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Mountain Biking

Valemount wants to share our enthusiasm for trails and we are inviting you to come experience the Valemount Bike Park.  We have been working on building an amazing trail network under the guide of a mountain bike trails master plan.  And we are very excited to say that phase one of Valemount’s new Mountain Bike trail facility is open to the public.

In the summer of 2016 we have added an amazing new FLOW trail and Advanced Downhill trail that will be sure to please every rider ability.

 

To keep tabs on what is happening on the bike seen in Valemount please like the Valemount Bike Park Page on Facebook or have a look a all of the Valemount Trails directly from your smart phone or gps on Trail Forks 

 

 

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Valemount Trails Explained

1a) Provincial Climb – This hand-made beginner to intermediate level climb begins directly from the lower staging area and finishes at the upper access to the Provincial Trail. From there it can be further linked by riding up Inversion or by continuing out to the main 5 Mile Road.

1b) Provincial Down – A hand-made beginner downhill trail, suitable for all levels of riders. This trail is accessed via an older skid road about 0.75 km up the main road from the staging area, or via the provincial climb; it can also be accessed from the upper section of the Inversion Trail. For novice riders this may feel like a beginner downhill ride; for intermediate riders this may feel more like a cross country/enduro
ride.

2) Inversion – A hand-made cross country trail that is suitable for novice–intermediate riders. For novice riders this may feel like a beginner downhill ride; for intermediate riders this may feel more like a cross country ride. This trail intersects the Provincial trail at two separate occasions and gives riders a variety of choices. This is a great ride for anyone pedalling from the town site.

3) Mid DH Access or Exit- Access point to mid DH trails, a relatively easy pedal from town. Can also be used as an early exit from the DH to access Inversion and the Provincial trails.

4) Andreas’ Downhill – A very old school, hand-made fall line based downhill trail for advanced/expert riders. Steep and very rooty, this trail is NOT FOR BEGINNERS. This trail parallels the new Tinfoil Hat downhill with multiple intersections.

5) Tinfoil Hat – An intermediate level, new school downhill mountain bike trail. All jumps are table tops, and easy to be ridden over. Any drops or harder lines have ride-arounds to avoid the obstacle completely. There is a mid-point entrance, easily accessed by pedalling from the
town site; however, this trail is best enjoyed by shuttle.

6) Swift Creek – This is a 10-km-long round trip ride on a hand built old school cross country trail. The finish will utilize a bit of town road to return to the 5 Mile Road and ultimately back up to the staging area.  On the north side of Swift Creek there is a newly built paralleling trail for those looking for a flowy line.

7) Southern Traverse – A new school rolling cross country trail. Accessed via the main Swift Creek entrance at 1 km up 5 Mile Road. This section of trail measures 2.5 km. To get in and out will require the use of the other trails.

8) Bucket Head Connector – This is a short connector trail that allows downhill riders to utilize some of the flow of the Southern Traverse while making their way back to the staging area.

9) Climb out or Ride In – This trail is used to enter or exit the newly built Southern Traverse or the Tech Zone. This trail will eventually be built to access much higher elevations without having to use 5 Mile Road.

10) Tech Zone – This chain of 2.5 loops, situated in a small area, provides some technically challenging trails for the eager pedaler. Frequent and often dramatic changes in elevation combined with rock create a superb environment to get the legs burning. Accessed via the Swift Creek and Lower Climbing trail, the alignment twists and turns through the topography with numerous optional technical trail features and a combination of fast open turns and bench cut trail.

11) Ale Trail – Accessed off of the climb out of the Tech Zone or south end of the Southern Traverse this fast and flowy section of trails acts as another option to exit the trail system to either return to the lower staging area or to coast down to the Valemount town center.

12) Turducken by CBT–  The most advanced trail found within the proposed trail network, this downhill alignment is a feature rich 3.5-km adrenaline rush. More advanced than the Tin Foil Hat, this trail offers a more challenging descent to those looking to get a bit more technical. Trees lines, natural rock features and a 20-piece jump line are all highlights of this trail.

13) BACON by NDIT –  Designed to be the ultimate integration of all the various bicycling handling skills, the idea behind our flow trail is to provide a low risk, gravity assisted trail which users of variable skill level can use to develop their skills. 2km of berms, rollers and manageable jumps will flow you to the lower staging area and guarantee to put a smile on your face.

14) Eggs –  A simple and easy pedal friendly 1-km trail that gets users from the DH trails over to the
Flow Trail entrance. Just another option for a great ride.

 

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And there’s more…

There are a few other great trails  in Valemount although signage and mapping is a bit sub-standard at this time. As we move forward throughout the project, please keep looking back for more updated information on the great mountain biking opportunities in Valemount.

Tourism Valemount has created a new site at www.valemounttrails.com which holds some great info on biking and hiking around the area.