Leading into the final few days of lift accessed shredding in the Bike Park, Mother Nature has been kind enough to douse the trails with a bit of rain over the past week leaving heaps of moisture trapped in the dirt, and the trails looking better than ever. Our trail crew’s been working tirelessly to buff everything out there for the best possible experience this long weekend. The focus over the past couple weeks has been on completing the lower section of ‘Sweet One
’ as well as improving our cluster of intermediate trails on the northeast side of the mountain. Trailforks.com
’ has been fitted with a new entrance to the lower half, bypassing the old uphill section. Not that it was an especially long or strenuous pedal but it didn’t match the style of the rest of the trail which really embodies the trail’s namesake. You’ll find this new and improved entrance across the road from the rock drop, allowing you to stick the landing and continue directly into the next section. This trail’s in primo shape at the moment and a great progression from its neighbouring ‘Gummy Bear
’ you can flow right into ‘Spicy Taco
’, recently equipped with some new berms to keep your speed up through the corners and some selective root removal in spots where dirt had faded away to expose the elements beneath. The whole trail now flows a lot smoother, making for a perfect technical addition to Mach
, Gummy Bear
, or Barn Burner
’ was slotted back into the roster recently after a few years of hiatus, and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive to see this classic trail return. After riding the trail in the trail crew has made many tweaks and adjustments to get the upper section riding flawlessly. Some major steps have been taken towards tackling the beast that is the lower, still closed section. A full line has been cut and trail sculpting is in the works. This lower section has been rerouted to the opposite side of the creek from where the old trail ran, providing an untapped goldmine of ‘hero dirt’*, technical rock, and tons of trail-side blueberries. The full ‘Sweet One
’ will be waiting for your tires as soon as the snow melts next summer, and it’s looking pretty darn fun!
It’s hard to believe another summer’s nearly come and gone, however as I type this at 3:30pm on Friday it’s raining lightly outside and a balmy 6°C at mid mountain. Autumn comes early to these mountains and it’s unmistakably in the air today. It won’t be long now until the leaves of our deciduous timbers change colour and retreat, and from there the first snowfall is never far off. All the more reason to get up here this weekend, take in some live music, and throw down your final laps in the Bike Park. Thanks for joining us in the park this summer, enjoy the trails and have a great long weekend!
- Sun Peaks Bike Park Teamwww.sunpeaksresort.com/summer/bike-park*Hero Dirt: Mountain cyclist vernacular referring to soil with the perfect consistency and moisture ratio to optimize traction. In an instance of true ‘hero dirt’, a superhero-esque feeling may invade consciousness encouraging one to push their limits with the only prospect of pain stemming from grinning too hard, for too long. Sun Peaks ResortTrailforks.com