Kicking Horse Bike Park - Trail Crew Update #5 - 2012

Aug 20, 2012
by Steve Crowe  
The straight goods on Kicking Horse Bike Park, straight from the trail crew's fingertips.

The summer of production continues at Kicking Horse. I'm losing track of all the track. So many changes this season that if it wasn't for gravity, I wouldn't be able to tell up from down.

Hop A Long
Long a favourite for the fine balance largely found between braking and peddling (meaning having to do neither), Hop A Long got reworked for the second time this season. The wacky doubles near the end were finally eliminated and replaced with a single sender.

The builder testing the new jump height and angle before we completed the hand work. It worked.
The builder testing the new jump height and angle before we completed the hand work. It worked.

Solving what should be the last significant problem on Hop A Long except for its current outlived name .
Solving what should be the last significant problem on Hop A Long (except for its current, outlived name).

Road Runner
There have been so many reroutes to this trail since its inception 11 years ago as a straight line down the mountain, that I've lost count. Maybe 6 or 7 now. Stickrock is one of those reroutes. Well, we aren't done, but we got much closer last week. Next, the bottom pitch! Unfortunately, not sure when 'next' will be.

That dismal road on the right was the trail. Boring and braking. The reroute boosts to the left of the big tree into the forest.
That dismal road on the right was the trail. Boring and braking. The reroute boosts to the left of the big tree, into the forest.

Reroute
This is that forest.

Chain Reaction / Stump Jumper
Never sure which is which, but both have been utterly altered in the last couple years. Mostly we just call this area under the gondola the stunt park.

Another Aaron Enns creation. He s going to go back and improve the last feature.
Another Aaron Enns creation. He's going to go back and improve the last feature.

Northern Lights
Still haven t got this berm but at least it isn t blown out for the time being.
Still haven't got this berm, but at least it isn't blown out for the time being. Had to dig pretty deep to find manageable dirt. Looks like we'll have to go deeper.

Blaster
Pretty happy with the entrance reroute, though it could use some moisture to pack it back in. As you'll see in the last sequence in the video, the first return berm didn't work, so we pushed it out. Further Blaster work awaits in the future.

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Swamp Donkey
Swamp Donkey? What the? Ok, so I'm letting the word out again. After a long hiatus, we are back at this lower mountain barnstormer. Won't be open this season, but let's cross various body parts that we can crack Phase 1 next year.

This is the kind of thing that helped create the probable name for the developing trail. We keep plugging away at it. ...maybe that s the problem perhaps we should be unplugging away at it
This is the kind of thing that helped create the probable name for the developing trail. We keep plugging away at it. ...maybe that's the problem, perhaps we should be unplugging away at it!

How this trail got its probable name.

How this trail got its probable name.

It s been 2 years since this trail was first etched in. We have finally started working it again. Mike searches for dangerous snags to drop.
It's been 2 years since this trail was first etched in. We have finally started working it again. Mike Taylor searches for dangerous snags to drop.

Beautiful tree. But in the way. Sorry tree.
Beautiful tree. But in the way. Sorry tree.

Superberm is currently under the knife undergoing much needed surgery. I'll report on that in a couple weeks. Such a fun year. So little time left. Don't miss out.

Ride on.
-Crowe


22 Comments

  • 2 0
 went this weekend. haven't been in 2 yrs. really enjoyed it. great work trail crew. you should be proud. diggin the new shape and all the new lil poppers and transfers. i wouldn't build too much more(maybe a proper jump trail), just more shaping and import some packable dirt to buff it here and there with out losing that kh gnar flavor. trails are in great shape despite alot of hot and dry
  • 3 1
 I disagree, along with the jump trail, I think a new DH single track trail needs to be built as an alternative to pioneer/cj/wr because after a few years of abuse by hundreds of racers at the western open it is so blown out with so many lines and bomb holes that i see it no longer as a trail but a dedicated race course. To someone just looking to ride the trail for the fun and flow factor it just doesn't work anymore because of all the rutted lines and bomb holes. Makes for a fantastic race course but not so well for the general public. Build some new steep, pristine single track with a few good stunts and features and keep pioneer as the dedicated race run.
  • 1 0
 ^ I like how you think
  • 3 0
 Yes, we agree that a new DH track is a good idea. It is on the list. However, keep in mind we usually have 2 trail crew working per day. So it is a long list.
  • 5 0
 Northstars crew could really learn a thing or two from these guys
  • 5 0
 Northstar has actually stepped it up this year. I mean, they built like 2 new things! Thats like, 2 more than any other year!
  • 1 0
 What Northstar needs is dirt that you can actually build properly with, not just the granite dust that is impossible to pack.
  • 3 0
 After my past experience at Northstar I doubt I'll go back. There's a lot better riding in the area for free.
  • 1 0
 Was planing to come up this weekend, will all of Super Berm be closed? Also, any updates on Stick Rock? Can we assume it's still closed as well?
  • 1 0
 No, it won't all be closed. As little as safely possible. And Stick Rock is open.
  • 1 0
 That's awesome news about Stick Rock! Big Grin Thanks for the info!
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the trail work segment. I would love to see more of this type of content on PB. The park looks great. I hope I can make it out someday.
  • 1 0
 Golden B.C. If you have a look at the pics, it says where the picture is located.
  • 2 0
 wish rcr would put some money in to the trails in fernie.
  • 1 0
 Swamp Donkey! Great name for that.
  • 1 0
 Near Golden in British Columbia Canada.
  • 2 2
 Where is this?
  • 8 2
 Yo try this site my friend just told me about. Its called Google.com and u just go there and type in any subject u want. So for this u would go there and type Kicking Horse. then google would give u all kinds of stuff like kicking horse website, location, reviews. im seriously man they show u tons of shit its really neat
  • 3 0
 Pretty slick cjwanner
  • 2 0
 Never hard of this "Google" you speak of. I guess I'll have to try it out.
  • 1 0
 That was soo legit cjwanner

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