Bike Park continues to grow 

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On the trail side, work crews built Schleyer, after local freeride pioneer Richie Schley. Crews also started a new beginner trail called Easy Does It, creating a side-trail called Dirt Merchant in the process. In the closing weeks, the park also opened a new expert trail called Clown Shoes that was used in the B.C. Freeride Challenge at the end of September. Also new this year was the popular drop park, and the expert skills area, which Roe admits was not as successful as it could have been.

In terms of lift access, the park retrofitted the Fitzsimmons chair to handle bike traffic, increasing lift capacity. The gondola was also opened to mountain bikers on busy days.

Programs were also a success for the park, with participation in the kids camp program doubling. Richie Schley’s camps did well, as did the Summer Gravity Camps, and the new camps offered by Andrew Shandro. The various women’s camps were also at capacity.

The Extended Play program, where the park was opened in the evenings on Tuesdays and Saturdays, was a huge draw, and Roe said the park plans to add another night to the program next year. In addition they hope to open after Thanksgiving, as long as the weather holds out.

For next season, the Bike Park will finish Easy Does It, which will go all the way to valley.

"Further than that, we are sorting out what our next full trail is going to be, and that might be something in the intermediate area," Roe said.

They will add another jump and drop park to meet demand, in the hope of slowing people down.

"We’re going to look for ways to lengthen the time it takes to get to the valley, decreasing lift lines by adding on to the riding time. Things like play areas and air areas where riders can session," said Roe.

"The Joyride area, with the jump park and air park, was a huge win for us because people stayed in those areas for a half hour or an hour at a time. If we pulled those away, we would have people cycling to the lifts that much quicker."

Next year the park will also start to look upwards into the area around the Garbanzo chair, where Roe hopes to have a network of trails in place in the next few years. This will increase variety, spread riders out, and create some epic rides in the process.

Also for next year, the mountain will increase the size and quality of its rental bikes, offering visitors bigger downhill bikes with disc brakes.

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