Mammoth Mountain Bike Park to Allow E-bikes Complete Access

May 1, 2018
by Mammoth Mountain  

PRESS RELEASE: Mammoth Mountain Bike Park

The United States Forest Service (USFS) has approved e-bike usage in the Mammoth Bike Park, making it the first bike park on USFS land to allow complete e-bike access on all trails, lifts and gondolas within the park.

The Mammoth Bike Park has long been at the forefront of mountain biking. The first lift-accessed park in the world, Mammoth also hosted the network-televised Reebok Eliminator and Kamikaze races in the 80s and early 90s, which brought mountain biking into the mainstream. In the years since, Mammoth's progressive trail-building program has continued to define the sport as we know it today.

Now, another major first. Aimed at making the park more accessible to more riders, e-bike access will provide an alternative for up and side-hill travel on a trail system that sees most users riding the gondola and chairlifts.

bigquotesMammoth Mountain’s founder, Dave McCoy, talked often about the importance of having fun. E-bikes are an absolute joy to ride. But e-bikes also represent access and inclusivity. They give us the ability to introduce mountain biking to new and different audiences. And having reviewed the impact and usage of e-bikes on trail systems in Europe, where they’re quite common, we think they’ll fit well into our bike park.Joani Lynch, Mammoth Mountain’s Vice President of Brand mMarketing

The USFS approval follows a thorough review process and allows for the use of Category 1 (pedal assist under 20 mph) e-bikes within the boundaries of the Mammoth Bike Park.

bigquotesThis approval allows a rapidly emerging recreational use (e-bikes) to be implemented in the SUP (Special Use Permit) boundaries with appropriate oversite by MMSA. We determined that Mammoth Mountain would have the ideal bike patrol park staff to implement this use and manage it accordingly to minimize any issues if they arise.Margie Derose, Acting District Ranger

Mammoth’s fleet of Trek demo bikes will include the Trek Powerfly 5FS, available for rental starting at $59 for four hours. Guests with a valid bike park pass can also ride their own Category 1 e-bike. Passes are required for all guests in the park.

The Mammoth Bike Park will also offer e-bike specific lessons in both individual and group settings. In addition, guided group tours of the mountain, highlighting the area’s natural and cultural history will provide an ideal entry into mountain biking in a low-key group setting.

The Mammoth Bike Park is scheduled to open for the Summer ‘18 season on Friday, May 25. For more information, up-to-date trail conditions and to book lessons, rentals, and bike park tickets, visit MammothMountain.com

MENTIONS: @MammothMountain

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  • 72 5
 I thought the entire concept of lift service was the lack of pedaling. Can't imagine paying that much for an E-bike just to go abuse it at a bike park where it is not even needed. My bet is you won't see a lot on the slopes.
  • 93 13
 U don’t know lazy Americans
  • 9 17
flag mtbswindler (May 2, 2018 at 17:00) (Below Threshold)
 So the lazy's that bought the ebikes to poach the local trails in the first place... wont go to Mammoth... LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...
  • 32 4
 @enduro29erHack: you say that, but ebikes are most popular in europe...hmmm
  • 5 0
 @enduro29erHack: wouldn’t it be harder to go down a hill on a e-bike than up? I mean it’s heavier so it’ll carry speed but if your trying to throw it around it’ll be harder. But than it would carry speed better cause of the weight but still......
  • 2 1
 @Santamtnbiker: i mean aaron gwin could probably ride it just fine...
He Is Aaron Gwin Though...
  • 1 2
 @me2menow: tf they're not!!! That's just where they started.
  • 6 0
 Paging Sam Pilgrim
  • 3 1
Many if not most people own one bike. If that one is an e-bike, that's the one they'll choose to ride..Yes, they could rent a bike but if they're most comfortable/prefer their bike (like most of us), then they'll probably save the rental fee and ride their own bike.
  • 3 3
 @me2menow: which continent do u think has lazier peeps? Either way I could really care less. If ebikes get more people outside, I’m for it! I just like jokes, and sometimes they’re funnier if they are true!
  • 2 0
 @Santamtnbiker: then, not than.
  • 1 5
flag jrocksdh (May 3, 2018 at 9:24) (Below Threshold)
 @enduro29erHack: Americans worked hard up until the great progressives cane out with limiting rules like overtime pay so employers limited hours due to cost.
  • 2 0
 Leave them at the bottom.
  • 1 1
 @me2menow: most Americans are European, Inherently lazy,.
  • 1 0
 @me2menow: for commuting instead of a car, not as a workout...
  • 1 1
 @me2menow: Can't pass up an opportunity to take a steaming dump on the ol' U S of A!!!
  • 47 1
 lets see how many of these twits ride up the DH sections!
  • 1 0
 aha another thing to do to those crazy non-assisted bikers, mwhaaaaaaaaaa
jk i don’t have an ebike
  • 17 0
 That actually already happens. My last time at Mammoth I almost crashed into a load of spandex pedaling up the DH trail. I couldn't believe it.
  • 1 8
flag Chingus-Dude (May 3, 2018 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 @JBinKC: did you say no homo? Never forget those two words when you are around other men in spandex
  • 28 3
 The end is now..........
  • 18 0
 I can see trails of the future being open to e-motorists who have a doctors prescription and a little handicap placard it to hang on their handlebars. I saw a guy the other day here in Moab with a strange looking hydration system. Two hoses! When I got closer I saw they were oxygen hoses running to his nose. Maybe I don't have such a strong opinion after all.
  • 13 0
 Wow. Talk about riding no matter what!! Good for that guy!
  • 4 0
 well... that guy sure has willpower
  • 22 1
 Grabs popcorn, runs to fallout shelter.
  • 29 8
 I look forward to bringing my 450 SX-F to Mammoth.......
  • 8 3
 ripping up a flow trail on a 450 would be absolutely amazing, but I’m more of a 2 stroke guy, what can I say, mixin gas and haulin a##

Hear the ping, see the smoke, you’ve just been passed by a 2 stroke
  • 2 7
flag Flatlanderic (May 3, 2018 at 11:09) (Below Threshold)
 I’m sure you are aware but your 450 has 10x the power of an average e bike. I don’t own an ebike but I think it would be fun as hell and not f*ck the shit out of the trails like an over powered 450!
  • 7 0
 @Flatlanderic: Yes, I do know and was just joking. I only ride my 450SX-F on MX tracks and I must say she is perfectly powered for that :-). Of all the places to ride an e-bike, to my eye a lift-served area would be the absolute worst (unless you were e-biking up the roads and avoiding the lift altogether), but I also must admit I haven't warmed to the idea of e-bikes anywhere, so I may be biased.
  • 2 1
 @Twoplanker110: i never really liked ebikes until I seen Sam pilgrims eDH bike, since the nearest lift service bike park is about 4 hours from me it would be really nice to not have to push the dh bike up the hill
  • 3 4
 Does it have pedals? If only there were some way to easily distinguish a pedal assist e-bike from a motorcycle...
  • 21 0
 feel bad for the lift ops. DH e-bike =50lbs.
  • 20 0
 I mean, they were doing it with dh bikes 10 years ago
  • 2 1
 They barely have to do anything for the gondola. Its like pushing it up a small curb.
  • 1 0
 Most of the time the riders load the bikes on the quads and Gondolas. Unless they have no clue what they're doing~~
  • 25 9
 I can't imagine an E-bike in the bike park, where I am usually fighting to slow down, not go faster... I feel a lot of people are going to get hurt.
  • 57 5
 Could you imagine if we let people do risky things? They would get hurt. Can't let that happen.
  • 6 0
 @DH-Angel: that's the biggest problem. Gonna get wrecked.
  • 15 0
 Think of the children....
  • 3 2
 @Boardlife69: what children?
  • 8 4
 @Buggyr333 Please explain to me how an E-bike will allow people to go faster on downhill bike park runs.
  • 6 0
 @mecabeat: I think he meant the average skill level of ebike aficionados is much lower
  • 1 0
 @Boardlife69: Was that a Simpsons reference?
  • 5 0
 *Natural Selection*
  • 2 2
 the point of an ebike isn't to make you uncontrollably descend faster. not even close. they wouldn't be gaining so much popularity if that were the case...
  • 6 0
It will allow all those people who go 12 mph around the corners to get back up to 20 mph between them.
  • 2 0
 @SJP: Yes, agreed. Generally having a motor is faster than not having a motor... There are plenty of places in bike parks that you are usually going less than 20mph that you really should be going less than 20mph. Plus when you get to the fast sections, starting at 20mph vs starting at a slower speed from man powered drivetrain will make you go way faster.
  • 4 1
 @DH-Angel: Can I buy more upvotes...??
  • 10 3
 There are times when i wish I had an Ebike. When our resorts close down for the year, I could ride an Ebike up and get in my own private runs on the empty DH trails. I work, go to school, and have a family. It's hard as hell for me to build up enough fitness to do that on my own power.
  • 4 0
 good point. In the past Mammoth opened in June and closed before the end of Sept. That left a couple of months before and after summer season that would be prime for riding. That pumice is no fun to climb. Especially, at 8000+ feet.
Note: I don't have an ebike and I don't intend to ride one.
  • 3 1
 i love/hate ebikes
  • 2 0
 I assume when the resort closes the special permits go away too.
  • 12 0
 @vandall: sounds like youre a little e-bikurious though...
  • 4 0
 Yeah, it's hard as hell. That's why it's worth it. Mountain biking isn't an easy sport.
  • 11 3
 No one at the local shuttle zone. Ripped 3 super fun runs on a Levo. Got a great workout, did 2800 ft, rolls and jumps as well as my DH. I am a fan.
  • 1 0
 2800 ft down?
  • 10 2
 I do think it’s a little strange that lift-served DH is rad, and shuttling in a hydrocarbon-burning truck is rad, but somehow e-bikes are the devil. I’m guilty of it too.
  • 4 0
 My problem with e bikes is that it lowers the barrier to entry on consuming a very finite resources in my area, trail. Trails in the CO front range are overcrowded as it is. If all the sudden anyone regardless of fitness level can consume trail, then riding in the front range will be like surfing in CA, not worth the crowd, and constant yield interruptions. I hear what yours saying when people talk about how it's good for the industry and growing the sport but I don't believe the trail development will keep pace with the increase in ridership.
  • 1 0
 @freestyIAM: Trails nearly everywhere are overcrowded to a degree, we all feel a portion of that pain! Also to your point, there are literally trails that I purposely avoid because I know they'll be more physically strenuous and I personally just don't enjoy that. If I was hypocritical enough to get an ebike, then I'm sure I'd be content to burn out the motor getting to the top of an long, strenuous trail just to shred down it. Also, CA waters are pretty cold usually, because of the way the current is, so the crowds aren't as bad as they could be.
  • 4 0
 @freestyIAM: but I guess my point is, can’t the same be said for shuttling? I don’t know the front range and how many trails can be shuttled but there are a lot here and the pickups holding 4-6 riders at a time far outnumber the e-bikes heading to the same trails.
  • 2 0
 I'm not too familiar with e-bike geometry but I would imagine there will be times where people who have never ridden technical terrain will try to pedal in a chunky section. They'll be finding pennies in no time. I've ridden a few e bikes and I can see the attraction but I guess my biggest issue is having something 'assist' you. The whole point of cycling whether it be mountain, road, bmx, track is using your own power to propel yourself. There's something to be said about training and eating well and noticing it on the bike, in a sense your bike is as fit as you are. E-bikes to me, take the heart out of cycling.
  • 2 0
 @shaun-ridefast-michael: The crowds aren't as bad as they could be? Where do you surf?
  • 2 0
 @JackSB: yeah honestly what is this guy talking about, OBSF is regularly crowded with like 30 guys on a peak, and all the good spots in socal are consistently packed.
  • 5 0
 They’re only pedal assist up to 20mph. Then it’s a 40plus pound 130mm trail bike. Honestly, I don’t see the issue. Yes they will accelerate faster, but the DH bike will without a doubt walk it on the way down on a DH track having both bikes be under the same rider. I think just being able to say to somebody “hey they have pedal assist bikes if you want to give mountain biking a try” is a much better approach then having them watch a Rampage video then asking if they’re tryna shred a 8” travel DH rig. The pedal assist approach is much less intimidating, and as stated above, I really don’t see those pesky category 1’s getting in anybody’s way anytime soon for any other reason than the usual “Joey” reasons. In other words, inconvenience will not be due to the bike on this one.
  • 10 1
 e-bike specific lessons?
  • 4 3
 Or more to the point: sissy lessons
  • 8 0
 well...why not. i guess. who gives a fook
  • 3 0
 My only gripe about eBikes is the potential to jeopardize land access. There's landowner permission, so no problem here.
  • 11 8
 Seriously get over the E-bike hate. Some are pretty rad others are not...just like all bikes. Just rode mine after about 3 months of pretty much nothing but my hardtail. It was fun as shit and did no more harm to the trail than the aforementioned hardtail Sorry that offends some of you. Well done Mammoth for being open minded
  • 3 0
 They just want more money Wink
  • 2 1
 @Chingus-Dude: literally has NOTHING to do with being "open minded"
  • 4 1
 If bikes are outlawed, only outlaws will ride bikes. A lift of any ban regarding bicycles by any department or the U.S. government is a huge win in my books. Big fist bump to Mammoth & the U.S. Forest service for acknowledging our user group.
  • 8 2
 This stinks of the skiing vs snowboarding debates.
  • 1 0
 you wanna start?
i don’t own skii’s or snowboards wish i did
  • 3 0
 More like monoski vs ski blade.
  • 4 0
 You guys forgot to mention that the ebikes are there to aid when the lift lines get bad. They can help pull us to the top!
  • 7 6
 The idea of having a motorized veichle running in the same space as bicycles is idiotic at best. Loose-loose situation. After several collisions with walkers and other bikes, NYC made e-bikes illegal. Same thing will happen on trails... considering most people on e-bikes ineptitude and lack of skills. And still slower than regular bikes going down the hill!
  • 8 2
 In Washington State, we have many miles of trails that are open to motorcycles/ATVs that are awesome for mountain bike riding/racing. Are you saying that standard mountain bikes should be banned from these trails? That would really suck. Should bicycles also be banned from sharing public roadways with motorized automobiles?
  • 4 0
 The days where "The Sickest Edit Ever" comes true are not far...
  • 2 0
  • 5 1
 mj eating popcorn dot gif
  • 1 2
  • 6 2
 Just blame Jerry Brown, I’m sure he had something to do with it.
  • 1 0
 Uber alas
  • 1 0

Hey! It's 'Alles' -Jello
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: who has time to spell check there's riding to be done
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: haha.......Biafra
  • 2 0
 Wait a minute.... purgatory is offering E-Bikes in bounds and on some select trails out of bounds... you’re not the only one mammoth!
  • 1 3
 Purgatory, CO? And I was excited to race there this fall...
  • 5 1
 Just When ithought mammoth couldny get any cooler
  • 1 0
 Just feel a little bad for the people having to load them on the chairs. I get the impression if you are already riding an e-bike you aren't the type to load your own bike. But that's just me.
  • 4 1
 Great! more people standing in front of the jumps.
  • 3 1
 "something something inclusivity.." *Pictures able bodied 30 year olds racing around a track.* ...righhhtt
  • 2 1
 Seem legit - take your Ebike to bike park ruin in a couple runs. Come back to local trails wait month for you rig to get repair. Not mention paying same park fees haha.
  • 1 1
 USFS: "Let's allow e-bikes into a lift assisted bike park, that way when we ban all bikes in more USFS lands, we can point to Mammoth as an example of us increasing bike access!"
  • 1 1
 Better get used to it. Ebikes are taking over the world. They are already popular in Europe, and with the rising population of older adults, they will be in great demand in the US over the next 30 years.
  • 2 1
 Watched a guy ride an ebike at N****star last year. Didn’t look like fun to me for a park.
  • 1 2
 As soon as I read this article I couldn't wait to see all the hate in the comments section. I'm really surprised there's not more end of days talk. Still can't make my mind up on ebikes.
  • 4 5
 You have to pedal your ass of to ride the fun trails at Mammoth. A DH bike is pretty useless unless you want to ride the same 3 trails all day. E-bikes mean more access to more trails.
  • 11 7
 Why are you the way you are? I hate so much about what you chose to say.
  • 2 0
 Something, something something, DARK SIDE!!!
  • 1 0
 So where will they put the charging stations and who will verify they are running a type 1?
  • 2 0
 Take Cover
  • 1 0
 What is involved in the special use permit? A doctor's note?
  • 1 0
 mammoth or alterra decision??
  • 2 0
 What's an E-bike anyway?
  • 2 0
 I won't help push them
  • 2 1
 Either your loyal to the game or you got a motor in yo frame.
  • 11 11
 Great. More people riding bikes is good thing for everyone.
  • 7 8
 This means I can ride a dirt bike there too, right? That way I don't even need a lift ticket!
  • 1 1
 yee yee
  • 3 2
 shame shame shame
  • 2 1
 Why tho
  • 1 2
 Can't wait to slam up Kamikaze backwards on my All Mountain 5.0. I'll ride my Pivot 429 the following day.
  • 2 2
 Keep'em off the chairlifts make those weenies pedal up!
  • 5 5
 Not stoked. so sad !
  • 1 1
 What in the actual f@ck?
  • 1 1
 Lame as fuck.
  • 3 5
 Get a dirt bike or pedal... pick a lane ha
  • 3 5
 2+2 = Vagina
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