Jul 1, 2011 | Marmot, Summer 2011

Let’s Ride!

New Terrain and Packages for Beginner Mountain Bikers.

Have you always wanted to give mountain biking a try at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, but thought the course or the bike park were too difficult?

With the opening of brand new beginners’ terrain this summer, you can no longer use that as an excuse.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort has opened its new Green Line trail for novice mountain bikers. Trail work was completed last summer, and the trail has officially opened for the summer season.

“We want to encourage more people to come up here and learn to mountain bike,” Mountain Bike Manager Mike Manara said.

“It’s a part of a trail network that we haven’t necessarily had in the past. There were sections of the trail that people could take down the mountain… this is a dedicated, easy line to get people down the mountain.

“It captures the market that thought the mountain was too challenging.”

The Green Line goes from the top of the Hawk chairlift right to the bottom, swings to the west basin and drops between the Hawk and Reverse Traverse run. It’s all machine made, with smooth corners and no jumps.“It’s just a really fun line down the mountain,” he said.

The new terrain has also opened up new programming and rental opportunities for mountain bike enthusiasts, he added. The Resort has added a Learn to Ride program that has an all-day lift pass, lesson and rental. There is also a family option available.

A new Ride On package allows first-time mountain bikers to enjoy the mountain at a discounted rate; one, two-hour lessons coupled with two-hour rentals, as well as two follow-up days.

A Dirt Pak (much like the 6Pak) is available in three-ticket packages and are available at Thrifty Foods outlets on Vancouver Island.

There is also a new price category for youth 13-18 years (children are 12 and under). And because the bike park is compact and riders can get several laps completed in a short period, there are now two-hour lift and rental packages available.

Manara hopes this will expand an already popular mountain biking season that typically sees 10,000 visits to the bike park every year.

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