Mountain bikers will soon have more than double the downhill experience at Whitefish Mountain Resort as five miles of trail will be added this summer. Work on the resort’s five new trails began last October and resumed last week. The resort is optimistic that trails will be ready to ride by mid-summer, weather permitting.
Whitefish Mountain Resort is working with Terraflow Trails, which is headed by Pete Costain, who is not only renowned for his flowy trail building, but he’s a local biker and skier and knows the mountain like the back of his shovel. The word from around the campfire is…stoked.
Four of the five new trails will be added to the upper mountain, including two top-to-bottom trails, the backbone of which is Kashmir, a 2.54-mile expert only trail that will run along the west ridge of the mountain toward the pod of existing trails in the Chair 3 area. Kashmir will intersect with the existing, intermediate-level Summit Trail six times, allowing riders options to get on and off the trail.
The most dramatic addition will be the 1.7 mile Freebird trail which starts at the top of Ptarmigan Bowl and heads right down the main drainage underneath Chair 1 featuring berms, jumps and quick descents before connecting to the bottom of the Runaway Train trail.
The shortest new trail at .21 mile, GNR is not to be scoffed at with 1,090 of vertical. This new trail hops off the Summit Trail near the top and pops into the uppermost stretches of Connie’s Coulee for a more technical start to a rider’s descent.
Classic Rock adds .31 miles of rocky descent connecting Kashmir to the Summit Trail, and will provide an additional option for expert riders on their way down the mountain.
Finally Overflow will become the main route in an area filled with old school trails. A rework of the old Dave’s Dive jump line, Overflow will feature a big jump line option to a fun and flowy finish.
Downhill and freeride mountain bikers will have their chance to prove their mettle with multiple events on this summer’s schedule. New is the Double Dip Downhill, a two-race series that will feature the newest flow trails, on July 27th and September 7th. The All Gravity Series returns to Whitefish Mountain Resort August 24th-25th. The All Gravity Series is a USA Cycling-sanctioned series of technical downhill and enduro downhill races throughout Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Montana.
For more information on these and other summer events visit skiwhitefish.com/events