Mount Washington Bike Park Now Open!

Mount Washington Bike Park Now Open!

In what may have seemed like an impossible task given the amount of snowfall this winter, Mount Washington will open its popular Bike Park this Thursday, July 1st.

“The weather has definitely turned in our favour over the last couple of weeks,” explains resort spokesperson Brent Curtain.  “The sunshine has sped up the rate of snowmelt significantly.  We’ll be able to open more trails on opening day than what we’d planned three weeks ago, which is hard to believe considering we were open for skiing on June 19th and 20th!”

The mountain plans to have a few of its favourite trails open from top to bottom off the Hawk Chair for opening week.  These include Big Brother, Wizard, and Timewarp.  The lower two-thirds of Evil Eye, MMT, and Hustler will also be open.  The top third of these trails are still getting some significant snow removal treatment!  In addition to these trails, the Quick and Dirty connector, Jump Park, the dirt jumps on Green Face, and lower third of Back in Black will all be rider ready and bike friendly on July 1st.

“Our Bike Park will be in great shape for opening day when you consider how much snow we’ve had to move around,” says Slopes Supervisor James Clarke.  “Our crews have been digging out the trails since the beginning of May and we’re making some serious progress.”

Summer 2010 marks the completion of Mount Washington’s signature expert freeride trail, Back in Black.  The new trail is described simply as the perfect blend of dirt and wood.  If you’re into perfectly sculpted dirt jumps, big drops, and even bigger wall rides with more flow than the kitchen tap, then Back in Black should be at the top of your list!

Mount Washington put some mountain-sized focus into trail improvement for 2010.  Timewarp, Wizard, Big Brother and MMT- all located on the Hawk Chair side of the Bike Park- have received a combination of truckloads of dirt, flow enhancement, additional wall rides, and new burly wooden stunts.  “If you haven’t been up here to ride over the last couple of years, you will be amazed at the rebuilding we’ve done to our trails on the west side of the mountain,” adds Clarke.

Mount Washington has been working hard to create an action-packed events calendar this summer.  Highlights include the Island Jump Jam Series, Roots Rocky Reggae, and See Jane Jump.

The Island Jump Jam Series features three separate Jump Jams in July, August, and September respectively.  You can register for one or sign up for all three.  If you sign up for all three you get a chance to win a sweet Rocky Mountain Flow DJ bike!  In true Mount Washington Jump Jam fashion, Jordie Lunn will host all three Jams.  Whether he’s on the mic, celebrity judging, or throwing high fives, Jordie will help get everyone stoked for a series of dirt jumping!  The Island Jump Jam Series is supported by Kali Protectives.

Roots Rocky Reggae returns to Mount Washington July 24th and 25th.  Riders who are on Rocky Mountain bikes can bring them up to the ticket window for a free ticket to the Bike Park on the 24th and bring friends (on any bike) for a 2 for 1 on the 25th.  The highlight of the weekend will be hanging out with freeride superstars Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie, and Geoff Gulevich.  They will be riding with the locals all weekend long…yeah mon!

See Jane Jump is a brand new women’s mountain bike festival hosted by the Island’s very own pro freerider Darcy Turenne.  The event will provide a fun, non-threatening environment that encourages beginner riders to progress their skills.  Pro riders will also be on hand to strut their stuff on Mount Washington’s Slopestyle course.  All participants will receive professional coaching, free bike set-up and maintenance tips, and will walk away with prizes and a DVD of professionally shot images from the event.  For more information on the See Jane Jump Women’s Mountain Bike Festival, go to seejanejumpfest.com.

For the complete Bike Park events listing, visit mountwashington.ca.

Mount Washington’s Bike Park is supported by Maxxis, Dakine, Rocky Mountain, and Kali Protectives.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort’s Bike Park opens Thursday, July 1.  The Park is open daily from 11am to 7:30pm.  The resort is located 30 minutes above The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.  WestJet, Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ).  To find out about accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-888-231-1499 toll free or locally at 250-338-1386.  Surf to www.mountwashington.ca for additional information including live mountain cams.

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