The popular mountain biking park at Stevens Pass will reopen this summer per a Friday announcement from ski area owner Vail Resorts.
The summertime outdoors hot spot — which features Washington’s only lift-assisted trail system — did not open last summer, drawing groans and criticism from mountain bikers across the Cascades.
Sara Roston, director of communications for Vail’s west region, said the park is set to open in late June and will operate through Oct. 2, depending “on timing of snowmelt and necessary work to prepare the park and other summer operations.”
Further details are coming soon regarding passes, tickets, events and more, she said.
For now, guests can expect the park to be open Thursdays through Sundays. Bike rentals and lessons will be available, and hangout spot Granite Peaks Lodge will reopen, too. Expect the Hogsback Express to open as well, which gives nonbikers the option to go sightseeing or hiking above the clouds courtesy of a lift.
Reopening the bike park was a priority for interim Stevens Pass general manager Tom Fortune, who was instated last month to right the ship at a beloved Washington ski area that has come under mounting criticism from thousands of skiers over the last couple of winters due to terrain closures and a perceived erosion of culture on the mountain.
The bike park “provides a ‘uniquely Stevens Pass’ experience that so many covet, and is such an important part of our community’s summer,” Fortune said via email. He acknowledged the disappointment surrounding the park being closed last year, noting that “makes it even sweeter to reopen this year.”