Winter Park Resort poised to jump into summer
Wildflowers, fresh rain and chain lube – the smell of spring in the Fraser Valley.
Winter Park Resort’s Trestle Bike Park opens on Saturday morning, June 13.
Gravity junkies will have access to most of the mountain’s lower trails, from Five Points down, said Steve Hurlbert with Winter Park Resort.
The park will be running three lifts – the Zephyr, Gemini and Eskimo – serving classic trails like lower Rainmaker, No Quarter, Long Trail, Free Speech and more.
“We’re hoping that by next weekend we’ll have the upper section open,” Hurlbert said.
Little riders will have access to Trestle’s Green Horn-It!, a one-third mile trail adjacent to the Coca-Cola Tubing Hill.
The trail gives new riders a taste of the features they’ll find elsewhere in the park including rollers, banked turns and a pump track.
Trestle has also added a new beginner’s program called “Intro to Trestle,” which will introduce new riders to the basics of downhill mountain biking in a 90-minute program.
Of course, Winter Park Resort is offering a lot more than mountain biking this summer. The resort base will feature such favorites as the Alpine slide and human maze, as well as its newest addition – an 18 hole contoured putting course.
“The new putting course is not only fun for the whole family, but is a challenge for golf experts and duffers alike,” Hurlbert wrote in a press release.
Winter Park Resort and Trestle Bike Park will be hosting a variety of events and competitions starting with the Winter Park Chocolate Festival at the Village this Saturday.
Starting at 10 a.m., visitors can indulge in chocolate tastings, chocolate and beer pairings and even chocolate eating contests.
The festival, featuring more than 20 vendors, will also have live entertainment and music until 4 p.m.
Wine lovers can return to the Village for the Village Uncorked wine, cheese and art festival on July 4.
The event will be a family affair with adult and youth art classes and demonstrations, cheese workshops and a wine and cheese-pairing course.
Trestle kicks off the 2015 Epic Singletrack race series on Saturday, June 13 with the Excel Hill Climb.
The park will host the next two races, the Super Loop and Race Rendezvous, on June 27 and July 11.
On July 23, when some of the best riders in the world descend on Winter Park for the Colorado Freeride Festival.
The largest freeride festival in the United States, Colorado Freeride will include free family activities, lessons and product demoes.
Spectators can also watch the best mountain bike athletes around for more than $45,000 in prize money.
Competitions will include slopestyle, cross country and, for the first time, Mt. Bike and BMX.
Also new this year, Trestle will host the USA Cycling Colorado State Championship Downhill competition on Sunday, July 26.
For more information, visit coloradofreeridefestival.com.
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