Winter Park Mountain Biking, Part Two: Trestle and Granby Lift-Served

Mar 23, 2017 at 15:12
by Lee Lau  

Warm days, Cool Nights, Hot Trails.
Not so Wintery Winter Park - Lift-served Trestle and Granby


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TRESTLE BIKE PARK

Trestle Bike Park is the lift accessed Downhill Mountain Bike Park in Winter Park Resort. Accessed by three lifts Trestle offers 40 miles of trails. 14 trails are dedicated 'downhill' while the remainder are 'Enduro style.' Bottom line is that there are options to suit all preferences. Be warned that lines start early to get your rental gear on the weekends. Having said that the staff are very fast at moving the line along.

Lines start early to get your rental gear. The rental fleet is beautifully maintained and the staff very fast at moving the line along

Warm up on Double Jeopardy

Trestle’s season runs from June to September with exact dates being condition-dependent. They open promptly at 9:00am if you need to rent one of their demo bikes from their impressive and immaculately maintained fleet which includes; Trek Sessions, Transition TR500, Enduro FSR Evo, Specialized Demos, Intense Uzzis, Scott Gamblers, Norco Aurums, or Giant Glorys. You can even get a deal if you book online! You can also book for half a day as we did so we could do some pedalling in the afternoon. With their reasonable day ticket rates of $44.00 we were surprised it wasn’t busier what with it being a bluebird weekend day of riding. Check out their website for daily deals and other events going on – there’s really too much to discuss here.

Doug on Double Jeopardy

No Quarter to Eskimo Lift Mid mountain lift with no line on a blue-bird weekend

Doug on the Rainmaker Jump Trail

Trestle Bike park was also home to the 2016 Colorado Freeride Festival (previously Crankworx Colorado), so you know they aren’t afraid of pushing the limit. Also for 2017 they are expanding their terrain with three new trails that opened up in the fall; a black flow trail – Upper Boulevard, and two blue flow trails – Spicy Chicken and Dyno Bones. The 10.2-mile Backside Trestle trail (built by Gravity Logic) should open next year to offer even more downhill terrain.

The Boulevard Techy trail

No Quarter Flow Jump Trail

Ride back to the Village

Winter Park Resort’s base area was built by Intrawest so it has that Whistler feel. It’s a smaller walking village with a cool main meeting area where they have festivities happening on weekends. The Chili Fest was happening when we were there with lots of vendors participating and a community family-friendly vibe.

Lunch at Vertical Bistro

Lunch at Vertical Bistro

GRANBY RANCH

Thirty minutes, or 20 miles north of Winter Park is Granby Ranch. Formerly known as Sol Vista, Granby is a privately run 5500-acre resort that partners with the Headwaters Trails Alliance to create community trail connections. Granby’s community participation also involves general social good as it also donates to the Grand Foundation to improve the quality of living in the Grand County area.

Granby Ranch came to be when private investors purchased five ranches with the intention of building a ski resort in the 1960′s. In 1995 the Ranch was purchased by a Brazilian family. Since then they have expanded their ski terrain, built a golf course, and developed a lift-assisted mountain bike park with adjoining XC trails and some dedicated gravity trails.

Greg Mazu’s company has been involved with developing trails in the Granby DH and XC network through his company Singletrack Trails. With 36 trails accessible by the lift, 14 of them are considered dh-oriented trails. Granby illustrates the diversity of Winter Park area riding all in a discrete geographical location.

The Lodge at Granby

One of the mountains at Granby

Excellent rental fleet selection Intense and Devinci s

Pivot Mach6 s 429Trails

Granby is well mapped and signed. There is no charge to ride the trails and the public is welcome to use the area by bike, or on foot. The only charge is to use the chairlift which has reasonable prices – for example, a one lift ride to access higher trails is $10. A whole day ticket to do laps is $26. Lunch at the base is also reasonable with BBQ and beers running about $10.

Granby Trail map

Coloradooooo broooooo

Sidewinder Trail

Vista Ridge

Down the Fraser back to Granby

Down the Fraser back to Granby

Back to the Granby base

Had a snack on the Patio before checking out the more dh-oriented trails with Kevin Greg Sharon and Barb

Trail access to many of the surrounding communities is also integrated – for example through publicly maintained trails to houses via Route 85/87 junction. We were told that biking visits spike mainly on the weekend but on the weekday when we rode we saw very few people. The biggest group using Granby appears to be wedding parties who enjoy the views from atop accessible via the chairlift. Base elevation of Granby is 'only' 8202 ft.

We took a post-lunch opportunity to sample lift-served riding. Admittedly most of the trails are more of the intermediate variety but it's an economical way to get lots of vert. The chairlift takes you up 1,000 feet which doesn’t seem like a lot but it does put you above the surrounding flats and gives you amazing views to the surrounding continental divide and below to the Fraser drainage. Again, while there are downhill trails per se, the primary usage of the chairlift appears to be more trail-bike oriented. That's fine since the trails are well built and maintained.

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam is a nice flowy trail built by Singletrack Trails. Perfect for our trail-oriented Treks

Little Hip in Silky Johnson

XC Stats from Granby
Granby xc laps


DH Stats from Granby
Granby dh laps

WHERE TO EAT

As we were travelling light we decided to eat out for breakfast and dinner. The options in town are plentiful and portions are American-size. Our first day we ate at Carvers, a nice little place on the main strip. Breakfast was huge and tasty.

Our first day we ate at Carvers a nice little place on the main strip. Breakfast was huge and tasty.

Another breakfast option is at the Rise and Shine bakery which had decent food but with unexpectedly indifferent service.

Another breakfast option is at the Rise and Shine bakery which we thought was mediocre at best

We had Dinner at Denos. It’s a popular place on the highway strip and deservedly so. Really good value for money at happy hour with enough for dinner!

We had Dinner at Deno s. It s a popular place on the highway strip and deservedly so. Really good value for money at happy hour.which enough for dinner

Another breakfast option is at Randis Grill and Pub. They are expanding to breakfast and THEY know had to add Avocados!

Another breakfast option is at Randi s Grill and Pub. They are expanding to breakfast and THEY know had to add Avocados

WHEN TO VISIT

Winter Park is the closest resort to the concrete parking lot disaster that is Denver (a city that would be much improved by a closed-surface nuclear detonation if I've ever seen one). Yet people brave even another half hour of road-rage on I-70 to get to Summit County driving right by the Berthoud Pass/Winter Park turnoff and miss out on these very cool trails. Winter Park trails are among the earliest trails in the higher Colorado plateau to melt out from snow with some trails being rideable in mid-May. The heart of the season is in summer of course but it is in September (sometimes as late as early October) when the fall colours come into fall glory. Coincidentally the fall colour season is when accommodation prices drop and restaurants are much less busy.

The only thing perhaps lacking from the area is high alpine access with legal trail riding prescribed by the presence of many wilderness areas prohibiting access to the nearby Continental Divide Trail.. However, what you have in the Winter Park area is exceptionally close proximity to a network of interconnected trails. The sheer convenience of riding on such an interesting network with variety is enough reason to visit - and you should.

If you missed it, check out part one here.


MENTIONS: @leelau

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118 Comments

  • + 116
 Damn, this article just pisses me off. Look man, I'm sure you had a rad vacation in Colorado, but keep your slow riding and crappy opinions to yourself and your Facebook page. Write a vacation blog, not a tourism piece on a place you're wholly unqualified to cover.

If you aren't up to riding the technical trails, then you can't possibly talk about what the trail systems have to offer. If you can't make the trails look good by riding more than 2.5 mph at any given moment, then don't present it like evidence of what an area has. You didn't ride a single classic trail in the entire area, then present this shit article like it's a guide to the area. You made people less likely to come with this.

Finally, if you're gonna be a shit writer and journalist, then definitely don't call out an entire city like Denver as "a city that would be much improved by a closed-surface nuclear detonation if I've ever seen one". You need to see some more cities in the world my friend if you think Denver is worth destroying.

@leelau: Keep your close minded mouth and unsubstantiated opinions away from my state, and off the front page of pinkbike from now on.
  • + 9
 Preach ????????
  • + 35
 @LavenderGooms You sir have restored my faith in the PB community................
  • + 37
 Yes - this was a very poor piece, and the slam on Denver was unwarranted.
  • + 34
 @LavenderGooms Thanks for saying what everyone that lives in CO who saw this was thinking. A prerequisite for reviewing bike parks is being able to ride all the trails at them.
  • + 16
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN000LUrVc8 what Granby is really like.
  • + 22
 If I was a bike park I would pay this guy to NOT write an article about my trails
  • + 5
 @Kitejumping: Now THAT is Granby.
  • + 5
 why have a tourist write a guide? Leave it to a local
  • + 5
 My thoughts on this piece where the Riders were slugs. Looks like they had really nice rental bikes. Lots of good eats. Didn't really see any rad features or jumps. Looks like a great place for beginners. I sure hope there's enough gravity there to get the speed up high enough to make it fun and scary. I wish you all the best of luck.
  • + 7
 but joking about nuclear war is soooo funny right now…
  • - 1
 @lyophilization: jokes are all about interpretation. Just remember almost everybody on the online world traded in their humor or an nuclear attitude.
  • + 9
 First off, I can ride my XC race bike faster on anything seen in this video.

Let's remember as well that Trestle was home to an EWS stop a couple years ago. That shows how amazing, technical, and fast the trails are. Trestle Bike Park is crazy and it is where all the senders that live in the Denver/Summit County area go to send big.

Granby Ranch is fast too. The video only portrayed 1mph riding. This makes the place look boring as could be. Granby Ranch hosts collegiate XC, DH, and Dual Slalom every year, and a lot of the kids riding being borderline pro.

If anyone is gonna do an article about riding in Colorado, give the job to a Colorado native that can ride fast, send big, and really portray what our state has to offer.
  • + 7
 I wish I could like this 1000 times. As a resident of metro Denver I say screw this guy and his rude comment. I will thank him though for his video of 2.5 mph trail riding on green runs...I now don't feel like such a novice.

Side note: It's ignorant and douchy to generalize any city, region, town, etc. Do us all a favor Lee and grow up and stay out of CO.
  • + 1
 @COnovicerider: Vindicated...
  • + 4
 "Greg Mazu’s company has been involved with developing trails in the Granby DH and XC network through his company Singletrack Trails. With 36 trails accessible by the lift, 14 of them are considered dh-oriented trails"

That's a bit disingenuous Greg. Aside from disrespecting Denver (which I just visited last week, and had a great time at), the lack of mention to the guys at Momentum Trail Concepts who started the SolVista bike park sucks too. You do this for Winter Park and mention Gravity Logic, but not Granby?

Before Greg went in, the trails flowed better, had jumps that matched the speed of trails, and was a more complete system for getting better in all areas of DH riding. I know, because I built them. Now, I would say the jumps are better in Winter Park, but there is good diversity in Granby for the rider looking for technical stuff as well. Too bad Greg and crew aren't up to task to make the good parts look alright in a photo and actually show that diversity.
  • + 46
 How can you call Granby more trail bike oriented if you only rode the easiest trails there? It gives the wrong impression for dh riders who might be thinking of visiting.
  • + 39
 When in reality Granby has the gnarlier trails between the two
  • + 4
 @adrennan: @sampolicky thanks for the callout. In retrospect that was sloppy writing on my part. Granby's tech trails did look good. My bad and thanks for correcting
  • + 11
 Its true. The DH trails are old school with big gaps
  • + 4
 @andnyleswillriot: I wouldn't call Grandby ranch old school, it just isn't as dumbed down as Trestle. The DH trails are actually worth racing at Grandby ranch.
  • + 3
 @ghammack: congrats, call it whatever you want. Haha
  • + 2
 Its a good thing they all brought their enduro bikes for all that smooth ass silky johnson they rode
  • + 3
 @leelau: it makes me wonder if winter park was paying for the article...
  • + 6
 Granby is 100x better than trestle. Everyone who actually rides there knows what they are doing, and some of the gnarliest and fastest trails in CO reside at that mountain
  • - 1
 @snoopy24777: OK the fastest proper trails are in junction. But Shhhhhh
  • + 8
 That video was painful to watch. That was a terrible preview of Granby trails. They actually have some really cool stuff. Showing people do rollers at 10mph is not at all indicative of Granby.
  • + 3
 Yeah Granby is awesome, maybe they weren't up to riding the real trails there?
  • + 14
 Granby got robbed of some opportunity to get good press. Shitty article for an awesome bike park.
  • + 9
 A guide should be written by a local, not some tourist joey.
  • + 2
 @andnyleswillriot: They have modernized all the jumps. We rode and raced all last summer... Its still big but not as dangerous as old days. Im going back at least a few times this summer. Considering you can ride Grandby Ranch for less than 30 bucks and not as busy as WP or KEYSTONE .
  • + 2
 @logic007: opening day is May 26th, I'm definitely going.
  • + 1
 my back looks like Kunta Kinte's from crashing in some of their rock gardens
  • + 1
 @geerumm: I haven't had that pleasure yet.
  • + 31
 "Denver (a city that would be much improved by a closed-surface nuclear detonation if I've ever seen one)."

Real classy Lee...
  • - 14
flag xjrides (Apr 16, 2017 at 14:21) (Below Threshold)
 Dude already quickly admitted to being a hack sloppy writer
  • + 14
 Totally lame comment and unwarranted on his part. We all gotta live somewhere....
  • + 12
 Yeah kinda a d*ck move to call out a whole city like that
  • + 13
 @sampolicky: He seems to be in the minority, most people f*cking love Denver as evidenced by massive population growth and housing prices going through the stratosphere.
  • + 4
 Yeah what the hell is he talking about? Denver is one of the best cities in the world, we're not talking about f*cking cleveland here
  • - 2
 @LavenderGooms: so you turn around and call out another city, Cleveland? We all understand the article upset you mate , but your comment about Cleveland, .. Isn't it kinda similar to what partially pissed you off in the article?
  • + 6
 Maybe he's actually trying to buy there and trying to get prices back down??? Denver is awesome.
  • + 3
 @weebleswobbles: Google Denver news, top 3 articles are "Community rushes to save iconic Denver Sundial" , Tax March: Thousands in Denver demand to see Trump's tax returns" , and "Looking for adventure, why not go on a scavenger hunt in Denver?"

Google Cleveland news, top 3 articles are "'Active shooter' in Cleveland streams live killing of man" , "9 shot at Columbus club, police say" , and "Cleveland councilman upset, angry about shooting of car dealership"

I don't wanna make this Denver vs. Cleveland or anything, I'm just saying
  • + 8
 Funny, because he lives in Vancouver a city that relies heavily on its hockey team to provide an excuse to burn the city down and start over once a decade... #roasted
  • + 5
 @LavenderGooms: Uhhhh, yeah, 'cuz the greater Denver area has not had any horrific gun violence or anything like that... I love Denver, but yeah, let's not glamorize it compared to other cities either.
  • + 3
 @LavenderGooms: yep you are just saying
  • + 4
 @herzalot: OK Come on man, don't say Cleveland and Denver are on the same page in terms of crime rates and gun violence. It's one thing to not want to bash other cities, fine. But don't compare apples to oranges and call them both apples. At some point objective fact has to come into play. Denver is objectively a much safer city than Cleveland.
  • - 2
 And by googling the news for both of the places and copying and pasting to the reply you did just that, make it about Cleveland v Denver. But, you know, shrug.. I'm just saying
  • + 2
 @MoDobbs: I watched the final game of the Stanley Cup series in 1994 at a friends place in Vancouver and he insisted we cruise downtown to witness the predicted mayhem. That scene was over the top crazy and one that I will never forget! It's hard to imagine in reading that 2011 was more extreme.
  • + 5
 @BullMooose: I know which city I would live in and which I would not. Hint: Not the shores of a Great Lake. Just sayin' the Denver bashing in the article was bad, then calling it out by Cleveland bashing sort of missed the point.
  • + 3
 @teamtoad: it made being a bruins fan that much more awesome.
  • + 8
 but really, denver sucks. don't come here
  • + 1
 @LavenderGooms: Columbus and Cleveland are 2 completely different cities plus shootings happen everywhere.
  • + 3
 I think Lee would consider any major metropolis a paved butthole
  • + 5
 Seeing as how both Denver and Cleveland are in the top 10 for best beer cities in America, I'm going to play devil's advocate and say why would anyone want to blow up either state? All cities have their problems, but the bottom line is the author shouldn't have made that comment about any city.

www.cheatsheet.com/culture/7-of-the-best-cities-in-america-for-beer-lovers.html/?a=viewall

Now go drink a beer wherever you are and get out and shred!
  • + 3
 @lobohusky: on reflection yup for sure the comment was out of line. Good to see so many people passionate about the places they live.

Article was written in 2016 in what seems like a totally different time. Timing of the "nuking" comment is super unfortunate.
  • + 3
 @leelau: you're still missing the point. The nuke comment isn't the main issue but rather coming into a city (one in which you landed in to get to your final destination) and making an insensitive comment is.

And with that you pissed off a lot of people.
  • + 0
 @COnovicerider: I think he got that point and said it was out of line. It sounds like he made the "nuking" comment as it may have been pertinent to something going on at the time (political, global, local, who knows). But regardless, he owned up to it so let's move on.

@leelau: No worries. Glad you enjoyed your trip nonetheless.
  • + 2
 @lobohusky: no doubt and I have moved on. Hopefully he learned to come across as less of a jerk during his next article. An article in which I won't be reading. Happy riding...
  • + 26
 Lol at that video, so weak. Does this mountain no justice.
  • + 17
 It captures the ColoRADo dad scene extremely well
  • + 3
 @ghammack: Idk man, those were some pretty Rad Dads out there. Do you think I can get into the Rad Dad scene if I don't have a Yeti and a mortgage or nah
  • + 14
 Dude travels from British Columbia to mountain bike in Winter Park Colorado of all places. He didn't need to write a single word for me to know he knows very little about this sport. The slow motion videos really helped emphasize his skill as a rider tho... Lol
  • + 17
 You are a rookie if you think Sol Vista is easy. Ride the real trails!
  • + 11
 Why ride the real trails when you can rip down some fire roads!
  • + 17
 Hey Lee Lau - GFY
  • + 10
 @leelau WOW, You got roasted in the comments section! .... but to your credit .. after I read the article, my first thought was ... it was a nice write up for regular folk .. like all the normal ppl who just like biking and life and don't need the gnar... but I guess that's not the target BP audience. Wink
  • + 4
 I wrote that admittedly dickish unnecessary comment about Denver expecting a reaction and got it in spades. My bad and my mistake to own. It's good people are so passionate about where they live.

There's a lot of "dentists and doctors" who read PB but don't comment and enjoy the article. So that target audience is reached. One doesn't write for the frontpage without expecting comments.
  • + 2
 @leelau: I think you simply got caught in your dickish comment and tried to backtrack. Did you even spend any quality time in Denver or just see the unattractive industrial area from I-70 on your way up to the Rockies?
  • + 12
 I mean, on the plus side, with coverage this bad, maybe it will keep people from coming and skidding through every berm all summer.
  • + 10
 i saw 2 things i really liked in this article..
1. cinnamon rolls
2. transition patrol carbon

oh and if that guy ever wants to sell that patrol?
thats the guy you want to buy a used bike from.. never been over 20mph
  • + 3
 I got him followed on PB. waiting for that moment that he sells his Patrol ;-)
  • + 8
 WP and Trestle are a good spot for a few reasons. Way easier for me to fit my AM bike , as opposed to my DH bike, in a box and mail it out for $50. The AM bike handles everything at Trestle just fine. With the AM bike, trail riding, is an option too. So is having my kids ride WP with me. Agree, most of the trails are pretty easy, but how about just using less bike?

I dig DH with super gnar trails but they require a DH bike and that's not always practical. I'd rather ride trails a notch down on an AM bike and take longer to get to the bottom of the hill. Don't know about you, but I'm in no hurry to spend more time sitting on a lift.
  • + 12
 I miss Colorado
  • + 5
 I miss Cali
  • + 3
 I'm a COCal too. Both places have some awesome features. And both have some unattractive values as well.
  • + 10
 Jerry's big trip!
  • + 7
 You gotta launch it! How do you make a video of winter park and not show banana peel, rainmaker, or be all??
  • + 5
 I live in Winter Park and ride both Trestle and Granby Ranch and this is the worst write up ever! @leelau you should be barred from Pinkbike as you clearly don't and can't ride what's on offer here.
  • + 8
 Cool fast zoom zoom trails. Food selection in this town look incredible
  • + 7
 DH trails there are named after Chapelle show characters Tron Ashy Larry Bucknasty
  • + 7
 Go home and pour one out into Bucknasty's momma's dish. R.I.P.
  • + 3
 And Silky Johnson
  • + 1
 That just sold me on a trip here. I bet "Chuck Taylor" is a hell of a trail.
  • + 6
 @leelau

Typical of the gaper dentist mentality that has sadly permeated this fine sport.
  • + 5
 Damn... good thing the author didn't go to Keystone. He wouldn't have known what to do with all the technical trails!
  • + 2
 Seems like WP is getting a lot of coverage this pre-season. I think they are really pushing to make bikes biggeras part of their summer; make it more like whistler, where you have a "whole package" deal - bike park, high country trails, lodging, food, all around a centralized town/base area

@straightshreddersOC GA is pretty cool! I don't live in Whistler, but I get to ride WP, Teton Pass, Moab etc a lot and I still reminisce about the trail of the southeast. It's just so good. I'm going to spend some time their this winter and couldn't be more psyched!
  • + 2
 Here's a better short summary of the area.

Winter Park is a relatively short drive from Denver, and is worth checking out for lift served riding. Most of the trails point downhill, and have jumps, wooden features, and some rocky areas to challenge riders. It gets busy on weekends, and they have some fun events as well. It would be tough to ride all the trails in one day, so a couple days are good for most people visiting the area. 100% worth checking out.

Granby Ranch is NOT intermediate as the article suggests. @leelau could get people hurt suggesting that. When the lift served trails were originally built there, the trails had intimidating looking jumps that made people know that they needed to focus and plan ahead. Now, there are jumps that look friendly enough for Greg Mazu to hit, but they go into some extremely loose and technical sections that can't be seen from the lifts, so please look before you ride into things. It may look easier now, but the trails are often more technical because some jumps require pedaling, some braking before, and the flow is different than it had originally. There are introductory DH trails (Silky) through National Championship DH tracks, so a real DH bike is not out of place at all. 100% worth checking out.
  • + 4
 This looks like a really nice spot to go eat and shopping. Can't really say the video did much in terms of shredding rideing impressions.
  • + 3
 They didn't show any good trails at Granby or Winter Park for that matter. Granby is so much sicker than anything they show here.
  • + 4
 $26 for all day? Wow! Nice!
  • + 8
 Only on 26" wheels though.
  • + 4
 A very fair price that leaves some cash in the wallet for a visit to the local chronic shop. No references from the BC author? When in Colorado......
  • + 2
 @warmerdamj: $26 so you can save money to upgrade your outdated ride... lol
  • + 4
 So stoked for opening weekend
  • + 2
 Nice write-up! It's nice to see my hometown and regular spots put in the spotlight!
  • + 1
 @xjrides: where do you live that is so great? I'd love to go write a half-ars article about it and slam local business. Stick to Trip Advisor.
  • + 2
 Still mad you didn't swing by and kick it!!
  • + 5
 I wouldn't be. This Lee character pissed off a lot us that live in Denver. It would be like it we went to Vancouver and took a dump on his city. Lame AF....
  • + 1
 Also don't forget to stop by goodys next to the parking garage at Trestle, amazing deserts and pesto chicken sandwich!
  • + 2
 Home.
  • - 1
 Its Colorado. You're gonna like it.
  • - 1
 That pic of the eggs Benedict sold me
  • - 1
 That's my second home. YEAH BRO!!!
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