After receiving the most snowfall in resort history this past winter, Mount Washington Alpine Resort in British Columbia is finally “winning the battle for dirt.” The resort will open bike park trails this Friday, July 15th to commence the much-anticipated summer riding season. It has only been one month ago that Mount Washington crews were still digging through 15 feet of snow to hit the top of the Big Brother Trail. Mountain crews are continuing to work hard for getting more bike trails ready for opening day on the 15th. The resort has definitely been dealing with the number 15 lately!
“We’ve cleared a lot of snow off the trails over the last couple of months,” says James Clarke, Slopes Supervisor. “We’re seeing more dirt on the ground every day as the snow recedes with the recent warmer weather, which is great news.”
Mount Washington will open the brand new Green Line trail and Big Brother on opening day this Friday. These two trails will be open from top to bottom. Mountain crews are continuing to work hard for getting more bike trails ready for opening day on the 15th. The addition of the new Green Line is the highlight of the mountain’s trail development for this summer season. Known for its burly and demanding upper intermediate and expert trails, the Green Line will offer beginners the chance to ride easy top to bottom.
The resort has also made mountain biking a more economical venture. New for this summer is a very affordable two-hour bike rental which can be combined with the addition of a bike park lift ticket. “You can head up to the park and ride for two hours with a top of the line Rocky Mountain rental bike for less than $65,” adds Manara.
The event calendar is action-packed this summer with highlights including the return of Darren Berrecloth’s Bearclaw Invitational on August 5-6, the BC Cup Provincial Championships on August 13-14, and Darcy Turenne’s See Jane Jump Women’s Mountain Bike Festival on August 20-21.
To see the mountain’s progress with bike park trails and to check out the complete event listing for this summer, visit online at: mountwashington.ca.
(photo above at the highlight event of the summer will be the return of the Bearclaw Invitational on August 5-6, by Harookz Photography)