Panorama Bike Park 2014 - New Jumps and Escape from Alcatraz

Jul 18, 2014
by Panorama BikeParkTeam  
Panorama Bike Park Update #3 - New Jump Line

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It has been awhile since our last post, but that’s because we have been super crushing out new and improved trails for you to ride than to sit typing frustratingly at the computer. Here’s a quick recap.

Mercy Me – New Jump Line
The crew has been salivating to initiate this project since last fall. One of our most popular runs, Mercy Me, is receiving a major upgrade. 12 new blue jumps are being added after the dirt wall ride.

Panorama Bike Park 2014 - New Jumps and Escape from Alcatraz
The wall ride before entering the new jump line.

Panorama Bike Park 2014 - New Jumps and Escape from Alcatraz
Rich and Steph testing the upper line.

Our strategy has been to build a couple of jumps, test them for flow, make the necessary tweaks and move on. As of today we have built 3 new tables and a massive berm. Like Goldie Locks exclaimed as she invaded the home of the 3 bears, “they are just right”.

Panorama Bike Park 2014 - New Jumps and Escape from Alcatraz
Steph over jump 3 before entering the berm.

Panorama Bike Park 2014 - New Jumps and Escape from Alcatraz
Owen sends it.

The flavor of this run is decidedly blue in nature allowing progression for all levels of riders. If you have not hit jumps before this will be a great place to cut your teeth.


This project is dovetailed with the continued development of our green trail, Let it Ride. The new jump line is being built on a road section that originally belonged to Let it Ride. Once the line is complete we will begin reclaiming a section of Mercy Me to continue the sweetly twisting Let it Ride experience.


We are striving to have the jump line ready to go for the weekend of July 26th. This date is now a bit precarious as our supervisor and main architect broke his collar bone as of yesterday. The crew will pick up his gun and march on.

Alcatraz is a major rock feature on Bender. This venerable section needed a little love to improve rideabilty. The green line flows much better and the ailing teeter totter has been replaced with a steep blue roll down.


Panorama Bike Park 2014 - New Jumps and Escape from Alcatraz
The new green line on Alcatraz

Panorama Bike Park 2014 - New Jumps and Escape from Alcatraz
The foundation for the blue roll down.

Panorama Bike Park 2014 - New Jumps and Escape from Alcatraz

Rich swings his hammer in a precarious place.

Panorama Bike Park 2014 - New Jumps and Escape from Alcatraz
Just need to finish the catch berm and she’s good to go.

Canada Cup
The racers came and went as fast as they descended the track. We made a number of major improvements and additions to the track with you in mind. There is a new route on the Cliffs of Insanity that is reminiscent of A-Line rock. This leads to a sender with a long landing and then over to an area with new gappable rock gardens and senders. Make sure you check it out when you are here next.

Panorama Bike Park 2014 - New Jumps and Escape from Alcatraz
The new Cliff’s route

Panorama Bike Park 2014 - New Jumps and Escape from Alcatraz
Rock Garden

A major congrats to Panorama/ Back Door Riding team member, Matt Monod, for his second place at the Canadian National DH Champs at Sun Peaks.

Matt Monod charging his way to the podium.

Happy Riding,
Pano Trail Crew

Panorama Mountain Village


  • 9 1
 I LOVE all the changes and advancement in the trails that Pano has put in this year. They are definitely heading in the right direction to becoming a world class bike park! cannot WAIT to ride the new jump trail!!!!!!!! Great job guys!!
  • 6 1
 I will buy a season pass next year if they keep this trail building up.
  • 8 2
 I personally hated every option but the drop. The far right was awkward and the teeter totter was a menace.
  • 2 5
 why because it is technical and requires skill to ride? not every section of trail needs to be a race course or bmx track.... perfect example of dumbing down technical trails
  • 5 0
 But Bender isn't an especially technical trail. It's steeper than average I guess, but it's still a pretty fast trail. I don't enjoy coming into a feature at what feels to me like trail speed and then having to slow unnaturally to a crawl to either a) wheelie drop off one of the most unsettling teeters I've ever hit or b) awkwardly tweak my bars around that tree while cornering and hitting a tiny drop on elevated woodwork. I do remember that line being fun with narrower bars but it got quite uncomfortable once I went wider.

That's just my opinion though. I love riding natural tech but I rarely enjoy technical woodwork, so I'm obviously biased.
  • 2 3
 everyone has trails and features they like and dislike but putting green and blue lines into a section that is black is a bad idea. Is a green rider going to ride the top section of bender? Nope so why add a green line 3/4 of the way down????

imo expert lines should stay that way, keep the beginners off trails where others are going much faster.
  • 4 1
 they basically just removed a tree so your bars dont hit on the "green route". other than that, its the same but better. and removed a feature that noone ever rode (the teeter totter) .. theyre trying to cater to the new age riding styles of an evolving sport and theyre doing a great job at it.
  • 4 0
 I rode it again today, d-man. I think you'll find that while the crew may have called the right side green, a green rider would need new shorts after one look at any of the options.
  • 2 2
 That's fine but why build a straight ramp off the rock? if you're going to build a wood feature build something creative....
  • 3 2
 did someone take a shit in your cereal?
  • 2 2
 nice comment punk, I'm tired of nonsense work happening at a park I used to spend everyday at and the dumbing down of trails that were built by friends of mine.
  • 2 0
 the trails they built were great at the time, but the sport is evolving. The younger generation fueling the sport needs to be catered to and their riding styles are different.
  • 1 2
 That's why mercy me and hells bells are there, they could add berms and jumps to bazooka joe too. When we started the rebuild of Bender years ago it was supposed to be similar to Pipe Dream but nobody has had he vision to finish it properly.
  • 4 1
 pipe dream is a flowy jump trail with a mellow pitch. It has virtually no wood features at all. you lost me
  • 1 2
 you said the new generation wants flow, there are trails on the mountain that can be converted to that style but it takes a real commitment to get it done and bender is one of them. Trying to convert Alcatraz into something with more flow is a waste of time that could be spent on finishing mercy me jumps that look really good.
  • 3 0
 We love to see all of the conversation this has created.

The new routes on Alcatraz are far from green or blue. Sorry that the wording caused confusion. Originally there were 3 levels of commitment/consequence and there still is. Maybe the straight shot that replaced the teeter is not that "creative" but it still requires skill and commitment to hit, and in the final analysis - fun. There is no desire to create a "flow trail" out of the Alcatraz section of Bender but there is a desire to put better flow into the trail.

The Pano Crew is trying to create the best riding experience they can for all levels of riders. They are avid riders themselves and are very committed to trying to create a world class park on the solid bones they were given. Progress is full of give and take. It creates both supporters and detractors. You lose some people and you gain others. We sincerely don't want to lose any of you and hope that you will be able to embrace the change. Constructive feedback is always welcome.

Come on out, give it a ride, and then let us know how you feel.
  • 3 0
 Wow, heated debate. I can definitely see d-man's side of the story. To add my humble opinion, what I always found somewhat frustrating when I was first getting into the sport 10 years ago was how all "features" were built at the expert level, with pretty high consequences. It really made it difficult to progress. So, when we talk about parks being designed around progression, I'm all for it. However, I can also see the point the progression means having advanced features for advanced riders to progress on, so ultimately, it's about balance, a little something for everyone.

It's been quite a few years since I last rode Alcatraz. I always hated it. I think I was only able to clean the "green" line once. Threading the needle through those trees while turning was crazy difficult. And the drop line was never, in my mind at that time, a great option, because the trail below was always blown out with no real catch berm. So while I can see the point the dumbing down this feature, I glad that they at least did something with it. I'm not convinced that there is room in this sport for teeter-toter drops. Teeters, sure. But teeter drops? The risk spinal injury is too high, even for highly skilled riders who can clean them 95% of the time.
  • 6 2
 Well that's too bad. I really enjoyed that section on Bender. It's a double black not a green, and there was a ride around before. Why change it???
  • 3 2
 The Pano trail crew needs to quit taking out and tampering with the sweet old school features, especially when its a double black. don't change an expert train to a beginner trail. not happy about that teeter-totter getting taken out and taking the wall ride from crazy train out also.
  • 1 1
 you're right max, if the management wants to cater to newer riders then hey need to build more beginner trails. Good Job at the Canada cup keep shredding!
  • 2 0
 A lot of the time woodwork is removed because it tends to age faster than dirt features. may or may not be the case here but I know usually when woodwork is removed where I am it's because it's starting to rot.
  • 5 2
 Take the wood skinnys out on bender after the rock drop, then you have a good trail.
  • 7 1
 We are considering reworking them so that they are way more rideable.
  • 3 2
 absolutely! they're an obstacle
  • 4 3
 Very much agreed, the 2 wooden features after Alcatraz need to go. It's either ride a horribly awkward wooden feature or pretty much push your bike around it. It kills the flow of the line, especially after coming out of Alcatraz with a lot of speed.
  • 1 4
 if you feel its horribly awkward or pushing your bike around you are on a trail above your skill level. Coming out of BENDER you hit the road and are stopped..... so where's the flow? the feature was built technical to slow you down before meeting with Hells Bells.
  • 4 1
 love this mountain. cant wait to hit it again soon. new jumps look awsome
  • 3 1
 I'm pretty sure that's Matt charging his way to yet another flat up there.
  • 5 1
 When he keeps the air in the tires he kills it
  • 2 1
 That's sold me on going back to Pano this season. Any work on the jump line on Hells Bells?
  • 1 0
 We are not going to be able to get to Hell's this season but it is definitely on our radar for next season.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for your patience, will be opening the line this weekend, Saturday August 2nd. We are super stoked.
  • 1 0
 Will the new jump line on Mercy Me be open for this weekend? (the 26th)
  • 1 1

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