VIDEO | Opening Day Edit: Snow Summit Bike Park

Last weekend Snow Summit opened its first official bike park trail, Miracle Mile, thanks to a new deal with park builders Gravity Logic of Whistler fame. Price Point rider Aaron Hodgkin was there.

    “It was finally here: the morning I had been waiting for, for a very long time—nine years to be exact. After moving down to Murrieta, I could only dream about the day Snow Summit would once again allow gravity to run its natural course on the mountain. It was not until my good friend and multi-FMX gold-medalist, Ronnie Renner, casually mentioned the opening of Snow Summit’s bike park that I realized it was a reality. It felt like a record scratching in the background as the news made its way to my ears. I was in complete disbelief and had him repeat this beautiful bit of news. He probably thought I was crazy for getting so excited, but he also probably had no idea that Snow Summit was one of the biggest reasons for my turning pro.
    “What made this even more exciting is the fact that Snow Summit provided me with some of the greatest memories of my life. As the grand-opening day finally arrived, I had slept very little due to my anticipation. The alarm clock finally went off and I got the call from Kevin and Sean Heidorn that they were outside and ready to go. Way too excited to pay attention to the time, loading up the bikes took longer than expected, mainly because I could not stop telling stories about how Snow Summit used to be 10 years ago! These memories bring me back to when I ran through the streets of Big Bear and dove into a rose bush in front of a Denny’s restaurant, while all the late night eaters watched. Now that is one long story to tell—maybe next time! After story telling hour, we found some better entertainment watching my air freshener swing back and forth on the windy mountain road and giggling like little girls at the sound of my bald tires squealing around every corner.
    “We made it, finally! We unloaded the sleds and soon we were headed up the chairlift for our first run. Again, I crammed stories that were 10 years old into Sean and Kevin’s ears, pointing at every line that use to exist. I wondered how the new stuff would be. Would they bring back some of the original lines? Would I remember them? Man, I almost couldn’t wait for what seemed to be the longest chair ride ever!
    “The Gravity Logic guys did an outstanding job coming in and making an attempt at mocking up a Whistler style feel to Snow Summit mountain. Limited to two lift lines, things got a little backed up, but that was expected, being it was the opening weekend for what might be the best gravity-riding spot in SoCal, which had been closed for a decade. The new trail, named Miracle Mile, was pretty awesome! It tied in some sections from some of the older trails from back in the day, but they mainly created an entirely new trail with massive berms for some serious flow all the way down the mountain. Snow Summit offers an array of diversity meant to accommodate beginner riders all the way to experienced pros. It is a wonderful opportunity to go out in nature and do what you love to do. I recommend everyone get a piece of the experience and get out there and ride!” -Aaron Hodgkin
 
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VIDEO | Snow Summit Opens Big Bear Bike Park

Today marks opening day at Snow Summit in Big Bear, California.

Located just a short drive from Price Point‘s headquarters in the San Bernardino Mountains, Snow Summit has long been the closest lift-served downhill option for thousands of Southern California riders. While many remember the NORBA days and downhill racing on the ski slopes, legal problems eventually brought the sanctioned fun to a close. In recent years, riders have been able to ride Snow Summit’s lifts, only to roll off resort property and onto forest service land where steep and loose ungroomed trails awaited. While this was plenty fun for most gravity riders, others pined for the sculpted flow of a real bike park.

Today the wait is officially over—Snow Summit resort officially introduces the new Miracle Mile trail, a brand-new, lift-served downhill trail sculpted by none other than Gravity Logic, the team behind much of Whistler and other world-class bike parks.

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Although technically one trail, Miracle Mile splits into several different “route options” before converging again near the base of the mountain. The trail boasts sweeping S-turns, 34 berms, six rollers, 10 jumps and three wood features including a 30-foot bridge, diving board and berm. The above video offers a sneak peek.

Snow Summit says it plans on opening at least three new trails in addition to existing trails with accessibility for all levels by the end of summer. Officially tagged the “Snow Summit Adventure Park,” the resort hints at zip-lines and a host of other sans-snow activities to make the most of the summer months.

The Snow Summit Adventure Park is open all three days Memorial weekend, and on weekends only until mid-June, at which time it becomes open seven days a week. Lift tickets—previously $25 in the summer months—are now $32.

Stay tuned for on-site opening-day updates and first impressions from Price Point rider Aaron Hodgkin.

by Don Stefanovich

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