Ride My Domain visits Silver Mountain Resort Idaho

Jul 2, 2013 at 21:43
by Ride My Domain  
Summer season is in full swing and we are itching to get up to the mountains for some high alpine lift access. Our first stop this summer is Coeur d'Alene and Kellogg, ID just across the border from Spokane, WA. Nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains of North Idaho, Coeur d'Alene sits at the edge of the Rockies on the shores of beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene. This small, lake resort community is home to the rich and famous with the likes of John Elway, John Travolta and even Oprah owning homes on its shores. But don't let all that fool you. All the glitz and glamor aside, this area is an amazing spot for any outdoor recreation. From a lazy boat-ride around the lake to an Official Ironman, everyone can enjoy this extraordinary area.

In this edition of RMD, we caught up with the Terra Sports bike crew whose shop in downtown Coeur d’Alene is minutes from the lake and regional trailheads. New owner Alex Castagno, has transformed the business into an all-inclusive bike shop catering to any cyclist’s needs at any skill level. To add to their biking options, Alex and shop employee Chris Caro recently put their heads and shovels together and built a pump track in Alex's back yard, and according to Alex: "It's pretty RAD." In addition, Terra Sports was named the number one dealer in the country for sales of the Cannondale Jekyll in 2012 and is on track to beat their record in 2013. With world-class trails on Canfield Mountain, a short 5 minutes from the shop, there is no wondering why the Jekyll is so popular around here. Terra Sports is now working together with the bike park at nearby Silver Mountain Resort in order to ensure and promote a great bike scene in North Idaho.

The boys playing in the yard

After checking out the shop and backyard pump track we were stoked to suit up and head to Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, ID to catch the gondola. Kellogg, an old mining town just 30 minutes on the freeway from Coeur d’Alene, may not be as glitzy but the mountains just keep getting bigger and better the closer you get. Willy Bartlett, a marketing associate at Silver Mt., invited us to check out the terrain for a few days, and we were extremely impressed. The gondola at Silver is the longest in the world and runs 2-8 pm on Fridays, 9:30-5pm on Saturday and 9:30-4 Sunday-Tuesday. While it may not be the highest gondola, it is over 3 miles long with an impressive 3,400 vertical descent, and believe me, after every run you are definitely feeling every one of those 3,400 feet. In addition, they run a chair lift at the top of the gondola for hot laps on the upper section of trails. Silver Mountain Resort has something for every skill type, from the beginner just building confidence to the seasoned veteran looking for a challenge with several trails boasting over 7 continuous miles of downhill. Riding at Silver is looking great for the future as the Resort plans to continue building more trails and hiring more trail crews.

If you want to turn a day of riding into a full vacation experience you can stay in the village with numerous lodging and restaurants options. A huge indoor water park with a surf wave will convince any hesitant family member that going to Silver Mountain Resort will be fun for everyone, no biking required.

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Thanks to Willy and the boys from Terra Sports who took the time to show us all the sick trails. The beautiful soil, some serious flow and berm after berm will not leave you disappointed when you come up to Kellogg, ID. With all the new work being done on the trails and the vision here at the mountain, we definitely recommend you check this place out. We know we will be back!

Silver Mountain Resort will be hosting the 2nd Round of the All Gravity Series July 19-21. They will have a 5-6 min course and a 3-5 min course. Both will be DH races.

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  • + 13
 Lift access 3400 vertical ft. of primo northwest dirt without a lift line in sight, kinda hard to beat. Plus a gondola ride to the top with a perfect amount of time for a brew and a puff, though I just assume we keep this little gem for the locals a little longer.
  • + 1
 Man, thats gotta be one long ride up top if you have enough time to get higher and flowier while waiting for s*it to happen.
  • + 2
 Let's get people stoked on Silver and have the owners realize its potential for an amazing bike park and overall bike destination. The locals have ridden it enough and want more trail!
  • + 5
 Stoked for Silver Mountain!! That place is gnarly!! And you can get a great deal on a truck in Kellog. haha
I've ridden Silver Mountain, in 2011 after 2 months at Whistler. Rode there for 2 days. A buddy goes there a few times a year. We didn't see many/any riders on trail. We shredded top to bottom runs all day. It's gnarly, fun, a few different kinds of dirt and some fun drops, there's a road gap with a gnarly landing into a rough bumped out turn, a series of big drops near the middle of the mountain. Some of it flows some if it feels weird, all of it is really fun with lots of vert., high speed sections, and long runs. The place has tons of potential and just needs more riders and trails. Definitely worth the visit for anyone that loves gravity riding!!!
  • + 7
 Let's get as many people as we can out here to North Idaho to enjoy the Gem State. More people, more trails get made.
  • + 6
 I rode this mtn in '08, and it was the first time I saw a sign that read "Mountain Bikers Only". Living in SoCal I didnt think those things even existed.
  • + 3
 Willy is the man! The one person I can fully stand behind and know that he will work his ass off to make this place as awesome as possible....and actually be able to accomplish it. It sure Helps to have 20+min of non stop, dh race speed, trails from top to bottom too :-) keep up the awesome work
  • + 5
 just shredded silver all day today with my family, it was incredible as always! do yourself the favor of going for sure
  • + 4
 Ahh yeah cant wait to get back to North Idaho and ride some bikes!
  • + 3
 SOO glad this wasn't an article about the rock-shox domain. I almost raged.
  • + 3
 Already hit it twice this year tryin' to go again tomorrow. It's amazing.
  • + 1
 I got 3 on you!
  • + 1
 I guess I should have clarified that a little more, I went 2 days for a total of 8 runs. If you got to go more than that then I am jealous.
  • + 1
 Is this a different resort than the Schweitzer Idaho Norba race series ,10 years ago? That was my favorite course of all time.
  • + 1
 Yes that's Schweitzer in Sandpoint about 1 1/2 hours north
  • + 2
 Moving up to CDA from Marin County in a month. Can't wait!
  • + 2
 looks like a good time.
  • + 1
 Super fun mtn gets dusty but super long and flowy runs
  • + 1
 yea jake
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