Steamboat Ski Area offers sneak peek at downhill trails

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— Completion of the first downhill mountain biking trails at Steamboat Ski Area isn’t expected until early next summer, but riders jonesing for a taste of what’s to come can whet their appetites this month.

The ski area is opening three of its new downhill trails on a preview basis starting this weekend. E-Z Rider and Wrangler Gulch are beginner green trails, while Buckin’ Bronc is an expert black jump trail stocked with step-down rollers, large berms, wooden features and banked turns.

“We are ecstatic to unveil a glimpse of what will be the future of downhill biking in Steamboat,” Jim Schneider, vice president of skier services, said in a news release.

A pass to preview the trails throughout the month of September is available from the Gondola Square ticket office for $25.

A few locals got to ride the new trails earlier this week, riding with the Gravity Logic team that has managed the build process.

“It was only a little section, but it was well worth it to go check it out,” said Cory Prager, who coaches downhill mountain biking in Steamboat. “It was extremely fun, and it’s only the tip of the iceberg.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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