Mountain Biking: July Update

It’s July, it’s hot, and there’s no snow – but our terrain park crew isn’t on summer vacation. They’re building downhill mountain biking trails instead.

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Erik, our head terrain park groomer, upgraded to an excavator for the summer.

We’re two months into construction, and we’re making excellent progress toward our goal of building 5 miles of trail by the fall. Those trails will start at the top of the Seven Brothers lift and switchback through the forest as they make their way down to the Octagon Base Area.

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A finished upper section of our new green-circle freeride trail.

Our trail crew is made up of several guys who design, build, and shape our award-winning progression of terrain parks during the winter. This summer, they’ve traded in groomers for excavators, and rakes for…slightly different rakes.

They’re spending their days this summer shaping the berms, straightaways, and switchbacks that will make these new trails a blast to ride. But they’re not doing it alone. They’re getting some serious help from Highland Trails LLC, of the industry-leading Highland Mountain Bike Park. They’re the best in the business, and they’re guiding us through the entire build process.

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It’s not all about the excavators. Shoveling and raking are an essential process of shaping and finishing the trail.

As of late July, we’ve completed the majority of our first green-circle freeride trail. Along the way, we’ve cut trees, shaped berms, and installed culverts to control stormwater runoff and ensure good drainage along the trails. Watch our latest video to see it for yourself.

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Crewmembers install a 48″ culvert along a lower section of trail. Culverts are necessary to direct stormwater runoff and ensure the trail stays well-drained – no matter the weather.

We’ve also started work on our green-circle technical trail, which features a narrower tread and some fun technical elements.

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An excavator begins work on a green-circle technical trail near the top of the Seven Brothers Triple.

Our aim is to open the trails this fall, and we’re well on our wait to meeting that goal.

As always, you’ll want to stay tuned for updates throughout the summer here or at Loonmtn.com/mtb.

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