Winter Park is home to the incredible Trestle Bike Park, new trails are always being built, season passes are available and they are open late on for Freeride Fridays!
2010 Hours of operation:
9:30am-5:30pm daily through September 6. Hours extended until 7pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Open Friday-Sunday weekends in September
Visit http://www.trestlebikepark.com/ for current information, hours, and lift pricing.
The most fun I have ever had on a mountain bike!
Winter Park has a great and well-maintained network of downhill trails. I would say that, in general, the difficulty ratings are inflated relative to other parks. I did not ride the main double black run (Trestle DH), but I did both of the top-to-bottom single blacks (Rainmaker and The Boulevard.) For the most part, these consist of fast banked turns and rollable tabletop jumps, deserving of an intermediate rating (primarily because of the gradient) but definitely not advanced. The Boulevard also has several wooden ramp jumps, which were a lot of fun.The intermediate trails are mostly similar, but sans jumps and with less gradient. The greens are not worthy of your attention unless you are new to mountain biking and need to practice downhill handling skills, or if you're riding an XC bike and want to get to the bottom without trashing your brakes. There are almost no rock features in the park. Almost all of the obstacles are either dirt jumps, banked turns, or North Shore-style bridges.A few of the intermediate and blue-black trails are actually more difficult than some of the advanced trails. No Quarter (blue-black) has the hairiest drops, including a North Shore-style wooden bridge that crosses Lower Long, then drops precipitously and keeps dropping on dirt after the bridge ends. Jury Duty (blue) has some very long, undulating wooden bridges that are easy to ride, but they run as much as 10 feet off the ground, so the consequences for putting a foot down are fairly severe.If you want the maximum amount of North Shore stuff, ride Shy Ann to Free Speech to Lower Long (or No Quarter, if you're an advanced rider) to Jury Duty to Boot Camp. If you want the maximum amount of jumps, ride The Boulevard.Several of the trails, such as Boot Camp and No Quarter, are "no-stop" trails, which makes it difficult or impossible to scout obstacles. Even riding slowly on these trails is not recommended (I didn't stop on Boot Camp, but I did slow down before every obstacle to ensure that I wasn't going off a cliff or anything. I was nearly mowed down by a faster rider who was taking it at breakneck speed.)This is a great park for all-mountain bike riders, since there is an extensive network of cross country singletrack that connects to the downhill trails. Everything on the green, blue, and single black downhill trails would be easily rideable with an all-mountain bike. Also, even the advanced DH trails had brief sections of uphill-- doable but not fun on a true DH bike.Overall, I thought it was fun, but I'm not an experienced DH rider, and I could see where someone who has ridden something like Whistler would find Winter Park ho-hum. It's also too small of a park to justify the $35 lift ticket (I was able to hit all of the blues/blacks in 3 runs.)
Have a map to share? Add Maps
Copyright © 2010 Totalsquare, LLC.