up fish tacos and tequila.

 

FROM THE BIKE PARK

Signature Trail: “It’s hard to narrow them all down because each trail has qualities that make it unique, but if you were to ask riders, they’d probably say Cruel and Unusual because it combines natural features with those that are man-made. The result is a trail that is challenging and a lot of fun. It also features nine switchbacks to keep riders on their toes! Honorable mentions include Rainmaker, which offers up massive jumps and the venerable Trestle DH for those looking for steep and technical.”


What’s New: “The newest addition trail-wise is Banana Peel, a pro-line slopestyle trail that includes a massive, stomach-churning wooden jump. Banana Peel provides some of the largest and most technically demanding pro-line features in the United States.”

 

1. Trestle Bike Park @ Winter Park, CO

2. Canyons, UT

3. Keystone, CO

4. Evolution @ Crested Butte, CO

5. Steamboat, CO

 

 

SOUTHWEST U.S. | Angel Fire, NM

MTBparks Riders' Choice Awards Southwest | Angel Fire Bike Park, NM

 

With a summit elevation of nearly 11,000 feet just below a dormant volcano, Angel Fire offers a truly unique riding destination in Northern New Mexico. Forget the images of arid desert the state name conjurs; this returning Best of the Southwest resort is a forested gem featuring a variety of soil and weather including a monsoon season that allows builders to do amazing things with the dirt. Trails range from North Shore-inspired skinnies to massive jump lines, manicured flow and boulderiffic World Cup-esque superchunk.

 

Local Picks: Locals know the party is in the parking lot, and now you won't have to go far after a long day on the hill and après session. There is camping for only $15 per night on the Southwest corner of Vail and Squaw Valley, a rider favorite. The Sunset Grille and Pub ‘N Grub are popular watering holes, and Angel Fired Pizza in town is prime for a post-ride pitcher and pie.

 

FROM THE BIKE PARK

Signature Trail: “Boulder Dash. Think A-line with the volume turned down a bit. This fun blue jump trail has really great flow and the jumps are built perfect. The trail is over two miles in length with over 100 berms and over 80 jumps—it is sure to not disappoint.”
 

What’s New: “Hungry Hippo is a modern, progressive black jump trail; the trail crew went all out on this one and created one for the crowd without boundaries. This trail has huge hip-jumps that are moderate in size on the short side and huge on the outside (hence the name hungry hippo). This trail is impressive in scope as it is the largest built black trail in North America. Think supercross meets downhill.”

 

1. Angel Fire, NM

2. Mammoth, CA

3. Northstar @ Tahoe, CA

4. Snow Summit @ Big Bear, CA

5. Pajarito, NM

 

 

NORTHWEST U.S. | Silver Mountain, ID

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Featuring North America’s longest gondola serving 3,400 feet of ridable vert, SIlver Mountain’s short lines, long runs, dense forests and mix of tacky, loamy (and sometimes dusty) soil make it a surreal—yet relatively unknown—riding destination that should be on your radar regardless of what corner of the country you call home. Even advanced riders won’t want to skip the blue trails here—they offer some of the most fun on the mountain regardless of your ability.

 

Local Picks: Breakfast at Mountain Café is a morning tradition; Matt makes the best breakfast around and will smoke you downhill. Dollar slices at Wildcat Pizza between laps take care of lunch and Noah’s Canteen is the place to be for dinner and beers on the patio. There are plenty of places to camp locally and the grocery store is just down the street.

 

FROM THE BIKE PARK

Signature Trail: “The Hammer is the original downhill trail at Silver Mountain. We rebuilt the Upper Hammer at the end of 2014, so we’re excited to try out all the new stuff his year. It crisscrosses the gondola line and features a wall ride as well as big berms, road gaps, tabletops and plenty of places to get sideways. If you’re going big, you might as well do it in front of a gondola full of people.”


What’s New: “The addition of new trails like Frankenbeans, Secret Squirrel and Cool Neatness really added some great variety to our trail system. We made a big effort to build tech trails the last two years and people have been loving it. We also spent a lot of time rebuilding existing trails and really trying to round out the riding experience. New signage and mapping were also crucial this year; with 3,400 vertical feet it’s important that riders can find their way around. It was really a whole new place by the end of the 2014 season.”

 

1. Silver Mountain, ID

2. Grand Targhee, WY

3. Stevens Pass, WA

4. Whitefish, MT

5. Big Sky, MT

 

 

WESTERN CANADA | Whistler, BC

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Perhaps the best-known bike park in the world, it’s no surprise Whistler reclaims its number one rank. The trail crew here is top notch—builds and signage are some of the most accurate and consistent we’ve encountered. With everything from burly big-mountain lines, to titanic tabletops and silky smooth singletrack, this mountain makes the most of its natural and often rocky terrain. There truly is something for everyone, so beginners shouldn’t be discouraged by the pros in the lift line, but are encouraged to ease into it; the black trails here are probably harder than the ones back home.

 

Local Picks: Locals’ pick is Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill (GLC) on a Wednesday after the ‘Phat Wednesday’ race. When the lifts stop spinning, riders migrate to El Furniture Warehouse, aka El Furny, for poutine and pints. Did we mention all food on the menu is $4.95 CAD?

 

FROM THE BIKE PARK

Signature Trail: “If we had to pick one trail to represent the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, it would have to be A-Line because it was the first trail of its kind and really put the concept of lift-assisted biking on the map.”


What’s New: “In 2014 we gave back to the high-end rider with the addition of a new upper section of Dirt Merchant and the return of Clown Shoes in a more modern incarnation.”

 

1. Whistler, BC

2. Silver Star, BC

3. Sun Peaks, BC

4. Kicking Horse, BC

5. Fernie, BC
 

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MTBparks | decline magazine's April Bike Park Feature Hits Newsstand http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/MTBparks-|-decline-magazine-s-April-Bike-Park-Feature-Hits-Newsstand.html http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/MTBparks-|-decline-magazine-s-April-Bike-Park-Feature-Hits-Newsstand.html MTBparks | decline magazine's April Bike Park Feature Hits Newsstand

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.

The April 2014 issue of decline magazine hit the newstands and offers a look at the best bets for early season lift-access bike park riding. Some of the picks include MTBparks Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Award winners.

2014-decline-mtbparks-april-early-season-ride-guide. Bike Park opening dates!

The article highlights the top bike parks that will open in April and May across the US and Canada. With this ride guide, you can begin making spring riding plans now, knowing that this list represents a collection of the best bike parks across North America offering early season access.

Early Season Bike Park Ride Guide

Key opening dates to note:

Whistler Bike Park, BC

Top of the World at Whistler Bike Park

Photo Credit: Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s official opening date this year is May 17 with daily operations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Bromont Bike Park, QC

Best Bike Parks: Bromont Bike Park

Photo Credit: Ski Bromont, Sébastien Larose

The Bromont Bike Park anticipates an opening date of May 16 at noon, and if conditions allow, the resort may be open for shredding on May 10 this year.

Highland Mountain Bike Park, NH

Best Bike Parks: Highland Bike Park, NH

Photo Credit: Highland Mountain Bike Park

Highland is the best bike park in the Northeast, according to MTBparks Riders’ Choice Awards, and opens to season pass holders on Wednesday, April 30. Everyone else gets access to the goods on May 1, 2014.

Mountain Creek Bike Park, NJ

Best Bike Parks: Mountain Creek Bike Park, NJ

Photo Credit: Mountain Creek Bike Park, Dave Trumpore

Mountain Creek Bike Park fires up its lift again on May 3 this year, for one of the longest lift-served riding seasons in North America. The park crew’s vision is to continue to offer a world-class trail network of purposefully designed and immaculately maintained natural terrain and man-made features.

Trestle Bike Park, CO

Best Bike Parks: Trestle Bike Park, CO

Photo Credit: Trestle Bike Park | Winter Park Resort

When will Trestle Bike Park open for 2014? There’s not an official date set yet, as Mother Nature really plays a role in determining things in the Colorado high-country, but the resort is hoping for a mid-June opening.

Grand Targhee Bike Park, WY

Best Bike Parks: Grand Targhee, WY

Photo Credit: Grand Targhee Resort | Kevin Cass

Grand Targhee plans to start opening the trails as soon as the snow melts, with an official opening date of June 13 and closing date of Sept 28, weather and conditions permitting.

Angel Fire Bike Park, NM

Best Bike Parks: Angel Fire, NM

Photo Credit: Angel Fire Resort Bike Park

The season starts May 16 and lifts will load Monday through Friday throughout the early season with expanded hours and daily operations starting in mid-June. The season is slated to run through early October, making for one of the longest seasons in the West.

The Rock Bike Park, WI

Best Bike Parks: The Rock, WI

Photo Credit: The Rock Bike Park

No additional information available yet, but we expect this Wisconsin bike park to open as soon as the weather will allow. Perhaps as early as sometime in April.

Visit decline magazine to download the full report in the digital edition of its April issue. And be sure to follow MTBparks for an expanded version of 2014 bike park opening dates – coming soon!

If you like lift-served mountain biking as much as we do, be sure to check out the Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Awards here!

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MTBparks Reveals the Best Mountain Bike Parks in North America http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/MTBparks-Reveals-the-Best-Mountain-Bike-Parks-in-North-America.html http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/MTBparks-Reveals-the-Best-Mountain-Bike-Parks-in-North-America.html MTBparks Reveals the Best Mountain Bike Parks in North America

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.

MTBparks.com Annouces Winners of 2013 Rider Choice Awards,

Revealing the Best Mountain Bike Parks in North America

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. Regardless of each article’s rankings, there was one constant: they always got riders talking—passionately—about their favorite bike parks, which ones were missed and which ones should have been included.

For MTBparks.com, it indicated a serious need for a rider-driven fact-finding mission. In August, during Crankworx, we began the task of asking riders to share their opinions in an online survey. Where do you ride? What is your favorite resort? What makes each place so great?

 

Within three months, nearly 3,000 riders chimed in and shared opinions on everything from favorite bike park for a day trip to best jump trails and more than 20 other questions. By the time riders reached the end of the survey, the final question was revealed: Of all the places you have ridden, what is your favorite bike park?

 

There were two critical factors we considered when choosing this final question.


1. Riders had to think about all of the places they had ridden, and had answered questions about what they liked about different resorts. So by the time they reached this point, they had already been asked to rate what they liked about resorts they had visited in the past.


2. The question simply asked: “Of all the places you have ridden…

We wanted riders to be mindful of the places they knew best and to vote for the bike parks that they frequent and call their personal favorite.

altThe results revealed regional favorites across the US and Canada. And the data became much more significant than simply providing results for the Best Bike Park in North America. More importantly, the survey revealed a collection of the best bike parks in eight different regions. Now, for the first time, regardless of where you live, you can plan your summer riding trips knowing that this list represents the top bike parks in regions across North America—according to riders like you—who know these parks better than anyone else.

 

 

Each of these top-rated lift-served mountain-bike parks in each region offers something unique. It goes without saying that a top-rated bike park in the Midwest is not going to provide the same experience as one might find in Western Canada, but it will provide you with a great experience and top notch riding in its respective region that's worth checking out. And if you're lucky enough to road trip across the continent, these results can serve as your starting point of must-hit resorts, regardless of where your travels take you.


The following results are just the beginning. Of course there’s a chance that your favorite bike park didn't make the cut. For 2014 you’ll be able to share your opinions about your personal favorites at MTBparks.com where we’ll be adding a comprehensive rating system that will help determine the results for this summer’s best parks.

 

Without further ado, here’s the complete listing of the rider-voted Best Bike Parks in North America.

 

THE BEST BIKE PARKS IN WESTERN CANADA

Top of the World at Whistler Bike Park

Photo Credit: Whistler Mountain Bike Park

1. Whistler Bike Park, BC

Mountain biking has been a mainstay at Whistler Blackcomb since 1992, perhaps longer. But back then there were no bike trails, per se, just fire roads. In the year 2000, long before anyone knew if it would take off, the Whistler Bike Park vision began to form and the first world-class trails began to take shape.

Fourteen years later, the most popular bike-park destination in the world continues to work hard to maintain that vision. Two years ago, the now infamous Top of the World high-alpine trail allowed riders to drop in from the peak of Whistler Mountain, expanding the park’s vertical drop by over 1,000 feet to over 5,000. Last year, Whistler Bike Park completed work on the Blue Velvet Trail, giving riders a new top-to-bottom, fast, flowy and fun intermediate trail in the Garbanzo Zone. The resort also began major upgrades on old singletrack trails in the upper mountain, bringing them to current standards. Lower A-Line and EZ Does It underwent alignment improvements last year as well, giving riders a better experience at both ends of the spectrum.

This summer the Whistler trail crew will continue to rework more of the mountain’s older trails. “Look forward to the return of some classics like Clown Shoes that have been closed for some time,” Brian Finestone, Whistler Bike Park Manager, tells us. “As always, we will be putting time into the Biker X and Boneyard as well as the Canadian Open Downhill course.”

Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s official opening date this year is May 17 with daily operations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2. Silver Star Bike Park, BC
3. Sun Peaks Bike Park, BC
4. Fernie Bike Park, BC
5. Panorama Bike Park, BC

THE BEST BIKE PARKS IN EASTERN CANADA

Best Bike Parks: Bromont Bike Park

Photo Credit: Ski Bromont, Sébastien Larose

1. Bromont Bike Park, QC

As home of 2008 and 2009 World Cup events, Bromont Bike Park is known for having some of the best expert-level, gnarly, tech-flow riding anywhere. During the last few years, the resort has been working on making the bike park appealing to a wider range of riders, including the addition of a beginners’ trail network. The new trails, while more accessible to novice riders, also offer plenty of features to keep experienced riders entertained.

The 12-member trail crew added a lot of “new school” features, including rollers, jumps and berms last year, and plans to continue building more throughout the 2014 season.

Bromont adds a beginner program this summer with a package that includes lift ticket, bike and gear rental, and a lesson. So far, July 12 and 26 are set dates for riders to sign up for this package, but the resort promises to be adding more dates as summer approaches.

The Bromont Bike Park anticipates an opening date of May 16 at noon, and if conditions allow, the resort may be open for shredding on May 10 this year.

2. Blue Mountain Bike Park, ON
3. Mont-Sainte-Anne Bike Park, QC
4. Sugarloaf Bike Park, NB
5. Camp Fortune Bike Park, QC

THE BEST BIKE PARKS IN THE NORTHEAST

Best Bike Parks: Highland Bike Park, NH

Photo Credit: Highland Mountain Bike Park

1. Highland Mountain Bike Park, NH

Highland Mountain Bike Park is 100-percent world-class bike park, with a crew that works year round to keep things running smoothly.

Highland’s history began in 1967, when the area first began development as a ski area. After nearly 40 years of ups and downs, the run down New Hampshire ski area was brought back to life in 2006 by Mark Hayes, who was a downhill mountain-bike racer with a vision.

Nearly 10 years later, Highland offers something for everyone. From the Highland signature lesson, Find Your Ride, which costs $99 and includes a lesson, rental equipment and a lift ticket that grants access to the Highland Training Center, two amazing jump parks, pump tracks, cross-country trails and The Red Bull Ayr Bag.

Pro riders depend on Highland each year to train for some of the biggest competitions in the world. Brett Rheeder, Mike Montgomery, Kyle Strait, Tyler McCaul, Aaron Chase and many others come to Highland when it’s time to try something new. The bike park’s trail network is diverse and offers everything from real east coast downhill trails to smooth flow trails, like Cat’s Paw, to the beginner-friendly trail, Easy Rider.

2. Mount Snow Bike Park, VT
3. Burke Bike Park, VT
4. Plattekill Bike Park, NY
5. Attitash Bike Park, NH

THE BEST BIKE PARKS IN THE MID-ATLANTIC/SOUTHEAST

Best Bike Parks: Mountain Creek Bike Park, NJ

Photo Credit: Mountain Creek Bike Park, Dave Trumpore

1. Mountain Creek Bike Park, NJ

Mountain Creek Bike Park, NJ, is just 47 miles from the George Washington Bridge, making it the closest lift-served bike park to New York City. The bike park has provided some of the best machine built and natural downhill mountain biking terrain East of the Mississippi for quite some time now, building a reputation that earned it this top ranking.

Riders ranging from World Cup Racers and World Champions to first time beginners flock to Mountain Creek to ride an assortment of trails designed to challenge all ability levels. The trails are maintained by a dedicated trail building team that has put a lot of work into turning the park around the last two years.

Mountain Creek Bike Park fires up its lift again on May 3 this year, for one of the longest lift-served riding seasons in North America. The park crew’s vision is to continue to offer a world-class trail network of purposefully designed and immaculately maintained natural terrain and man-made features.

2. Snowshoe Bike Park, WV
3. Bryce Resort Bike Park, VA
4. Launch Bike Park, PA
5. Beech Mountain Bike Park, NC

THE BEST BIKE PARKS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS

Best Bike Parks: Trestle Bike Park, CO

Photo Credit: Trestle Bike Park | Winter Park Resort

1. Trestle Bike Park, CO

Before Trestle Bike Park ever existed, Winter Park Resort had been providing lift-access biking as far back as the early ‘90s and has had an extensive network of cross-country trails for as long as anyone can remember. In 2005, the resort began a transformation that involved the addition of purpose-built mountain bike trails. Over the last nine years, Trestle Bike Park has grown to become a leading force in bringing world-class gravity trails to the lower 48.

The Trestle Bike Park crew is constantly building and maintaining the bike park as a whole and has a history of investing significantly into Trestle’s infrastructure. Last year, this included the addition of the US’s newest premier, double-black-diamond downhill mountain biking trail and pro-line, Banana Peel. Riders can look forward to continued trail improvements throughout 2014 as well.

Trestle Bike Park is also host to a number of events each year ranging from small, grassroots races to the Enduro World Series to one of the largest mountain bike festivals in the US, Colorado Freeride Festival—a.k.a. #CFFest 2014—which will include over $45,000 in prize money this year. The festival is free for spectators and will showcase athletes in Slopestyle, Enduro, Air Downhill, Cross Country and Wild Pond Crossing. Plus, free family activities, product demos with some of the biggest names in mountain biking and action sports, meet and greets with the athletes, and more in the Festivillage.

When will Trestle Bike Park open for 2014? There’s not an official date set yet, as Mother Nature really plays a role in determining things in the Colorado high-country, but the resort is hoping for a mid-June opening.

2. Deer Valley Bike Park, UT
3. Keystone Bike Park, CO
4. Canyons Bike Park, UT
5. Evolution Bike Park, CO

THE BEST BIKE PARKS IN THE NORTHWEST

Best Bike Parks: Grand Targhee, WY

Photo Credit: Grand Targhee Resort | Kevin Cass

1. Grand Targhee Bike Park, WY

Grand Targhee began offering lift-access biking sometime before the summer of 1994, but that was only on the Teton Valley Traverse until summer of 2007. During the summer of 2007 the resort began to focus on the addition of downhill mountain-bike trails. During the summer of 2012 the resort really got serious and began work on improving and adding trails within the entire trail system, and began work building what would be voted the Best Bike Park in the Northwest.

Grand Targhee Bike Park has been working hard the last three years to make improvements on its existing trail system, while adding additional downhill and cross-country trails. Not only has Targhee provided dedicated areas for different kinds of users, making the experience better for everyone, the resort has also worked hard to incorporate the natural flow and topographical features into the trail design.

In 2014 the trail crew will continue to enhance and build-out the flow park, add additional downhill trails and improve cross-country trails. Plans are in place to add a skills park near the Main Plaza to help introduce people to mountain biking through the resort’s bike school.

Grand Targhee plans to start opening the trails as soon as the snow melts, with an official opening date of June 13 and closing date of Sept 28, weather and conditions permitting.

2. Alyeska Bike Park, AK
3. Whitefish Bike Park, MT
4. Silver Mountain Bike Park, ID
5. Stevens Pass Bike Park, WA

THE BEST BIKE PARKS IN THE SOUTHWEST

Best Bike Parks: Angel Fire, NM

Photo Credit: Angel Fire Resort Bike Park

1. Angel Fire Bike Park, NM

Angel Fire resort has played a role in lift-access mountain biking since the early 90's. In 2010 the resort began a long-term commitment to building one of the best bike parks in North America. And so far it looks like the New Mexico resort is on track.

Angel Fire Bike Park recently completed the addition of over 40 miles of trail and has enhanced the experience for both the seasoned downhillers as well as less-experienced riders. These improvements have solidified Angel Fire’s ranking in the Southwest; the resort is quickly becoming one of the biggest, and best bike parks in North America.

Angel Fire is currently working with infamous trail builder Gravity Logic to sculpt a new black-diamond jump trail, and a new blue flow trail is also under way, sponsored by Cycles Devnici, that will connect the summit with the mid-mountain trail system. In addition to new trails, park staff will continue to improve easier runs and infuse the established trail system with new flow features. Along with all the dirt getting moved around, a packed event schedule aims to help make Angel Fire the place to be this summer.

The season starts May 16 and lifts will load Monday through Friday throughout the early season with expanded hours and daily operations starting in mid-June. The season is slated to run through early October, making for one of the longest seasons in the West.

2. Mammoth Bike Park, CA
3. Northstar Bike Park, CA
4. Snow Summit Bike Park, CA
5. Pajarito Bike Park, NM

THE BEST BIKE PARKS IN THE MIDWEST

Best Bike Parks: The Rock, WI

Photo Credit: The Rock Bike Park

1. The Rock Bike Park, WI

The Rock Bike Park in Wisconsin hit the downhill scene last summer when it fired up the chair for its first season of lift-served, gravity-fed mountain biking. Bringing a world-class trail building team like Gravity Logic in to develop and build the trails probably helped contribute to the parks ranking #1 in its inaugural year.
The Rock Bike Park is definitely one of a kind. Midwest gravity junkies can get their lift-access, downhill mountain biking fix on some of the best trails around.

No additional information was available at press time, but we expect this Wisconsin bike park to open as soon as the weather will allow. Perhaps as early as sometime in April.

2. Spirit Mountain Bike Park, MN
3. Boyne Highlands, MI

 

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MtbParks | decline magazine's March Bike Park Feature Hits Newsstand http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/MtbParks-|-decline-magazine-s-March-Bike-Park-Feature-Hits-Newsstand.html http://mtbparks.comhttps:/mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/MtbParks-|-decline-magazine-s-March-Bike-Park-Feature-Hits-Newsstand.html MtbParks | decline magazine's March Bike Park Feature Hits Newsstand

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. 

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.

The article highlights the Top Bike Parks for eight regions in the US and Canada. What is so great about this list? Regardless of where you live, you can begin planning your summer riding adventures now and know that this list represents the top lift-serviced bike parks across North America—according to riders like you.

MTBparks reveals best bike parks in March issue of decline magazine.

We realize that these screen shots really don't give you an opportunity to read the full story. And we really appreciate the support from decline for featuring the results. So, for the moment, your best bet to get the full story is to ride over to your local bike shop to pick up the March issue (which should be hitting the shelves now) or visit decline magazine after February 4 to download the digital edition. And be sure to follow MTBparks for an expanded version of these results–and other rankings from the survey–coming soon!

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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. Your MTBparks Pass gives you a wide range of perks, including free and discounted lift tickets at a growing list North America’s Best Bike Parks, all for one low price.

>>Click here to learn more and become an MTBparks Pass charter member today!<<

 

If you like lift-served mountain biking as much as we do, be sure to check out the Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Awards here!

For all the best bike park news and event information, follow MTBparks.com on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #MTBparks

 

This summer more than 100 resorts will offer lift-accessed gravity riding in North America.

Stay informed, get the latest news and be the first to find out about:
  • Online release of the "Best Bike Park" category winners.
  • Exclusive deals on lift tickets, lodging, gear and more.
  • Bike park updates including news, reviews, events, etc.
  • Special announcements you don't want to miss!
MTBparks is in the middle of a major site update and we want to let you know when we're ready to reveal the new site. Subscribers will get the first peek at the new site and all the great deals we'll be offering as well as 2015 bike park updates when they occur.
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