Prime 10 it’s important to go to

Angelena Iglesia

Only a handful of years in the past the selection of motorbike parks – gravity-focused driving centres with an uplift again to the highest of the hill – was fairly restricted. Now an increasing number of ski resorts and regional areas identified for mountain bike trails all over the world are recognising the potential for revenues and starting to market their wares as locations to go to in the summertime – or in some instances all yr spherical.

Away from the large mountains, smaller bike parks with vehicle-and-trailer uplift are additionally arising far and wide. This has given rise to longer MTB seasons (ski resorts usually solely open lifts for a brief summer season season) and extra numerous terrain.

Here is our decide of a few of the finest established bike parks and mountain bike path locations on the planet:

A couple of riders tackle a berms at Whistler Mountain Bike Park in Canada

The berms at Whistler are huge!

© Reuben Krabbe

There’s nowhere else fairly like Whistler. The unique and nonetheless one of the best, the British Columbia resort has an enormous vary of trails for completely each degree and magnificence of rider, all accessed by quick, trendy lifts and ending in a dreamy city, the place evenings are spent on the skatepark, indoor airbag, jumps or on a path journey into the wilderness.

Situated simply two hours north of Vancouver, the mountain city affords over 1,507 metres of lift-serviced bike trails. From basic bounce trails like A-Line, Filth Service provider, and Crank It Up, to technical legends like Schleyer, Offended Pirate, and Clown Sneakers, the resort has an enormous vary of trails for completely each degree and magnificence of rider.

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Sound of Pace: Kade Edwards and Kaos Seagrave in Whistler

Younger pretenders Kade Edwards and Kaos Seagrave go big on the legendary Filth Service provider path at Whistler Bike Park.

On high of Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s world-class path community, the resort is the birthplace of the worldwide Crankworx mountain bike festivals and the place slopestyle contest Pink Bull Joyride takes place.


Portes du Soleil, France/Switzerland

Directions board for trails at the Champéry-Morgins Bike Park

A helpful reference to one of the best trails on the Champéry-Morgins Bike Park

© Sylvain Cochard

Season: June – September (opening dates differ per resort)

Absolutely the basic of European resort driving, Portes du Soleil is the title of an enormous space of interlinked cities and bike parks, together with Châtel, Les Will get, Morzine-Avoriaz, Morgins and Champéry, unfold throughout France and Switzerland. In whole, the Portes du Soleil space in whole has 650km of marked bike trails with 22 chairlifts to get you to the place you must be.

Essentially the most spectacular growth is in Châtel, the place a full-time path group often form and keep dozens of tracks and trails. The bike park there may be residence to one of the vital well-known bike park trails on the planet within the Vink Line. Cultivated by professional rider Nico Vink, the Vink Line is a downhill monitor that’s made up of innumerable big jumps, monster berms and large hucks.

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Châtel, France

We go on a visit to Châtel, France, the place the boys spend per week driving the most effective bike parks on the planet.

For traditional downhill tracks and one of the best after-ride vibes, Morzine is the place to hang around. The standout path in Les Will get is the Tomahawk path, which is a super-flowy monitor that has banked turns, fairly just a few tables and consistently-sized bounce kickers.

Åre bikepark in Sweden.

Åre has Sweden’s largest bike park with extra the 30 trails to selected from

© Saskia Dugon

Season: June – October (various opening days)

For a northern European bike park expertise, there’s nowhere fairly like Åre Bike Park. Its sizeable Swedish hills slope gently into lakes and forests on all sides – a surprising setting, particularly within the golden gentle of an extended Scandi summer season’s night.

The mountain biking ingredient is sort of a mini-Whistler. There are 34 trails with a vertical drop of 853m. The tracks are fantastically constructed, with huge banked turns and enjoyable, secure jumps on the machine-made trails, whereas there are additionally lots extra pure choices for these on the lookout for an out-of-park journey.

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Whip It Good is considered one of Åre Bike Pageant’s highlights

Get to know what’s good about Sweden’s Åre Bike Pageant

The individuals behind Åre just lately developed their very own XC Area that has man-made trails starting from simple to tougher blues and reds. The right entry-level trails if you happen to’re new to the game or have a younger household.

The beautiful venue of Vallnord hosted the 2015 World Championships.

Stunning Vallnord

© Bartek Woliński/Pink Bull Content material Pool

Season: Might – October (various opening days)

Recognized for its tax-reduced bargains, the small state of Andorra, situated amongst pristine Pyrenean peaks, has all the time been an enormous draw for mountain tourism. When it comes to mountain biking, Andorra’s actually been placed on the map by its annual World Cup downhill and cross-country races and the truth that main mountain bike model and producer Commencal are based mostly right here.

An image of a wooden bridge at Vallnord Bikepark.

One of many picket bridges of the Vallnord Bikepark

© Vallnord

Vallnord is the nation’s foremost bike park (there’s additionally Soldeu a brief drive away). Its 40km of downhill freeride tracks and enduro trails, in addition to a pump monitor, a 4X monitor and children’ journey space, which make it a incredible vacation spot for all gravity-centric riders. It boasts low-cost lodging and meals, beneficial climate, and an extended season to spherical off the bundle.


Queenstown Bike Park, New Zealand

Flying over Queenstown

Flying over Queenstown

© Sven Martin

Season: September – Might

New Zealand’s out of doors capital boasts all kinds of mountain and water-based pursuits, not least a wholesome mountain bike providing. Improvement of the Queenstown Bike Park has gone via the roof in recent times, and with it so too has the recognition of this must-visit low season vacation spot. The park has 30 downhill trails totalling over 30km of driving.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Martin Söderström and Emil Johansson spend per week within the Queenstown space driving and playing around.

When the Northern Hemisphere is deep in winter, lots of the world’s professional riders head to Queenstown for some downhill laps, shuttle trails, heli drops, XC and highway driving and evenings by the lake. All that is set in gorgeous landscapes, hemmed in by Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, Coronet and Crown mountain ranges.


Bike Park Innsbruck, Austria

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BikePark Innsbruck’s Straight One path

Soar within the saddle with Stefan Eberharter and Tom Öhler as they journey the Straight One path in Innsbruck.

Season: Might – September

BikePark Innsbruck affords 5 trails, a bounce line and a youngsters and novices space. The names of the paths partly point out their issue – The Easy One (family-friendly), The Chainless One (intermediate), The First One (intermediate), The Tough One (superior) and The Wild One (superior).

The Austrian metropolis is, after all, a location for one of many world Crankworx mountain bike festivals and when that is on the town the bike park is remodeled into an area for slopestyle, downhill, twin slalom and pump monitor motion, with one of the best mountain bikers on the planet going toe-to-toe in competitors. The twin slalom and pump monitor programs can be utilized by guests.

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BikePark Innsbruck’s First One path

Soar on board with Stefan Eberharter and Tom Öhler as they journey the First One path at BikePark Innsbruck.

What makes Bikepark Innsbruck an amazing vacation spot to go to is that there are extra path networks round Innsbruck that may be visited. This contains the Innsbrucker Nordketten Bahnen, which is residence to the Nordketten Single Path, one of many steepest and most troublesome in Europe, the Elferlifte and likewise Bikepark Tirol.


Coast Gravity Park, Canada

Coast Gravity Park, a new bike mecca for BC?

Coast Gravity Park, a brand new bike mecca for BC?

© Mattias Fredriksson

Ever for the reason that Coastal Crew, a bunch of professional riders from British Columbia, opened the Coast Gravity Park, it has been a web site of pilgrimage for any severe gravity rider visiting western Canada. The park’s featured in numerous movies and photoshoots for its completely clean berms and textbook jumps, however there’s extra to it than that.

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Brandon Semenuk rips up the bounce Line at Coastal Gravity Park

Comply with Brandon Semenuk down a high-speed path of tall berms with difficult rollers, hips, and gaps at Coastal Gravity Park in Canada

Sixteen official trails of various issue and intent supply slightly one thing for many riders. It options on this checklist of high resorts worldwide, not for its variety of trails or its infrastructure, however as a result of it reveals what a year-round rider-created bike park can appear to be, eradicating gravity driving from a reliance on chairlifts (vehicles take riders again up the hill) and pushing the bounds of monitor building on the similar time.

A rider takes on a trail at BikePark Wales in Wales.

Rip up the paths at BikePark Wales

© Andy Lloyd

Wales is filled with nice mountain biking – it has path centres and bike parks far and wide. Revolution Bike Park, Black Mountains Cycle Centre and Antur Stiniog are spectacular in their very own proper, however BikePark Wales is the nation’s most rounded gravity-orientated vacation spot.

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Laurie Greenland – Wales

Downhill rider Laurie Greenland designs, oversees the construct, and rides his dream line at BikePark Wales.

From simple, meandering and flowy singletrack, to huge bounce traces and downhill tech, this diminutive hillside within the southern valleys offers choices for almost each rider. Every day uplift providers are widespread and refill shortly, so generally should be booked months upfront (there’s a climbing path and push-up monitor, too).


Järvsö Bike Park, Sweden

Coastal Crew and Martin Soderstrom catch some air in Järvsö, Sweden

Martin Soderstrom catching air in Järvsö

© Daniel Rönnbäck/Pink Bull Content material Pool

Järvsö Bergscykelpark is a favorite amongst riders in Scandinavia and northern Europe, each due to its proximity to Sweden’s capital Stockholm and due to its well-built tracks. Although the mountain, the place Järvsö is located, solely reaches 370m above sea degree, it has 17 tracks, most of that are designed by Tom Professional, the founding father of Canadian trail-building firm Gravity Logic.

The bike park is legendary for its huge and flowy bounce trails like Barbro, Twist Twist and Lite för Liten. You may need seen them in edits like Sound of Pace with Martin Söderström and Emil Johansson.

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Martin Söderström and Emil Johansson

See Martin Söderström and Emil Johansson put their type and excellency in focus at Järvsö, Sweden.

There are additionally a number of technical trails just like the black-graded tracks Kristin and Itzy Bitzy – two of probably the most difficult, but enjoyable, trails to journey on the mountain. With loads of rock drops, tight, steep corners and technical rock gardens they hold even one of the best riders on their toes. It is a park that fits each kind of rider – youngsters and adults, novices and specialists. There’s additionally a Velosolutions Pump Monitor subsequent to the bike park.

Gee Atherton in action at Dyfi bike park.

Dyfi is rideable year-round – even within the worst of the Welsh climate

© Moonhead Media

Season: Yr-round (climate dependent)

Dyfi Bike Park close to Machynlleth, Wales, is the masterpiece of mountain biking’s most well-known siblings, the Athertons, and extra particularly the brainchild of Dan, the elder of the World Cup-winning trio. The bike park has had years of dedication and laborious work put into its vary of intermediate and expert-level trails by the Atherton household, their mates and colleagues, and Dyfi locals. Dyfi can be after all residence to in all probability one of the best technical downhill monitor on the planet within the Pink Bull Hardline course.

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The Athertons’ good yard

Gee, Rachel and Dan Atherton have turn out to be worldwide MTB stars. Is their epic yard setup the explanation why?

The bike park opened to the general public in 2019 with 4 black-graded (professional knowledgeable) trails solely – 50 Hits, Unique DH, Race Monitor and Slab Monitor. Since then two additional black trails have been added in Fireplace within the Sales space and the Oakley – Icon Means, as effectively three easier trails in Tremendous Swoop, El Hippo and the Turns within the Ferns. A trailer shuttle can whisk riders to the highest of the mountain in a matter of minutes. There’s additionally a pump monitor on web site and driving trails obtainable near Machynlleth not related to Dyfi.

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