Summer is upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere, the snow is melting rapidly, temperatures are rising, and its time to start trading out the boards for bikes. Biking season is upon us, in fact, many areas start their season tomorrow, Friday, May 18th, so we have compiled a list of the best mountain bike parks in North America to help satisfy your gravity-fueled adventures this summer season.
Alyeska over the last few seasons has really upped the ante in their own bike park game, going from one lift servicing 500 vertical feet and three trails to three lifts accessing over 15 trails and 2,500 vertical feet. Not to mention it’s in Alaska, possibly one of the largest untapped biking zones in North America. High alpine biking with views of the ocean and the midnight sun, Alaska might be the next big biking destination.
- Vertical: 2,500′ / 760m
- Go To Trail: Blueberry Pancake 202-
Whistler Bike Park
Opening for the summer tomorrow, May 18th, Whistler Bike Park is arguably the best bike park found in North America. Celebrating its 20th year this summer Whistler is nestled in the Coast Mountains of British Colombia, its location is key to its incredible biking, and a vertical drop of 5,000′ isn’t half bad either. Whistler and the surrounding region is the Mecca for biking, with long descents, tacky dirt, and a mix of high alpine and rain forest, this should be a destination for every serious mountain biker.
- Vertical: 5,280′ / 1609m
- Go To Trails: A-Line, Crank it Up
Kicking Horse, BC
While the west coast of British Columbia is often touted for its incredible mountain biking, eastern BC harbors some pretty good options as well. Kicking Horse is known for its empty mountain in the winter, and the summer is no different, any given day you can almost have the bike park all to yourself. With long descents, sweeping views, and even a bear refuge smack dab in the middle of the park, Kicking Horse is certainly a must hit.
- Vertical: 4,133′ / 1260m
- Go To Trail: Rock Garden
Located within the Lake Tahoe Basin in California’s Sierra Nevada’s, Northstar is the go-to place for lift serviced downhill biking for Northern California and Nevada. The multitude of trails on the mountain often inter-connect with various cross-country trails that allow you to leave the resort and explore the slew of scenic trails in the Lake Tahoe area. Northstar offers the largest and most diverse selection of trails in Northern California.
- Vertical: 2,280′ / 695m
- Go To Trails: Livewire, Boondocks
Mammoth California is the biggest bike park in the west with over 80 miles of cross country and downhill trails. Located in the Eastern Sierra in Southern California, Mammoth offers miles of trail through the vast Sierra Nevada Mountains. And this year Mammoth is allowing the use of E-MTBs on their trails for the first time, the first major bike park in the USA to do so.
- Vertical: 3,100′ / 945m
- Go To Trail: Skid Marks
Trestle (Winter Park), CO
Being the fastest growing bike park in North America, ‘Mountain Bike Capital USA’ Trestle bike park in Winter Park Colorado is an up and coming contender to the likes of Whistler and Mammoth. With annual events like the Colorado Freeride Festival and ever-expanding trail system and features, Trestle is making a name for itself in the bike park world.
- Vertical: 2,000′ / 610m
- Go To Trail: Rainmaker
Killington Vermont is the East Coasts destination for lift serviced biking, with over 45 miles of trail spread across five mountains, Killington is known as “The Beast of The East”. Over the last few seasons, Killington has made many improvements and recently gained the title as a “Kona Groove Approved Bike Park.”
- Vertical: 3,050′ / 6930m
- Go To Trail: Scarecrow
When it comes to mountain biking in Colorado, Keystone is the place to be. With over 100 miles of single track and over 50 trails, Keystone delivers. Located in Summit County about 2 hours outside of Denver, you’re most likely not going to be alone, but with so many options on the mountain, you’ll never even notice.
- Vertical: 2,360′ / 720m
- Go To Trail: TNT, Drop Zone
Angel Fire, NM
Angel Fire bike park in New Mexico offers a multitude of trails high in the southern Rockies. Being in the high Rockies of New Mexico, the riding differs a bit as the desert-like environment offers looser dirt and a very different geology. Opening day is tomorrow, May 18th.
- Vertical: 2,077′ / 633m
- Go To Trail: Chutes & Ladders
Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec
Offering the largest network of trails in Eastern Canada, Mont Sainte-Anne is the mecca for biking in Eastern Canada. Over 25km of downhill trails and well over 120km of cross-country trails, the extensive network of trails is enough to satisfy any biker.
- Vertical: 2,000′ / 610m
- Go To Trail: 1837