After a three year hiatus Mount Washington’s Bike Park will be back in early July.
As the last of 10 metres of snow melts on Mount Washington crews are in the midst of preparing numerous trails for the arrival of mountain bikers in early July.
“It’s a brand new product for us. We’re buying brand new bikes. We’re just confirming today the order with Rocky Mountain. We’ll be opening a shop where we will be doing sales and rentals and service” said Don Sharpe, Director of Business Operations for Mount Washington.
Crews will begin work on the trails in earnest next week.
“Well a lot of work, we have a trail crew of about ten guys working on the trails setting them up from the top to the bottom. Everything that was there was taken out so we’re basically rebuilding whatever we had” added Sharpe.
“I think it’s pretty exciting. It’s a long time coming” said local mountain biker Renee Haugeneder visiting the mountain Monday.
“Most of my friends mountain bike and the’ve been wanting it to come back up here” she added.
“We do a lot of riding in Cumberland and there are a lot of choices around town but I think something up here would give it that extra, that extra kick that everyone is looking for” said Sean Piercy, a mountain biker from Courtenay.
There will be something new for beginner riders this summer.
“Well one of the other things we’re doing this year is introducing a cross country product so we have two trails that have been designated cross country riding. The lift access riding will of course have a cost to it but the cross country riding will be free” said Sharpe.