Photos Courtesy Winter Park Resort
Winter’s grasp has finally eased its spring tension allowing Winter Park Resort, to ramp up for one of the best summers yet. The resort is opening Saturday June 10th with a variety of trails open despite the snowpack present around the mountain. Plus, there will be plenty to do off the mountain bike to complete the guest experience. The Alpine Slide, Climbing Wall, Slopeside Putting Course and the Village Shops and Restaurants will be ready for opening Day.
No matter what season Winter Park Resort is always moving and shaking. I tracked down Steve Hurlbert, the PR Director for Winter Park Resort to get his take on the here and now and glimpse into the future. According to Hurlbert the highlight on the winter season was the return of the ski train, a historic piece of the resorts colorful past. Not only did the train bring some great crowds and enthusiasm, it shined a light on Winter Park not only in Colorado but throughout the world. “The train propelled the resort throughout the winter. It was a terrific winter and we are hoping to use that momentum right into summer”.
Winter Park received over 300 inches of snow last ski season and another 50 after the mountain closed. Hurlbert said, “The pressure has been on the staff to get the mountain ready for the June 10th opening. You can’t say enough about the trail crew. We will have almost half of the bike park open including the majority of the lower mountain.” GreenWorld Long Trail and Rainmaker, a favorite of hardcore bikers, are on track for opening.
One thing is for sure there will be plenty to do and a variety of trails for all abilities, Hurlbert added, “Once we are open its not like the crew stops. We have some big plans for the park expansion.” The Trail crews hopes to have the entire park open late June. The team will continue to work on the next phase of expansion with the Backside of Trestle project.
Once completed, Backside of Trestle will add 10 miles of new terrain to one of the best Downhill Parks in the country. The park will be serviced by three lifts this summer once the crew gets the Olympia ready for service. “Trestle the biggest and the best. I mean there is nothing like Trestle Bike Park anywhere in the USA.”, According to Hurlbert. With a master plan to continue the expanding trail system, programs and events this summer season, Trestle Bike Park is gearing up to offer an unforgettable riding experience.
Its an exciting time in and around our community. The Village at Winter Park has some new events, stores and attractions. Trestle Bike Park is moving forward with phase two of the master development plan and of course the Alpine Slide is always a family favorite so I had to ask about the deal to sell the place. Hurlbert stated, The KSL Deal, a deal to sell the Intrawest Assets to a group that owns Aspen Ski Corp, is not done yet but, they have made some great progress. “We may have some announcments once the T’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted, so far the process has been smooth and they are trying to get this shored up before the end of summer.” Exciting times in deed.
2017 Trestle Bike Park Operating Schedule
REGULAR SEASON HOURS (June 10 – October 1)
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open until 7:00 p.m. Weds and Friday June 21 – Sept 1
LATE SEASON HOURS (After Labor Day Weekend)
Zephyr and Olympia Lifts Only
Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Colorado Freeride Festival | July 27 – 30
Once again, Trestle will host the state’s premier mountain bike event, Colorado Freeride Festival, which has grown into a summer highlight for both riders and spectators, becoming a true celebration of the sport. Here are the Trestle Bike Park featured events this summer. Check WinterPark Resort.com for other signature events and weekly happenings.
Gravity Goddess 2 Day Downhill Camps | July 22 – 23 or August 12 – 13 (ages 13+)
Trestle® Bike Park School presents a freeride downhill mountain bike experience exclusively for women. This two-day camp is designed specifically for women, and will cover the best methods for bike control to advance your riding to a whole new level! Using video analysis and proven coaching methods, in small groups of women, the Gravity Goddess Camp ensures that you will get the most out of your downhill riding experience. Channel your inner goddess and add a lot of gravity to your downhill riding – register today! Call 970.726.1564 for more information. Pre-registration is recommended but not required.
Trestle® Freeride 1 Day Camps | July 1 or August 5
Come conquer the Trestle® Bike Park in our comprehensive one day camps devoted to transforming you into a downhill dominator. Our top bike park coaches will provide you with the best tips and techniques for hitting features and elevating your downhill riding. Using video analysis and methods perfected by professional downhill riders, at the end of the 6 hour camp you’ll have more confidence in and control of your skills.
2017 Trestle Bike Park Gravity Series | Various weekends throughout the summer.
July 15 Downhill
July 16 Air Downhill
July 27 CFF Air Downhill
July 28 CFF Super Downhill
July 30 CFF Downhill
Aug 13 Chainless Downhill
Village At Winter Park
Winter Park is not just digging out the the trails, Alpine Slide and Slopeside Putting Course, There are many players behind the scenes cleaning, repairing and polishing the resort in preparation for the summer season. One of the highlights for the locals and guests of the Resort is the manicured facilities and gorgeous flora around every corner.
Meet Katie Soles, a gardener with the grounds crew who works hard with her team to plant all the beautiful flowers.