Today some buddies and I headed out the Tokul. It was 20 degrees out when we started, but we make it to the top of Flowtron as the sun peaked over the mountains...
We took a run down Flowtron and it was just as I heard, buff and fast! The trail gnomes have been busy. Check out the huge split log drop on the left at the 2:15 mark.
Next we headed up toward Crazy Ivan to ride a newer trail Westra was telling me about. It is a top to bottom trail and a lot of fun. It might be my new favorite trail at Tokul East. Not sure what the trail name is, but I'm sure someone will let us know!
We also hit Upper and lower Ivan, OGDH and a few other shorter trails. It was a good day with frozen grippy dirt!
It's snow season kids and I was getting ready for sliding on some warm slush off Chair 2 this morning. But soon, for sure. There are 3 new (to some) trails in there and more proposed. And. it seems more and more are discovering the Golden Spike across the back as well. So, all good stuff.
This is the first year I didn't get a pass at Steven's (that was the deal with the wife since I got a new bike this year), so it's been interesting hitting stuff while it's cold here. Reminds me of the midwest, except with stellar trails on actual mountains.
I use to ski/snowboard 30+ times a year, but not so much any more. With 2 young kids it tough to get away all day, and lift ticket prices are insane. I wont do the season pass route because I like to go to different resorts each time, and I cant get away enough to justify the cost either.
With mountain biking I can ride twice a week, hit different places every ride and never be away for more than 3-4 hours and spend nothing more than gas money and the cost of the occasional broken/worm out part.
I hear you, it's sort of the same way for me. I'm lucky in that since I run my own business, I often get last minute chances to go do fun things a couple times a week. So a weekday pass at Steven's for $215 is really not that bad for a whole season of riding. But as much as I love Stevens, it does get a little old riding the same place most of the year.
The mtn bike trails out here are getting so well built and designed in so many places, it's really feasible to ride year round and still get in a lot of variety. I still manage to get in a couple rides each week as long as it's not the constant downpour we had for that one week last month. I spent all day doing trail work at St. Ed's, and it was rough watching everyone ride by having fun on such a beautiful morning, I gotta admit
Side note: news on T-West from Slop that Hancock was indeed nice to us and logged away from the Beaver Pond Trail so it's still mostly intact. The connector to/from the SVT is bad, but that needed re-routing anyways... Stay tuned.
Nice! Was going to feel really dumb if I was wrong. Was just there over the holidays hitting up the backside in some epic powder. Awesome place all year around. Just as good in the summer, if not better for the singletrack.
One of these days, I would love to hook up with your group and ride Tokul. I mainly ride Flowtron and OGDH, so it would be fun to learn some of the other areas. I also want to check out your new Stumpy Evo, it looks like a sweet machine. I have a 2010 Enduro Pro and your threads are not helping me to stay excited about my bike! I just blew my rear hub (I think), so am waiting for a set of the Chinese wheels to sent to me.