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 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.
After a short fundamental skills session taught by one of our instructors, almost anyone who has ridden a bike before can be comfortable on a green trail.
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 to make your Bike Park experience both safe and 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!
Safety and Responsibility
We all love gravity. Keep safety first. That’s how we roll.
Injuries are common while mountain biking
Going fast is fun! Injuries are common while mountain biking and a part of the sport. Carry a mobile phone while on the mountain and have a local emergency contact available. If you get lost or have an emergency, please call 575-377-4383 and stay on the line until all information has been gathered.
High Altitude Environment
At 10,000′ elevation, exposure to the sun is much greater. Wear sunscreen and eye protection while on the mountain. Those who live at a lower elevation may experience altitude sickness when visiting the mountain. Symptoms may include nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, or difficulty breathing. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist.
Lightning and Thunderstorms
Lightning and thunderstorms are common in the mountains. Storms generally occur in the afternoon, causing the Chile Express to be on hold for a brief amount of time. This is for your safety! Take a break and you will be back on the mountain shortly — and the trails will be sweet.
Smoking is prohibited on all lifts and is discouraged on-mountain due to potential fire danger. It is your actions that may reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities.
Rider Safety and Responsibility
Angel Fire Bike Park has endorsed the Mountain Bikers Responsibility Code and Checklist. This is similar to “Your Responsibility Code” from the National Ski Area Association.