July 4, 2013
Happy Independence Day! July 4th marked the 237 birthday of the United States and bikers from all over south central Alaska chose to celebrate with some downhill mountain biking at Alyeska Resort. As one US Air Force soldier put it when asked why he’s spending his July 4th at Alyeska he said, “nothing makes me feel more free than riding my bike.” The freedom of riding a bike resonates with riders of all ages, ability levels and gender. Alyeska Resort has designed and built a trail system that anyone can enjoy from all ages and skill levels. Accessed via Chair 3 (Bearcub Quad) and Chair 4 (Ted’s Express), the Alyeska bike park features 30+ downhill, single track biking trails. Many of these trails have man maid obstacles such as berms, jumps, wooden bridges, rhythm sections and pump tracks. Many natural features include rocks, stumps, roots and steep slopes.
The more adventurous and experienced riders will find the steep, technical trails off of Ted’s Express challenging and fun. Making their way to the lower mountain these same riders can ride up on Bearcub Quad for some time in the jump park. Riders who are still honing in their skills or riding for the first time ever will enjoy some of the easier trails off of Bearcub Quad such as Christmas in July, Chips n’ Salsa, or Big Spruce. These trails feature a mellow slope, wide turns and smooth dirt, perfect for getting a feel for disc breaks, full suspension and the feeling of downhill biking. Riders who are going out for the first time or who would like to be shown around can jump on a mountain tour or lesson. This is a great way to experience the park while getting instruction on proper riding technique.
The Alyeska Bike Park will be open Friday – Sunday from July 4 – October 14, 2013. Operations will continue on the holiday Monday’s of Labor Day and Columbus Day in celebration of. The Alyeska lift crew starts turning the lifts for bikers at noon and keeps them running until about 6.