Bike Park FAQs
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A BIKE PARK?
A bike park is a network of trails that take advantage of the natural elevation loss of a mountain. The trails in a bike park are designed to ride with very little pedaling as riders flow downhill for the vast majority of a trail. When riders reach the bottom of a trail, they ride the Chile Express back to summit (bike is placed on chairlift) and start again.
ARE THE SKI TRAILS THE SAME AS THE BIKE TRAILS? ARE THEY JUST AS STEEP?
No. While some bike park trails occasionally cross a ski trail, the majorities of trails are in the woods and run perpendicular to the slope of the mountain.
DO BIKE PARK TRAILS HAVE RATINGS?
Yes. Bike Park trails are modeled after ski trail ratings and are designated into one of 3 categories on our trail map.
Green Circle : Beginner trails with mild gradients, open turns and a wide trail base.
Blue Square : Intermediate trails are steeper, have tighter turns and often have natural and man-made features.
Black Diamond : Advanced & Expert trails are very steep and have advanced features including large drops, jumps, narrow bridges, rock gardens, etc.
I HAVE AN 8 YEAR OLD BIKE IN MY GARAGE THAT HAS FRONT SUSPENSION. CAN I RIDE IT IN THE BIKE PARK?
Bike Parks are designed for full suspension downhill or freeride specific bikes. Bike technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years and today’s bikes possess numerous features that can your Bike Park experience more enjoyable. These features include advanced suspension systems, hydraulic disc brakes, strong frame materials and they’re built using specific geometric standards necessary for Downhill riding positions. Need a bike? Head on over to the Angel Fire Bike Shop and check out our top of the line rental fleet.
ARE MY CHILDREN OLD ENOUGH TO RIDE IN THE BIKE PARK?
Families are encouraged to get out and try this sport together as we look to build bike enthusiasts of all ages. Most children who can ride a 20″ bike with confidence will be ready. Riders must be able to comfortably ride a bike and properly operate a hand brake. Minors, age 17 and under, will need a parent/guardian to sign their waiver.
Introductory mountain bike lessons are available for kids of any ability level and are catered around the student.
Tips for Parents
- Monitor your child while riding, as young riders will tire easily. Keep hydrated!
- Your child must be able to sit on the lift unassisted. Sitting on laps is not permitted.
- Rent/buy protective gear, including a properly sized full-face helmet, gloves, long pants, long sleeves, elbow/knee pads and closed-toed shoes.
- Ask Questions! If you are unsure about which trails your child should ride, or any other things that may arise, feel free to ask. Our staff is here to help your family have a great time at the Angel Fire Bike Park.
- Save time by signing our Mountain Biking Waiver online!
Where can I learn more about safety?
Check out our Safety and Policies page and be sure to review the Top 5 Things to Know Before Hitting the Downhill Bike Trails