News to know: Aspen Bike Park Opens June 21

Submitted by Andy on Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:48

aspen
Riding at Aspen 

 

This summer, the Snowmass Bike Park continues a multi-year, trail expansion project in collaboration with Gravity Logic. Once completed, the expansion project will result in a total of nine new trails across 14.4 miles of terrain serving riders of all skill levels, from beginner to expert.

Three new trails will open this summer, along with a refresh of the Vapor Trail.  

The first of the new trails, Gonzo, will be ranked as an extremely difficult freeride trail, similar to the feel of Valhalla, and will extend .7 miles along biker’s right of the Valhalla trail. The second trail will cover a mile of terrain bikers left of Valhalla and will be classified as a more difficult freeride trail. The third trail will extend off of Viking for .7 miles and be ranked as a more difficult single track trail. This trail will be incorporated into the Tuesday Night SBP Race Series Track. 

Snowmass Bike Park will be open daily for the Summer 2019 season Jun. 21 and operate through Sept. 2. Fall weekend operations will run from Sept. 6 through Oct. 6 and will now include Fridays. In addition, the Snowmass bike park will add an extra hour of operation for summer 2019, opening at 9 a.m. and closing at 4 p.m.

Demo Days
Snowmass Demo Days returns Jun. 29 – 30 for a two-day sponsored bike event in Snowmass Base Village. Bike enthusiasts are encouraged to come out and demo the latest bike equipment provided by featured exhibitors. Demo mountain bikes, road bikes, downhill bikes, fat bikes, or try the latest in components and equipment on the Snowmass Bike Park trails, the over 80 miles of cross-country trails, or the paths connecting to Aspen and the Rio Grande trail.

 

Passholder Week at Snowmass Extended to Include an Extra Weekend

Snowmass will once again kick-off summer daily operations with Passholder Week, Jun. 21-30, which offers all valid 2018-19 winter passholders, including Premier, Flex, Double Flex, Classic, School, Mountain Collective and Ikon. New this summer, Passholder Week will be extended to include a bonus weekend. Passholder Week offers one free Lost Forest Base Access, which includes the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster and Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall, as well as one free day of Snowmass Bike Park access, 50% off Lost Forest Full and Peak Access, 50% off downhill bike rentals and $10 off Park Ready Clinic. Passholders can redeem Lost Forest, Bike Park, and Park Ready Clinic offers by stopping into the Base Village Gondola Ticket Office or by calling 844-865-7105. Bike rental offers will begin Jun. 21 at the Four Mountain Sports in Base Village.

 

Snowmass Bonus Bike Nights

In conjunction with the Farm to Table Dinners at Elk Camp restaurant, the Snowmass Bike Park will extend the park hours to stay open until dusk every Tuesday from Jul. 2-Aug. 13. Day tickets are valid until dusk, also available is the late arrival ticket for just $34 that is valid 2 p.m. until dusk.

 

Snowmass Bike Park (SBP) Race Series Returns

Now in its second year, the Snowmass Bike Park’s Race Series expands to six events for 2019. The SBP Race Series will take place Tuesdays Jul. 9-Aug. 13. Join local and visiting riders in a weekly race on a different course each week, followed by drink specials and awards at the Limelight Hotel Snowmass. Course announcements for each race will take place the morning of the event via Aspen Snowmass social media and the website. Registration and check-in will take place day-of at the events tent at the bottom of the Elk Camp Gondola from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The race will begin at 6:30 p.m. Entry is $10 per racer and does not include a bike park ticket. Racers can purchase a late arrival lift ticket for just $34, valid 2 p.m. until dusk, or a Snowmass Bike Park season pass for $229. These events are being held in conjunction with Farm to Table Tuesdays at Elk Camp and Bonus Bike Nights. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/while-you-are-here/events/sbp-race-series.

 

Audi Power of Four Mountain Bike Race Revamped
Aspen Snowmass is reimagining the Audi Power of Four Mountain Bike Race this year with an entirely new course that will utilize some of the best singletrack in the valley. Taking place Saturday, Aug. 17, the new course will travel along a 25-mile loop that will start and finish in Snowmass Base Village. Bikers will race along the Rim Trail to Seven Star, then transition to the Sky Mountain Park trail system, connect over to Tom Blake trail, utilize various trails on Snowmass such as Expresso and Cross Mountain and then head down Village Bound to end in Snowmass Base Village. Divisions will be broken into 50-mile solo racer (two loops), 25-mile solo racer (one loop) and 50-mile team of two where each rider completes one, 25-mile lap. Registration is open online and pricing increases Aug. 1. For more information and to register, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/while-you-are-here/events/audi-power-of-four-mountain-bike .

 

Big Mountain Enduro Finals Return to Aspen Snowmass
Aspen Snowmass will once again host the Big Mountain Enduro (BME) Mountain Bike Finals Aug. 17-18, 2019. The two-day event will blend high altitude riding mixed with some of the biggest descents and best riding in the area. The field of competitors is expected to have many professional racers and the competition course will see new trail integrations in addition to incorporating terrain across Aspen Mountain, Snowmass Bike Park as well as the surrounding trails within the valley. Aspen Mountain and the Snowmass Bike Park are the only lift-served biking in the U.S. that can take riders on 4,000-foot descents, beginning above tree line and ending in the high mountain desert. Riders will see five to six stages, over 12,000 feet of descent and 3,000 feet of climbing. Snowmass has supported mountain biking and gravity riding for over 17 years going back to the NORBA Nationals and World Cup Downhill racing days. For more information, visit www.bigmountainenduro.com/schedule/bme-aspen-snowmass-co/

Leave a reply

Colorado Ski Country News