Steamboat’s pursuit to also be know by the moniker Bike Town USA has many thinking of ways to improve Steamboat’s biking scene. Currently improving Steamboat’s downhill-only trails is on the forefront of the discussion.
‘Jim Schneider, ski area vice president of skier services, said the first two trails for what will become a bike park in the central part of Mount Werner have been mapped, walked and flagged by renowned trail-building company Gravity Logic, and the proposed paths are being studied by the U.S. Forest Service to ensure they meet all the right safety and environmental guidelines…’We are told it takes two months to build one of those trails, so maybe if we start in mid-May when things are melting off, we can still end up with six weeks to two months of the riding season, we think this all will provide us a bike park that could rival anything in North America.’ The hope is the increase in strictly downhill trails will encourage many to come to Steamboat for the Biking trails, helping increase the summer tourism in town.
In an article published earlier this year in the Steamboat Piliot about Steamboat’s pursuit of the name Bike Town USA, Robin Craigen, president of Routt County Riders, the area’s hard-working bicycle club said, ‘it’s not like we’d have to go out there and build some mountains and some trails. We need to start identifying the assets we already have.’
Getting out for a bike ride this morning on Emerald was a treat as always. Routt County Riders and the City of Steamboat have built and incredible trails system up there. It will be exciting to see the development of the Steamboat Bike trails both on the Ski Mountain and around town in the next few years given all of the great plans that are being laid out right now.