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March 19, 2015 - Bike Park preparation
The snow is melting slowly but there is still 3 weeks left of skiing. With FrostBike over and the days getting longer I start thinking and planning for the coming summer. Now, I know it looks like an early spring, but that doesn't mean the park will open early! It still takes a lot of work to get the trails ready and open. What it does mean is that maybe, just maybe we'll get to put a lot more TLC into the trails before opening for our first bonus weekend.
We are starting the second year of a 3 year major expansion here at the Silver Star Bike Park. Last summer we saw upper Jedi Mind Trick come to life, we opened over 30 km of new XC trails and we completed the first stage (6.3 km) of the epic Beowulf. The trail crew worked right up until the first heavy snow fall late October smashing out as much of Beowulf as we could muster. The end result is an out and back from the Village that will take most riders 1.5 - 2 hours just for the opening section of Beowulf. This will be open early this summer and will give you a good taste of what the full 35 km trail will be like when finished. Just remember when you get to the end of the line, turn around, otherwise it will be a long push back out (you wont like it). We are working towards the full trail being completed summer 2016.
So what do we have in the works this summer other than working on Beowulf?
We are going to connect the dots on Jedi Mind Trick. With the upper and lower sections running really well we should have the middle sections pulled together by mid-summer! After that we will make any tweaks to the trail after a winter hardening and the trail is running at full speed.
After finishing Jedi Mind Trick we will start working on the final section of Walk The Line. We know this has been highly anticipated from the expert riders in the park. And trust me when I say the trail crew is chomping at the bit to get to work on this trail! If all goes as planned and the summer and the weather co-operates we will be riding this before the end of the summer.
We also have a lot of large events coming to the resort this summer. Events like Single Track 6, BC Cup DH, FMB slopestyle and the BC Enduro Series stopping at the resort - we have an action pack calendar. Check the web site for one of the many events you might want to attend.
Lastly if you are an avid mountain biker, have some experience building trail; we have a couple spots open on the team this summer. This is not for the faint of heart and you have to love moving dirt because we have a full agenda of trails to build this summer. Send your resume to me firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to apply. The application process is open until the end of March. After that we will slim it down to the top builders that want to join the Silver Star Bike Park Trail Crew.
Until June 20, our first bonus weekend, see you on the local trails where I will be getting my legs ready for bike park season.