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Aspen Announces New Expert Trail at Snowmass Bike Park

8th August 2017 | Aspen Snowmass

News Regions: Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Resorts in this article: Aspen / Snowmass

Shannon Aspen Story

Aspen makes for a cozy base of operations during mountain bike season.

Aspen Snowmass and the Snowmass Bike Park recently announced a new expert trail scheduled to open to the public this Friday, Aug. 11, weather permitting. The new trail (name TBD), that was designed in collaboration with Gravity Logic and constructed under the leadership of Snowmass Trails Manager Yannick Rioux, has an instant pedigree as a gravity racing classic after debuting as part of Stage Four of the Big Mountain Enduro World Series in Snowmass. The physical and technically demanding trail challenged the best riders across its 1.9 miles and nearly 1,400 feet of descent.

The new trail begins a quarter of the way down Vapor trail and snakes its way down the exposed ridgeline of the Grey Wolf ski run as visible from the Elk Camp chairlift. It then finishes just above the Elk Camp restaurant, flowing into a handful of machine built berms and jumps before depositing riders back at the bottom of the Elk Camp Chairlift.

The narrow, expert-level technical trail combines steep descents with hand shaped berms, expansive alpine views and exposed rock faces leading into pine forests. Seasoned riders will love the unrelenting challenge of the gnarled rock gardens and root tangled traverses, which stand in contrast to the flowing rollercoaster style of the surrounding trails such as Valhalla and Viking.

As part of the first phase of the Snowmass summer expansion, titled The Lost Forest, future trail build-out will ultimately include 15.1 miles of new bike trails designed by Gravity Logic that will entail a mix of flow, technical and hybrid trails ranging from beginner to expert. Aspen Snowmass aims to create a world-class bike park with a variety of trails for guests to experience and will continue to build out new trail systems year-over-year. The new bike park trails are scheduled to be built-out over the next two-three years.

Host of the Enduro World Series, Ric McLaughlin called the trail, “One of the best bits of trail I’ve ridden, probably ever…It’s everything that’s good about riding bikes in there.”

Enduro World Series Executive Director Chris Ball says in reference the stage that included the new trail, “We’re trying to find the best mountain biker in the world in this series, and stages like that just do the series proud. We’re testing everything from physicality to bike handling, bike park and just gnarly, natural, off camber.”

Two time Enduro World Series rider and World Champion, Richie Rude previewed the new trail. Watch the edit below:

 

 

 

 

 

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