The Green Line trail on Mt. Washington is an integral component to Learn to Ride Week from July 30- Aug 3.

Bike Park set to open

Whew, the snow if finally gone from the trails of Mt. Washington and that means...mountain biking!

  • Jul. 26, 2012 6:00 p.m.

The final remnants of the winter white stuff were shovelled out of the way last week by Mount Washington’s trail crew and the snow is now gone.

Dirt has reclaimed the mountain and, as a result, the Bike Park opens up this Saturday.

“Due to the deep snow last winter we waited a bit longer to open our Park and we’re proud to be opening it in amazing shape,” says Bike Park Manager Mike Manara. “It was well worth the wait.”

Mount Washington’s Bike Park is open seven days a week. The Hawk Chair operates daily from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and offers access to nine trails and over 14 kilometres of mountain biking bliss!

“Our park offers a little bit of everything. We have steep and technical single track for old schoolers, freeride trails with wooden stunts, jumps for the rippers, and wide and easy trails for beginners,” says Manara.

The park will have the following trails ready to ride on opening day: Green Line, Magical Mystery Tour, Hustler, Big Brother, Wizard, 4 Cross and Quickn’Dirty.

Mount Washington is cranking out Bike Park events right out of the start gate with Rocky Learn to Ride Week from July 30 to August 3.

During Learn to Ride Week, riders get a two hour lesson, Bike Park ticket and Rocky Mountain bike rental for $49.

After determining comfort-level, guides take riders up to Green Line, the perfect learning trail, to perfect the art of rolling two wheels downhill.

“In addition to our Learn to Ride Week, we will be offering daily deals on programs every week this summer,” says Manara. “This includes Mtn GRRLS every Friday and kids programs every weekend.”

If spectacles are your thing and you want to witness the world’s best freeride mountain bikers doing what they do best, then you have to join the hyped-up crowd at the Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle event August 3-4.

“This year’s course will be very similar to last seasons with a few tweaks included to spice things up,” explains rider/organizer Darren Berrecloth. “We have the big line setup for the boys to throw-down for a $30,000 prize purse plus we have a new amateur comp to entice some locals to step up on the world stage.”

The Bearclaw Invitational is one of the stops on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour and regularly draws thousands of spectators to watch riders boost massive airs and tricks down one of the most innovative Slopestyle courses in the world.

For all events and program details head to mountwashington.ca