May 3rd, 2008, the day a lot of locals and non-Diablo Locals had been waiting for. The opening day of Diablo Freeride Park!
Prior to opening day, the Town of Vernon has been battered with severe weather (rain, thunder-storms, strong winds Etc).I arrived @ Diablo @ 8:15 Am and thought I'd be the first there, but the parking lot was half full with familiar faces already. Being that no one printed out their "Release Forms" and I did, i was actually the first in line to get my season pass, and my lift ticket, which also made Me and a young Fella named Devin the first two inline (with me being first).
We took the first run of the day, it was Misty, wet and yet, the kind folks @ Diablo Freeride Park opened up 98% of the trails to the public, even the newly build Greenhorn and Salvation.
Greenhorn, it a Nice flowy trail, some pedaling may be required, but if you were in great shape, it will and should be no problem (this is meant to be a top to bottom run) it merges with the Small Salvation kicker, which Devin and I sessioned:
Then Exits out of Lower Breakout, into Chute de Satchum and then Alpine!
Salvation... in order to get into Salvation you need to go through any of the older trails, Twist, Flatliner, Upper Dominion, and merge into Upper breakout and make a Left.... there you will be greeted with a 30 foot ladder/kicker leading to a 15 foot gap or so:
Then back to alpine, progression drops (or SRAM Berm) down to the Phantom Drop:
The weather conditions definitely effected some riding, but overall it was a FUN filled opening day weekend, and we look forward to having more Fun filled weekends @ Diablo! Props to the Diablo trail Crew for the hard work they have done during the off season!VIDEO