By Yeti \ June 19 2013 \ 1 Comment
Just to clarify, once the snow melts, Utah does not go into a total state of hibernation. While Utah is known for its legendary winter powder, did you know that Park City was recently designated as the world’s first and only Gold-Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association? In short, Mountain Biking in Utah is epic, here's your guide from singletrack to bike parks across the state. Oh yeah, and there's over 150+ miles of singletrack across Utah ski resorts waiting for you. And remember, rolling the mountain trails in the summer is one of the best ways to beat the summer heat along with staying in shape for the winter. The below guide highlights the most exciting mountain bike news from Utah ski resorts that maintain summer mountain biking operations.
Brian Head Resort - New this year, Brian Head is now an authorized dealer of Kona Bikes. The resort does offer single track but is truly known for its bike terrain parks which include:jumps, drops, walls, ladders and other wooden elements. These areas require varied degrees of skill level. Start small, ride smart and work your way up. This ever expanding and centralized terrain park network includes Ken’s Woods, Stef’s Steps and Malicious Woods. All are accessible from the lower parts of Color Country, Timberline, Lil’ Gritty and Wildflower. PRICES
Canyons Resort -Last summer, Canyons arrived on the bike scene in a big way with the build of an all-new bike park located mid-mountain. The park includes a Skills Park and will include three different skill-level trails with a variety of features and be serviced by the High Meadow lift. The park also has several new flow and downhill trails for this summer. Information and lift tickets are available at Canyon Mountain Rentals in the Resort Village. PRICES
Deer Valley Resort - With over 60 miles of pristine biking trails, it's hard to beat mountain biking at Deer Valley. Lift-served mountain biking is offered from Silver Lake Express at the base, Sterling Express at mid-mountain and Ruby Express at Empire Canyon. Many Deer Valley trails connect with the Park City network of singletrack, providing access to 400 miles of trails. PRICES
Eagle Point -Just this spring, Eagle Point cut new single track and flow trails for the first time ever. They're starting small with just two miles of trails, but expect the ride to be smooth. Check out the trail work gallery.
Park City Mountain Resort -New this summer, the Crescent Hi-Speed Quad will get you and bike to the top of the ridge in minutes. Need help exploring the abundant selection of trails? A detailed trail map is available at the ticket windows (provided by Mountain Trails Foundation) for a $5 donation. PRICES
Snowbasin Resort - All levels of riding are available from the base including gondola accessed trails. More than 26 miles of trails connect to additional Forest Service trails for nearly 50 miles of fun. Snowbasin trails are open to the public seven days a week, with gondola service available on weekends during the summer season. Don't forget, Snowbasin boasts jaw dropping views at the top. PRICES
Solitude Mountain Resort - Nothing wrong with 20 miles of aspen lined trails, the single track at Solitdue is breath taking. If you don't want the uphill to steal too much of your breath, no worries, bikes are allowed on the Sunrise life. Solitude offers a full line of Cannondale bikes. PRICES
Sundance Resort - You've probably heard by now that Sundance is wildly beautiful, an intimate canyon reminiscent of Switzerland's Alps. Sundance offers 25+ miles of lift serviced single track mountain biking, with challenging terrain and breathtaking vistas. All Sundance trails are designed for uphill and downhill riding, and have excellent intermediate and advance trail riding. PRICES
Are you looking for a bukcet list ride? The Wasatch Crest Trail teeters along the spine of the Wasatch Mountains, the divide between the Park City ski resorts and the Salt Lake ski resorts. This trail will consume most of your day, but it's a ride you will be talking about years from now. Some have been known to ride the Crest under a full moon, just one piece of advise, take it slow. If you're mountain biking in the Park City area, click here for post ride aprés suggestions.
Interested in racing? Check out the low-key Midweek MTB Tuesday nights race series with categories for all levels. Plus, kids race for free and there's always a cooler of popsiscles awaiting the kiddos at the finish line.
As always, if there are any spectacular trails/deals or anything mountain bike that we have forgotten, please leave your feedback in the comments section below.
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