Whitefish Mountain Resort mountain bikers will soon have more than double the downhill experience. This summer they are adding five miles of trail. Work on the resort’s five new trails began last October and resumed May 8. See photos in the slideshow at the top of this story. The resort is optimistic that trails will be ready to ride by mid-summer; weather permitting.
“It’s a long time coming,” said Josh Knight events and recreation manager at Whitefish Mountain Resort. “Four years of planning in partnership with Flathead National Forest and professional trail builders has finally come to fruition. These trails will offer riders more choices and variety to our lift-served terrain and more than doubles our present downhill network. The word around the campfire is stoked.”
Four of the five new trails will be added to the upper mountain, including two top-to-bottom trails.
Kashmir, a 2.54-mile expert only trail, will run along the west ridge of the mountain towards the pod of existing trails in the Chair 3 area. Kashmir will intersect with the existing Summit Trail, an intermediate trail, six times allowing riders options to get on and off the trail.
Freebird, the most dramatic addition, will be the 1.7 mile 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.
GNR, the shortest new trail at .21 mile, is not to be scoffed at with about 350 vertical. This new trail will hop 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.
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.
Whitefish Mountain Resort has hired renowned trail builder Pete Costain and his company Terraflow Trails, a member of the Professional Trail Builders Association, to assist in building the additions to the bike park. Costain has six years of professional building experience including his work on the Whitefish Trail and more than 20 years trail building overall. Additionally Costain is based in Whitefish and has been biking and skiing the mountain for well over a decade so he knows it intimately and understands what riders are looking for in a flow trail.
Downhill and freeride mountain bikers will have their chance to prove their mettle with multiple events on this summer’s schedule. New this summer is the Double Dip Downhill, a two-race series that will feature the newest flow trails, on July 27 and September 7. The All Gravity Series returns to Whitefish Mountain Resort August 24-25. 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.
Whitefish Mountain Resort is offering its “Eat, Bike, Sleep, Repeat” package at the trailside Hibernation House. At just $65 per person, riders receive lodging, a full day bike pass and a hot breakfast to fuel the day. Rate is based on double occupancy.
Take a break from mountain biking and try one or more of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s other summer activities including Zip Line Tours, the Aerial Adventure Park, Alpine Slide, hiking the Danny On Memorial Trail or experiencing a guided Walk in the Treetops nature tour. For more information on Whitefish Mountain Resort’s “Stay & Play” activity and lodging packages, military discounts, hours of operation and other information pertinent for summer fun visit www.skiwhitefish.com.
Whitefish Mountain Resort
3840 Big Mountain Rd Whitefish, Mt 59937
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