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Orientation Guide

Welcome to Mount Washington Bike Park, Vancouver Island's lift-accessed downhill bike park. Whether you’re new to lift-access downhill riding or to the sport of mountain biking itself, having the right type of bike and protective equipment will go a long way to making sure you have a fun and safe day on the trails. Review our guide below to help you get started. Riders will find plenty of fun throughout the Bike Park and exciting trails designed for every level.
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We have teamed up with Trailforks to bring digital interactive mapping to Summer at Mount Washington Bike Park. On your personal device, you can view your live location, track your hike and plan where to go next. Plan your routes, check trail status and conditions or compare your trail times on the leaderboards. Mount Washington trail maps are free to view for all users. Download the free Trailforks app or visit Trailforks.com
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BIKE PARK
Mt Washington Trailmap

Download our Bike Park Trail Map and plan your ride at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Discover and review the trails available for cross country and downhill lift-accesed riding, the distance, skill level required and how to connect the right trails for you or your group.
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Progression Guide

WHERE TO START
at Mount Washington

BEGIN ROLLING ON TWO WHEELS THE RIGHT WAY

If you’ve never mountain biked before, downhill biking can seem pretty intimidating. But it’s not all about big air and high speed like you see in a lot of videos. As long as you’re comfortable riding a bike, you too can give downhill mountain biking a try. But it’s important to get started right so here are some helpful tips to get you rolling down on two wheels safely.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Get the right downhill techniques and tips right from the start with a lesson from a bike park guide. Whether you need the fundamentals of bike riding or want to simply refine your skills, our expert coaches teach the right techniques required for riding downhill and navigating around the park. You’ll gain confidence and know which trails to ride suited for your ability.

THE BIKE SHOP @ Outdoor Elements

If you’re new to the bike park or unsure where to begin, visit the bike shop, located at the main entrance of the Alpine Lodge. Here you can purchase tickets, book a lesson and rentals or gets tips on the best trails to ride for your ability level, from one of our friendly staff members.

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COVER UP
FROM HEAD TO TOE

Don’t let weather, obstacles, or crashes put an early end to your day. Protect your body from a range of elements and injuries with these recommended protective gear designed exclusively for downhill mountain biking.

  • Helmet (Mandatory) – A helmet is required for all riders in the bike park. We strongly recommend a full-face helmet to provide the greatest range of protection.
  • Goggles – Wrap-around goggles are the best choice for eye protection against dirt, branches, and other obstacles you’ll encounter on the trails or in a crash.
  • Elbow and Knee Pads – Provide protection from cuts, scrapes, and any impact to these parts of your body that are most common to be injured in a crash.
  • Closed-Toe Shoes – Shoes with a durable toe box and high ankle support are important to manage the rough terrain and impact.
  • Long-Sleeved Shirt and Shorts – Cover up with the proper clothing to limit the amount of bare skin showing.
  • Full Finger Gloves – Use these to keep your hands on your bars with secure grip on your brakes. Your hands are typically first to support you in a crash so you want them covered up.
  • Body Armour – Optional for anyone who wants extra protection for your back and chest.
  • Neck Brace – Optional for anyone who wants extra neck support which typically is needed when hitting large jumps and drops.

BIKE SHOP

Everything you could need to get you riding is here, including full face helmets, body armour, gloves, goggles and clothing. Conveniently located inside our retail store Outdoor Elements in the Alpine Lodge.

BIKE RENTALS

Bike Rentals are available at the Bike Shop. We offer a range of Rocky Mountain bike rentals for adults and children, as well as full face helmet rentals, armour, knee pads, and more.

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THERE IS MORE TO KNOW
THAN YOU THINK

Whether it’s your first time in the park or it’s your first lap, it’s important to ride smart. Slow down before you speed up because crashes can happen often on your first lap. Ride a trail multiple times to get familiar with the features and equipment first so you can confidently push your limits without pushing your threshold.

FOLLOW THESE 3 STEPS WHEN STARTING TO RIDE

  1. PRE-RIDE: Warm up the brain and body and inspect the trail at low speed.
  2. RE-RIDE: Lap a trail a few times and get to know the flow of the features.
  3. FREE-RIDE: Start small and work your way up to faster speeds and larger features.

MATCH YOUR SKILL ON THE RIGHT TRAIL

All trails within the Bike Park are designated by colour-coded markers at the start of each descent. Work your way up to more advanced trails and features based on your progression, skill, and comfort level. Understand there are also two types of trails as well: Freeride and Technical and both types range from Beginner to Expert.

FLOW TRAILS

Trails are built by machines and contain manmade features including jumps, drops, gaps, wallrides, narrow surfaces, berms, and other natural or constructed features.

GREEN

  • Smooth, wide surfaces with gentle corners and rolling terrain.
  • Designed for new bike park riders.

BLUE

  • Smooth surfaces on steeper terrain, including larger corners, rollers, and small jumps.
  • Raised features like bridges and small tables require basic jumping skills and speed.
  • Suited for riders who have mastered all beginner freeride trails.

BLACK

  • A mixture of smooth and rough riding surfaces on steep and fast grades.
  • Larger-man-made features, including jumps, raised bridges, and drops.
  • Advanced jumping skills are required.
  • Suited for riders who have mastered all intermediate freeride trails.

DOUBLE BLACK

  • Trails with steep terrain and very fast speeds require expert jumping skills.
  • Mandatory jump features that require knowledge of gaps and landings.
  • Suited for the most advanced riders only.

TECHNICAL TRAILS:

Technical trails are designed to embrace the rugged shape and terrain of the mountain, utilizing a majority of natural terrain features. Trails are typically hand-built and feature organic obstacles and stunts such as rocks, roots, logs, drops, jumps, and other natural or constructed features that require technical riding skills. Technical trails are identified by just their difficulty symbol.

GREEN

  • Rougher singletrack trails with small rocks and roots.
  • Designed for new bike park riders comfortable with beginner freeride trails.

BLUE

  • Rougher terrain with tighter corners and steeper grades.
  • Larger natural obstacles, including roots and rocks.
  • Suited for riders who have mastered all beginner trails.

BLACK

  • Steep grades with large technical features, including rocks, roots, and drops.
  • Technical handling through tight trees and rough sections.
  • Suited for riders who have mastered all intermediate technical trails.

DOUBLE BLACK

  • Steepest grades with the most technical features.
  • Warming up on intermediate and advanced trails is encouraged.
  • Suited for the most advanced riders only.

SUGGESTED TRAIL ROUTES

Not sure which trails to ride first? Start on Greenline, followed by Panda Gardens and Highway 19. After getting comfortable on these trails try Blue Hammer, Call It In and Step Brother. Leave Hustler to the end as this is a more advanced blue trail that will prepare you to conquer the black trails. When you’re feeling confident through roots and small drops, try out the Blue Tech Trails, starting with Little Blue, no Pickles and lower Helter Skelter.

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SELECTING THE BEST RIDE
FOR YOUR BIKEPARK DAY

Riding the Mount Washington Bike Park requires a different type of mountain bike than you might be used to. Mountain bikes with full suspension with the right geometry and components for downhill riding will make your day in the park safe and fun.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIKES YOU SHOULD RIDE IN THE PARK

DOWNHILL

ALL-MOUNTAIN

CROSS-COUNTRY
(not recommended)

Downhill – Downhill-specific bikes are intended for all levels of riders who want to enjoy the most out of the Bike Park. A full suspension, downhill-specific bike like the ROCKY SLAYER handles the Bike Park’s technical and free-ride terrain the best and is specifically designed for descending, not ascending. We recommend this type of bike for any level of rider in the bike park.

All-Mountain – All-mountain bikes combine full suspension in the front and rear with a more upright design allowing riders to descent yet ascend when needed. At the minimum, bike park riders should have an all-mountain, full-suspension bike. Please note, uphill riding is not permitted in the bike park.

Cross-Country (Not Recommended) – Cross-country bikes generally have less suspension than most mountain bikes, making them ideal for pedaling long distances. Cross-country bikes are not recommended in the bike park.

BIKE RENTALS

Located inside the Outdoor Elements retail store, Bike Shop rentals offer the best fleet of downhill mountain bikes provided by ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIKES.

Ability Levels for Mtn Biking

Ability Levels
What Rider are You?

Not sure about what level you're riding at? Please review our LEVEL Description page to get a better idea of where your riding is at and what course or camp is the best fit for you.
Ability Levels
Flora & Fauna at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Summer Safety
at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is the place to be this summer, enjoy lift accessed riding in the bike park, hike in the alpine, ride our scenic chairlift all summer long with your family and friends safetly. To learn more follow the link to review our safety policies.
Safety

THE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED TO PUBLIC ACCESS
Thanks for a great summer of biking, hiking and ziplining together! Mount Washington Alpine Resort is now closed for the season. Crews are actively working with machinery on hill and the public is not permitted to access any mountain property. Winter Opening Day is planned for Friday, December 9th: More info

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Information & Waivers
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FAQ's
What happens to my Bike Pass if the Resort does not open or is closed part way through the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic?
A)   The Mt. Washington Bike Park opens for the season Saturday, June 27, 2020. Season passes are valid for the duration of the season purchased for, regardless of the actual season end date, as opening and closing dates are planned but not guaranteed.  If extreme circumstances do arise resulting in an unexpected closure of the resort, Bike Pass Holder policies will be reassessed and communicated as such.

LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS

Not sure about what level you're riding at? Please review our LEVEL Description page to get a better idea of where your riding is at and what course or camp is the best fit for you.

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