Sol Vista Bike Park: It’s on!

We’ve been talking and meeting and talking and meeting for about eight months, and now we’re finally building trails. Sol Vista Ski Area is about 20 minutes north of Winter Park, CO. The lift is free on weekends this summer, and the trails are going to be sweet!

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I’m in charge of paperwork, negotiating and signage; Steve Wentz is in charge of trails. He hired TJ Sharp and Mike Moga to help, and I’ll bet they’re building as you read this.

Last week the decision makers reviewed the proposed routes of four new trails — two blacks, a blue and a green — and they said “Sweet, go for it!” After I finished a marketing meeting yesterday, Moga gave me the tour.

Our palette. The developer basically said, “We don’t know anything about downhill bike trails; you guys build whatever you want.”

Follow the yellow ribbons.

New and improved log-drop on the revamped 2003 downhill course. There was an MSC that year, and people loved the trail.

Dude … sweet yummy flowy style.

Walk this way …

The trail comes from over there …

This looks like a GREAT place for a trail!

Nice view off the back of the mountain. The Fraser River is down there, with excellent trout fishing.

In the valley below, the sleepy town of Granby has no idea what’s coming.

The site has no info about the bike park, but here it is anyway:

25 replies
  1. Geoff says:

    I remember that MSC race. The course was brutal. I couldn’t pedal at the end of my race run because my casette had rattled loose. This summer is going to be so sweet. 5 new trails at Keystone, Slopestyle at Winterpark, and Sol Vista for free. Maybe this could be stop 2 for the G3?

  2. Geoff says:

    I’ve never typed so fast in my life. I should do a better job of keeping up to date on those threads.


  3. Josh130 says:

    Dude, what qualifies a black for biking? Is it pretty much a standard DH course?


    (PS- that place is yummy… I’d be jealous if you didn’t have that “winter” thing)

  4. leelikesbikes says:

    Black = suitable for DH racing

    In 2008, when the new lodge is fnished, we plan a dual slalom, dirt jumps, pump track, etc. right at the base.

  5. leelikesbikes says:

    It’s official:

    G3 #2 at Sol Vista, August 18-19.

    Oh yeah, it’s gonna be awesome.

  6. Pee-Who says:

    oh man….!

    that terrain looks so sweet..! i already imagined myself braaping thru those little rocky sections. lee.. you and your homies are fighting the good fight..! building trails for the peoples… i’ve always said you’re a man of the peoples… lee for president.

    i agree with Geoff.. Colorado is blowing up..!


  7. leelikesbikes says:

    not sure. not yet.

    stay tuned.

    Steve says the trails will all be laid out this month. July is for a Bobcat and heaps of dirt …

  8. Steve says:

    The trails and lifts are now open on the weekends, we just got the second DH trail done, and features will be added the first week in July. We also just got delivery of a couple four stroke motos, so we will be burning in the trails in the 75 degree weather, it’s a rough life up here.

  9. leelikesbikes says:

    There’s a good mix of both, plus some jumpy-jumps.

    Just talked to the mountain manager: 81 DHers showed up Saturday. That’s huge considering nothing’s “officially” open.

    I was at Keystone for the G3, but hopefully someone will file a report.

  10. aaron says:


    i’m thinking of road tripping out to Sol Vista – is it open to ride?


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