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    Bike Park at Donner Ski Ranch

    I recently had the opportunity to ride at Donner Ski Ranch above Truckee on some of the trails being developed for a bike park, planned to open next summer, and wrote a story for the local newspaper.

    Click here for the story.

    The trail builder, Jim "Hacksaw" Severt, said the goal is to be affordable, fun, with a variety of terrain that will mostly be catered toward 6-inch all mountain bikes. I road my Giant Trance on the smoother of 2 trails built so far, and it did well, but a slacker front end would have been nice in some of the steeper sections.

    Bike Park at Donner Ski Ranch-b08.jpg
    Clif McMilan, a trailbuilder at DSR.

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    Excellent!
    Wasn't that the guy who was trying to get something going at Sky Tavern? Glad he found a more cooperative mountain.

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    Hacksaw and Cliffy build nice stuff!

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    Didn't Donner try and get back in the game a few years back?

    This post seems eerily similar.
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    Thats AWESOME!!
    I belong to a club that is right next door to DSR!!!
    Will be checkin it out and reporting back next summer.
    Thanks!
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    Viking Ski Club?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoGoGordo View Post
    Thats AWESOME!!
    I belong to a club that is right next door to DSR!!!
    Will be checkin it out and reporting back next summer.
    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by beaverbiker View Post
    Man, that would be awesome if they got going again on that mountain. I remember racing DH there in the late nineties and it was so much fun.
    Thems were the days!
    Loved the two run format.
    Tailgating int eh parking lot between runs.
    Tim Krentz crushing it.....which he's still doing, but now in the pro enduro races!

    And it's about 30minutes less of a drive than going to N*!
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    Quote Originally Posted by beaverbiker View Post
    Heck ya those were awesome times.

    Another thing I'll never forget is getting heckled by the race announcer after he had too many bud lights. He never held anything back when it came to calling someone out. One young kid tomahawked super hard on the slalom course and the announcer quickly yelled out "Everyone, quick, get up on the mountain! Huge Yardsale going on right now!" So freaking funny.
    Well, let's hope this gets going in 2016!! And we got to dig up that ol announcer. He was GOLD entertainment!
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    Remember they medals? They said "Rage'n @the Ranch"

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Svahn View Post
    Viking Ski Club?
    No, Heidalman Lodge.

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    Hey JS,

    What ever happened to these trails? They don't seem to be open anymore?

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    Don't know, lemme find out... will get back here when I do
    Thanks

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    From the FB page it looks like they're still building trails. Looks like they have some volunteer days coming up for anyone interested: https://www.facebook.com/old40bikepark/

    Happened to go by over the weekend but it was all 4 wheelers doing some rock crawl thing.

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    Hi,
    Spoke with the Bike Park creator... looks like they plan to open Sept 3rd ish. Maybe a soft opening before that. They are building trails like gangbusters and working on the lifts to accommodate bikes.
    Wooohooo!!!
    JS

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    Awesome... I can ride there from my house. Will check it out this weekend during the trail work day.

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    So is this going to be lift assisted only or can you pedal and bomb if you want?

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    Trails look pretty raw from what I've seen on their Facebook page. China Peak-ish even.
    If you go now thinking "Northstar" I think you'll be disappointed BUT the potential is certainly there.

    Definitely a work in progress and looking pretty good IMO. Keep it up DSR!
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    Pump Track complex and progressive dirt jump lines would be a big draw.
    Both Truckee and South Lake have done a very nice job with their bike parks, and they draw a crowd every day. N* is great, but it is very one dimensional. To compete with the large and well developed park, Donner should offer a wider variety of bike activities.
    Although it was well beyond my ability, the Post Office in Santa Cruz is sorely missed.
    A similar jump park and mini post office, and puny post office will attract riders.
    Head to head pumptrack racing is a huge draw at all the festivals. A pumptrack complex will attract riders.

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    Anyone know what happened with this park?

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    Edited: nevermind.

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    That would be cool, worked there as a Ski Tech back in the 90's and learned to snowboard there.

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    They built a handful of trails in 15/16.
    Said they were going to open late '16 then went silent.

    You can see the trails on the satellite images.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Trail Bum View Post
    Anyone know what happened with this park?
    my guess is insurance issues. That stops a lot of places cold in there tracks.

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    We co -manage some property with DSR (the backside area by Littlon Lake). I just pinged them for info and will respond (if they do...)

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    They seemed really gung-ho about getting it open in fall 2016. My buddies were digging trails like crazy! Then the whole thing just disappeared.

    What exactly are the stipulations for getting a bike park added to a ski resort's National Forest lease?

    I think a lot of people would embrace a bike park that isn't Northstar.

    To me Sierra is sitting on a gold mine if they'd just develop some good trails to run lifts on. They have some incredible terrain, more vert, single lift for the entire mountain, better dirt and are closer to the freeway than Northstar. Could even access Sayles Canyon off the back for some backcountry riding!!

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    DSR is all private. Not sure about the areas with public land and how hard it is to add to the lease. The owners were super fired up, as were the guys building.

    Just speculation on my part based on snippets I have heard, but aside from a few bike parks, I think ski areas may concerned that there are not enough potential attendees to make things pencil out. What I hear sometimes is that the market is actually quite small. I don't have an opinion as to the truthiness or as to the why if it is truth; just passing along gossip.

    Still have not heard back from DSR BTW,

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    I don't think Northstar is a good model for how a bike park should operate. Northstar runs a pretty big operation in the summer and isnt feasible for most resorts. 2 Lifts Fri-Sunday. Open 7 days a week mid summer. Tons of expensive wood ladder features and irrigated trails.

    China Peak up near shaver lake has a bike park in the summer. Super small operation, natural hand built trails and minimal services.

    The market is much bigger than you'd imagine. Hit the price point of $40 for a day pass and people would be stoked.

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    I'm not sure if N* is or is a good model or not, I hope they stay open though. A lot of people are not a fan of the terrain, I like it because it's forces you to ride harder lines.

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    N* has good trails. Just wish they'd add some more steep natural ones like dogbone and karp instead of waisting tons of money on ill conceived wood features that collapse under snow load.

    Which is why a place like DSR or Sierra could do well by offering more natural style trails. Build a few Blue flowy trails and have some rad steep trails. The DG soil is a lot better at these resorts as well.
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    There is some talk that Dodge Ridge will opening some of it's lifts for Summer of 2018.

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    DSR trail days this weekend? Nothing else going on up there.

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    I heard back from DSR. In short they are interested in getting the bike park going and are revising/improving their previous plan to get open. The said they are interested in promoting summer biz and mountain biking certainly fares into the plan. The email did not include any hard dates but they are snow farmers and are at the mercy of the seasons.

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