Things are crazy right now, but we can still ride mountain bikes, and that is something. But is it really summer without being able to ride your favorite bike park? Like you, we’ve been anxiously awaiting updates and press releases from our favorite local spots as well as future road trip destinations.
Fortunately several of our local bike parks have posted tentative opening dates – both Mt. Hood Ski Bowl and Timberline have updates on their websites. Vail Resorts, which owns Whistler, Stevens Pass, Northstar, and others have yet to announce plans for summer 2020 operations. We’ll be updating this post as the news drops!
Timberline Bike Park — Mt. Hood, Oregon. Opening date: July 1oth
According to a Facebook post, the Bike Park will open July 10th. With a successful freshman “test” season under their belt, riders are looking forward to riding the Phase 1 trails plus the new additions and improvements in the new network of gravity assisted trails.
Lift tickets run $44 for an all-day ticket at Timberline. More info at Timberlinelodge.com
Skibowl — Mt. Hood, Oregon. Open June 24th
Although Skibowl’s website is almost as challenging as ever to find updates and news, (hint, look closely, we found it in small type – information on the projected opening is also featured in one of the 6 slides) the Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl opens June 24th.
Like other parks, they will have posted social distancing protocols. Skibowl.com/summer
Mt. Bachelor Bike Park — Bend, Oregon. Open July 4th
Stevens Pass Bike Park — Skykomish Washington. Canceled
Stevens Pass is Washington’s only lift-served bike park and a Vail Resort. Like the other Vail Resorts updates are still pending. <UPDATE> As of 6/18/20, according to the Stevens Pass Bike Park Facebook page, Stevens Pass will not be opening for summer 2020 operations.
Check for updates at StevensPass.com
Northstar Bike Park — Lake Tahoe, WA
Like the other Vail Resorts, updates are still pending.
Snow Summit — Big Bear, CA. Open
More at bigbearmountainresort.com
Mammoth Mountain — Mammoth Lakes, CA — TBA
Mammoth is planning to operate for the 2020 season; opening day is currently TBD.
More at Mammothmountain.com
Whistler Bike Park — Whistler, BC. Open.. but not the border
Ok, this is the one you all actually came for. Unfortunately for us in the US we’re still on the wait and see on the status of border crossings as well. The bike park is open but all competitions including Crankworx are canceled.
More info at Whistlerblackcomb.com
Surprisingly, Idaho boasts more lift-assisted mountain biking than California, Oregon, and Washington combined. While we have yet to experience any of these parks, they’re on our to-do list and we’re hoping to check at least a few off this season.
Tamarack Resort — Donnelly, Idaho
TAMARACK RESORT in Donnelly begins scenic chairlift rides May 21, and will initiate lift-served mountain biking May 28 depending on mid-mountain snowmelt. The lift will operate Thursdays-Sundays for scenic rides and mountain biking through Sept. 13 and on Memorial Day and Labor Day. The International Mountain Bicycling Association created the resort’s 25-mile trail system.
Visit TamarackIdaho.com for more
Silver Mountain Resort — Kellogg, Idaho. May 23rd
SILVER MOUNTAIN RESORT in the North Idaho town of Kellogg is opening for summer over Memorial Day weekend. Weekend operations — which include mountain biking and scenic rides on North America’s longest gondola — start May 23, with daily operations commencing June 26-Sept. 7. Weekend operations will continue through Oct. 4.
Visit SilverMt.com for more
Brundage Mountain Bike Park — McCall, Idaho. Targeted opening: June 20th
Brundage Mountain Bike Park has a fresh experience to offer all types of mountain bikers this year as trail crews improve and expand options for downhill and cross-country riders. Last summer, the resort completed Lakeview Vista, a new 4-mile XC trail at the top of the mountain, as well as a base-area XC trail, Hammerhead, bringing the bike park’s total mileage to 26 miles.
Visit Brundage.com for more
Sun Valley Resort — Sun Valley, Idaho. ETA?
SUN VALLEY RESORT in South Central Idaho has not announced when it will begin lift-served mountain biking this summer. However, it did begin a phased reopening May 16, and the resort’s three championship golf courses and most area driving ranges are already open for daily operations. Lodging is expected to resume May 30.
Visit SunValley.com for more
Schweitzer Mountain Resort — Sandpoint, Idaho: Opening date: June 26th
Biking season at SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT in North Idaho near Sandpoint begins June 26, with daily operations continuing through Sept. 7. The resort maintains more than 40 miles of mountain bike trails, and it also offers a 2-hour hosted E-bike tour daily.
Visit Schweitzer.com for more
Grand Targhee — Alta, Wyoming. June 19th
GRAND TARGHEE affiliates with the Idaho Ski Areas Association because the resort is only accessible via Driggs, Idaho. It will open for downhill biking on June 19, conditions permitting.
Ranked among the Northwest’s top-five bike parks in the MTBparks.com Riders’ Choice Best Bike Parks Awards for six consecutive years, Grand Targhee offers 2,200 vertical feet of lift-serviced downhill and more than 60 miles of multi-use trails.
Visit GrandTarghee.com for more