Canyons Bike Park Opening Day

Carston Oliver and Eric Porter hit the new log feature on Rally Cat. Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

For those that prefer the brown pow to the white pow, Thursday’s opening of the Canyons Bike Park was the equivalent of a 12″ dump day during the winter. Blue skies, unridden, buffed out trails, and $2 tacos greeted those who made it out. Those lift lines that stacked up at the base of High Meadow last year? Gone. With the addition of 33, 3-bike trays to the High Meadow lift, hot laps through the Bike Park were the flavor of the day.

“The bike trays are amazing, ” said pro mountain biker, Eric Porter. “There were a lot of people riding yesterday and we never had to wait in line. These are the biggest single improvement for 2012 for sure.”

While the bike trays may stand out as the “biggest single improvement,” riders will no doubt notice plenty of changes to the trails and features. Those new to the ways of the bike can now fine tune their skills on White Rabbit, a brand spankin’ new beginners trail. The yet to open Dark Hollow, stretching from Lookout Peak to Red Pine Lodge, will offer 4,500 feet of flow trail awesomeness making it Canyons’ longest flow trail. New features? Shoot, you can find those on every trail. But the crown jewels of the feature collection are definitely the 12-foot tall, 25-foot long wall ride and the log jam feature, both of which can be found on Rally Cat.

“All of the trails are riding great right now,” said Porter. “My favorite trail was Rally Cat. We sessioned all of the big jumps and features all afternoon. The best new feature is definitely the wall ride at the bottom of Rally Cat. It’s super fun!”

But seriously, I could write for hours about Opening Day. What you want is visual proof. So, here you go.

The crew from Park City Television put together this fun edit from Opening Day. Enjoy.

Prefer photos to video? We’ve got you covered. 

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