Snow Summit Opens for the Season
Snow Summit Mountain Bike Park: The Next Chapter is Ready to be Ridden
Mountain Bike Season Kicks Off May 8 at Snow Summit
Big Bear Lake, Calif. – For many mountain bikers the dirt at Big Bear is hallowed ground. With a history that spans back to the sport’s earliest days, it’s long been a place where the mountain biking elite sewed their oats. Legends like Brian Lopes and a number of current pros like Aaron Gwin got their start racing at Big Bear, and you couldn’t blame them if they’re a bit jealous of the next generation.
With the support of Mammoth Resorts, which recently acquired Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, a renewed commitment to expanding the Snow Summit Bike Park will yield its first fruit this summer. Add in a new fleet of demo bikes from Trek and access to over 60 miles of forest service trails including the IMBA-built Skyline trail, routinely ranked one of the nation’s best, and it’s clear: something big is happening in the San Bernardino mountains.
“This is a special place in the sport of mountain biking,” said Dave Likins, Mammoth Resorts’ COO and the new man in charge overseeing developments and improvements at Big Bear Mountain Resorts “We preserved the best aspects of riding Big Bear and Snow Summit while expanding terrain for beginners and core riders. We are committed to growing the sport by continuing to improve this world-class mountain biking destination.”
Trail expansion plans at Snow Summit are well underway, with construction on the much anticipated Going Green trail likely to begin before Memorial Day. Going Green, a key component in the long term vision for the Snow Summit Bike Park laid out by the master trail builders at Gravity Logic, will run from the top of the all-mountain express lift to the base area, providing riders of all abilities a gentle 1,200 vertical foot descent.
More advanced riders will find Snow Summit’s 150 existing features ready for ripping on opening day. The Snow Summit trail crew, already hard at work, will keep things fresh throughout the summer changing up features and building some new ones. From berms and kickers to wooden features and wall rides, the crew’s imagination adds to the natural terrain creating the world-class downhill experience that has launched many pro careers.
The Snow Summit Bike Park season is set to get underway May 8, with weekend-only (Fri-Sun) operations through June 19. Opening day will be a party as always. DJ Slipmatt will be spinning at the base and riders can check out the latest gear from dozens of top brands on site. If you’re up for a game of follow the leader, Fox Head team rider Kirt Voreis will be making laps through the park with anyone who’s game.
Snow Summit Bike Park season passes are now available, starting at $299 for adults and $199 for children (ages 5-12). For the first time this year season pass holders also have the option of adding season-long access to the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park for an additional $100.