Utah’s Park City continues to rack up the accolades for their work to develop the city into a world class action sports destination. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has declared Park City to be a “Gold-level Ride Center. The IMBA is the single largest mountain biking and trail advocacy group on the planet. They have invited the ride centers of the world to be rated on a number of criteria. A total of seven ride centers entered to be evaluated. Park City is the first and only riding center to earn this ranking from the IMBA. Of the remaining 6, one was deemed silver level and 5 were rated bronze.
Park City boasts over 400 miles of interconnected, lift-serviced trails that run throughout Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. These locations offer trails for beginner, intermediate and expert riding levels.
IMBA lauded Park City for distinguishing itself as a location that provides accessible and well-marked trail systems, wide terrain variety, consistent weather conditions most ideal for biking, guided tour opportunities and post-pedal activities within the destination.
“Park City is extremely honored to be named the first IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center,” says Bill Malone President and CEO of the Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau. “This designation, coupled with accolades the city has received for its dining, lodging and nightlife, make Park City a truly superior biking destination.”
There are a number of trails throughout the region, each of which offering its own list of merits for all riding styles. Parents looking to take the kids out for a Sunday ride can hop on family-friendly trails such as the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail; while more action-oriented cycling enthusiasts can get down on the 22-mile, single track Mid-Mountain Trail.
“The sheer miles of trails are fantastic, but what’s really important is that they function as a cohesive network, with signage and trail connections that create a model riding area,” says IMBA Regional Director Ryan Schutz.
The IMBA also took into account the various improvements that have been implemented throughout the area over the past 4 years. The Trailside Bike Park saw its grand opening in 2011, and new gravity trails and features were built at Deer Valley Resort and Canyons Resort. According to the IMBA, these improvements positioned Park City above all other cycling destination.