Mountain bikers have just ONE weekend remaining in the Alyeska Bike Park which is slated to cease operations on Sept. 5th (Labor Day) or as some riders may call it, a bonus Monday of riding for those who don’t have to work or go to school. That’s four total days to get in as many laps as possible before you have to start pushing your bike up hill to get your downhill jollies. The final weekend of biking will be featuring the 4th Annual Mountain Bike Festival sponsored by Monster Energy and New Belgium Brewery.
This event is taking place over the final four days of bike park ops. Day users and season pass holders alike are invited to join in on all the FREE events throughout the weekend starting Friday afternoon with a downhill race clinic with local rippers giving tips and tricks on who to find the best line, take on berms and rally over the jump lines while you’re up against the clock. Coaches will be Peter Ostroski, Kevin Murphy, and Hunter McConnell. Events continue on Saturday with the infamous Pond-Crossing at 1 pm, an event that tests riders balance and nerve on a very unstable bridge across The Hotel Alyeska pond, then dry off for the state championship downhill biking race taking place at the top of Ted’s Express at 4 p.m. This race is for all the marbles and caps off the season’s race series.
Sunday morning brings another round of the Alyeska Enduro which challenges riders uphill and downhill skills. The afternoon brings the popular Whips and Tricks competition to the BCQ jump-park making the Sitzmark deck the perfect observation point for kids getting upside down and going BIG! Monday is the final day of riding for the bike park and to celebrate a great year Alyeska is giving riders a chance to win a free season pass to the bike park for the 2017 riding season. One pass will go to the rider who logs the most vertical for the day, so grab your bike, crank out laps and win a pass. All events are FREE with a season pass or lift ticket and riders can stop by the Alyeska Daylodge to sign up or to get more info.