Seven Springs opens lift-accessed downhill mountain bike trail.

Aug 15, 2007
by Tyler Maine  
SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. – Seven Springs Mountain Resort invites mountain bikers to drop in and check out our new lift access gravity mountain bike trail, the first step in the development of a bike park at Seven Springs! The new trail will open Sept. 1.Cross country mountain biking, similar to cross country skiing, is an aerobic sport that provides an outdoor experience. Downhill or gravity mountain biking is similar to downhill skiing, offering a thrilling adrenaline rush as riders challenge themselves to control the nature of gravity – and, of course, return to the top via the high-speed chairlift.

“With a growing number of visitors to our winter terrain park we want to offer an ‘action’ sport that entertains those resort fans during the spring, summer and fall,” comments Chris Woods, Outdoor Recreation Manager.

Freeride mountain biking is growing in popularity at ski areas across the country and around the world. According to the National Ski Area Association, 83 ski areas offer lift-access mountain biking helping downhill mountain biking to become a multi-million dollar industry. “With the development of this first trail, we are taking the first step to providing a quality bike park and resort amenity to our guests,” adds Woods.

Seven Springs contracted the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) and former downhill mountain biking professional Judd De Vall to build and design the course to meet their standards of environmental responsibility and sustainability.

“IMBA firmly believes you can build trails that are both challenging and sustainable,” said Chris Bernhardt, IMBA Trail Coordinator. “If a trail is prone to erosion, it will damage the environment, cost the resort a lot of money to maintain and have the potential to be hazardous to riders because of ruts and washouts. We know we can build fun, technical trails that won't become rutted ditches, and that is why we have people like former downhill pro Judd de Vall on our staff. Jumps, rock gardens, berms, drops, step-ups, wall rides; with the proper knowledge, you can construct a fun trail that won't erode away every year.”

After catching a ride to the top of the mountain on the high-speed six-passenger chairlift, riders will descend the mountain for nearly a mile. The forested mountain trail features many elements including bermed or banked turns, rolling and tabletop jumps accented by challenging natural terrain. Riders of all abilities will enjoy the intermediate gravity trail, while advanced downhillers will appreciate its features and flow.

During the trail’s grand opening on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 and 2, riders are encouraged to submit their ideas for the trail naming contest, as well as suggestions for future trails. The grand prize winner will receive an eight week trail pass and $100 certificate good for mountain bike apparel in the Seven Springs Recreation Center.

The trail will be open weekends beginning Sept. 1, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Downhill mountain bikes, helmets and protective gear have been added to the fleet of rental equipment. Each rider will be required to purchase a Gravity Bike Pass. For more information and rental prices, please visit www.7springs.com.

About Seven Springs Mountain Resort:

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located in Seven Springs, PA, is the state’s largest ski and four-season resort, and was recently rated the number one resort in the mid-Atlantic region by the readers of SKI magazine. The resort is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 off the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort can accommodate more than 5,000 overnight guests in its 10-story high-rise hotel, nearly 1,000 condominiums and town homes, cabins and chalets. The resort is also expanding and enhancing its accommodations with continued development of the latest resort community at Southwind at Lake Tahoe.

For more information on Seven Springs, visit www.7springs.com or call 1-800-452-2223.

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