BEGIN ROLLING ON TWO WHEELS THE RIGHT WAY
If you’ve never mountain biked before, downhill biking can seem pretty intimidating. But it’s not all about big air and high speed like you see in a lot of videos. As long as you’re comfortable riding a bike, you too can give downhill mountain biking a try. But it’s important to get started right so here are some helpful tips to get you rolling down on two wheels safely.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Get the right downhill techniques and tips right from the start with a lesson from a bike park guide. Whether you need the fundamentals of bike riding or want to simply refine your skills, our expert coaches teach the right techniques required for riding downhill and navigating around the park. You’ll gain confidence and know which trails to ride suited for your ability.
THE BIKE SHOP @ Outdoor Elements
If you’re new to the bike park or unsure where to begin, visit the bike shop, located at the main entrance of the Alpine Lodge. Here you can purchase tickets, book a lesson and rentals or gets tips on the best trails to ride for your ability level, from one of our friendly staff members.
Don’t let weather, obstacles, or crashes put an early end to your day. Protect your body from a range of elements and injuries with these recommended protective gear designed exclusively for downhill mountain biking.
Everything you could need to get you riding is here, including full face helmets, body armour, gloves, goggles and clothing. Conveniently located inside our retail store Outdoor Elements in the Alpine Lodge.
Bike Rentals are available at the Bike Shop. We offer a range of Rocky Mountain bike rentals for adults and children, as well as full face helmet rentals, armour, knee pads, and more.
Whether it’s your first time in the park or it’s your first lap, it’s important to ride smart. Slow down before you speed up because crashes can happen often on your first lap. Ride a trail multiple times to get familiar with the features and equipment first so you can confidently push your limits without pushing your threshold.
FOLLOW THESE 3 STEPS WHEN STARTING TO RIDE
MATCH YOUR SKILL ON THE RIGHT TRAIL
All trails within the Bike Park are designated by colour-coded markers at the start of each descent. Work your way up to more advanced trails and features based on your progression, skill, and comfort level. Understand there are also two types of trails as well: Freeride and Technical and both types range from Beginner to Expert.
Trails are built by machines and contain manmade features including jumps, drops, gaps, wallrides, narrow surfaces, berms, and other natural or constructed features.
Technical trails are designed to embrace the rugged shape and terrain of the mountain, utilizing a majority of natural terrain features. Trails are typically hand-built and feature organic obstacles and stunts such as rocks, roots, logs, drops, jumps, and other natural or constructed features that require technical riding skills. Technical trails are identified by just their difficulty symbol.
SUGGESTED TRAIL ROUTES
Not sure which trails to ride first? Start on Greenline, followed by Panda Gardens and Highway 19. After getting comfortable on these trails try Blue Hammer, Call It In and Step Brother. Leave Hustler to the end as this is a more advanced blue trail that will prepare you to conquer the black trails. When you’re feeling confident through roots and small drops, try out the Blue Tech Trails, starting with Little Blue, no Pickles and lower Helter Skelter.
Riding the Mount Washington Bike Park requires a different type of mountain bike than you might be used to. Mountain bikes with full suspension with the right geometry and components for downhill riding will make your day in the park safe and fun.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIKES YOU SHOULD RIDE IN THE PARK
Downhill – Downhill-specific bikes are intended for all levels of riders who want to enjoy the most out of the Bike Park. A full suspension, downhill-specific bike like the ROCKY SLAYER handles the Bike Park’s technical and free-ride terrain the best and is specifically designed for descending, not ascending. We recommend this type of bike for any level of rider in the bike park.
All-Mountain – All-mountain bikes combine full suspension in the front and rear with a more upright design allowing riders to descent yet ascend when needed. At the minimum, bike park riders should have an all-mountain, full-suspension bike. Please note, uphill riding is not permitted in the bike park.
Cross-Country (Not Recommended) – Cross-country bikes generally have less suspension than most mountain bikes, making them ideal for pedaling long distances. Cross-country bikes are not recommended in the bike park.
Located inside the Outdoor Elements retail store, Bike Shop rentals offer the best fleet of downhill mountain bikes provided by ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIKES.
THE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED TO PUBLIC ACCESS UNTIL DECEMBER 9TH
Mount Washington Alpine Resort has crews actively working with machinery in preparations and the public is not permitted to access any mountain property outside of the operating season. Winter Opening Day is for Friday, December 9th with limited terrain in alpine and Nordic. More info