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Trestle expansion project, all downhill from here

Trestle trail crews work on the expansion project.

Trestle Bike Park is already rated one of the top downhill parks in the United States, and it is about to become bigger and better.

The U.S. Forest Service has approved a trail expansion project at Winter Park Resort for Trestle Bike Park. The resort will get 10 miles of new, rerouted and connector mountain bike trails. After completion of this expansion project, Trestle Bike Park will offer 40 miles of downhill lift-accessed trails.

The approval came after two years of analysis and fine-tuning of Winter Park Resort's original proposal. The Forest Service considered wildlife, watershed and public input in determining where to locate trails, choosing areas that not only enhance mountain biking, but limit impacts to important wildlife and fish habitat, according to a press release from Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests Public Affairs Specialist Reid Armstrong.

"The Forest Service believes that providing summer recreation opportunities such as mountain biking at resorts is an important part of helping people get outdoors," said Forest Supervisor Monte Williams. "Winter Park Resort has long been a leader in providing a variety of summer recreation activities, and we are happy to see those opportunities expanding with this decision."

"Winter Park Resort greatly appreciates the diligence of the Forest Service in considering our request for expansion of Trestle Bike Park," said Trestle General Manager Bob Holme.

"Trestle and downhill mountain biking in general continue to experience exponential growth in popularity and we're excited to provide ten additional miles of world-class terrain to enthusiasts of this burgeoning sport."

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Winter Park Resort is also planning to open a fourth lift this summer, the Olympia lift, giving riders more lift-accessed mountain bike terrain than any other summer resort in the nation.

The new trail system will be located on the backside of Trestle and will use the Olympia lift. The new area will include a jump trail much like Rainmaker, but rated a blue square instead of black diamond. Rainmaker will be extended from the top of Olympia as well. Green trails will be built from the top of Olympia to connect to Green World, allowing all levels of riders to use the new terrain.

Trestle Bike Park Foreman Devin Kearns said the trail crew has been working closely with Gravity Logic, a trail-design company out of British Columbia, to install the new trail system. Trestle plans to have the new trails open by early September.

"For nearly a decade Trestle Bike park has been considered Colorado's premier downhill mountain bike park and we're excited to be working with the US Forest Service to make it even better," said Steve Hurlbert, Winter Park Resort Director of Public Relations and Communications.

"The additional 10 miles of trails will feature a variety of high-quality terrain that riders have come to expect from Trestle while offering even the most seasoned Trestle enthusiasts a completely new experience," he said.

"As our incredibly successful Colorado Freeride Festival demonstrates, mountain biking is a rapidly growing sport and we're elated to be able to meet the increasing demand with more world-class trails."

Winter Park Resort is located on the Arapaho National Forest, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

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