OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKE IN THE USA
We were out there looking for those perfect parks where you know you can take your bike and go ride! Not all bike parks have trails for everyone. You never know what you’re going to find until you set off down the mountain. We started downhill mountain biking in July 2016 and really loved it. In 2017 we bought a MTB Park Pass and visited 11 downhill parks all over the USA. We love flowy trails, technical trails, wooden features, big berms, drops and gorgeous scenery. We are no red bull rampage riders just a husband and wife who love to shred together! I am an intermediate rider and my husband is advanced intermediate. Click HERE for our intermediate riders guide.
1. Snowshoe, WV
Snowshoe Bike Park has something for everyone. If you like lots of flow and big air you will love Skyline, almost 4 miles in length and 1,500’ in vertical this trail is machine built to pump out the speed and send table top after table top all the way down the mountain.The almost perfect mix of trails at Snowshoe Bike Park is Ninja Bob to Ball-N-Jack to Powerline. These trails had it all, flow and challenging technical terrain mixed together with a few small optional mandatory jumps. After a great day on the trails there are plenty of food and beer options. Click HERE for more information.
2. Winter Park, CO
The Trestle Bike Park is home to over 200 features and 40 miles of chairlift accessible mountain bike terrain. Known as the best flow park in the USA it offers endless shredding fun. Winter Park is the only resort in North America with three lifts dedicated to mountain bikers, so there are multiple options for riding without having to go all the way to base of the mountain. Rainmaker is the advanced trail everyone wants a chance at, however I love Free Speech and Rolly Polly. So many trails options for everyone to have fun!
3. Park City, Utah
Deer Valley Resort has exceptional mountain biking trails. A park built by gravity logic offers fast and flowy trails for all levels from Holly Roller to Tsunami. The panoramic views, big berms, big rollers, jumps and wooden features keep the smiles for endless miles of riding. Tired? Then stop for a snack or a beer at the base of the Silver Lake Lift. If it is too hot during the day they offer late night riding 4-8pm on Wednesdays.
4. Northfield, New Hampshire
Nestled in the Northeast mountains, Highland Bike Park is the only bike dedicated downhill park. Yes, they only do biking. Offering both technical and freeride terrain there are trails to suit all rider levels. We especially loved that there were trails that had options to go easy or go big. If it rains there is an indoor gym to practice your downhill tricks and moves. The best Pizza is Tilton House of Pizza.
5. Granby, CO
If you love old school downhill then Granby Ranch is your place. The trails are rocky, steep, technical, and challenging. The staff is really nice and makes you feel at home.We love the short lift lines, variety of trails, and the chicken wings with a beer to end the day. The place is a great place to polish those technical riding skills.
6. Crested Butte, Colorado
The Evolution Bike Park at Mt Crested Butte Resort offers amazing flow-style and technical terrain. The have rocky features, big berms, wooden features, and tabletops all in one place. You can do a flow ride then switch to a gnarly tech ride. With one of the best green trails we have ridden there is endless fun to enjoy.
7. Snowmass, Colorado
Snowmass Bike Park has started with quality over quantity and they hit a home run with their approach. We almost didn’t ride here when we saw they only had 4 trails. Then after a closer look and noticing Gravity Logic built their trails we couldn’t pass up a visit. Viking is their intermediate trail and Valhalla is their advanced trail but both are ready to shred for an intermediate rider. Valhalla actually flows better and has bigger features you can send or simply ride over keeping your tires on the ground. We gave this parka “Good to Go” Rating because they only have the handful of trails. Schedule a weekend here a few times a year and you won’t be disappointed.
8. Steamboat, Colorado
Steamboat is a TON OF FUN but be prepared for some long runs. This place is like one mountain stacked on top of the other. It will take you 3-4 different trails just to get to the bottom. After a long and relaxing Gondola ride to the top get ready to rip sweeping berms, smaller table tops and optional jump lines just on Upper Rustler’s Ridge! There’s a few more intermediate choices from the mid mountain area to the bottom. Most of the trails at this place are made for speed and smiles a mile wide!
We have really enjoyed riding downhill. It require a different set of muscles and endurance.We were unable to ride at Angel Fire in New Mexico and The Canyons in Park City due to rain and snow. We hope to hit more bike parks in 2018 especially the crown jewel Whistler.