TICKET TO RIDE

Mountain bikers hit the slopes at Powderhorn

Riders were zipping down the new downhill singletrack trails at Powderhorn Mountain Resort on Saturday. The resort opened the mountain bike season on Friday. The Flat Top Flyer high-speed lift is equipped with bike racks to carry the riders and their bikes to the top of the mountain.



Riders were zipping down the new downhill singletrack trails at Powderhorn Mountain Resort on Saturday. The resort opened the mountain bike season on Friday. The Flat Top Flyer high-speed lift is equipped with bike racks to carry the riders and their bikes to the top of the mountain.



Rider after rider zipped back to the Flat Top Flyer for another trip to the top.

Smiling and excited, riders couldn’t wait for the high-speed lift to whisk them back up to enjoy another downhill mountain bike ride at Powderhorn Mountain Resort.

Saturday was the second day of Powderhorn’s new venture into downhill mountain biking and the riders were pumped.

“Awesome. That’s all I have to say,” said Tyler Johnson of Delta. “Downhill is so much fun and these trails are good and fast. I plan to be up here a lot.”

This weekend, the resort will have a mountain biking kick-off party on Saturday and Sunday.

The resort used part of its $5 million capital improvement project to invest in mountain biking. The majority of the money was spent on the high-speed lift, additional snowmaking equipment and other winter improvements for the ski and snowboard season. But by adding downhill mountain biking, Powderhorn made a move to become a year-round resort.

Two singletrack trails were built and a maintenance road was converted into a third trail. More than 12 miles of downhill trails are available to riders.

The high-speed lift is equipped with around 20 bike racks, mounted on every fifth chair.

All three trails are downhill-only trails. The singletrack trails have a variety of bumps, jumps, berms and banked corners.

The resort also rents downhill bikes and all the other gear like helmets, pads, goggles and more.

Powderhorn has a variety of lift ticket pricing for summer including a full-day pass at $25 and a single ride pass of $17. Season tickets are priced at $179 for adults and $129 for kids 12 and under.

Lift rides aren’t just for mountain bikers. People wanting to take a trip to the top of the mountain for hiking or just hanging out can also purchase lift tickets.

The Powderhorn Pizza Pub is also open during the summer.

The summer season will run through Oct. 9.

The resort will also have a four-race mountain bike series, starting with its first race on July 24.


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