NW Cup 6 - Silver Mountain Bike Park

Aug 17, 2015
by Casey & Scott  
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Just a few days away from the 6th round of the 2015 NW Cup and a first ever stop in Idaho at the Silver Mountain Bike Park! We're super stoked to check out the trails on this huge mountain.

Chairlifts, 3-mile gondola, heaps of trails, 3400' trails to rip back to town after practice, a waterpark, deluxe condos, and even boxing await those who head east for the penultimate NW Cup. The crew at Silver are really pulling out the stops with a bunch of little details to insure that everyone who comes are stoked they did, and anyone who didn't wishes they had. Also, be sure to check around for other things to do in the area, it looks like an outdoor mecca over there. Voted number 1 bike park in the NW by MTB Parks.com we're looking forward to riding the whole mountain.

The overall standings are chock full of mini battles that will be shaken and stirred this weekend. The NW Cup is a best 6 of 7 so expect a lot of changes to the current standings. Go to www.nwcup.com for more on that. Again, thanks to all the sponsors of the 2015 NW Cup for all the support.

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Both tracks are going to be quick which always makes for killer, tight racing, where every move counts. There's a small chance of some much needed showers on Friday, but overall the weather is going to be epic summer conditions.

The Cat 2/3 track is probably the funnest trail on the hill and it's all about keeping the flow.
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The Cat 1/Pro track is steep and loose!
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See you all Soon!

MENTIONS: @Silvermt / @olympicdirtsociety


  • 14 3
 Cat 2&3 trail seems a little....blehhh. Understand its not a pro class but its like a race through a park..
  • 4 2
 Yea pretty bummed for the cat 2 guys. That look sooooooo boring.

  • 1 0
 Till you see how blown out it is. I have been avoiding this run for 2 weeks now cause of the massive amount of wear this trail see's. Also he is barely moving the jump at 19 seconds he should be landing on the pavers not in front of them.
  • 1 0
 Very true, im sure a few other guys will keep it pinned and have some fun on it. It does look like they were all fighting for grip in the corners.
  • 3 0
 The faster you go the harder it is...plus the conditions make it that much rougher..raced it last weekend and its a blast!
  • 1 0
 It's actually a really fun trail! I haven't ridden it since last year but if you go fast it's a great time.
  • 1 0
 Personally I was hoping for something a little more technical. I'm sure this trail will be fun to rip a couple times, but in my opinion trails with more than one line make better race courses. With multiple lines, you actually have to learn the course and the best way to get down. The learning and experimenting is fun! Bring back the tech please, Slingshot Wookie was a blast!
  • 12 0
 I appreciate everyone's input very much. As a new venue (that I've never been to and can hardly wait) it's tough to pick courses for everyone. Once we all spend some time there we may well agree that this is the best option, or find another for next time. Also, (this part's our problem) there are tons of other logistics to figure out for a first time venue. One biggie that affects the most important part of the weekend...timing...., is starts and finishes. At Port Angeles and Mt. Hood, that works pretty well because all the trails start and finish at the same spot. Others, it's tough. With that, shorter tracks require absolute precision so moving the equipment and setting it up multiple times a day is not ideal. As it is, we will be moving everything twice.

Bottom line is that it's going to be a blast and I understand this trail is super fun, and racing is going to be TIGHT! After the weekend we will gladly accept any feedback you have. In the meantime, thanks for supporting the NW Cup everyone!
  • 4 0
 Ods Thanks so much for making these events happen, I know it's a lot of work to organize and run. It'll be a fun weekend, and I'm looking forward to checking out a new park. See you in Idaho!
  • 4 0
 I was just there the corners are all blown out it is super technical right now and extremely dusty. We still had fun it is a huge mountain
  • 5 0
 Cat 1 track looks like it will be rowdy!
  • 5 1
 Only an 8 hour drive from BC's interior or Calgary Alberta... Doable!!
  • 2 0
 Sort that dropper post cable out! just kiddin. I agree it doesn't look super tech, but I would love to ride those trails if I lived out there.
  • 2 0
 Cat 2 on Hammer would have been nice. All in all SilverMt has trails for everyone, so go check it out sometime. silvermt.com
  • 1 0
 Also, Hot Mess could easily handle the pro class. Silver has so many great trails that every cat could have their own race trail in the chair 3 zone. I think there are another 2 or three blue/green trails up top as well. Lots of time can be spent in the chair 3 zone. The skills park has a little to be desired... If you enjoy resort riding, you need to make a weekend out of it. 1 day will NOT do it. Too many miles of trail.
  • 2 0
 I am going there to race cat 2. Should I be riding my all mountain bike? Trail looks easy and lots of pedaling.
  • 4 0
 For the Cat2/3 race track an AM/TR would be ideal, however if you want to rally the miles of trails other than the Cat2/3 track, a FR/DH bike is needed to hold up to the abuse.
  • 2 0
 DH bikes are not "needed" preferred maybe but not needed. I ride there twice a week and you'll see almost as many AM bikes as DH/ FR. That being said the video of Jackass looks nothing like the trail I rode Monday.... Talk about blown out, and dusty doesn't really describe the 3 - 4 inches of loose dirt in all the turns.
  • 2 0
 Settled. Bringing both bikes!!
  • 1 1
 Just rode with 2 Stumpjumpers yesterday, they were in love with Silver at the end of the day!

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