The summer recreation season is officially upon us and Mt. Bachelor is ready – kicking off its first full year with a lift-served downhill mountain bike park. The ski area’s summer activity menu includes chairlift rides, weekend sunset dinners and Gravity Sports summer camps for kids and teens. The lift rides are $17 for teens and adults before 3 p.m. They drop down to $14 after 3.
The much anticipated downhill mountain bike park runs daily through September 1st. It’ll be open on weekends September 3rd through October 12th and on Columbus Day October 13th. Bike park lift tickets will cost $34 for a full day pass and $29 for late-comers after 1 p.m. Friday and Saturdays the lifts will run until 7 p.m. and a twilight pass will be offered for $19 after 3 p.m.
The lift-served bike park had been in the works for years as Mt. Bachelor looked to make the ski area a true four-season destination for adventure seekers. The lifts eventually will give mountain bikers access to 13 miles of downhill trails starting at the top of the Pine Marten lift.
Mt. Bachelor strongly recommends the following when riding the park:
Full suspension bike (at least 5″ of travel)
Bike with disc brakes
Armor/padding and gloves
Central Oregon mountain biking offers a very wide range of terrain for riders of all skill levels, but the current downhill park is designed for advanced or expert riders right now. That will all change in the coming years when more terrain is added. In fact, new cross country trails are being built ahead of the 2015 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships.
Visit the Mt. Bachelor website for all the details.