Newpher set to guide Steamboat Ski Area bike park
April 20, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Trevyn Newpher has been a fan of Steamboat Springs and a part-time resident for eight years, but he didn't fall for the region's oldest cliches until just last year.
An employee with Steamboat Ski Area's competitive services division during the winter, he left every summer, typically to spend it working at Snowshoe Mountain Bike Park and riding professionally on the downhill mountain biking circuit.
For years, he came for the winters, and finally a year ago, he stayed for the summer — and now he's doubling down, stepping in as Steamboat Ski Area's Steamboat Bike Park manager, a newly created position.
"I definitely wasn't 100 percent thinking that Steamboat would be my home year-round going into the summer last year," he said. "But it really solidified the fact for me that I wanted to make a home here."
He certainly isn't new to cycling, and he isn't new to riding in Steamboat Springs, either. Last year, he worked as a supervisor with the ski area's first-year Steamboat Bike School.
This is a step up from that, involving — in addition to other duties — the school, camps and competitions.
"We are delighted to have someone as talented and accomplished as Trevyn take on a new leadership role within the resort," said John Kohnke, summer activities director for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., in a news release. "Trevyn brings strong management and leadership skills along with a unique understanding as a Pro Rider to the Steamboat Bike Park, which will help guide the experience across the park to the next level."
Newpher, 32, brings plenty of pro riding experience to the gig. In fact, he's still adding to the resume.
He said riding enduro races in Colorado a year ago helped in downhill races, typically only a fraction of the distance.
A year ago, he finished seventh in a race at the Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships in Angel Fire, N.M., earning him starts at the World Cup level. He's planning to race there at least three times this summer, twice in North America and once in France.
Most of his summer, though, will be spent helping the Steamboat Bike Park, which is still in its infancy. He said new trail awaits this summer, and perhaps new competitions, all beginning with the planned opening date of June 12, which will serve as scholarship day for Routt County Riders.
"It's cool to see a program and have such a hand in the development and the direction of it," he said. "It's a huge opportunity, and I'm very gracious for having it."