Ski areas that were once ghost towns in the summer are now turning into year round destinations. Telluride, Colorado is the latest resort to cash in on this trend with a new bike park in the works set to open summer 2019.
The park is being built by Whistler based Gravity Logic and will open with 15 trails and about 17 miles of terrain. Flow trails, technical single track, and cross country routes are being newly constructed or improved. Overall 10 miles of new terrain is going be added.
Lift access in the summer, which has previously been free, will now be provided from the Mountain Village on the Village Express chair for a reasonable $36 a day. Winter season pass holders can access the trails for a mere $25 one time donation to the National Forest Foundation.
The reception from the community has been overall positive, with only a few complaints. The cross country trails, which have previously been free to ride, will now require a bike park pass. With much of the proceeds headed to the National Forest Foundation, and eventually back into local trail work, it’s hard to complain about having to spend a few bucks.
With the international success of the Whistler bike park, it’s a sure thing that Gravity Logic will do great things with Telluride’s terrain. They’ve also been involved in the bike trails at Steamboat, Stevens Pass, Winter Park, Timberline, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Deer Valley, Aspen-Snowmass and many, many others around the world. The park is anticipated to open in late June of 2019 with operations running into October if Mother Nature allows.