Kicking Horse Bike Park - Trail Crew Update #5 - 2010

Jul 29, 2010
by Steve Crowe  
The straight goods on Kicking Horse Bike Park, straight from the trail crew's fingertips.

The drought is upon us. The sky is no longer nourishing our trails with dihydrogen monoxide. We will continue to moisten the dirt as best we can with the sweat from our brows, but even this will dry up as we work ourselves into a prune-like state under the relentless sun. But, boy, it's sure a beautiful summer up here!

Details inside,It has been all about the alpine up at Kicking Horse lately. Summer is going full throttle, everything has been open for at least a couple of weeks, and it is time to spend time above the trees. Let's have a look, shall we:

Crystal Bowl

Rock Garden, with a very small person riding the wood

Extended play on Friday nights has incredible light at the end of the day. Perfect for making brand new fathers look good on their bikes.

While we are up here, close to the sun, spirits high, let's feature some alpine trails:

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It hasn't just been about enjoying the intoxicating views though, we had to do some work while we were up there. Here's what we have done:

Chute to View: "A 10 to 15 minute job," I explained to Matt, as we approached this rock that sat in a potential jump landing. The jump was off-camber, but figured it was worth 10-15 minutes to improve.

"Only a 10 minute job"

"Hey, there are a lot of rocks, big rocks"

After forming the jump, we discovered it sent riders on a trajectory toward a huge boulder, which then led to another perfect jumping rock...which had another huge boulder in the landing. Luckily (for us) Ethan and Terry stopped by (unluckily for them) and we shanghaied them into wrestling these demons with us.

3 hours later: new jump line

Trail crew hearts public that helps instead of hurts

Gale Force: A-Dawg ended his struggles with that damn teeter totter by surrendering. Instead of eternal frustration, he made this neato bridge extension:

LYM: Still, work continues on LYM. Now that everything else is too dry to work on, progress should pick up pace until the next rainfall.

Mosquitoes will do this to a guy

Rock N Roll: The only thing that sucked about the new entrance was the entrance. So we made a new entrance to the new entrance. We think it doesn't suck mostly because it isn't a switchback.

goodbye switchback, hello berm

Stickrock: There isn't much left to fix on this stone and wood delight now that we have popped this zit and healed the skin.

blown out ugly crap

mmm, wood

Lower Kranky Pants: We discovered a ground leak and a blocked drainage conspired with some organic material to spawn a spongy tire swallower before and after the first bridge. Imported some rocks and nice dirt, and voila!



Superberm: The dry weather certainly doesn't help keep trails together. Superberm is getting some dusty blown out areas, and there is nothing we can do until the sky wets us. But in mid-July we did manage to dig deep enough for some good dirt to fix this berm that had gotten dangerous:

May I rant? Yes, thank you, it's my blog. If you do not throw garbage on the hill, please feel free to skip to the next paragraph.
A flat tube may seem like the ideal item to toss in the grass after switching it out for a brand spanking new one.

1,000 year composting program?

But I must protest. Non-scientific studies show that that tube ain't going anywhere unless someone picks it up. And because you just threw it there and rode away, it will probably be a bike park employee. We do it because we love and respect this mountain, but quite frankly, we are feeling insulted by this behavior. Nowhere in our contracts does it say that we are responsible for proverbially wiping your butt. You carted the new one around all day, it seems reasonable to assume that you can take the old one to the bottom. Canyon Creek Outfitters will even recycle them for you. Deep breath. Exhale.

So pray or yearn for rain in whatever way you pray or yearn. Everyone but the forest fire-fighters needs it. In the meantime, make sure your suspension is tight and your water bottle is full. If not, then you can always drink in the extraordinary views. See you up here.

Ride on.


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  • 3 0
 props to the trail crew...

Spend full time on finishing LYM ... pllllllleeeeaaassseeee.... Have been waiting to ride that shit for 3 years now. Wink

Sending out a request for some chicken wire or something on the new wood before the wall ride on stickrock, rode it in rain a few weeks ago and was startled ( and exhilerated ) to have no speed check going into it... maybe just some notching on the 2x4's..

and requests ( as always ) to fix betty and veronica, those are great drops that should be fixed up. dirt landing ... okay, but perhaps a big bomber wooden landing would be better, def would be maitenance free for several years..
my 2Cents .. keep up the good work.
  • 3 0
 Thanks for fixing the berm on Super Berm.. I Definitely flew right off that one and just shut my eyes and hoped for the best. I noticed the fix the other day and thanked the Trail Gods i wasn't eating branches again.
  • 1 0
 Wow, that video was inspiring. Talk about railing the Northern Lights section. Although it is fun to go fast on that trail, it's also deceptively bumpy, and being so skinny, often difficult to keep your line and off of the alpine fauna.
  • 1 0
 This trail from the top to the yurt (Northern light then Dirt Devil I think) is within my top 3 favorite trails as of now. The kind of trail where you see if a guy's suspension is properly tuned or not !

Props for the video, seem just like I was going down there less the derailleur noise ! The videos that you guys throw at us make me wanna just go ride !
  • 2 0
 Hey Crowe, Nice footage and fun read as always...well done! Who was the rider with the POV cam. Props to them for persistence. Bet the ribs and kidneys were a bit sore for a while though. CHeers, TC
  • 3 0
 Super fun place, but the dirt jumps all need to be much bigger. Even on the black trails the dirt jumps are so small they are awkward and require a lot of speed cuts.
  • 3 0
 Another great update...always interesting & fun to read. Thanks for all the hard work you guys are doing up there!
  • 5 1
 thankfully people are using the term dihydrogen monoxide. Salute
  • 2 0
 Those trails look amazing.
Where abouts are they? Vaguely skimmed through so excuse my stupidity if it was stated!
  • 6 0
 I believe it's in BC, Canada.
  • 3 0
 Golden BC, Canada.
  • 2 1
 Golden, BC.
  • 4 21
flag Colin994 (Jul 29, 2010 at 10:24) (Below Threshold)
 its hardly even mountain biking on some of those trails. just wood ramps ABOVE the dirt
  • 2 19
flag rick88 (Jul 29, 2010 at 10:40) (Below Threshold)
 what this place really needs is removal of all the loose rocks littering every trail, riding over that shit is scary when you're bombing and a rock gives out under you and you eat shit. If safety is such a concern here, they should focus on moving the rocks instead of making all the jumps tiny, building pointless wood shit and unnecessarily buff berms on low speed sections
  • 12 0
 Rick I would think that a dude with the amount of skill that you seem to have (judging by your pics) wouldn't be rattled by some loose rocks on the trails. It's called "mountain biking" for a reason.
  • 1 0
 where is this?
  • 1 1
 well the problem with the rocks is that they are really unpredictable when you roll over them. Seriously, why do you think their rental bikes have stanchion protectors? It's because rocks fly everywhere when you try to ride.

On another note, props on the stickrock trail, sick seeing natural rock slabs with the quick wood sections.
  • 3 0
 Thanks for the props on stickrock rick88, but I figured that was what you were referring to earlier as "pointless wood shit". As for the loose rocks, as long as there is this much sun, 4,000 feet of vertical and a small crew, there is no way we are getting rid of them all. You'd be amazed at how many we do get rid of each day.
  • 2 0
 sik vid. i wanna go there.
  • 1 0
 yo that video was so sick man now i am so pumped to hit this stuff this weekend! going to be so sick!
  • 2 0
 its even better in the winter Wink I'll be returning this season hopefully!
  • 1 0
 Awesome stuff, great footage, cool that you showed the amount of attempts it took. well done..
  • 1 0
 dihydrogen monoxide hahahahaha......there must be sumthing in that Golden lol lol lol
  • 1 0
 looks good! nice job i wanna ride there one day
  • 1 0
 sweet. see you guys this weekend!
  • 2 0
 Nice work Crowe.
  • 1 0
 i can see why its called the KICKING horse bike park lol sweet vid
  • 1 0
 the horse is good, but crowe is dreamy.
  • 1 0
 Ryan, you come over here so I can hug you.
  • 1 0
 Really really nice job,these trails look amazing!
  • 1 0
 looks badass, I wanna ride there.
  • 1 0
 that is rely nice
  • 2 2
 so, just streight line stuff for you guys then,
  • 1 0
 That was just one trail.Theres all types of trails on this mountain.
  • 1 0
 sweet helmet cam video!

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