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Mountain Biking is a fun and exciting sport he entire family can enjoy. It is important to note though that Downhill Mountain Biking is a significantly different sport than road cycling, rail trail riding or even Cross-Country Mountain Biking. It requires a level of physical and mental effort to navigate the trails safely and maintain in control of the bike. For those reasons, we encourage all guests to familiarize themselves with the information below regarding our resort safety policies and information.
- Children under 5 years of age are not permitted on the Downhill Mountain Biking trails
- Children ages 5-14 must be accompanied by an adult (parent or legal guardian 18yrs or older) at all times, or must be registered in a lesson
- A signed Liability Waiver is required from all Bike Park Guests. A signed Rental Waiver is required from all guests renting bikes or protective equipment
- Children under the age of 18 years old must have their waivers completed by a parent or legal guardian (18yrs or older)
- Waivers can be downloaded HERE
At Mountain Creek Bike Park we offer trails for all ability levels. While it is not required, we do recommend that all bike park guests have some basic bike riding experience (Road, Mountain, BMX) or take a lesson before attempting the Downhill Mountain Biking trails. All trails may contain natural and/or manmade obstacles or features. It is important for all participants to be aware of the trail ratings, their surroundings, and other riders on the trails. The level of risk increases with the level of trail difficulty as noted in the chart here.
Riders should visually inspect all technical trail sections and features to assess the skill level required before attempting to navigate them.
Mountain Bike Responsibility Code:
Know the code! It is your responsibility to know the Mountain Biker’s Responsibility Code to ensure a safe and fun experience for all guests. Please take your time to review the code here before heading out to the Bike Park.
The Cabriolet Gondola
The Mountain Creek Bike Park is serviced by the Cabriolet Gondola. Boarding the Gondola with your bike requires the strength to be able to pick up your bike and wheel it into the Gondola. Children may require assistance. Lift Attendants are always present to ensure the safe loading of the lift and to answer any questions you may have regarding the operation and boarding of the lift.
Clothing & Gear
Bicycle Helmets are mandatory for all riders. Open-face (skate-style) helmets are permitted but Full-face helmets are strongly suggested. For the best protection from minor scrapes and abrasions Mountain Creek Bike Park recommends; a properly fitted full-faced helmet, gloves, long pants, long sleeves, knee/leg protection, elbow/arm protection and properly fit and tied running or skate-style sneakers.
The Downhill Mountain Biking trails at Mountain Creek are specifically designed to be ridden on full suspension mountain bikes with at least 5 inches of travel (6-8 inches is optimal). The trails are rocky, bumpy and become much more difficult without high quality suspension. Without full suspension, fatigue becomes a factor much sooner (especially for less experienced riders). Front suspension (hard tail) mountain bikes are not forbidden but not recommended. BMX bikes are not allowed on the Downhill Mountain Bike trails.
Due to the steep grades on the downhill trails we recommend disc brakes for adequate stopping power. Cantilever (or caliper-style) brakes will increase the fatigue factor as more effort will be required to control your speed. All bikes riding on the downhill trails must have one functioning brake per wheel.
All riders should ride a properly sized bike which allows you stand over the seat of the bike with your feet flat on the ground. A bike that is too large or with the seat raised to high can increase the risk of injury. If you have any questions regarding your bike fit, please come see one of our staff in the Bike Center. If you do not have a suitable mountain bike, we highly recommend you consider renting a Downhill Mountain Bike for the day. Ride safe.