Rolling toward summer: Trestle opens for season
Winter Park Resort’s summer season officially kicked off last weekend with Saturday’s opening of Trestle Bike Park and the Winter Park Chocolate Festival.
Steve Hurlbert, spokesman for Winter Park, said the resort’s 2018 opening weekend went “really well” and pointed out the rainy weather that passed through the Fraser Valley over the weekend did little to hamper riders and other visitors.
“We had more people this year than last so I don’t think the weather was a deterrent at all,” Hurlbert said. “Obviously the rain on Sunday impacted operations but with how dry its been we’ll never complain about some much-needed moisture.”
Hurlbert noted many downhill mountain bikers prefer to ride on dirt that is slightly wet.
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“The rain actually has made for some stellar conditions,” he stated.
Riders hitting Trestle over the weekend contended with more than just raindrops though. The resort’s lift upgrade project, converting Zephyr Express into an enclosed gondola, is still ongoing at this time, which impacted how riders reached the top of the bike park. Unlike previous year, when riders at the base would typically utilize the Zephyr Express Lift to access the top of Trestle at Sunspot, riders made the trip to the top via two lifts: Gemini Express and Eskimo Express.
According to Hurlbert early feedback received from riders indicated the segmented trip was not an issue for many.
“It allows them to do laps on the Eskimo Express Lift and not worry about going all the way down to the base,” he stated.
Winter Park Resort’s base area was a hub of activity Saturday that included riders heading to Trestle, visitors to the Winter Park Chocolate Festival and ongoing construction work throughout the base area and village.
“We knew construction was going to be a significant factor this summer so we made sure to put up a lot of signage throughout the base area and the village to help direct traffic,” Hurlbert stated.
He stated that Saturday was the first “big test with an event” and added “everything seemed to work fine.”
Bike traffic, which often rolls through the Winter Park Village on the way to lifts at the base area, was diverted onto Winter Park Drive, which Hurlbert said helped to keep foot and bike traffic separate throughout the weekend.
“Obviously it’s quite literally a work in progress so we’ll continually monitor feedback from guests and if we have to adjust our plan, we will,” Hurlbert stated.
The rest of the summer will see a series of six downhill mountain biking races at Winter Park Resort as part of the Trestle Gravity Series. Races begin on July 27 and continue intermittently until August 25. The race series kicks off with an air downhill race on July 27 and continues the next day with a super downhill event. On July 30 a downhill race will be held as well. August racing action kicks off on the 11 with another air downhill event followed by a chainless downhill race on the 12. The season wraps up on the 25 with a downhill race. Racers can register online at trestlebikepark.com.
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