Let the Lifts Spin! 2015 Northeast Downhill Mountain Bike Park Overview

 

 

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UPDATED: New bike parks, photos, descriptions added!

This was one brutal winter. Sure, with the advent and growing popularity of fat bikes some of us have gotten out to ride our bikes in the frosty white woods.  Heck, some of us even made proverbial lemonade at the Oak Mountain Winter Downhill Race.  Even so, our bikes are still collecting dust at a time that in recent years we’ve already been out on the trails.

Now after this life-saving winter for the region’s ski mountains it is time to change gears and get everything ready for lift-access mountain biking.  For all of you chomping at the bit for some jump runs, rock gardens, or long flowing descents we have an overview of the Northeast’s lift-access bike park including pricing, opening dates, and what to expect at each mountain.

 

MAINE

Sunday River Bike Park

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Photo by Sean Seary.

Location: Newry ME

Opening Date: June 25th

Lift price: $29   Rental price: $80

What to look for:   A mix of old-school New England singletrack, long North Shore-esque ladders, and swoopy jump runs

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Attitash Mountain

Paul Dotsenko smashing through a holed-out turn during at Eastern States Cup race at Attitash. Photo by Jamie Lee

Paul Dotsenko smashing through a holed-out turn during an Eastern States Cup race at Attitash. Photo by Jamie Lee.

Location: Bartlett, NH

Opening Date: TBD

Lift Price: TBD    Rental Price: $95

What to look for: Old-school downhill runs with a healthy portion of off-camber roots, rock drops, and babyheads.

Highland Mountain Bike Park

Highland Downhill Mountain Bike Park Northfield Vermont

Highland’s lift ride is a fun one, with plenty of spectating to be done on the ride up. Photo by Chris Berkley.

Location:  Northfield, NH

Opening Date: April 29th (season passholders only), April 30th (public)

Lift Price: $42   Rental Price: $109

What to look for: Fast, ultra-groomed flow trails and massive jump lines.

 

VERMONT

Killington Bike Park

Killington Mountain Bike Park downhill trail

One of Killington’s many rock gardens. Photo courtesy of Dan Villaire.

Location: Killington, VT

Opening Date:  June 20th

Lift Price:  $49 Rental Price:  $85

What to look for:  Mix of old-school tech and new-school flow linked together by stretches of rocket-fast ski runs.

Burke Bike Park

Location: East Burke, VT

Opening Date:  May 23rd

Lift Price:   $35  Rental Price:  $100

What to look for:  Smooth, flowy runs great for the trail bike, and adjacent Kingdom Trails.

Mount Snow

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A rider makes his way down one of Mount Snow’s raw trails. Photo by Jamie Lee.

Location:  West Dover, VT

Opening Date:  TBD

Lift Price:   $38  Rental Price:  $70

What to look for:  Old school wide-open ski hill runs reminiscent of 1990’s race tracks and new school flow trails for all abilities.

Sugarbush Resort

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Photo provided by Sugarbush Mountain.

Location: Warren, VT

Opening Date: June 27

Lift price: $35/adult, $25/youth Rental Price: TBD

What do look for: Over 20 miles of terrain from steep singletrack to mellower beginner and intermediate terrain.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Thunder Mountain Bike Park

Hardtails welcome: Chris Berkley cruising one of Thunder's many monster berms.

Hardtails welcome: Chris Berkley cruising one of Thunder’s many monster berms. Photo by Jamie Lee.

Location:  Charlemont, MA

Opening Date:  July 1st

Lift Price:   $39  Rental Price:  $110

What to look for:  Brand new machine-built runs by Gravity Logic.

Check out our impression of the trails here.

 

Walt’s Woods at Bousquet Mountain

Bousquet Mountain Bike Park Walts Woods black diamond

Loose, steep, wild. Old-school is in session at Walt’s Woods. Photo by Chris Berkley.

Location: Pittsfield, MA

Open dates: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Lift Price: $15 Wednesdays, $20 Saturdays NO RENTALS

What to look for: Old-school, hand-built trails with a fair share of rocks and roots, a few big, steep kickers in the mix.

Check out our impression of the trails here.

 

NEW YORK

Whiteface Mountain Bike Park

Location: Lake Placid, NY

Opening Date: June 12th

Lift Price: $45  Rental Price: $110

What to look for: Big-mountain feel, old school descents, slickrock slabs, and ladders in the woods.

Windham Mountain Bike Park

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A rider makes his way down the Citizens DH course. Photo by Jamie Lee.

Location: Windham, NY

Opening Date: July 3rd

Lift Price: $36  Rental Price: $60

What to look for:  Brand new flow trails build by Gravity Logic and a World Cup downhill track.

Check out our impression of the trails here.

 

Plattekill Bike Park

Plattekill Downhill Mountain Bike Park Road Gap

The Road Gap on the Plattekill race course is a rider favorite. Photo courtesy of Plattekill Mountain.

Location:  Roxbury, NY

Trail work weekend: April 25-26

Opening Date:  May 9th

Lift Price: $35  Rental Price: $105

What to look for:  Steep, old school downhill with big rock gardens, slippery roots, and drops with postage-stamp landings.

Oak Mountain

Oak Mountain Downhill Mountain Bike Parks

Oak has plenty of wooden features to get your wheels off the ground. Photo by Shaun Ondak/Adirondack Experience.

Location: Speculator, NY

Opening Date:  May 24th SUNDAYS ONLY

Lift Price: $35  NO RENTALS

What to look for:  Short, quick, hand-built runs with plenty of jumps and wooden features.

Swain Bike Park

Location: Swain, NY

Opening Date:  June 6th

Lift Price:   $25  NO RENTALS

What to look for:  Twisty, hand-built runs in the woods and motocross jumps on the ski hill.

 

NEW JERSEY

Mountain Creek Bike Park

Alpine Trail Mountain Creek Downhill Bike Park

Cruising under the lift on Alpine, a Mountain Creek favorite. Photo by Shelby Zemken.

Location:  Vernon, NJ

Opening Date:  May 2nd

Lift Price:   $43  Rental Price:  $100

What to look for:  Progression in difficulty from first-timer to pro level trails.  Smooth flow trails, big jumps, nasty rock gardens and everything in between.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Blue Mountain

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Fast trails mixed with sharp sharp rocks. And lots of ferns! Photo by Jamie Lee.

Location:  Palmerton, PA

Opening Date:  May 9th

Lift Price:   $35  Rental Price:  $99 (includes lift ticket)

What to look for:  Fast, rocky runs in the trees with progressive features to build confidence.

Seven Springs Bike Park

Location:  Seven Springs, PA

Opening Date:  May 22nd

Lift Price:  $39  Rental Price:  $77

What to look for:  Well-groomed trails with plenty of jumps, berms, drops, and wood features.

 

Notable absences from this year’s bike park roster include mountain biking at Ski Denton and Launch Bike Park.  Both mountains have decided not to offer mountain biking services for the 2015 season.

Please double-check with your destination mountain before making the trip, as some mountains have irregular schedules and open dates, rates, and policies may change through the season.  We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

Did we miss something? Contact us and we’ll be sure to update with any new information, or leave a comment below.

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