Mountain Biking FAQs
Before your first visit to Powder Ridge Park, take a few minutes to review our waiver, trail map and policies. If you are new to the mountain-biking or the parent of a younger rider, familiarize yourself with the mountain-biking activities we offer. More challenging terrain and features should not be attempted unless the rider has the appropriate skills, experience and equipment to effectively negotiate such trails.
Injuries are a common and expected part of mountain biking. We strongly suggest that full face helmets, full length gloves, biking armor, disc brakes and a full suspension bikes be used in the bike park.
- 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 18-or-older) at all times.
- A signed liability waiver is required each visit from all bike park guests.
- Children under the age of 18-years-old must have their waivers completed by a parent or legal guardian.
Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort is private property. Riders on the property without the appropriate park pass and signed waiver are trespassing.
Does the lift take us to the top?
The excitement of riding at The Ridge is the gravity-fed trails. Our chair lift takes you and your bike to the top of the mountain. Lift attendants will assist you. New to taking the lift with a bike? Our staff is there to help, ask for assistance and tips on your first rides up with your bike.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes. Athletic shoes and socks, no open toe shoes. A full face helmet for the downhill trails or lift access is recommended. Helmets are required for all mountain activities. We recommend that you have protective body armor that includes, leg protection, chest protection, elbow pads, gloves and goggles.
What bike specifications are required for downhill mountain biking?
Mountain bikes must have front and rear brakes. We highly recommend a minimum wheel diameter of 26″, a minimum of 4″ of shock travel and disc brakes. We recommend all seats be set at a lower position. Riding a downhill or enduro mountain bike with plush suspension and big brakes will provide a more enjoyable riding experience.
The downhill mountain biking trails at Powder Ridge 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. Front suspension only (hard tail) mountain bikes are not forbidden but not recommended. BMX bikes are not allowed on the downhill mountain bike trails. Bikes without at least front suspension are not permitted.
Can I bring my own bike?
Absolutely. We do not allow Road Bikes, Hybrid Bikes, Cyclocross Bikes or Beach Cruisers.
All brakes must be a v-style or disc brake configuration. No single pivot brakes are allowed.
Are repairs available at Powder Ridge?
Not at this time.
Where should I go when I arrive at Powder Ridge Park?
Head to the rental building to purchase your pass and sign or hand in your waiver. Please leave bikes outside of the building. Walk your bike, do not ride around the lodge.
Can I ride in the rain?
If there is a light, steady rain, we may leave the park open, but we will not jeopardize the trails. Trails are prone to disrepair if ridden when they are too muddy. We will close the park if storms with lightening are heading in our direction and we will continue to stay closed for 30 minutes after the last streak. No refunds will be given if you are in the park for more than one hour.