Trestle Bike Park, Granby Ranch see steady visitation numbers, plan for next year
Following the end of mountain bike season in the county, both Winter Park Resort and Granby Ranch report steady visitation levels to their respective bike parks.
Steve Hurlbert, director of public relations and communications for Winter Park Resort, said the visitation numbers were pleasantly surprising since the resort expected the summer construction and cancellation of the Freeride Festival to have a bigger impact.
Though overall, visitation to the resort’s Trestle Bike Park was slightly down from last year, Hurlbert said they saw record visitation numbers in August and September.
“We are really heartened by the fact that people came, they experienced it and I think we can attribute the big August and September to people thinking it’s not as bad as we thought and they just continued to come back,” Hurlbert said.
This year, Trestle added three new bike trails for a total of 1.5 additional miles of trails near the Olympia Lift for riders to enjoy. Hurlbert said the new trails and incremental growth of the Gravity Series and the Epic Singletrack Series also likely contributed to the record months.
“Constantly adding new trails and terrain and new stuff to ride is important,” Hurlbert said. “We’re working on a couple of intermediate terrain (options), so it’s not just adding trails but adding trails that are accessible to a variety of skill levels.”
For next year, the resort is planning to continue adding to their mountain bike trail system, hopefully bringing back the Freeride Festival, working with Granby Ranch to offer new events and will have the new gondola open to bikers.
“Next year is going to look a lot different with that new gondola,” Hurlbert said. “It’s going to be large enough for people to actually put their bikes inside the cabin and I think it’s going to make getting on the hill to ride much more efficient and much better from a user standpoint. And with the new plaza project completed by then it just opens us up to a variety of things we can do.”
Over at Granby Ranch, Jennifer Laspesa, sales manager for the resort, said they saw steady visitation levels compared to last year with the highest visitation levels earlier in the season during May and June.
“We had great participation in our mountain bike races,” Laspesa said. “We got a lot of good feedback on our trail conditions and overall we had a positive summer.”
Laspesa also said they saw higher visitation right at the end of September when bikers were getting in the last rides of the season.
Granby Ranch hosted at least one race per month this season, which Laspesa said helped establish the resort in the mountain bike community.
She said the resort plans on expanding their events next year, including a potential multi-day event. They are also hoping to partner with Winter Park Resort to offer more events.
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