With all this in mind, Rioux is proud to announce the creation of four new trails to the park this year. Two new trails, Trail 9 and Trail 8, debuted for beta-testing during the Big-Mountain Enduro competition this year and received great feedback. And while these riders are all of the expert level, Trail 8 in an intermediate ride while Trial 9 and is advanced. So to get a rave review from these guys — of trails that are not as technical and advanced as they might be used to — is high praise indeed.
Tyler Lindsay, the Event Marketing Manager at Aspen Skiing Company, describes the new trails like this: “Gonzo is a roughly ¾ mile double black diamond freeride trail which spurs off of Valhalla near the Government trail intersection. It features large jumps and a number of unique and interesting wood features. Some folks have described it as Valhalla on steroids, which is a pretty accurate description."
"Trail 9 and Trail 8 will both be designated technical trails," he continues. "Mostly singletrack with a handful of machine built turns and installed features. Trail 9 is intended as a black diamond and Trail 8 as a intermediate blue trail. They’re really fun, narrow, and rooted through loamy dark woods. They feel kind of like Expresso or Government trails but with a more sustained downhill pitch. Finally, Trail 6 (also yet to be named) will be a blue freeride trail with more mid-sized jumps than Valhalla."