Video: Getting Ready for Opening Day with Snow Summit Bike Park

Jun 11, 2020
by Snow Summit  
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Tomorrow (6/12) the Snow Summit Bike Park opens for the summer. What does it take to transition from a ski resort to mountain bike park? Snow Summit Trail Crew Director Ryan Wormsbecker shares the steps and amount of work that it takes to be ready for opening day.

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  • 9 0
 With all the work involved in building and maintaining a bike park paying $49.00 for a day ticket was a bargain. I should have gone more often.

Word to the young do it now before you get too old to do it.
  • 8 0
 I've been riding SS since the 90's, I turn 60 this year and can't wait to get up there and tear it up. How old is "too old"?
  • 2 1
 @Srfntrf: depends on the individual of course, I’m turning 60 this month and am definitely slowing down and way more risk adverse so am regretting missed opportunities.
  • 11 1
 Wait.. Snow Summit completely demolishes and then rebuilds the berms that cross the ski runs every year? F*ck that.
  • 2 0
 That's what they do here also. Can't they just leave it under the snow......
  • 3 0
 @mikk3: Sure they can, makes a fun time for ski-bikes.
  • 6 0
 @mikk3: You’d be surprised just how little snow there is at Snow Summit. If it weren’t for man made snow most runs wouldn’t even be covered side to side, they have the occasional good year, but on a drought year dust is an actual issue during ski season
  • 1 0
 @maxyedor: Lots of bike/ski hills in Western Canada struggle for snow too, but don't destroy their trails. Man-made or natural snow gets pushed into berms and trail cuts to fill it in. I can't see how you can build at a super-high quality if you're knocking it down every fall.
  • 1 0
 @maxyedor: I've heard it's for insurance reasons, but Snow Summit bike park could really be open for almost 9 months out of the year 'weather wise'. I think it's just more affordable for them to operate during peak summer months when people will be up there for summer activities. Ski resorts in general are ghost towns in the late spring and fall.
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: I tought global warming just hit Finland Big Grin Most part of the snow also man-made here.. When I was a kid, winters used to be winters.
  • 2 0
 @plyawn: How much water do you have available to make snow with though? Summit draws from the same lake as two other resorts, and that lake is always super low due to nearly constant droughts. Because not all of it ends up back in the lake they don’t use any water they don’t absolutely have to in order to make snow. To their credit they actually build some decent sized berms and jumps on their trails, no way they’re going to put enough snow down to cover some of these things.

@coyotecycleworks: Wouldn’t doubt if it’s mostly insurance driven, they’ve been dealing with insurance headaches for like 15 years, ever since the dude got killed poaching trails in the woods. I’ve heard from a couple people working there that they only even bother with the summer MTB is to give their employees something to do over the summer, and that they barely even turn a profit. Not sure how much truth there is to that, but if they get a couple more weak winters I hope they expand the park and try to really capitalize on the popularity of the sport right now.
  • 1 0
 They dont take more than a few down . I remember hitting some just off the main runs last winter on the few powder days we hard early season.
  • 9 0
 It's always interesting to see how many people want bike park like trails at their local public trail system (which is free to ride, and doesn't have paid staff)...
  • 14 0
 Been my experience that critics don't show up for trailwork days. Nice job Snow Summit! Looking forward to a couple weekends out there.
  • 2 0
 @azdog: That's happening in SLC, Utah right now. There's a trail system where 2 park-style lines were built, both trails costing just over $100,000. They were beaten to shit within a month, dig days were fruitless, and one of them actually caused the most broken collarbones in Utah before a complete overhaul was done.
  • 3 0
 @azdog: Some don't, but some build their own trails in attempt to show what they're talking about, which is awesome because more trails is more better.
  • 1 0
 I think they want the chair lift.
  • 1 0
 @azdog: Hnnngvnngynnng
  • 1 0
 @Ajorda: Levitate?
  • 1 0
 @Ajorda: yeah? Where at.. Draper DH, soldier hollow? I'd help dig sometime this summer if I can make it up. Heard HeavyKevy is doing good work helping get more trails built.
  • 1 0
 @Chonky13: Fahzure, Dustin, JSL are the builders I typically talk to. Shoot me a PM and I can see if we can get linked up for some digging this year. Summer months are typically the high alpine building days, once fall sets in we're gonna refocus on Vertigo and Levitate.
  • 7 0
 That raked berm will turn to dust in 10 minutes!
  • 1 0
 probably
  • 5 0
 Would still like them to tear down those shitty wood berms before the hip jump. They are slower than the dirt was.
  • 1 0
 It wasn’t dirt before the hip jump you know that right? It was a rock garden and then a paver berm with a random ass Boulder in the middle of it all. It was much slower 2-3 years ago.
  • 3 0
 @Happypanda1337: it was dirt for the first one but it’s definitely slower now. That wood shit is a death trap
  • 1 0
 @kleinblake: it’s only a death trap on snow. Now the paver berms are death traps. I’ve seen enough people get their finger caught in them and snap.
  • 2 0
 @Happypanda1337: the second wood berm is malformed, dozens and dozens of riders ate it when they held races. My friend nearly lost his pinky, was out of work for six months.
  • 1 0
 @Happypanda1337: The original rock garden there was the best. They used it as a race course in the late 90's before it closed.
  • 4 0
 Why does every trail crew manager/director/supervisor have a soul patch? No disrespect, just a question.
  • 11 0
 Just a guess, he might be a funk soul brother.
  • 4 0
 it's part of the hiring criteria
  • 3 0
 @Lanebobane: Right about now
  • 5 0
 Follow up question: Why does every trail crew manager/director/supervisor look like a character-variation played by Will Ferrell?
  • 3 0
 I was going to make a Guy Fieri joke but found out amid all this pandemic craziness he's donated tons of money in COVID19 relief. Not all soul patches are found on d-bags, put a pair of white rim sunglasses on and well there's no saving you now.
  • 4 0
 @coyotecycleworks: There's an article floating around the internets about how he's the ONLY TV show host who ISN'T a raging D-bag and is quite the philanthropist.. Looks can be deceiving, don't judge book....etc. I am now a supporter, I'm sure he'll be happy to know that.
  • 3 0
 @endlessblockades: Yeah I learned about it on John Krasinski's SGN. Now those tips are frosted because they've been touched by angels! In all seriousness he's a great guy and yes don't judge based on looks alone.
  • 3 0
 Northstar and others to follow? If you ride fast enough, Covid cant catch you.
  • 5 0
 No true facts, If you ride fast you catch up with sick people going slow?
  • 1 0
 Please!!!!
  • 4 0
 Love snow summit!
  • 4 0
 Same!
  • 2 0
 Heck yes!!! Thank you so much to the crew really. If you see them out there buy them a beer. It truly is no dig no ride
  • 5 3
 Had a blast yesterday! Glad at least one CA bike park/county has the balls to open
  • 9 1
 Who knew that balls were all that was needed? Cancer: you just need balls. Diabetes: you just need balls. Alzheimers: you just need balls.
  • 1 0
 @coyotecycleworks:

That's a grim perspective. Reminds me of my Grim Donut T-shirt that just arrived today.
  • 3 0
 @RayDolor: I'm being sarcastic. The idea that going against recommended health guidelines makes you brave is kind of like riding without a helmet.
  • 3 0
 Thank you to all the trail crews out there. We appreciate you.
  • 2 0
 Looks like the mountain is getting ready to get shredded
  • 1 0
 Met Ryan at a bike conference last year and he was a super nice guy.
  • 1 0
 Sheeeeeeeeeeeeee-bruh!!!
  • 1 2
 He kept talking about trails but all I saw was dirt freeways.

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