Outdoor Adventures: Downhill riding at Winter Park’s Trestle
July 22, 2010
What do you get when you cross a creative mind, an affinity for action sports, and have a world class mountain biking mecca in your backyard? Ladies and gentleman – meet Danya Anderson.
If you know Danya, or have the distinct pleasure of being a Facebook friend, you’ll know that she is tough, sarcastic, irreverent, and hilarious: the perfect mountain woman.
Most days you can find Danya sitting at her desk working at O2 Creative in Winter Park; and you can even watch her work via desktop stream at Ustream.tv. But the moment her work day is done she is out camping, hiking Byers Peak or heading to the Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort.
“But, but, I’m a snowboarder first!”
Well, alright then.
With a sports background including softball, basketball, motorcycling, motor biking, and dirt biking while growing up in New Zealand, all these sports are a prelude to her two favorite outdoor adventures: downhill mountain biking and snowboarding.
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She started downhill riding last year at Winter Park Resort and rented equipment. This year she leased a bike for the season; along with the bike lease she got a helmet, armor and a season pass for Trestle Park.
As the designer of the Winter Park Resort Trestle Park trail map she knows the trails system well. Danya says, “Winter Park has been expanding their beginner terrain so riders shouldn’t be intimidated. The Trestle Park is downhill specific and you shouldn’t use a cross country bike on this terrain.” She recommends that new riders take a lesson or join a camp because downhill riding is so different from cross-country riding. “Cross country riders need to learn a new stance since you’re not clipped in.”
Winter Park Resort has added different classes for lessons this year including women only classes and a camp called Gravity Goddess geared specifically for women. The next Gravity Goddess Downhill Camp is August 21-22 and ages 13 and up can take the class. Part of the class includes bike control and video analysis all in small groups up to five women.
There is Women’s Wednesdays. Every Wednesday until Sept. 1, the Trestle Bike Park Shop is devoted to women riders with a 2-for-1: Kona Minxy Package which includes 2 lift tickets, 2 Kona Minxy bike rentals, helmets, gloves, and armor.
There is also, the very popular Trestle 101 class: 2.5 hours for beginner riders learning stance and basics of riding. The Bike Park School also offers group and private lessons.
Danya recommends trying Green World, a top to bottom trail.
“The one thing that most people don’t know about downhill riding is that there are ride-arounds for most downhill features. So you don’t have to feel like you have to take any jump or obstacle you don’t feel comfortable doing.”
Although she will typically go out for a ride by herself, Danya said downhill riding in the Trestle Park is a fun group activity.
“There’s no reason anyone wouldn’t enjoy this sport.” Danya’s energy and enthusiasm for this adrenaline junkie sport – almost – makes me want to get out there and put on the armor and ride. Danya – I want you to know – I’m really thinking about it; maybe we can go out next week?! Who wants to join us?
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