While parts of the Rockies and Sierra are getting blasted with spring storms and resorts are re-opening for bonus ski weekends, the East Coast's relatively dry winter and spring has given it a head start on the bike park season.
PLATTEKILL BIKE PARK
The earliest official opening that we know of for 2016, Plattekill kicked things off with a mixed-use "soft opening" March 19 and 20, that allowed bikes and skis to be loaded side by side. The official season opening landed on April 2, and the park is now open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
Located in Roxbury, NY, Plattekill began offering downhill lift-served mountain biking in 1995 and was one of the first lift-served mountain bike areas to open in the Northeast. Serving up steep, rocky and rooty east-coast tech, the Plattekill Bike Park features more than 60 miles of lift-served mountain bike trails that drop 1,100 feet. Don't let the trail map fool you—a spiderweb of singletrack snakes between the main numbered trails, giving you endless options to link up the perfect run.
2016 PLATEKILL MTBPARKS PASS PERKS
MOUNTAIN CREEK BIKE PARK
Mountain Creek Bike Park in Vernon, NJ, celebrated its earliest opening in history, also on April 2, a full month ahead of the scheduled opening day. More than 300 riders from all over the east coast descended on the bike park to get first runs of the season.
More than 40 miles of trail are carved into 1,000 vertical feet of New Jersey soil, just an hour from the Big Apple. A fixture in the town of Vernon, Mountain Creek offers a classic East Coast riding experience with plenty of tech, flow and features to advanced riders on their A game, but beginners will find progression too.
2016 MOUNTAIN CREEK MTBPARKS PASS PERKS
(weekdays, except holidays)
The 2016 MTBparks Pass retails for $149.99 and is currently available at store.MTBparks.com.