Common Downhill MTB Questions

Common Downhill MTB Questions

Have questions? We have answers! We compiled a list of some of the most common downhill mountain biking questions we see. If you would like to speak with a representative, please use Live Chat in the bottom right corner of your screen. 

There Are a Few Rules!

  • A HELMET IS REQUIRED.  
    • Full-face helmets are optional
  • All Bikes are required to have:
    • Front Suspension
    • Disc Brakes
    • Ability to lower saddle
  • Fat Bikes with tires over 3.8" cannot be used with our lift carriers

A full suspension bike is highly recommended. Protection pads and body armor are strongly encouraged.   Everyone must sign a release form and riders ages 17 and under must have a parent/guardian signature on the release.

Whether you're a beginner or expert, caution should be taken when out on the mountain.  You should always ride on trails that match your skill level. If possible, it is best to use the buddy-system. Although riding alone can be very enjoyable, keep in mind that even the most skilled riders fall down. It's getting back up that makes all the difference.

Frequently Asked Bike Park Questions

Are helmets required?

A certified bike helmet is required, full face helmets are highly recommended.

A full suspension bike is highly recommended.   Protection pads and body armor are encouraged.  

I've never rode downhill before, is that a problem?

If you have never rode downhill before, we would highly recommend a Beginner Lesson. Our new trail, Shakedown Street, is beginner friendly. 

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How difficult are the trails?

Blue Mountain Bike Park trails are rated similarly to our ski trails. Green trails are the easiest, blue trails are more difficult & black trails are most difficult. Please keep in mind that this rating system compares the difficulty of our trails in relation with each other. This is not a comparison of our trails to trails at other mountains or trail systems. We do not currently offer any trails that would be comparable to a bike path.

Green trails do contain rocky and rooted sections, dirt berms and rollers, as well as steep grades and varied terrain. These trails do make their way down a mountain side and some mountain bike skill is required to ride them comfortably. A full suspension mountain bike is recommended for these trails.

Blue trails contain features of increasing difficulty including small drops, jumps, larger berms and steeper trails. An all mountain full suspension mountain bike or downhill bike is recommended for these trails. Some body armor protection is also recommended on our blue trails.

Black trails are the expert downhill trails. These trails are steep, rocky, loose, and contain larger jumps and drop offs. A 6” – 9” travel downhill bike is highly recommended on the black trails. A full face helmet and full body armor are also highly recommended for guests riding this terrain.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes. We have a limited number of rental bikes available. Please book your bike rental in advance to ensure availability. 

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What if there is poor weather?

Blue Mountain Bike Park typically operates regardless of weather.  However, there are times when we are forced to close for the safety of our guests, employees, and lifts due to the weather.  If the forecast is such that we will not open for the day, an announcement will be made by 7:30am that day on our website and social media. 

Lightning – If the park is open and lightning is in the area, operations will be suspended until the area is clear.  If more storms are forecast or it is near the end of the day, the park may close for the day. 

Blue Mountain Bike Park does not offer refunds or rain checks due to bad weather.  We make every effort to stick to our operating schedule, but cannot control the weather. 

Mountain Bike Responsibility Code

Please take a moment to review the NSAA Mountain Bike Responsibility Code prior to access our trails.  

View the code here