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.
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.
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.Northern Lights
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.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!
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.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.