Photo credit: Jackson Parker / Riders: Emmet Hancook and Chris Henderson
Trails were connected, champagne was popped, ribbons were cut, chairs were spun and first dirt was claimed as Bike Big White celebrated its official opening. Hundreds of downhill mountain bikers flocked from across British Columbia to test out North America’s newest bike park.
It's not everyday that a new bike park opens. There are a lot of firsts. We're used to arriving at the mountain and seeing a network of trails laid out for us. There's a special kind of energy that you feel out here. Watching the face of the mountain transform, you see the terrain in a whole new way. Hitting the trails for the first time you're part of these incredible shared experiences with other bikers—because it's not just new for you, it's new to everyone! It's an incredible story to be a part of.
Olympic Silver Medalist Kelsey Serwa and President Peter Plimmer cut the ribbon for the Big White Bike Park
With construction implemented by Alpine Bike Parks, the trails have been built by bikers looking to create a truly unique riding destination that speaks to the soul of mountain biking.
“What makes this project so unique is the absolutely stunning terrain and the decision to develop family-friendly trails that meander thorough the alpine environment,” said Judd de Vall, Principal of Alpine Bike Parks. “There are many lift-serviced bike parks, but very few anywhere in the world that provide a flow trail experience above the tree line.”
Peter Plimmer – President, Kris Hawryluik – Bike Park Manager, Theodore Van Orman – Trail Design Lead of Alpine Bike Parks, shared in the honour of laying the final dirt as the top and bottom trail sections connected. They represent all the crews that have come together to make this bike park a reality.
From digging through snow tunnels to extremely dry conditions, the crew has been battling hard and tirelessly against mother nature this build season. It's incredible what they have been able to deliver despite the many obstacles they've encountered. We have an amazingly dedicated crew.
On opening morning of Black Mamba, Trail Design Lead from Alpine Bike Parks, was there to check in on trail conditions and took the time to chat with riders about lines and features as they hit it for the first time. They're not only excited for the design of the trails, but to see how riders of different styles and abilities actually ride it.
As we operate through this build season, the park will close during the week to allow them to have full access for trail maintenance and continued building. With the current wildfire risk in the province of BC, this means no machinery or power equipment at their disposal. Despite the limitation, they are looking to the future and staying positive with the great energy and momentum of our opening weekend.
Trail: Black Mamba
Trail: Rock Hammer
Riders take to the trail for a special preview day and sample the lines down Pry Bar
Some of the trail crew takes a well-deserved break to soak in the village vibe and get a chance to hear what some of the first riders of their work.
We want to thank all the riders from first-timers to the pros who came out to test the first few trail at Bike Big White.