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Winter Park Resort cancels 2018 Colorado Freeride Festival amid construction concerns

A biker takes on a wall at the 2017 Maxxis Slopestyle Open during the Colorado Freeride Festival at Trestle Bike Park.

Winter Park Resort announced that the area's signature summer event, the Colorado Freeride Festival, will not be happening this year due to a number of construction projects that will take place in the base area.

"We're basically just taking a hiatus," said Steve Hurlbert, director of public relations and communications for the resort. "There's just a lot going on this summer in terms of construction, and there's such a huge footprint that comes with the CFF. For the convenience and safety of the spectators the plan is to bring it back better than ever in 2019."

On top of renovations to the base area, Hurlbert hinted at another capital project in the works, but couldn't divulge any details.

Construction is not expected to affect the Trestle Gravity Series, Epic Singletrack Series or any other competition center events, and the Trestle Bike Park will operate normally throughout the season.

When asked if there was concern in interrupting the resort's biggest annual summer event, Hurlbert said he hoped the festival's absence would keep visitors eager for its return in 2019.

"I think anytime you've got a lot of momentum you're concerned when something can interrupt that," he said. "But in the long run these improvements will make the experience as a whole a lot better. We're seeing so much growth within the sport of mountain biking, so we think this might create some pent up demand. I think it's going to be better for all concerned in the end."

The four-day festival is the only Gold Stop on the FMBA Slopestyle Tour in North America, and features 800 world-class athletes participating in a number events, including the Maxxis Slopestyle Open.