Thanks to a growing trail network for all abilities, Snowmass Bike Park has long been a draw for mountain bikers, from beginners to the downhill scene looking to learn new skills to experts practicing for competition. With a vertical rise of nearly 2,900 feet served by the Elk Camp Gondola and Elk Camp Chairlift (in addition to the Meadows chair), trails are generally long—French Press, the lengthiest, extends an impressive 4.5 miles—and chock full of natural and manmade features. The best trail for beginners, Verde, offers 3.8 miles of wide, forgiving singletrack, smooth bank turns, and even a few opportunities to get air—with enough speed and desire, that is.
New in 2021, the Meadows trails are a key addition for young and aspiring downhill bikers like Daniel, plus those wanting to practice skills without committing to a miles-long ride. Besides EZ-PZ, a green (easiest) trail, there’s Lemon, a blue (more difficult) trail with great practice features that are a little bigger. Situated at about 10,000 feet, the Meadows area stays relatively cool throughout the summer—and the scenic, restful ride on the Meadows chair is a treat.