Big weekend for mountain biking
Some areas at Winter Park Resort may still look skiable to those passing by, but Trestle Bike Park will open Saturday, June 11. The trail crews have been working since the ski resort closed to get the bike trails ready to open. They will not only be open, but will have a variety of rides. “The trail crews have been amazing,” said Steve Hurlbert of Winter Park Resort. “You have to realize this crew has only about ten people.” They have faced a lot of snow after the incredible winter we had. Although they do have plowing machines, Hurlbert pointed out that most of the snow removal has been done by hand, and they are going to keep working right up until the resort opens on Saturday.
Zephyr Express, Gemini, Eskimo Express, Arrow (Alpine Slide only),
Open Trails from 5 Points down to the base: Green World, Free Speech, Long Trail, Rainmaker,
Open trails accessed by Gemini Lift: Boulevard, Space Ape, Bear Arms, Boot Camp, Beeall Ucanb
More trails may open depending on conditions leading up to Saturday.
Base area events include the Alpine Slide, human maze, bungee and trampoline, and Gyroball. All businesses will be open in the village so there will be plenty to do even for those who do not bike.
The first race of the Epic Singletrack series will also take place on Saturday, marking the 24th year. The Excel Roofing Hill Climb will begin near the base of Winter Park Resort.
The distance is 5.2 miles with an elevation gain of 2,062 feet. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and racing at 10 a.m. One dollar of every entry supports the Headwater Trails Alliance, that maintains the beautiful trails we have here in Grand County.
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