As much as it pains me to ask ride advice in my home forum......
Got a family reunion coming up July 14th-18th at Snow Mountain Ranch between Granby and Fraser. We had one there in like 1996 but I didn't bike back then and don't remember too much from it anyway. I've been looking around on The Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce Website so far. Any other good website suggestions are appreciated.
I plan to try and ride every day, but my brother and cousin are also interested in riding at least one day. My brother used to ride a fair amount in his younger days but doesn't ride more than a few times a year anymore (in WI). He does visit every once in a while and I will take him out to 18rd or maybe Horsethief & Mary's. My cousin has ridden before but I have no idea what his level would be. I don't think he owns a bike or actively rides though so I'm guessing blues would be about his limit? They will be coming up from WI & MN.
Based on those factors, I was thinking maybe a day at either Granby Ranch or Trestle might be a good idea. We could ride the lifts up, and then ride whatever they are comfortable with. I'm no downhiller, I ride mostly XC, but I do have a 6.5" AM rig and can handle myself OK. For example: I can ride Horsethief entrance but am useless on say Free Lunch/Pucker up. I'm just not into jumps/drops over a couple feet (too bad I didn't take up Mountain biking when I was young and brave). I rode Telluride a year ago and was fine on everything except the World Cup course. Had to skip the big features.
1. Anybody want to comment on the trails at the ranch? I have watched this video, and it doesn't look too exciting, but it will do on a day or two if I can't leave and ride elsewhere. I couldn't even find a trail map on their website.
2. Expected cost for a rental bike & lift ticket for Granby or Trestle? Looked at Trestle's website and it only listed a price for a season pass. Granby site shows "To be announced" for 2013.
3. Any other XC trails I shouldn't miss while in the area? I'm not a big climber (and I'm slow) but I will be bringing my XC bike and a couple hour loop in the 10-15 mile range would probably be good and would keep the wife from giving me grief about leaving her with my family all day. Looks like there are a bunch of different areas in the valley, not sure where to start.
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