For beginner lessons, seasoned Pros will lead you through the “ABCs” of downhill mountain biking (active stance, braking, and cornering) on a level, paved section of the Base Village Plaza. Once you get familiar with your bike (a must if it’s a rental) and the basic downhill techniques, it’s time to load your bike onto the Gondola and test out those new moves in the skills park, which offers several short downhill sections with practice features and two loops with banked turns.
If you’re a seasoned biker, your clinic will start mid-mountain at Elk Camp, where you can practice new skills and explore the trails. Most of your day will be spent riding, practicing on features and getting active feedback.
“We want you to come with us, because we’ll ensure you’ll have a better time and we want you to come back,” says Kevin Jordan, Snowmass Bike Park and bike school manager. “But be careful. Like skiing or snowboarding, downhill mountain biking is a gravity-fed sport—and it’s addictive.”