The straight goods on Kicking Horse Bike Park, straight from the trail crew's fingertips.
Every autumn gives us a few mornings like this. Is life pretty awesome, or what?
Like the dirt roost that eventually disappears as the dust settles back to earth, so goes another season at Kicking Horse Bike Park. The wahoos and peels of laughter are fading with the colours as we have packed away the tools and cleaned out the drainages in preparation for next spring's runoff. We bid you adieu, summer 2011.
All in all, the feeling around here is that we had a successful year in the bike park. There was bad weather to start the summer, but August and September were legendary. A certain grizzly co-inhabitant's shenanigans caused budgets to vaporize in the spring, so we didn't get to work with machines much at all and are behind with our development wishes. But to paraphrase Mick: we can't always get what we want; but if we try sometimes, we'll find, we get what we need. So this winter we are going to try really hard to get what we need for next year.A wee pot of gold lies in yonder bike park.
September has not been a particularly productive month for us on the bike trails. Much of the effort has been cerebral of late. Plus we have been harvesting the fruits of our labour with a few laps. Part of the cerebral effort included a trip to Whistler for a Gravity Logic-hosted industry forum. We spent part of our time discussing the viability of bike parks as a business, and the other part rippin' laps in the bike park to sample the example. Props to the crew there for helping keep the sport progressive and exciting. We had a fantastic and fruitful trip.
Physically, here's some of what we've done to wrap things up:Hobo Junction
: Added a third berm to entice people onto this connector from Northern Lights to Chute to View. It isn't often used, which is a shame because it's a great combo and this berm linkage flows really well. We can learn from this package.A lovely little romp through the sub alpine.Stunt Park (Options)
: Someone did great violence to some of Aaron's woodwork elsewhere this summer. Instead of getting angry, he got creative and went to work with Matt, transforming the tumbledown park of yesteryear into an expanding web of fun.
This is only one of the options.
: We fixed a bit of damage and evened out the lengths of the last two tables in the blue line. Then, since the tables were set, we thought we would serve taco.
The Taco was added to the end of the DJ line, thus finally finding a home after a vagabond's existence.
: The original wall rides were built to be set up and taken down each year. The problem was, they weren't built very well for that. So now these new suckers aren't going anywhere. Please oh please oh please be careful snowcat drivers.
Made good use of donated BC hydro hardware.
: After dmadness expressed some concern about the condition of this trail, our curiosity was piqued and we began a thorough bolstering of the wood (almost complete). Come on Fat Snow, let's see what your big butt does sitting here this winter.
Annual year ender to the top of Mount 7. Check out Aaron's sweet air in the middle.
I've thrown together a video compilation of scenes shot mostly through the end of the season that I hope you enjoy:
The Western Open
is going to go off again next year on August 5. Book your rooms now. Strengthen your brake fingers all winter. Here's an up-to-date helmet cam of the course:
Already thinking about next season. But I guess in the meantime I'll enjoy some skiing at a little mountain I call Kicking Horse. Come check it out. Have a great winter!
Oh yeah, big thanks to Dakine
for keeping us well kitted for another season; my wife loved the colours.