I'll be in the Vail area next week for a wedding and am looking to get in a couple of good rides while I'm in town. Before all you forum nazis go directing me to the search function... I have tried that. There doesn't seem to be a ton of recent info on the topic, but from what I found it looks like Two Elks and PMT are good bets...
Having never ridden bikes in Vail before, how accessible are the trails? Are they mostly at the resort or scattered around the area? Loops, out & backs, or shuttles?. I'm coming from Park City so I'm used to riding at altitude and am looking for some fun riding with a nice change of scenery.
Also, what bike would be best suited for getting the most out of the trails in the area. A 5" trail bike or a freeride bike?
On Vail Mtn there are 2 new "flow trails" that rip. Big Mamba and Radio Flyer. They start rignt at the top of the Gondola, get the free Mtn Summer trail map (its online also). Big Mamba to Hank's hideway is the longest downhill i have ever ridden (not in Europe) its fun as hell banked berms and whoops using the terrain to maximize the length of the downhill.
there are a ton of close singletrack loops in Vail proper. (check the link attached) Bufferher Creek, son of middle, Meadow Mountain and Two Elk (car shuttle from vail pass to town of minturn and bike back to vail) are by far the best in the immediate vicinity. There is also the North Trail network for shorter loops (5-8 milers)
And bring a Lat 40 map. There are some longer loops to be had up Red Sandstone Road. Climb the road to Lost Lake trailhead, get on the trail and go past Lake and up to Son of a Middle Creek and down that way. Two Elk down to Minturn is a gem that should not be missed while you are in town. However, based on the Forest Service website, Two Elk is closed until July 1st.