Summer in the ‘Hole

Jackson Hole to unveil new bike park June 18

By: Don Stefanovich

Photo courtesy Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Jackson Hole, Wyoming holds a legendary reputation among powderhounds as one of the biggest and best steep and deep stashes in North America during the white months, but is now poised as the next spot to shred through the summer.

Scheduled to open to the public on June 18, Jackson Hole Mountain Bike Park is the product of a joint effort between Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) and Whistler-based bike-park designers, Gravity Logic—the same crew responsible for Trestle Bike Park in Colorado.

“We have a lot of experience riding powder in the winter, so we wanted to create a similar mountain bike experience that was effortless and fluid—just what makes riding powder such a blast,” says JHMR Park and Pipe Supervisor, Ranyon D’Arge.

Built over the summer last year, D’Arge says the hand-built trails will be accessible via the Teewinot high-speed quad and feature smooth transitions, wood bridges, jumps, berms and banked corners that he says make the entire park like “being in the perpetual sweet spot of the trail.”

One of those sweet spots happens to be a 377-foot wood bridge on a beginner trail. While the feature may sound more intimidating than anything you’d expect to find on the dirt equivalent of a green circle run, it is all part of JHMR’s claim to have built a park accessible to riders of all levels.

Six downhill runs will snake through the aspen and pine forest on the edge of Grand Teton National Park. While currently built around one of the lowest lifts on the mountain, according to Zahan Billimoria, Communications Manager at JHMR, the focus was on taking the first step. “It was built with progression in mind,” he said. “That’s the key word.”

“On most of the beginner and intermediate trails you hardly need to pedal or brake—you just flow,” D’Arge said.

Tentative hours run 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 8 through September 5, and a day pass will cost $25. Season passes start at $169 for those with a winter ticket to ride and $249 for non winter-pass holders. Rentals will also be available.

Not sold? Try it free on July 9 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the “Free for All” launch party.