Squaw Valley mountain bike park to open on Friday, July 16 | SierraSun.com

Squaw Valley mountain bike park to open on Friday, July 16

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Squaw Valleyand#8217;s mountain bike park will re-open on Friday, July 16, for the first time in almost a decade.

The Squaw Valley bike park features more than 12 miles of dedicated downhill singletrack and mountaintop cross-country trails. The park will be open Friday through Sunday from 10:40 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Aug. 21. It will remain open through mid-September with an adjusted schedule.

Previously the venue for the Mountain Bike World Cup, the Fat Tire Festival and Downhill Mania events, Squaw Valleyand#8217;s bike park crew has worked tirelessly to increase the flow of the trails and incorporate more freeride elements using the mountainand#8217;s natural terrain. Bikers can access the park via Squaw Valleyand#8217;s Cable Car for $39 a day for adults and $22 a day for kids 12 and younger.

and#8220;Squaw Valleyand#8217;s terrain lends itself to exceptional downhill mountain biking,and#8221; said Kyle Crezee, Squaw Valleyand#8217;s director of human development and the organizer of the bike park. and#8220;Specifically, the Moab-style granite formations provide smooth and unique trails unlike anywhere else in the world.and#8221;

Squaw Valley offers the longest lift-served trail in Lake Tahoe, which takes bikers from High Camp, at an elevation of 8,200 feet, all the way down to the mountainand#8217;s base at 6,200 feet. The trailand#8217;s name, Thunder Mountain Trail, derives from the twisting rollercoaster that Walt Disney modeled after Squaw Valleyand#8217;s distinct rock formations.

Squaw Valley is also opening three intermediate cross-country trails on top of the mountain. Bikers can enjoy scenic loops through fields of wildflowers with views overlooking Lake Tahoe and the Sierra peaks. Trails vary in length and pitch to offer something for every rider.

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To accommodate bikers, Squaw Valley has also opened a brand-new bike rental shop located at the base of the mountain. Open daily, Squaw Valley Bike Rentals is renting downhill and park bikes as well as comfort cruisers for use on the scenic Truckee River Bike Path. Helmets, body armor and other safety equipment are also available for rent.