Given all the protective gear and the hard-charging look of some riders, downhill mountain biking has a bit of an image problem, says Kevin Jordan, Snowmass Bike Park and bike school manager. But it really can be a family sport. “The ride is very much your ride,” he says, and, like skiing or snowboarding, the whole family can ride together, or take different trails — including Snowmass’s extensive network of cross-country trails — and then meet up.
“If you haven’t done this before, we want you to come with us, because we’ll ensure you’ll have a better time, and we want you to come back,” concludes Kevin. “But be careful, like skiing or snowboarding, downhill mountain biking is a gravity-fed sport — and it’s addictive.”