Have suspension, will travel… downhill, that is.
The downhill bike community came out today to test the newly developed (and some yet to be completed) downhill bike trails at Alyeska Resort. These trails represent years of planning and seasons of hard work and toil. And, the pay off comes in the form of a diverse network of downhill trails designed to put smiles on faces and take your breath away.
Friday morning—June 24—at 11 am the bullwheels on Chair 4 and the Bear Cub Quad will start their official spin, kicking off the much anticipated 2011 lift-assisted downhill biking season. For the inagural opening weekend, the focus is on the lower mountain trails with the BCQ accessing the popular Blueberry Pancake Trail and Chair 4 providing access to mid-mountain and Lower Bowl rides.
The downhill trails aren’t for everyone—intermediate to advanced riders with the right gear will find their groove quickly. The right gear may mean checking out one of the new Kona demo downhill bikes or picking up protective pieces from 661. For the more timid, the lower mountain may be a place of reprieve—where the mellow Winner Creek Trail with the newly completed extension can be a thrill in itself.
As paragliders take the skies and mountain bikers take the slopes, it’s easy to get caught up in this summertime energy at Alyeska where the outdoors, athletics and adventure collide… I mean co-exist, naturally.
Photos courtesy of HagePhoto.com and Simon Evans