As we cruised up a chairlift on closing weekend of Mammoth Mountain’s 2011-12 winter season, we of course couldn’t help but notice the rising bits and pieces of Mammoth’s bike park as the snow turned to slush and puddles. It was hard to accept the end of the snowboarding year, but the fact that this epic outdoor bike playground would be opening soon kept our sadness at bay.
Now the bike park is popping with activity. Any visitor to the park can choose from three types of terrain to embark on: Family/Cross Country, Downhill Freerider, and Enhanced Terrain.
Single-track: 70-plus miles of trail network.
- Downtown/Uptown (easiest)
- Paper Route (easier)
- Trail Home (easier)
- Off the Top/Beach Cruiser (intermediate)
- Brake Through (intermediate)
Downhill Freerider: Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Downhill: Highly technical and challenging to satisfy the taste of any thrill seeker.
- Velocity (most difficult)
- Bullet (most difficult)
- Kamikaze (difficult)
- Skid Marks (difficult)
- Chain Smoke (most difficult)
Mammoth’s freeride network is growing. Seven new advanced-terrain trails have been built in the last three seasons:
- Jill’s Jumps (most difficult) A rhythm section of tabletop jumps down to the Adventure Center
- Recoil (most difficult) the main jump trail, going all the way from McCoy Station to the dual slalom course in front of Main
- DC-10 (most difficult)
- Flow (difficult): try the optional Flow Drop, if you dare
- Pipeline (difficult): The future of freeride– metal, wood, and dirt ramps, take the blue line for tables, or the black line for required gaps. Here you’ll also find platforms and wallrides
- Shock Treatment (most difficult): fast, tight, with a series of wooden ramps
- Techno Rock (most difficult): a fast, technical expert-only trail from McCoy Station to the Main Lodge with BIG rock drops and berms
- Richter (intermediate): a fast, tree-lined roller coaster ride off Kamikaze and Trail Home. Ladders, wooden bridges and plenty of berms. This trail, when combined with Shock Treatment and the X-Zone, is part of a fun, freeride path from the top of the mountain.
- Twilight Zone (difficult): this urban-inspired trail is our “signature” trail. Hang a quick right halfway down Chain Smoke and get ready to accelerate through a series of linked dirt berms and jumps, wood ramps, and the heart-pounding “deep-end”: a 50-foot wide, 12-foot tall, wooden banked wall ride.
Enhanded Terrain:Kamikaze Park is a place for advanced riders to have fun and test their skills on man-made features. Located near the lower Panorama Gondola Station, the park offers urban-inspired features including dirt jumps, a wall ride, a bridge drop and other features from the Unbound ski and snowboard Terrain Parks.
The summer weather at this Eastern Resort allows for perfect bike riding days surrounded by awe-inspiring views. Mike Montgomery, pro freeride mountain biker, hit up the popular park and showed how it’s really done on the slopestyle and freeride portion.