Kicking Horse Bike Park - Trail Crew Update #6 - 2010

Aug 16, 2010
by Steve Crowe  
The straight goods on Kicking Horse Bike Park, straight from the trail crew's fingertips.

In the typical Hollywood action film, a force of good arrives on the scene at the last minute to vanquish the forces of evil. In the summer blockbuster that is Kicking Horse Bike Park, the relentless sun was the nogoodnick attacking our innocent dirt trails, and last week's rain was the handsome hero arriving on a golden-winged horse to save the day.

Full report inside,The mid-summer drought ended last week to everyone's relief. Even the bugs are happy, as the fresh water seems to have intensified their insane buzzing glee. The moisture has allowed us to mess around in the dirt again and make some repairs to heavily abused areas. With sunshine in the forecast again, we'll get done what we can get done. Here's what we've gotten done:

Magic Carpet Ride:
With the belated but blessed buy of a big blue bar, we have been attacking razorbacks and shark fins without mercy lately. First to succumb to our wrath was the wretched beast lower MCR. Built on impossibly steep terrain with some serious design flaws, lower MCR provides us with no paucity of headaches. I forgot to take an after photo, but believe you me, it ain't worse now.

Guess what we found under these rocks...rocks!
Guess what we found under these rocks...rocks!

Interestingly, I noticed that Gaia has embraced the carpet we laid here years ago, and made it part of herself. From the earth, to the earth, of the earth.

This gives the metaphor 'a carpet of moss' new meaning
This gives the metaphor 'a carpet of moss' new meaning

Blaster:
The bottom half was reworked and patched. Now, if only everyone would just stay off their brakes. Yes, I'm joking about that; what I meant was everyone, but me.

Say, nice staircase. Too bad about the bike trail on it.
Say, nice staircase. Too bad about the bike trail on it.


LYM:
We've been working double time with the hammers trying to get this open. Looks promising to at least get a good section of it open to a scratched-in dirt exit. That will take the lid off this pressure cooker and we can resume breathing while completing the lower bit in the future. Keep an eye on this page for the grand announcement when I'll also explain what the hell LYM means anyway (here's a hint: it's not named for a disease ticks give deer).

Crowe demonstrating to Cote the expected work ethic
Crowe demonstrating to Cote the expected work ethic


Cote demonstrating to Crowe what he thinks of his stupid lesson
Cote demonstrating to Crowe what he thinks of his stupid lesson


Pioneer:
With the Western Open coming up quickly at the end of August, we have been tinkering with improvements to Pioneer, Claim Jumper and Wild Rose, hopefully without dulling their raw edge. A badly blown berm was repaired last week, and we'll be continuing such efforts right up to race day. Sounds like a good party is shaping up around that whole weekend. See www.kickinghorseresort.com/resort/events/western-open-downhill.aspx for more info. Volunteer first aiders and marshals who like free passes, shwag and beer are still needed. Contact me if you are interested. Did I mention beer? And I don't mean the kind the pregnant girls drink.



10 Road:
A couple of improvements were made on this major artery, the first for safety, the second for fun. Launching off the top of the gondola onto the 10 Road has always been a bit of a dubious endeavor due to the space shared with hikers, who are typically much slower, softer and prone to exploding upon impact than bikers and bikes. So to avoid high speed collisions and heart attacks, the bike crew created a lovely little hiking path along the ridge.

Brinoceros scraping rocks with his helmet
Brinoceros scraping rocks with his helmet

Much further down, above Upper Kranky Pants, a new hip jump was raked in. If you like pitching rocks, you should have been here!

Nigel shows us a dance step to avoid when someone is taking photos for public consumption
Nigel shows us a dance step to avoid when someone is taking photos for public consumption


New Black Jump Trail:
Tucked way down here at the bottom so as not to get too much attention and cause too much early anticipation, is the official trail crew announcement that construction of a new high-speed black jump trail has commenced. We are only going to get the surface scratched this season and have no idea how long it will take to build, but won't it be fun! Remember this day, for this is how it began – with squashed grass.


Featured Trail:
As the general theme of this blog seems to have been dirt, it only makes sense to have Stickrock as our Featured Trail. And by “makes sense” I mean “doesn't make sense”. So here it is with Roadrunner in front (just like a typical Wiley Coyote chase scene).

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Here comes the sun. The trails have some tackiness back and there are only about 3 weeks left before KHBP switches to weekends only for September. So get up here before they start taking attendance at school so you have the coolest stories for show and tell.

Ride on.

Crowe

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63 Comments

  • 11 1
 thats so sick
  • 19 18
 love that north shore man, if only it was a little closer to home
  • 3 0
 What a trail!!
  • 5 5
 lol its some nice north shore isnt it caiokv?
  • 3 5
 relax dexter you make a good point but we brits all know that our nations intelect far surpasses that of our colonial counterparts Wink
  • 2 0
 thank god for moderators. on a more relevant topic, i'm loving how many smaller bike parks are getting so much more exposure and reports than previous years! 2008 basically all anyone knew about was whistler and Mt. Washington. Now Silverstar, KHBP and quite a few others. It's good to see how much there is to ride everywhere and how ski resorts are doubling their efforts for the summer season, incl. marketing. good times! plus the vids and reports are sick! Smile
  • 2 0
 yes, I heart moderators. Humans left to their own unregulated devices can write ugly, ugly things.
  • 2 1
 i don't know guys its obvious that these dudes worked their asses off and i must say they have done an amazing job but personally i like more natural trails you know ripping through the soil.... i'll admit im not that good at riding ladders yet i know how much fun it is and i still think this is just too much wood for me... a bridge, a big berm or a high jump, yeah but after some point the whole trail was in the air... don't get me wrong though i still wanna ride it eventhough it does scare the crap out of me at some parts...hehe...as i said amazing work guys and keep it up...
  • 2 1
 That's not on the north shore. It's in the interior of B.C. If that's not what you meant I apologize in advance.
  • 2 0
 yeah thats alrite, we had this discussion yesterday, basically in the Uk and other places, wooden trails like the ones above are called north shore as they are meant to be based on the track from THE north shore. still looks sick tho!
  • 1 0
 that trail it nothing like the shore NOTHING there is no relation between that trail and the shore the shore has a few ladder bridges there arnt entire trails built out of them. and there are alot more than just one trail on the shore there are 2 biig main wountains if you dont belive me look up mount fromme and check out the vids that isnt shore its reallly cool and an awsome trail but not a "north shore"
  • 8 0
 That's some major wood work you've got there!!
  • 4 1
 yep that's what she said...
  • 6 1
 Am I the only person that likes rough trails? I thought the picture of the berm with the stair case looked like TONS of fun, then once they "fixed" it, it became just another berm.
  • 3 0
 yeah im with you on this one
  • 1 0
 Yep agreed man , I don't understand peoples fascination with smooth tracks , if you want to ride smooth and easy tracks why not buy a bmx and ride bmx tracks?
  • 4 0
 He Goes Fast For Those Little Shores, Very Nice Track, Sick Vid...... Just Wow!
  • 1 0
 there ladder bridges not "shores"
  • 1 0
 How come Blue Mtn in Ontario can never do something similar to that? there are always trees like 1' on both sides with switchbacks on downhill, or drops with an acute angle immdeiately right in front of you. No wonder can never get some speed rolling more than 10 sec.
  • 1 0
 Great update Crowe! I had a chance to try Stick rock the other day. Such an amazing trail. I've never been so scared on my bike hahaha. It is nice to see how the run is suppose to be ridden with your chest cam! I hope I can do the whole thing non stop soon.
  • 1 0
 i like the trail in the 1st and 3rd pic it looks delicously gnarly what would fort will or mont sait anne be like without breaking bumps and torn up berms but i guess the trails in the pic are more of freeride trail but idk iv never been there
  • 1 0
 A black jump trail is exciting. Finally something to pin into the jumps instead of the brake check-a-thon that is super berm.
Now in the mean time could you plow out or make the jumps larger on show down? Those mid trail jumps really ruin the flow of things right now. A couple of new pioneer style trails would be so so so so good too.
  • 1 0
 Oh yes, Showdown is on the list. It's a long list though.
  • 1 1
 you lost me at black jump trail. don't think I'll be renewing my seasons pass for a fourth year next year. if only some of the immense effort spent on the wooden trails were put into a couple of new black single track trails like time travel or claim jumper, then it would be a different story.
  • 2 0
 Sorry to lose you tgried, but as a bike park we have to respond to what the public wants. KHBP doesn't lack for fast single track, but agreed nothing new in the last few years. The public wants machined trails (which I gotta admit I love; air time = fun time) and they just aren't possible elsewhere. Anyone can build a single track anywhere, even guerilla-style in National Parks, but machines tend to be at bike parks. Once we finish this trail, we are going to focus our efforts on improving what we have. But as a bike park, we need to have a fast jump trail or we will lose market share. If that happens, then who knows, the whole thing might go kaput.
  • 1 0
 Well superberm would be pretty sick if you guys gave that some nice top to bottom TLC. That's pretty much a fast jump trail. What you really really really need is more airflow on the gondola.... man, 30*C and riding that thing is death with those tiny windows. lolol
  • 1 0
 That's another reason for the new black jump trail, to take some pressure off Superberm, which is blue but gets pounded because it is the closest we have to a jump trail. And I agree about the gondola - not designed for summer travel.
  • 1 0
 We are struggling over in Fernie with our trails as well. I give props to the trail crew as the mountain is boulder after boulder though.
  • 1 0
 My only beefs with F.A.R. are the lift speeds and the way bikes are mounted to the chairs. The newer trails are awesome, the older ones could use some TLC but even without, they are fine. Also the lack of jumps really sucks but I understand that was due to some kind of insurance thing. Oh and the short lift hours... wtf @ that.
  • 1 0
 Just to add my 2 cents that Time Travel is my fave trail there... Smile
  • 1 0
 The Timber Chair actually moves along at a good pace. In fact even though it is the longer of the two chairs, pretty much double the length, it gets you to the top faster then the Elk chair. I agree the Elk Chair is painfully slow, I am not sure why they run it so slow. At the end of the season the trail crews were building a few more features on the diamond runs and with any luck at all maybe they will start grooming some of the more flowy trails to include some jumps. All we can do is hope.
  • 4 0
 agreed ^^^^^^^
  • 2 0
 What did you find under the rocks? Weed!!!! Oh, that would be awesome.
In all seriousness this looks wonderful
  • 1 0
 Big props to the builders, all that woodwork is time consuming stuff to put up. Rad trail, looks flowy and you have to be on point wth your braking.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the trail update - a nice witty write-up to help ease into the work week. We'll be up there next week and for the race on the 28th/29th. Looking forward to it!
  • 3 0
 wow,,,nice track Wink
  • 3 0
 hell yeah !
  • 1 0
 Wish I was that good at riding the ladders Frown thats what I get for living on the East Coast
  • 2 0
 i went to kicking horse on saturday its AMAZING!
  • 2 0
 Nice work Steve and compnay! Keep up the good work
  • 2 0
 looks so nice and fun but would be sketchy when its wet
  • 1 0
 Loved the woodwork!! The first trail off the road needs some dirt thrown on the berms!! Need to come ride there!!
  • 3 1
 Sick stuff!
  • 2 1
 nice, need to get my lazy ass out there sometime.
  • 2 4
 if you going to come to canada go to whistler
  • 1 0
 wow...the woodwork. way to bomb it!
  • 1 0
 cant wait till i can go thear
  • 1 0
 LYM...i'm guessing Lose Your Mind
  • 2 1
 Holy Moly Stupendous trail!!! The video was sick!!
  • 1 0
 Wonderful track. I'm jeleous xD
  • 1 0
 that's seem so sick for me
  • 1 0
 that north shore looks like a roller coasters!!! and I like
  • 1 0
 its a ladder bridge not a north shore north shore is a place not a style of trail
  • 1 0
 Sick track! happy that i shoulden't have had that woodwork lol
  • 1 0
 I just barfed in my pants a bit.
  • 1 0
 looks like fun.
  • 1 1
 That northshore is fucking NICE!
  • 1 0
 that looks proper fun!
  • 1 2
 looks like u mite need a transition tr450 or knolly podium to ride that rough knar
  • 1 0
 so you mean a 8" dh bike
  • 2 1
 nice wood Wink
  • 1 2
 sick riding, and looks like a mint trackk!! Razz
  • 1 1
 that is so sick

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