Dirty Days Are Here Again

High above the quiet calm of the Comox Valley a war has been raging. Snow has been squaring off against dirt for weeks, but with the recent slightly warmer temperatures, mountain bike terrain of epic proportions has been revealed.

Only a month ago mountain crews were digging through 15 feet of snow, but mountain bike season at Mount Washington Alpine Resort finally kicks off today. Apart from the tried and true trails, the resort has added the Green Line to counter the mountain’s normally demanding and intermediate terrain. “We’ve put a lot of time and effort into our Learn to Ride programs and beginner trail development for this summer,” explains Mike Manara, the mountain’s Bike Park Manager. “We’ve added Family and Kids Camp Learn to Ride lessons to an already extensive list of lesson package options.

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Photo: © Harookz Photography

Living up to its reputation of being an all-season resort, Mount Washington has a calendar jam-packed with summertime events. The mountain welcomes the BC Cup Provincial Championships on August 13-14 and Darcy Turenne’s See Jane Jump Women’s Mountain Bike Festival on August 20-21. Perhaps most anticipated is the return of the Bearclaw Invitational on August 5-6.

Whether you’re a seasoned rider or curious to get started, Mount Washington is well-suited for everyone. You can try riding on for size – $65 will get you a two-hour lift pass and a top-of-the-line Rocky mountain bike rental. Regulars may want to shell out for the brand-new Dirt Pak, getting you three one-day lift passes for $111.

For more information on Mount Washington Alpine Resort’s mountain bike park and biking events, visit the bike park online. Please remember to ride safely and be aware of other riders. Helmets are mandatory throughout the entire bike park and body armour is recommended. You can find Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Facebook and follow their updates on Twitter.

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