Massive mountain bike trail opens at Snowbird resort

By Don Hudson

Published 07/14 2014 07:44PM

Updated 07/14 2014 10:08PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) There isn't any snow right now, but that isn't stopping the downhill runs at Snowbird. That's because on Monday - a massive downhill mountain bike trail officially opened at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony was really a "bike break through" ceremony as a couple of experienced bikers busted through the red ribbon and just kept on riding down the mountain. Then several others - including ABC4's Don Hudson - began the descent down the seven and half mile trail. Ben Blitch, with Alpine Trials, helped to build The Big Mountain Trial. "It's probably one of the most rugged, scenic mountain bike trails in Utah." Blitch says the project - which started in the fall - was not easy to put together. "This was one of the most difficult trail constructions projects I've done in Utah."

And according to Snowbird's Dave Fields those efforts will help bring in new visitors during the summer months. "We think this new mountain bike trail appeals to a whole new audience of skiers and snow boarders." Fields says the Big Mountain Trail takes riders over private and public lands and involved about six months of work. That work began in the fall. Then was put on hold during winter. And it was finished just in the past couple of weeks.

The downhill descent includes some jumps, a lot of rocky areas and several sections where you go as fast as you want. Fields describes the ride as a trail that takes you on a "Windy area, forest aspens and beautiful views." And Blitch describes it as one trail ride with several adventures. "You have the upper Regulator stuff that is all flowy and super fun.
Then the Riparian zone. There are a lot of bridges and there is actually a small waterfall you ride over.
Then you ride into the trees and more kind of flowy single track section at the bottom section of the trail."

Blitch and Fields say it takes about 90 minutes for less experienced riders and less than an hour for more advanced riders. It took me about an hour with a couple of stops to take pictures. 

The tram ride up to the top of the Big Mountain Trail or Hidden Peak is $10 dollars for season pass holders and $29 for an all day pass for everyone else. 

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