Once the snow melts, many of North America’s great ski mountains turn to mountain biking. World-class ski terrain makes for fun, challenging bike trails for all ability levels. And like the winter ski season, many resorts have season passes for mountain biking. Below, we’ve put together a list of some of the best season passes for ski resort bike parks around North America.
Great bike park season passes at ski resorts
Mammoth Mountain, California
Mammoth is one of North America’s premier bike parks. This High Sierra park features 80-plus miles of singletrack, and is loaded with pavers, berms, jumps and drops. There is also a beginner-friendly Discover Zone. For Ikon Pass holders there are some perks to Mammoth’s bike park, including 20% off daily bike park tickets and $40 off an adult season pass. Otherwise, a season pass is $359. Mammoth is also selling a Tri-Mountain Bike Park Pass that includes Southern California’s Snow Summit and Snow Valley. Prices are $445, or $425 for IKON pass holders.
Snow Valley and Snow Summit, California
One pass, two bike parks. Come spring, Big Bear Mountain Resort transforms its Southern California snow capital into a playground for mountain bikers with lift-served bike parks at Snow Valley and Snow Summit. Each features trails and terrain for riders of all abilities. An adult pass for the season is $379.
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Mt. Bachelor is Oregon’s premier lift-served mountain bike park. Among the highlights: A walk-up skills park and two chairs accessing 13 miles of gravity trails. For expert riders, look no further than Redline, Bachelor’s advanced black diamond jump line. Mt. Bachelor has a number of pass options for all skill levels from novice riders to expert dirt jumpers. The Little Pine Bike Park pass is valid every day on trails accessed by the Little Pine lift only, and is $49. The All-Mountain Bike Park pass is $274.
Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park, which is an easy hop from Denver, is home to the Trestle Mountain Bike Park, self-described as North America’s fastest growing bike park. Season passes are $409, providing unlimited access to the park’s 3 lifts and more than 40 miles of freeride trails. All told, the Winter Park and Fraser areas boast more than 600 miles of trails. It’s no wonder Winter Park has trademarked “Mountain Bike Capital of the USA.”
Epic Pass is your key to unlock mountain biking at all of the Vail Resorts across the country, including rentals, food and lodging discounts. You’ll save at least 20 percent by flashing your pass. At Vail Mountain, you can ride Gondola One and Eagle Bahn from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; food and beverages options are available at Mid-Vail and Eagle’s Nest. There’s more than 340 miles of terrain through alpine meadows and you can explore the famed Back Bowls on two wheels. Purchase day passes, which includes bike rentals, for $188 (multi-days are available, too), or a season pass for $349.
Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
Snowmass opens its Elk Camp Gondola, Elk Camp chair and Meadows lifts for hauling bikes and bikers to 25 miles of trails built specifically for mountain biking. The Roaring Fork Valley, where Snowmass is located, is the only designated International Mountain Biking Association Gold-Level Ride Center in Colorado. The family-friendly Snowmass Bike Park offers bike clinics and camps for both beginners and experienced riders. Clinics and camps range from $99 to $224.
Bike Park tickets are $59 per day and $129 for three days. Park tickets plus bike rental packages start at $144 for a half-day and $169 for a full day. Snowmass Bike Park season passes are $358, while an incredible deal of $179 is available for winter pass holders.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort, West Virginia
Snowshoe Mountain is where the Mid-Atlantic’s mountain bike culture resides, as evidenced by the events it hosts like the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, which it’s hosted numerous times. A lift-served bike park and plenty of backcountry trails (11,000 acres) are available. Snowshoe’s bike park includes 40-plus trails with high-speed lift access. Machine-shaped trails from green to what they term “double white knuckle” means plenty of berms, rock gardens and gap jumps. Local favorite runs include 6,000 Steps, The Fingers and Enchanted Forest. Adult season passes are $299.
Killington Bike Park boasts 3 high-speed lifts serving more than 30 miles of trails across 3 unique mountains. The park has terrain suitable for everyone from beginner to expert, featuring classic New England and Gravity Logic signature flow trails. Snowshed is the home of beginner terrain and leads to plenty of intermediate terrain. Ramshead includes freestyle trails and intermediate and advanced terrain. Killington Peak offers classic New England trails featuring plenty of rock and roots. Day Passes run $71-$139, while unlimited season passes are $509.
Mt. Snow, Vermont
Mt. Snow, located in Southern Vermont, has been a trailblazer on the East Coast since it first opened biking trails decades ago. Lots of newly integrated features have been added each summer season, including berms, ladders, man-made surfaces and dirt jumps. Ride the Gateway, one of the longer introductory downhill trails in the East. Mt. Snow’s best deal is a 3-Mountain pass offering unlimited access to Mt. Snow, Okemo, and Mt. Sunapee for less than $300.
Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont
Stowe’s extensive trail network of well-maintained, interconnected trails offers terrain suitable for all ability levels. There are more than 50 miles of well-maintained singletrack around Stowe in the woods, on roads and paved paths. Here’s the best news: The majority of Stowe’s mountain bike trails are free and open for public use, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Stowe Trails Partnership (STP). The Cady Hill Forest is Stowe Trails Partnership’s flagship trail network with diverse terrain and easy access from town and the Stowe Recreation Path. Trails cater to just about any level of rider.
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