Intermediate freeride trail
The Vapor Trail serves up 2.6 miles of rugged freeride terrain and 1,400 feet of vertical drop. It begins at the top of the Elk Camp Lift and descends through a wide-open meadow, over bridges and berms and through groves of aspen and evergreen trees. It eventually ends at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, where you can connect to the trails in the lower zone.
advanced technical trail
Animal Crackers is a most difficult technical trail in the upper zone. Narrow and raw, the trail will challenge riders for nearly 2 miles with steep descents, rock gardens and off chamber traverses through loamy pine forests and alpine meadows.
French Press is a new, more difficult, freeride trail starting from the top of the Elk Camp chairs that winds on buff flow trail towards the west and reconnects with the network at mid-mountain. This is your fast and flowy option off the top of the mountain.
*NEW* BATTLE AXE
advanceD technical trail
Battle Axe slices through the dark timber of the lower mountain with narrow trees, steeper turns and rougher terrain than its sister trail, Gargamel. Enduro oriented riders will appreciate the wide variety of line selection and more direct fall line riding through raw loamy dirt. Accessed from the Valhalla trail by forking left just before the first wallride.
Intermediate technical trail
Gargamel introduces riders to narrower singletrack with natural features such as roots and rocks sprinkled into the mix. Accessed from the Verde trail, Gargamel is a great warmup and opportunity to practice line selection before moving on to the more challenging technical singletrack of Animal Crackers or Battle Axe. Return to the flow of Viking trail at Slider’s Cabin or continue down Battle Axe for some additional tech.
INTERMEDIATE FREERIDE TRAIL
In Norse Mythology, the Valkyries were divine winged riders tasked with assisting human warriors and granting them safe passage into the hallowed ground of Valhalla. In the Snowmass Bike Park, Valkyrie is a grand hall of swooping berms and medium-sized jumps winding their way through a perfect Aspen grove. Valkyrie provides intermediate riders with a progressive scaled down training ground to build confidence in the air before transitioning to the larger jumps of Valhalla. Access Valkyrie from the Verde trail water station on the Elk Camp work road.
advanced freeride trail
Valhalla is the original freeride trail at Snowmass Bike Park. The trail winds through aspen forests over it’s 2.8 mile course, dropping 1,400 vertical feet back to the base. Valhalla challenges riders with numerous jumps, set ups and wooden features.
Intermediate freeride trail
Viking is a more difficult freeride trail with features to prepare riders for the challenge of Valhalla. Running for 2.7 miles, the trail features medium sized jumps and bridges , taking riders from the top of Elk Camp Gondola down to Snowmass Base Village through evergreen forests, aspen trees and wide-open meadows for a scenic experience.
Beginner freeride trail
Verde is a beginner freeride trail, perfect for new riders as well as intermediates who are working on cornering and fundamental skills. The trail offers 3.5 miles of fun, flowing trail through pine and aspen forest from Elk Camp to Base Village.
ADVANCED FREERIDE TRAIL
Best ridden “with total commitment, total concentration, and a mad sort of panache,” Snowmass Bike Park’s expert freeride trail, Gonzo, is sure to thrill even the most experienced bike park rider. Traversing a mature Aspen grove in the bike park’s lower mountain, Gonzo features just under a mile of high speed berms, swooping wallrides, narrow cannon logs, large gaps, and elevated wood bridges with drops. Gonzo is accessed via the Valhalla trail. Take a right onto the large wooden platform just after the Government trail intersection.
Intermediate cross country trail
The Expresso Trail is a classic single-track cross-country trail. Running at just over a mile long, it connects several freeride trails in the Elk Camp area and cross-country trails on the west side of Snowmass.
advanced cross country trail
Considered by many to be the quintessential mountain biking trail in the area, Government Trail is a beast worth riding. Traversing Snowmass Mountain and descending into the Maroon Creek Valley, it offers several stretches of scenic vistas and countless pitches of supreme challenge.
Note: The section of trail east of Elk Camp Gondola is closed from May 15–June 20 for elk calving season.
Beginning at Owl Creek Road, the Tom Blake Trail climbs through pristine stands of aspen, crosses several ski runs now profuse with wildflowers, and eventually arrives at the Snowmass Village Mall.
Note: The trail is closed from May 15–June 20 for elk calving season.
Beginner Cross Country Trail
This uphill-only trail is wide, smooth, and as easy as it gets. The trail meanders across grassy ski run meadows with increasingly bigger views the higher you climb.
Village Bound Trail
Beginner Cross Country Trail
Village Bound is a bidirectional trail complete with generous bermed turns that make a great descent paired with the easy climb up the Discovery Trail.
SPOTLIGHT ON PRO MOUNTAIN BIKER: RACHEL BECK
Training is seven days a week, but there are recovery days built in, to let your muscles adapt to training, and that’s all done through sleep and eating well and recovery days. But that’s what’s been hard for me; as a mom you don’t really put your feet up.
Guide to SNOWMASS bike park
Snowmass Bike Park features lift-served downhill biking via the Elk Camp Gondola and chairlift. Each Snowmass mountain biking trail has its own distinct personality, scenic beauty and skill level. Complement all of this with more than 50 miles of cross-country biking trails in Snowmass, and you have and you have a pedal-powered summer full of thrills ahead of you.