The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest manages the land where the Stevens Pass ski resort operates on U.S. 2 between Everett and Wenatchee in Washington. They’ve just approved the resort’s plans to go ahead and build a mountain bike park.
Once the snow melts, construction will begin and a water treatment system will also be built.
The park sounds absolutely awesome. Trails will be between 5 and 8 feet wide, and the lift-served park will have seven miles of downhill terrain. There will also be two miles of single-track trails and three areas for training.
This will be the first mountain bike park at a Washington ski resort. In Oregon, Mt. Hood and Willamette Pass have them as well.
Stevens Pass management has seen the growing trend of mountain biking and felt this a great opportunity to perpetuate that movement as well as bring people to the resort in the summer.
The environmental assessment required by the U.S. Forest Service came out pretty harmless, so public response has been supportive. Perhaps now mountain bikers in Washington won’t have to travel up to Whistler to get in a good ride.