There are a lot of mountain bikers in Texas, but not a lot of mountains, so a lift-access bike park should be great news for Lone Star riders. Spider Mountain
offers 350 feet of elevation and a four-person chair-lift that will operate Monday through Sunday year 'round. If you hail from Colorado or Switzerland, 350 feet of elevation might seem laughable, but if you live in Texas, you'd have to travel out of state to find a lift access bike park - or a real life mountain range, for that matter. Spider Mountain is located in the Highland Lakes area in central Texas, about an hours' drive from Austin and accessible from Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.
You can overnight at the resort's Thunderbird Lodge
, and take advantage of Lake Hodges, which borders the bike park. Day passes run $50 for adults (ages 19-59) and $45 for all others. Season passes are also available for a limited time at $199 for adults (ages 19-59 years) and $149 for all others, valid January 19 through April 30, 2019.
Spider Mountain is owned and operated by Durango-Colorado based Mountain Capital Partners, who also own Purgatory Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Hesperus Ski Area, Nordic Valley Ski Resort, and Purgatory Snowcat Adventures. MCP offers a comprehensive "Power Pass"
that gives access to all of its resorts, and will include Spider Mountain as well.
From the press release:
With a variety of trails for all abilities and 350 feet of vertical, Spider Mountain ’s lift-served bike park features include downhill flow trails, and technical trails with bridges, berms, jumps, and more. The bike park is designed and developed by Hogan Koesis, director of mountain biking for Mountain Capital Partners, which owns and operates Spider Mountain and six ski resorts. Koesis has more than a decade of experience in the biking industry, designing, developing and constructing trails.“It’s exciting to be the first lift-served bike park in the US that’s open year-round and bring progressive mountain biking terrain to Texas,” stated Koesis. “Until now, this type of lift-accessed terrain was only available in a ski resort setting. The new Spider Mountain Bike Park is unlike anything else in Texas.”Contact Spider Mountain for more information.