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    Alyeska Downhill?

    Saw on an earlier post that Alyeska would have its tram running this summer. Anybody have any info what their plans are? Any new trails or features?

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    Tram running yes.

    Not sure of too many new features though. One of the guys out there said it might be riding down the road that runs to the tram house. They have a few trails (in the movie they filmed there) but they are always well under the snow. Last summer they were in the snow in late July yet. I think I heard they'd be renting Scott downhill rigs too.
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    Yes, no, maybe so

    At this time, the tram is not confirmed for bike operations this summer. Neither are any chairlifts. There is also no solid plan for renting any downhill bikes. When the time comes, they will be Scott, as we are an authorized dealer.

    As summer time grows closer, I will keep you posted on what we are locking down for the season. Right now, I can tell you that we plan on adding to the existing Blueberry Pancake trail, as well as constructing some others. Anything beyond that, is not confirmed and are simply rumor. Unless the info comes from me (or Warren) directly to you, it is likely to be speculation.

    Its awesome that there is a buzz about the mountain, I will see you all out there this summer!

    - Biking trails supervisor for Alyeska Resort.

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    Is there anything we can do????

    I think the Alyeska bike park is a "Build it and they will come" scenario. People that aren't even bikers now might get stoked on the idea of a big bike, chairlift, mountain riding with fun features and become a biker. Is there someone at Alyeska (boss man owner or something) we can start petitioning to in order to show there is interest? Enough so to invest some real dollars into making that place what it could/should be?
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    Already there

    The issue is not money or interest, Alyeska is pumping plenty of that into the bike division as it is. This is an Alyeska funded deal, no different than ski runs, and would not exist if the owner wasn't already behind it.

    It is simply a matter of time. Trails take time to build, especially quality trails. If we just slap something together, the end product (trails) will not be very good and people wont want to ride them. Not to mention, they will fall apart after a single season.

    Building trails on Alyeska is quite unique for a variety of reasons, and take much longer than other areas (even other areas in AK) The crew from Kranked 7 said that building at Alyeska was the hardest undertaking they had ever encountered. These were professional builders who have traveled the world over, who were stumped by the terrain and challenges of our mountain. That said, keep patient, keep persistent and come out to ride throughout the summer, I guarantee you will find new goodies.

    Thank you for all the encouragment and enthusiasm.

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    Cool

    We'll be there.
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    Word

    Thank you for all the support, it really makes it easier when people such as yourself are so enthusiastic and provide such a positive vibe. I remember meeting you last summer, I will keep my eyes peeled again this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikesRGood
    Thank you for all the support, it really makes it easier when people such as yourself are so enthusiastic and provide such a positive vibe. I remember meeting you last summer, I will keep my eyes peeled again this year.

    Hey Brian,

    You should pick the IMBA Trail Care Crew's brains when they are up here in May. One of them, Jason, apparantly has a lot of experience building technical and freeride trails. I liked your trails at Alyeska last year, BTW. Thanks for all the efforts down there, keep up the good work.

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    We have consulted with IMBA regularly, and will continue to do so. Lots-o-love for the IMBA, go bikes! hahahaha

    On a side note, my name is Brad (not Brian)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikesRGood
    We have consulted with IMBA regularly, and will continue to do so. Lots-o-love for the IMBA, go bikes! hahahaha

    On a side note, my name is Brad (not Brian)
    Oops, sorry. Carry on then...
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    STA trails

    Yeah. They are a good little rip. So much room to make berms and nice rolling little kickers. Fun on a pugsley, will be sweet on the trail bike. Brad, did I talk to you at Alyeska last summer?
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    Yeah, I hit 'em on my v10, hooked up pretty good. I cant wait to hit them in the summah'

    We spoke briefly, you were with a group of dudes, headed up to bomb the road I think....I was working on the intro to BBP.

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    Yeah okay.

    I remember. So is the challenge working the trails there related to how wet they will be, and avoiding swampage?

    We rode Winner creek north that same day. It was really cool. One of the best rides of the year actually. After the death defying snow crossing that is.

    Looking forward to some dirt.
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    That would be the start of the challenge. G-wood is a very wet place, so we have to overbuild for drainage. In addition, there are the soil conditions, and managing for the large snowfall. There are underground drain systems all over the Pancake, and a ton of "invisible" work that goes into building on this mountain.
    I'll spare you the details, but there is quite a bit of "tearing down" just to build things back up proper.

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    Whistler??

    It seemed like Whistler mountain and the surrounding area was the same as Girdwood except for the way, way bigger trees there. The warmer summers probably help dry that place up. They snowblow the trails in the spring there and have snow on the upper mountain trails into July. It has taken a while, but that place has gone off. On the plane ride back I couldn't stop thinking about the possibilities in Girdwood. I don't know a dang thing about trail building, but it sounds tough in Girdwood. If you guys need a body to dig trenches or shovel dirt, let me know.
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    I rode the trails off Tanaka a few years ago and rode the stuff off chair 7 last year all really great foundations that would be awesome to watch go mountain wide. would be really cool to see Alyeska do a Tram Access biking for us, would even be interested in a preseason season pass to help fund the trailbuilding. On a sidenote is the Alderbaun trail still there or did it get demo'd?

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    I was on the trail crew that built the trails over on Tanaka. We banged those trails out in a matter of a couple of summers, and as a result, the quality was compromised, and as a result of that, people had negative experiences. Granted, it was 4 years ago; but we just did not see the numbers to stay in business. This was in part, due to the lack of quantity and quality (sustainable) trails. So in short, the Aulderbaun is technically still there, but has suffered greatly from neglect and erosion.

    Again, the issue is not funding; we have plenty of that. The issue is time, time, time. We do not want to bring about a half done trail network that will entertain a small group of people once or twice a summer. We are seeking to develop a destination resort that will entertain larger numbers over the course of time. Like they say, anything worth doing, is worth doing right.

    This summer, the Pancake will get new features. Ones that will offer multiple lines for varying skill sets (wall ride?). The Christmas run will also be updated to allow for better bar dragging too. New trails will also be built as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfbkr50
    We rode Winner creek north that same day. It was really cool. One of the best rides of the year actually. After the death defying snow crossing that is.
    It became my favorite trail after that ride. I forgot all about the hairball-steep snow crossing with jagged boulders piled at the bottom, though...

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    Any thoughts of building dirt jumps out there?

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    Some things are in the works.....more of a special event thing though.

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    I think the numbers were a result of poor advertising and high pricing for not much trail.

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    I totally agree.

    Exactly my point. Chairlifts cost money to operate, therefore the resort must have sufficient ticket sales, ticket sales come with proper infrastructure and so on....

    As much fun as the Tanaka trails were for some people, (like me!) they were not a true resort offering.

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    Here's to the future!! <a href="https://www.instantsmileys.com"><img src="https://www.instantsmileys.com/smileys/drinking-smiley-31.gif" alt="smileys" border="0"></a>

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