Just three days away from opening, Canyons Bike Park is Utah’s first and only lift-serviced bike park. The resort will also introduce it’s Bike Academy.
There are five flow trails, more than 20 miles of singletrack, multiple lifts, a European-style Enduro race and the all-new Canyons Resort Mountain Bike Academy. There is a variety of lifts that provide trail access via Red Pine Gondola, Short Cut and High Meadow lifts, challenging riders of all abilities.
“Last summer, Canyons Bike Park introduced the flow park to Utah – and riders loved it,” Canyons managing director Mike Goar said. “There’s nothing like it in Utah. If you can ride a bike, with proper instruction you can ride a gravity trail. Experienced riders attack the rollers, berms and jumps, while more casual riders enjoy a fun, exciting mountain descent without pedaling or braking.”
All-new this summer is the Dark Hollow flow trail (more difficult) that connects Lookout Peak to the Red Pine Mid-mountain Adventure Area; and the White Rabbit trail (easiest) in the Red Pine area. This trail will be accessed via the Short Cut lift, adding a third lift to Canyons Bike Park offering. The existing Flying Salmon (less difficult), Wild Mouse (more difficult) and Rally Cat (very difficult) trails will undergo re-routes and expansion, adding even more territory to the broad system of flow trails. The lifts also provide access to the 25-mile Mid Mountain Trail, one of just 51 “Epic” rated trails in North America according to IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association).
Also new this season, riders will spend less time in lift lines thanks to new bike trays fabricated by Deason Built. High Meadow lift will be outfitted with trays handling three bikes and Short Cut lift will carry two bikes. Another addition to the park is the Canyons Resort Mountain Bike Academy, which offers riding instruction for all abilities with a focus on gravity and single-track terrain. Group clinics and private coaching will be available seven days a week for adults and youth, ages eight and older. The clinics are designed to maximize enjoyment of the sport while building skills and confidence within a safe and progressive learning environment. A comprehensive Bike 101 clinic is just $99 ($89 for youths 8-12) including instruction, lift ticket and rental bike.
The inaugural Bell Wasatch Enduro race on July 21 promises to be the most exciting event on the Canyons Bike park calendar with $12,000 in cash and prizes on the line. Professional and amateur riders will compete in an event featuring a combination of 17 miles of grueling uphill “transfer stages” and timed downhill “competition” stages.
In partnership with GT and Cannondale, Canyons Bike Park introduces a high-performance, full-suspension bike rental program this season. A complete line of bike components is available for purchase, as well as gear from retail partners Dakine, Fox, Oakley, SixSixOne and Teva.
For the 2012 season, daily lift tickets start at $27 and season passes start at $149.