2016 Opening Weekend Recap: Angel Fire Bike Park

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The lines were short and the runs were long during Angle Fire's opening weekend.

The lines were short and the runs were long at Angel Fire Bike Park opening weekend. Don Stefanovich photo


ANGEL FIRE, NM – Angel Fire Bike Park, the three-time rider-voted "Best in the Southwest," rolled out the brown carpet last Thursday for 2016's official season opener. A few inches of unexpected snow the day before meant tacky hero-dirt conditions as the skies cleared and the sun came out for the remainder of the weekend with more than 75 percent of trails open and in prime condition.

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Opening weekend conditions were prime at Angel Fire Bike Park. Don Stefanovich photo

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Hogan Koesis, the man behind Angel Fire's bike park, plots total bike park domination. Don Stefanovich photo


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This steep drop-in to a high-speed corner exit on 'World Cup' is a crowd favorite during races. Don Stefanovich photo


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Skies cleared for opening weekend following a small storm that left hero dirt as its only evidence. Don Stefanovich photo


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'Upper Boogie' offers some of the mountain's best tech, and can be linked with 'Pepper Spray' and 'World Cup' for a hand-numbing top-to-bottom run. Don Stefanovich photo


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Angel Fire's terrain can take its toll on equipment, but Clay and the crew in the Gravity Garage are well equipped to get you back on the trails as quickly as possible. Don Stefanovich photo


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Exiting the berm with speed is critical to clearing this step-down on 'World Cup.' Don Stefanovich photo


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Where to next? Don Stefanovich photo


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'Hungry Hippo,' Angel Fire's high-amplitude jump trail, requires riders to keep their momentum to clear moves like this massive 55-foot hip jump. Hogan Koesis photo


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A clean bike is a happy bike, and Angel Fire offers multiple bike washing stations. Don Stefanovich photo

-by Don Stefanovich


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