As we settle in and watched the sun set, friends and fellow riders continue to trickle in – the scene is almost reminiscent of a western wagon caravan. The weary travelers arrive, excited for the following day. Circle the wagons, or vans, set up camp and grab a seat at the fire ring. Get loose, but not too loose. Tomorrow, the gondola will begin loading bikes for the 2017 season. Tomorrow, summer officially begins.
With longer operational hours than many bike parks, I’m normally in no rush to get my share of laps. I prefer to grab coffee and a breakfast sandwich at Mountain Café, but not today. Today was opening day for the bike park and with the persistent snow pack, the resort re-opened skiing for the weekend. We were looking for first chair, but the allure of free passes on Saturday for both skiing and biking brought out the masses. We remained unphased by the lengthy gondola line and, for the most part, we weren’t alone. Skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, and scenic lift riders alike – it all was smiles and stoke for the stacked weekend.