Canyons Bike Park Opening Weekend 2014

Jun 18, 2014 at 10:09
by Justin Olsen  
Now in it's 4th season of operation, the bike park at Canyons Resort is really starting to shine. Last weekend the resort kicked off the 2014 season in big style, with free product and pass giveaways, a free Rad Company premier, a Terry Adams flatland BMX demo, and to top it all off a free Fishbone concert in the resort village. Not to mention laps on laps on laps through the freshly groomed bike park. There were new features on some of the older trails, new re-routes on others, and new additions all around. This year, the trail crew will be focusing on two projects; a top to bottom DH trail, and a new BIG jump trail sponsored by GoPro called the "GoPro Double Down". Big things are happening at Canyons, and I am stoked to see what the next few years will bring!
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A man and his saw. It is a beautiful thing. The trail crew has been hard at work getting the bike park ready for opening weekend. Nat Paton and Mark Kugel hard at work re-routing a section on lower Wild Mouse.

Nat Paton. Canyons Trail Crew.

Saw detail. Canyons Trail Crew.

A man and his saw. It is a beautiful thing. The trail crew has been hard at work getting the bike park ready for opening weekend. Nat Paton and Mark Kugel hard at work re-routing a section on lower Wild Mouse.

A few of the trails got re-routed this year including Wild Mouse. After all his hard work on the new sections of trail Alex Falkenstein was out all weekend watering the trails as they got ridden in. His relentless effort for the illustrious Blue Groove did not go unnoticed. The spoils of the trail are yours my friend

A few of the trails got re-routed this year, including Wild Mouse. After all his hard work on the new sections of trail, Alex Falkenstein was out all weekend watering the trails as they got ridden in. His relentless effort for the illustrious Blue Groove did not go unnoticed. The spoils of the trail are yours my friend!

Water. Pack. Ride. Repeat.

Water. Pack. Ride. Repeat

Freshly built 2014 rental fleet. The crew at Canyons Sports was building these babies up all week leading up to Opening Day.

Freshly built 2014 rental fleet. The crew at Canyons Sports was building these babies up all week leading up to Opening Day.

What goes up must come down.

What goes up must come down...

Dropkick is the longest trail in the Bike Park and was getting heavily sessioned all weekend. Amanda Cordell sends it over this step down near the top of the trail.

Dropkick is the longest trail in the Bike Park, and was getting heavily sessioned all weekend. Amanda Cordell sends it over this step down near the top of the trail.

The Laketown Cycles crew were burning in the trails all weekend. Spencer Green and Bryce Helbling tag teaming a table on Dropkick.

The Laketown Cycles crew were burning in the trails all weekend. Spencer Green and Bryce Helbling tag teaming a table on Dropkick.

Future plans for Dropkick include more jump features on the top part of the trail. This unknown shredder may or may not know that. Either way he doesn t seem too concerned at this point... Manuals are always a good time too.

Future plans for Dropkick include more jump features on the top part of the trail. This unknown shredder may or may not know that. Either way he doesn't seem too concerned at this point... Manuals are always a good time too.

Canyons local Eric Porter flowing through the jump section on lower Dropkick.

Canyons local Eric Porter flowing through the jump section on lower Dropkick.

Local ripper and MTB advocate James slcmtb Sandmire was out ripping all weekend too. Check his opening weekend edit out It shouldn t be to hard to find..

Salt Lake City ripper and MTB advocate James @slcmtb Sandmire was out ripping all weekend too. Check his opening weekend edit out! It shouldn't be too hard to find..

Local legend Mike Old Dog Kelley showed up to give all the young punks a lesson on how to ride a bike. At 55 years old he was clearing everything Canyons had to offer. This guy is a true ambassador for the sport and is instrumental in coaching and supporting young up and coming riders.

Local legend Mike "Old Dog" Kelley showed up to give all the young punks a lesson on how to ride a bike. At 55 years old, he was clearing everything Canyons had to offer. This guy is a true ambassador for the sport, and is instrumental in coaching and supporting local up and coming riders.

We interrupt this mountain biking article to bring you lunch. The tacos at the Red Pine Lodge are unbeatable. That is all.

We interrupt this mountain biking article to bring you lunch. The tacos at the Red Pine Lodge are unbeatable. That is all.

This double on lower Split Decision was designed specifically to increase tube and rear wheel sales at the bike shop in the village. You don t want to case here..

This double on lower Split Decision was designed specifically to increase tube and rear wheel sales at the bike shop in the village. You don't want to case here...

Local shredder Brandon Olson safely sends it over the wheel eating trap and catches tranny on this landing.

Local shredder Brandon Olson safely sends it over the wheel eating trap and catches tranny on this landing.

This rock has ended more than one good day of riding... And it has the scars to prove it.

A closer look at this landing. This rock has ended more than one good day of riding... And it has the scars to prove it.

Part 1. Cody Kelley can make even the smallest jumps look incredible. Here he is on the way up... Wait for it... Wait for it..

Part 1. Cody Kelley can make pretty much any jump look incredible. That is a fact. Here he is on the way up... Wait for it... Wait for it..

Part 2. Boom. There it is. see part 1 for further info

Part 2. Boom. There it is. (See Part 1 for further info.)

This year the trail crew is focused on the new DH trail which is slated to open sometime in August. The trail has already been scratched in and a few features have been built including this rock drop. Things are looking good for the DH scene at Canyons.

This is another view of the rock drop on the DH course. The entrance to this feature is a bit dicey for sure.

This year the trail crew is focused on the new DH trail, which is slated to open sometime in August. The trail has already been scratched in, and a few features have been built, including this rock drop. Things are looking good for the DH scene at Canyons.

Kelly Mcgarry hanging a foot out on the Rally Cat step up.

Kelly drove 20 hrs from Whistler stopped in for a weekend of riding at Canyons then got back in his van and headed to Colorado. Buddy is on the move these days. Glad he found the time to run a few laps in the park with us.

Kelly McGarry drove 20 hrs from Whistler, stopped in for a weekend of riding at Canyons, then got back in his van and headed to Colorado. Buddy is on the move these days. Glad he found the time to run a few laps in the park with us.

The entrance to Rally Cat has seen a lot of changes over the last few seasons. The current set up is the best so far. This is the first drop on the trail otherwise known as the squirrel catcher. It gets the job done.

The entrance to Rally Cat has seen a lot of changes over the last few seasons. The current set up is the best so far. This is the first drop on the trail, otherwise known as the squirrel catcher. It gets the job done.

Shark fin Berm press whatever you want to call it this feature is undoubtedly one of the most fun things to rid on the mountain. Bryce Helbling throwing some style on Rally Cat.

Shark Fin, Berm Press, whatever you want to call it, this feature is undoubtedly one of the most fun things to ride on the mountain. Bryce Helbling throwing some style on Rally Cat.

This double on Rally Cat is small but really tricky. It is essentially a hip and right when you land you have to hook into a left berm. While I was standing here shooting photos it seemed like every other person was getting taken out by it. More than a few people went OTB.. Brandon Olson didn t have any problems though. Eyes on the prize.

This double on Rally Cat is small but really tricky. It is essentially a hip, and right when you land you have to hook into a left berm. While I was standing here shooting photos, it seemed like every other person was getting taken out by it. More than a few people went OTB.. Brandon Olson didn't have any problems though. Eyes on the prize.

Bike Parks. Good for the dating scene.

Bike Parks. Good for the dating scene. Good luck buddy.

Amanda Cordell told me she moved to Utah a few years ago to ski and just picked up biking as something to do in the summer while waiting for the snow to fall again. After one summer of riding racing DH she was hooked and now her plan is exactly the opposite. She was definitely holding it down for the ladies in the Bike Park

Amanda Cordell told me she moved to Utah a few years ago to ski, and just picked up biking as something to do in the summer while waiting for the snow to fall again. After one summer of riding / racing DH she was hooked, and now her plan is exactly the opposite. She was definitely holding it down for the ladies in the Bike Park!

Uh oh... Eric Porter got caught riding the bike park hitting jumps and throwing no handers on a 27.5 trail bike...

Uh oh... Eric Porter got caught riding the bike park, hitting jumps, and throwing no handers on a 27.5 trail bike...

Joey Foresta.. Joey Foresta... Remember the name Joey Foresta. You will be hearing it again. This kid is 13 years old and is an absolute ripper. He was destroying everything in the bike park all weekend.

Joey Foresta... Joey Foresta... Remember the name Joey Foresta. You will be hearing it again. This kid is 13 years old and is an absolute ripper. He was destroying everything in the bike park all weekend.

Good thing Joey Foresta can ride a bike because he totally blew this putt. Tap Tap Tap it in buddy.

Good thing Joey Foresta can ride a bike because he totally blew this putt. Tap tap tap it in buddy.

On Friday night there was a free screening of Rad Company in the Resort Village and Bike Park Manager Steve Duke kicked it off with a timeless classic the Swag toss. Free stuff good.

Rad Company premier

Rad Company Premier

On Friday night there was a free screening of Rad Company in the Resort Village, and Bike Park Manager Steve Duke kicked it off with a timeless classic, the Swag toss. Free stuff good.

Angelo Moore Fishbone. Canyons Resort Bike Park opening weekend 2014.

Ska Punk legends Fishbone lit it up the stage on Saturday night. If you don t know who Fishbone is you should probably go back to doing your homework right now. Either that or go ask your Dad. Canyons Bike Park opening weekend 2014

Ska Punk legends Fishbone lit it up the stage on Saturday night. If you don't know who Fishbone is you should probably go back to doing your homework right now. Either that or go ask your Dad. Canyons Bike Park opening weekend 2014
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Thanks to everyone who came out for opening weekend! Big thanks to Steve Duke and the trail crew for keeping it all dialed in, and thanks to all the brands who sponsor and support the park, Dakine, Oakley, Red Bull, GoPro, GT Bicycles, and SixSixOne.

Stay tuned to @ridecanyons on Instagram and Canyons Bike Park on Facebook for news and updates.

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40 Comments
  • 9 1
 What a way to spend Father's Day! Me, my wife, 7-year old, and 10-year old are pretty lucky to have this as part of our extended back yard. Had to explain to the kids that some people actually choose to live in cities without mountains. Sheesh.
  • 8 1
 God I love the fact that it's 30 minutes from my house! Canyons gets better every year!
  • 5 0
 Ok, So where is this place ?
  • 3 0
 Only like the most important question on here! Guess they don't ACTUALLY want people to ride there...?
  • 2 0
 Park City, UT
  • 4 0
 A bunch of Utah rippers in those pics!! Nice job everyone, makes me miss the dust!
  • 3 0
 I moved from Park City to Baltimore last month for school. This article has induced an acute case of homesickness.
  • 2 0
 Unbeatable tacos? Challenge accepted. Looks like Canyons is getting better every year. I wash I was back in Utah now.
  • 2 0
 I'm stuck in Navy officer development school in Newport. I can't even ride my bike for five more weeks!!
  • 4 1
 I was there on Friday and I fucking knew that was Kelly McGarry!
  • 1 0
 Just an hour from my house... what a blessing. Can't wait to play in the dirt there!
  • 3 1
 Braap! The new DH trail is looking good!
  • 1 0
 Whattup Krispy!? I'm excited to race it in a couple months!
  • 5 9
flag scott-townes (Jun 18, 2014 at 19:40) (Below Threshold)
 For a DH trail, it's looking pretty buffed out. Canyons really needs something tech/steep/a trail you actually may need a DH bike for. There's so much potential but it looks like they're heading in the machined/all user friendly type trails. It's not a bad thing but I know there's a lot of people who would love something more challenging in terms of tech, DH-illy.
  • 6 1
 Let's see what you have to say in august...
  • 5 1
 Ha you're only seeing one thing.... That "buffed out" trail in the photo happens to be a steep landing to a 20+ ft drop. So, maybe you should be patient and wait til august when the trails opens before you talk down on the great work they are doing.
  • 3 1
 20ft. drop? haha, I don't need to see the trail in person to tell you it won't be anywhere near that. Regardless, yes based on the two pictures they're showing, it does make it look like it'll be a buffed out DH trail. I don't see what's so terrible about pointing out the obvious. I'm sorry I didn't hike up and scout the entire trail before posting that Frown I forgot that people can be very sensitive/defensive over small things. omg don't neg prop me! :0
  • 1 0
 are you by chance *the* Krispy from the Double Down Dvd?
  • 3 1
 @scott-townes - Thats why we have Deer Valley resort 10 minutes down the road - Canyons for getting & jumpy riding buffed trails, Deer Valley for Gnar-bar DH with loose rocks, rooty turns and high-speed chunder. To each their own - I like having one place for each
  • 3 3
 scott-townes has always bugged the S#$! out of me. Don't mind what he says he cant ride half as good as he talks hes a bad rap for Utah...
  • 4 0
 shred- I think DV is only as good as it is today because of the locals who devote so much time to up-keeping the sick trails, caring more for them than the resort itself, it seems. Although it's tight the resort is that open to do work on the trails.The Canyons being the first resort in the area to get back into devoting a lot of money/time in MTBing, I'm hoping they will eventually string off into insanely sick DH trails after the bike park has been established, trails moving in the direction of like Insurgent.

RLogan is a perfect example of someone who cannot handle another person's opinion on a website and instead of ignoring it or being mature, he childishly attacks them about pointless crap like how good he thinks they can ride a bike. Get over yourself, buddy. Life would be boring and a lot less awesome if everyone thought and felt the same way about everything.
  • 1 0
 Unless things have drastically changed, caring AT ALL about DV's trails is caring more than the resort. I tired of getting attitude from their lifties years ago, so my money goes elsewhere now.
  • 1 0
 I think we can all look fwd to seeing good things from DV, Canyons (and Snowbird!!!!) - Utah has finally caught the drift that DH is here to stay, Canyons being of the first. There's rumors that DV may be expanding their trail crew, and I've confirmed the rumors that Snowbird built a 7-mile flow trail off the Tram, albeit it won't open until the snow melts in late July/August. My truck's transmission looks fwd to the shift to chair-access.
  • 1 0
 Snowbird is also working on a true DH tail as well. The flow trail is multi-directional so they are building a proper DH tail to accompany it.
  • 2 0
 Too bad it's snowed in today...
  • 2 0
 True, but the dirt is going to be legendary this weekend. Canyons on Saturday, Crest on Sunday. I love living here!
  • 2 0
 scenery there looks amazing! and I love the mini-golf pic
  • 1 0
 Man I hope my transfer goes through. It would be awesome to have some real trails to ride......
  • 1 0
 Went up to check it out on Sunday and ended up buying a pass. Rad spot and can't wait for the DH trail.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for buying a season pass, DH trail is going to be Smile
  • 1 0
 "Swim, play Swim".

....Dad.
  • 1 0
 Hope everybody is enjoying the bike park, HERO this weekend Smile
  • 1 0
 trails look primo and so do the tacos
  • 1 0
 What a day it was indeed! Smile Great photos!
  • 1 0
 Of course u were there! But what do we do now with this ten inches of snow we got?!
  • 2 1
 I love, love, love living in Utah! So many rad options.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a sweet resort! I can't wait to shred it!!
  • 1 0
 looks fun! good to see the local heros getting after it!
  • 2 1
 Full contact mini golf!
  • 1 0
 Sssssshred!







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