It is with regret that Mount Washington Alpine Resort has announced that it will not be operating a mountain bike park for the summer of 2013.
The Mount Washington Bike Park had been in operation for over 15 years. Over the years the Resort had added the Hawk Chair to be the primary bike access lift and developed a series of trails to cover all ability levels including the introduction of Green Line, a beginner style trail. A series of events built around biking had taken place including a jump jam series, Canada Cups and BC Cup downhill and XC races and other bike events fun for the whole family. The infamous BearClaw Invitiational continues to call Mount Washington home.
However, due to escalating costs which includes things like insurance, fuel and labour as well as the elevated risk environment associated with mountain biking; coupled with an on-going decline in participation of the Bike Park; the Resort has made the decision that mountain biking is not a viable operation at this time. Don Sharpe, Director of Business Operations and Marketing states "it is unfortunate that we have to close the Park. We have invested a great deal of time and money to create a great riding product but over the last few years the numbers have not been there to support the elevated operational costs".
The Resort opens for summer business on June 28 and will continue to offer activities such as the Mile High Scenic Chair Rides, the bungee trampoline, hiking, Fat Teddy’s Grill, and other family activities along with many events such as Tapped (Beer Fest) and the Wine and Food Festival.