Source: Mammoth Bike Park
Photos: Mammoth Bike Park
After a month or so of serious snow removal and trail maintenance, the Mammoth Bike Park officially opened today, June 24. Mammoth not only received more snow (a record breaking 55 feet) than any other mountain bike destination, it's also higher. With a summit of 11,053 feet even its base lodge towers over the summits of other parks. For opening weekend, you can even ski and bike on the same day–upper ski runs are still open.
Currently open trails include: Uptown, Downtown, Shotgun and Big Ring. Riders seeking a mellow cruise through the trees can head to Downtown and catch the shuttle back up. For those wanting to kick up dirt, head to Shotgun for some adrenaline pumping turns.
"Contrary to popular belief, the exceptional snow year will lead to an exceptional dirt year and we're single-handedly bringing Sierra riders sick bike trails," says Mark Hendrickson, Mammoth Bike Park Manager. "There are more new features and terrain in development this year than in the past five years combined."
Mammoth is stepping up to plate with capital improvements. Additions include three new trails with irrigation to keep the dirt moist and tacky, a new jump run off Velocity with two dozen jumps and features in a row, an extension of Pipeline featuring a launch ramps constructed from wood and metal, a boardwalk and a wood wallride, a major facelift on Trail Home resulting in 1.5+ miles of jumps, berms and freeride-specific features, two new over/under bridges in high traffic trail intersections, a new fleet of rental and demo bikes from Rocky Mountain Bicycles and an all new skill development center dubbed the Bike Lab to help build confidence before tackling on bigger features.