Gus Prissel leads dad, Mitch, opening weekend in the Grand Targhee Bike Park. The bike park will open for a bonus weekend September 26 and 27. Don Stefanovich photo
ALTA, WY – Although officially closed for the 2015 season, Grand Targhee Bike Park will offer a "Bonus Weekend" of riding Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27.
"It's been the best season at Grand Targhee Bike Park to date," said Ken Rider, director of marketing and sales. "Thanks to Andy, Harlan and the rest of the trail crew, the progression and growth in the park in terms of new features and trails has been phenomenal, and the record number of rider visits reflect that. The weather's great, so we're opening up for a bonus weekend to celebrate a banner season as the premier mountain bike destination in the Tetons."
The trail crew puts finishing touches on a new section near the base area before first chair on opening day. Don Stefanovich photo
Over the course of the summer, the bike park opened Rock Garden, a signature black-diamond downhill run; a new finish to Lower Bullwinkle consisting of a high-speed rhythm jump section; Pinball, a new beginner skills park; new features near the base where trails merge including the "Mustache Ride" bridge jump and a section of doubles leading back to the lift line.
The cross-country options have also grown, most notably Action Jackson, a new trail in honor of the late AJ Linnell, local athlete, mountain bike racer and ski guide.
While no details are yet available, Rider said the park will continue to grow and hinted at more beginner friendly options as well as more expert runs, expanding options for riders on both ends of the spectrum.
Rider also noted, "With the addition of fat-bike specific singletrack we began last winter, mountain bike season at Grand Targhee never really ends."
The nordic trail network in Rick's Basin hosts fat bike races and is open to fatties throughout the winter. Grand Targhee Bike Park Photo
The resort opened two miles of fat-bike only groomed singletrack last year, complete with berms and trail features.
Grand Targhee also offers fat bike access to Rick's Basin, an enormous cross-country network in the summer months, and more than nine miles of shared Nordic trails during the winter. The resort was the first in the United States to embrace and endorse the use of its Nordic trail system for fat biking, granting access with the purchase of a Nordic day ticket or season pass.
"It's been a great summer," said Rider. "But it's just the beginning."
by Don Stefanovich