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    Idea! Ski Lift serviced Mountain Biking - Timberline, Oregon

    Hello Idahoans, Montanans, and ... people from Wyoming,
    On Mt. Hood in Oregon they are trying to get permission from the US Forrest Service to build a ski lift accessed Mountain Bike park. While I realize that this isn't in your back yard, someone mentioned they lived in Boise, and making a weekend trip (7 hour drive) to the park would be doable. It's also much closer than Whistler would be.

    The project is at a stage where they are taking final comments from the public about both concerns, and justifications. We are getting fierce competition from the anti-bike crowd in the area (Portland is very liberal compared to your wonderful states) and we could use your help getting the Forrest Service positive feedback on the project.

    If you have a few minutes to write a letter of support, we would certainly appreciate the help. Below are a few links. The first is the e-mail address where positive comments should be sent. The next are informational to give you an idea of what they want to build.

    I look forward to meeting a few of you on the trails once this project is complete. First beer at the end of the day is on me for anyone I meet from your wonderful states!

    E-Mail address to send positive comments to:
    comments-pacificnorthwest-mthood-zigzag@fs.fed.us

    Forest Service letter explaining the project:
    http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558...LT2_034554.pdf

    Timberline Mountain Bike Web Site:
    http://www.timberlinelodge.com/mountainbike/

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    Can't say I'm a fan of lift-serviced mountain biking--I prefer to earn my downs. Besides, don't plenty ski hills already offer such services? /shrug

    Good luck with your project.

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    I went to Timberline/Hood last summer to snowboard with my son and even though we had a blast snowboarding together, it would have been nice to get in a ride while he's sessioning the park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdparrish
    Can't say I'm a fan of lift-serviced mountain biking--I prefer to earn my downs. Besides, don't plenty ski hills already offer such services? /shrug

    Good luck with your project.

    I look at it just like downhill skiing. Some ski areas do have lift service, but typically the lift is to get you higher on the mountain to trails and not to run downhill like you would skiing. As an example, Bogus Basin (near Boise) only advertises two days of lift service for bikes and it looks more like a group ride. We have only one location on Mt. Hood that provides lift service, but it's not really setup for actual downhill other than a few runs. That's why were looking forward to a quality experience for the family with lots of different trail levels, skills park, lessons, etc.

    Bogus Mountain Bike:
    http://www.bogusbasin.org/index/bike...in-biking.aspx

    Whitefish in Montana does lift service for MTBikes:
    http://skiwhitefish.com/activities_mountain_biking.php#


    Thanks for reading!

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    Brutal project. All I gotta say. Props to you for taking it on.
    ...building wherever they'll let me...

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    I should have stated that I'm not running the project nor affiliated with Timberline. When I say "We" I mean the mountain bike community in general. Thanks for your support!

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    Great Project to support!
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    Quote Originally Posted by B42
    I should have stated that I'm not running the project nor affiliated with Timberline. When I say "We" I mean the mountain bike community in general. Thanks for your support!

    You should look to these guys for a model: http://www.northstarattahoe.com/. They seem quite sucessfully and have lots of trails for different skills and riders, less hardcore trails overall then Whistler. The weekend draws the most riders from Reno and Sacramento. It is what Tamarack would have been if they stayed in business. Only they have a bigger popultaion in the area to support it, much like Mt. Hood would.

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    I am from Boise and I am already planning a weekend at the end of July. The area is amazing and if this is done right it will be well worth the drive and especially worthy of support. I sent in my support several month ago and hope this is a go!! Now if you can just get through the snow to build the trails!!

    See you July 28th!!

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