Big White Resort is set to open its lift-serviced mountain bike trail network Friday, Aug. 4.
With an unexpectedly high snowpack and slow melt in the alpine, the build team has experienced challenges from mother nature; however, with the recent shift towards summer weather, the resort is confident in the newly determined opening date.
“It’s not often that we wish the snow away, but it has provided us with some challenges this year,” said Big White President Peter Plimmer. “At the end of the day, we are working towards having an awesome product, and that means dealing with the conditions in the best way possible. The focus is to continue building this season and next season and focus on trail quality and consistency.”
Lift access for the bike park will operate from the Bullet Express, which reaches an elevation of 7057 feet.
On opening day, riders will be able to access a complete top-to-bottom trail in the form of a machine-groomed flow trail that will be rideable by all skill levels. With the build continuing throughout the summer, new trail sections will continue to be opened to the public as soon as possible.
The bike park will be open from Friday to Sunday, as well as holiday Mondays.
Big White Resort originally started constructing the bike park in the summer of 2016, with Alpine Bike Parks brought in to create a riding destination that would fulfill the goals of enduro, downhill, freeride and youth mountain bikers.
An earlier opening is expected for the 2018 mountain bike season for the established bike park.
For updates on pricing, trails and the build, check out Big White’s website.