Warm Days, Cool Nights, Hot Trails. Not so Wintery Winter Park.
Day 1 – Cross country bike trails of the Colorado town of Winter Park || Day – 2 Granby Ranch DH and XC || _______________________________________________________________________ Trestle Bike Park is the lift accessed Downhill Mountain Bike Park in Winter Park Resort. Accessed by three lifts Trestle offers 40 miles of trails. 14 trails are dedicated “downhill” while the remainder are “Enduro style”. Bottom line is that there are options to suit all preferences.
Trestle’s season runs from June to September with exact dates being condition-dependent. They open promptly at 9:00am if you need to rent one of their demo bikes from their impressive and immaculately maintained fleet which includes Trek Sessions, Transition TR500, Enduro FSR Evo, Specialized Demo’s, Intense Uzzi’s, Scott Gambler, Norco Aurum or Giant Glory’s. You can even get a deal if you book online! You can also book for half a day as we did so we could do some pedalling in the afternoon. With their reasonable day ticket rates of $44.00 we were surprised it wasn’t busier what with it being a bluebird weekend day of riding. Check out their website for daily deals and other events going on – there’s, really too much to discuss here.
Trestle Bike park was also home to the 2016 Colorado Freeride Festival (previously Crankworx Colorado), so you know they aren’t afraid of pushing the limit. Also for 2016 they are expanding their terrain with three new trails that opened up in the fall; a black flow trail – Upper Boulevard, and two blue flow trails – Spicy Chicken and Dyno Bones. The 10.2 mile Backside Trestle trail (built by Gravity Logic) should open next year to offer even more downhill terrain.
Winter Park Resort’s base area was built by Intrawest so if it has that Whistler feel, that’s why. It’s a smaller walking village with a cool main meeting area where they have festivities happening on weekends. The Chili Fest was happening when we were there.
Lines start early to get your rental gear
Trail Map with current and future lifts and trails
Warm up on Double Jeopardy
Greg on Double Jeopardy
Doug on Double Jeopardy
No Quarter to Eskimo Lift – Mid mountain lift with no line on a blue-bird weekend
Doug on the Rainmaker Jump Trail
The Boulevard – Techy trail
No Quarter – Flow Jump Trail
Ride back to the Village
Band playing during the Chili Fest in the Village
Lunch at Verticle Bistro
Afternoon XC Ride on Yankee Doodle and Arrow
Greg Mazu of Singletrack Trails built Yankee Doodle
Ride down Arrow was fun and fast
Final descent back to beer!
Where to Stay
We had Breakfast at Randi’s Grill and Pub. They are expanding to breakfast and THEY know had to add Avocados!
Apres Beer at Hideaway Brewery Again, cause its awesome!
Dinner at Pepe Osaka’s. Its a busy place and they don’t take reservations so get there early! Maps
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