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Deer Valley, Utah
Spread out over six mountains and 3,000 feet of elevation change, Deer Valley’s 70 miles of bike trails are all lift-serviced and full of varied terrain. Lots of Deer Valley’s trails provide access to Park City’s network of more than 400 miles of singletrack, which is also the first and only Gold-Level certified Ride Center in the world. If you’re new to bike shredding or just want to improve your technique and safety skills, take one of Deer Valley’s mountain bike school clinics or lessons, available for everyone.
Stevens Pass, Washington
Looking to learn from some pros at their home mountain? Stevens’ Gravity Clinics with World Cup athletes Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson will improve your skills and confidence on gravity-fed mountain biking this summer. If you’re at it on your own, take advantage of the mix of freeride and singletrack trails—either way you’re sure to feel like a local at this homey mountain tucked away in the Cascades. Don’t miss the Frisbee golf across some rugged terrain at the end of the day (just in case your legs didn’t get enough work already).
Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
On top of being North America’s largest ski resort, Whistler also boasts the title of the most terrain of any bike park in North America. Whether you like gnarly rock faces, gentle banked cruisers, or parks, Whistler’s 4,946 feet of lift-serviced downhill trails will more than accommodate you. Beginning to learn aerial tricks can be scary and dangerous, which is why Whistler built the Air Dome, indoor wooden jumps and ramps that surround a giant foam pit to make sure your bones remain intact. After heading in for the day, check your WB+ online account that automatically links to your ticket to see your mountain stats, set goals, climb leaderboards, and collect badges.
Not all of us can be downhill junkies, and Schweitzer understands. While it does have a complex system of downhill trails both on the mountain and connecting to the Selkirk District Recreation’s trail system, Schweitzer also has more than 20 miles of cross-country tracks. If you’re in the market for stunning views, you’re going to have to look further… out into the distance across picturesque Lake Pend Oreille, that is.
Come to Killington’s “Summer of Send” to enjoy 35 unique trails, which are accessible from three different lifts. If you’re an expert, or maybe you’re just a little crazy, head to the Ramshead run’s fall line for a pro-caliber downhill race trail. Not to mention, Killington’s guides have over 20 years of mountain biking experience, so you definitely shouldn’t pass up the bike lessons and tours, regardless of your ability level.
Big Sky, Montana
Alongside its more than 40 miles of downhill bike trails, Big Sky offers scenic cross-country mountain bike tours with experienced guides so you can soak in the amazing scenery. Capped at five participants and only three miles or more in length, these tours are the perfect way to stop and smell the wildflowers while exploring Big Sky’s vast terrain selection. While the resort used to be geared towards advanced riders, they now have some great beginner and intermediate terrain while still maintaining their old school vibe.
Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park is home to the Colorado Freeride Festival and is often referred to as Mountain Bike Capital U.S.A, so you know this is going to be good. With the largest rental fleet in the U.S. no need to haul your own bike out to the Rockies. Challenge-seekers will love some of America’s largest and most technically demanding features at the Pro Line area, but watch out for Trestle Bike Park’s notoriously difficult Banana Peel trail. (Look up the Banana Peel videos on their website, trust us…)
Northern California’s largest mountain bike park boasts numerous trails accessible by both chairlift and gondola. If you’re a chick who rips, or wants to learn how, head to the Pumps on Pedals women’s evening rides led by a group of female bike coaches every Friday night. If racing is more your speed, the Tahoe Trail 100K is difficult but beautiful, making two scenic 30-mile loops around Northstar and the surrounding areas.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Not only is Jackson Hole famous for world-class skiing, but world-class mountain biking as well. Whether you’re a wide-eyed novice or a seasoned professional, options abound for everyone within the 56 miles of flat pavement and more than 115 miles of dirt singletrack, as well as the new bike park with the only lift-serviced riding in the valley. Shred at the wildly popular Friday Night Bikes every Friday until September 1 for great deals on tickets, rentals, and après biking munchies.
Whiteface Mountain, New York
Did you know Whiteface boasts the greatest vertical drop in the East? Neither did we. With 27 trails for all abilities, including four expert/pro options, this Adirondack destination has been quietly making a name for itself over the last few years, as downhill biking has exploded in the region. Shuttles run from the base continually, and rolling cross-country trails are on tap from the base.