The trail crew up at Sun Valley, Idaho have been hard at work since the snow started melting with their pick axes, shovels and front loaders preparing for the opening of two new MTB trails to add to their already extensive network of lift access downhill terrain and the preview videos look sick.

June 22nd marks opening day of the season, christening the debut of Mindbender and Pale Rider.  Mindbender will connect Bald Mountain top to bottom with a combination of big jumps and large flowy berms. Pale Rider features more advanced terrain with tasteful natural elements along with  jumps and drops created by the hardworking trail crew for a hybrid style terrain (picture Red Bull Supernatural but for bikes).

With the addition of the two new trails Sun Valley now has nearly 10 miles and more than 3,000 feet of descent to offer mountain bikers of all skill levels.

Here’s unedited footage of a top to bottom trip down the new trail MindBender:

Day passes will set you back $42 for adults and $30 for children and seniors. Season passes are $389 for adults and $239 for riders who are 19 years old and younger. 

HERE’S THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM SUN VALLEY: Now in its twentieth year of lift-accessed biking, Sun Valley Resort keeps rolling with two new trails this season, giving riders almost 10 miles and more than 3,000 feet of descending on Bald Mountain. Aptly named Pale Rider and Mindbender, both are on the front-side and can be accessed via the Roundhouse gondola and the Christmas chairlift, allowing for an earlier start to the season. They make their public debut on June 22 at 9:00 am, the first day of summer mountain operations for the resort.

Mindbender, a fast intermediate freeride track, is 3.5 miles long and descends 1,334 feet, combining big jumps and large, flowing berms. Pale Rider, a more difficult route for advanced riders, is 1.2 miles long with a 530-foot descent. It incorporates both natural elements and human-made jumps and drops, making it a ‘technical-meets-freeride’ hybrid style terrain. The trails were constructed in cooperation with the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Trail SolutionsRed Elephant Trails, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

“We are excited about our expanded options for mountain biking on Bald Mountain,” stated Julian Tyo, Sun Valley Resort’s summer trails manager. “By adding these downhill-only intermediate and advanced trails to our system, it puts Sun Valley on the map for the growing community of gravity athletes, as well as creating a plethora of new loop options.”

The existing Saddle Up trail opens on the same day as Mindbender and Pale Rider, on June 22. The Lupine trail opens on July 1, slightly later due to elk calving on the perimeter trails of Broadway, Warm Springs, and Cold Springs.

Other updates include the rerouting of the Cold Springs Trail starting on June 4, with completion expected by late July 2018. Improvements involve the reconfiguring the bottom of the trail to shaded singletrack, making the climbing and descending experience more enjoyable for a broader range of riders.

As a part of the trail development on Bald Mountain, and for the safety reasons of all users, the River Run Trail will be downhill-only biking from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm during lift operations from June 22 to September 9, 2018. Uphill riders and foot traffic may use the Warm Springs Trail, Cold Springs Trail, and Bald Mountain Trail to access the trail network during this time. Multi-directional foot and bike traffic is permissible before 9:00 am and after 5:00 pm during the summer season.


images courtesy of Sun Valley Resort



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