By Melissa Hilton
There’s something for everyone at Park City’s Mountain Bike Skills Parks. As Snyderville Basin Recreation’s Trails Manager, Bob Radke is in charge of keeping abreast of the latest mountain biking trends and providing opportunities to incorporate them into Park City’s already expansive trail system. When freeride trails and skills parks started gaining popularity, Park City got right on it. Whether you’re an expert looking to catch huge air and test your mad skills, or a family wanting to up their biking game, Park City has a freeride skills/bike park for you. Grab your helmet and check these out!
TRAILSIDE MOUNTAIN BIKE LOOP AND SKILLS PARK
Trailside Bike Park has all the tricks, loops, jumps, and obstacles to keep every level of rider interested. Newbies love
the beginners’ skills and ﬂow trails. For those a step (or three) above beginner, the intermediate jump trail and intermediate/ advanced All-Mountain trail and Advanced Freeride trail will get your adrenaline pumping. Tip: Bring your sunscreen, it’s very exposed.
ROAD TO ARCYLON FREERIDE TRAIL
Located above the Gorgoza Park Tubing Hill, the Road to Arcylon attracts thrill seeking freeriders and downhillers alike. It’s 4.5 miles of heart popping drops, jumps and singletrack. Tip: Mud and other variables can make this trail unsafe, so respect the TRAIL CLOSED sign if posted.
CANYON’S BIKE PARK
Canyon’s Bike Park features a variety of dirt and wood features for riders of all abilities, “Split Decision” is a hand-built freeride trail, scattered with ladder and bridge wood features, setting up riders for unavoidable gaps and drops. There are also two skills parks, and four skill-level trails. Tip: Take either the High Meadow or Short Cut chairlift ($18 for adults and seniors; $13 ages 5-12) at Red Pine Mid-Mountain Adventure Area.