This week, I’d like to feature some excerpts from the title article written by Dave Scorer, business creator of the best and most comprehensive Mountain Bike Park Web site around – World Bike Parks.com . Although Dave’s informative and interesting piece covers great top ten bike parks from around the world, we’re going to take a look at two of these winners, right here in our own backyard mountain resort towns of Mammoth Lakes and Lake Tahoe. So here’s what he has to say about how to pick a winner!
“So how do you identify the top 10 bike parks…? I mean number one is obvious. Few people would argue that Whistler Bike Park leads the pack in probably every single metric you’d care to choose, from the number of trails to offering the best development programs for kids. But who is in the chasing pack?
First, we have to start by defining the basis for how we selected the top 10. We have to assume that when we talk about a “Top 10” we actually mean the “best” bike parks. But how exactly do you decide which bike park is better than another – what are your measures of performance? It can’t be personal opinion, although that will always affect your own top 10 no matter how much you don’t want to accept it! We fully admit that it has played a part in our decision making, but we have put together something of an ‘engineering’ approach in order to normalize the results and reduce the possibility for bias or opinion placing a bike park higher up the list than it should be.”
#10: Mammoth Mountain, USA
“Mammoth Mountain in California squeezes in to the top 10. For riders of a certain generation, Mammoth is legendary. Home of the Kamikaze, many will remember the days of Myles Rockwell and Missy Giove bombing down the fireroad on a classic Cannondale Super-V Downhill rig with clouds of dust billowing up behind them! And guess what – it’s back for 2013, with the Kamikaze Bike Games going off in September. Get there if you can.”
#7: Northstar California Resort, USA
“Sponsored by Giant, Northstar Tahoe might surprise a few by making the top 10 but the stats put it there! Joint 3rd in the total number of trails, there is also the vertical to back it up. The Northstar Bike Academy offers excellent programs for all bikers, brand new or seasoned, looking to improve their techniques and step up in riding ability. Set in stunning scenery on the shores of Lake Tahoe there can’t be many better places to hone your skills!”
If you want to learn more from Dave about how they picked the winners, as well as how they measured and ranked the performance of each of the parks, including factors such as the trails, vertical drop, values, and reputation, read the rest of his article at http://www.worldbikeparks.com/blog/the-top-10-series/the-top-10-bike-parks-in-the-world .
And then, when you’ve decided which of these awesome local California bike parks – or both – that you want to try out, World Bike Park’s lodging partner, City Concierge, has some special mountain bike lodging packages with discounts for riders to help you seal the deal and save some money for some cold refreshments after a long, exhilarating day of rides on the mountains!
Here are City Concierge’s deals for you:
Show us your mountain bike park pass and we will give you 15% off your lodging on selected Mountainback, Ski and Racquet, or Discover 4 units. Search for unit, and then call us to get the discount!
Stay in one of our Northstar rentals when you ride at Northstar Mountain Bike Park and we’ll give you 15% off your stay. 3 or more nights minimum Northstar Rentals PROMO: NLT SV15off
Although it didn’t make the top ten list, Kirkwood Bike Park, a quick drive from south Lake Tahoe, is an outstanding, popular park in its own right. you’ll feel like you’re at the top of the world here! Learn more about from World Bike Park’s Kirkwood page.
Stay in one of our Tahoe Keys rentals when you ride the park at Kirkwood, and we will give you 15% off your stay. There is a 3 or more nights minimum. Tahoe Keys Rentals PROMO: NLT SV50off