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    Build FR Trail with limited elevation...

    So, my local crew and I have a dilema. We're trying to build some sick, high-quality/sustainable free-ride/downhill trails, and although we have some optimal land to build on, we only have an elevation change of about 200-250 feet.

    Do you guys have any suggestions how how to make the most of what we have? We have some pretty dedicated people, so anythings possible, we just need some idea's and suggestions.

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    Not sure if proper DH would work there, but freeride should be great. You can pack lots and lots of jumps/features back to back to back. Make several trails of different levels with different styles of features. Could probably even throw in some rock gardens or steep roll-overs built of wood like lower Joyride at Whistler. In fact that could be the start of the advanced jump line. Start on a platform with a steep roll-in. Put a quarter pipe/wall ride at the bottom of the run. In between you could put straight jumps, hips, ladder drops wall rides and smooth banked turns. I also love back to back banked turns with a slightly hipped table top connecting them. Basically, you come out of the turn right into the table (it's linked to end of berm) and after boosting you land right into the next berm so you kinda have to angle the bike in the air from leaning one way to the other (probably don't make the table too huge to start with). Oh, and step ups and step downs are money too. Gotta have those. Finally, my favorite jump possibly is Eternal Tranny at Blackrock. Basically, you build a snowboard/ski style table top where there's a lip rising above flat ground and the landing can be anywhere from 10-30ft away. If the landing can be part of the natural terrain and be really long that'd be ideal. You can also build multiple lips so you end up with a 10ft, 20ft, and 30ft distance to the start of the landing. Here's a link to some different snowboard style jumps that should roughly work for mt biking too. Biggest piece of advice is to make the trail flow. Build it so that minimal if any speed management is needed for the jumps once you're on a jump line. For big jumps consider putting in small (low to the ground) doubles in front of them to set the speed (if people clear the 2ft tall doubles they know they have the right speed).

    Snowboard Features - Half Pipes, Jumps, Rails and All Mountain

    Hope at least some of this was useful. Good luck!

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    go for flow because you don't have much elevation....snake the trail back and forth many times making the trail longer and just make doubles or table tops ala A-Line
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Use table tops, flow, and LONG legs of your switchbacks going down the hill. One common misconception is that a trail needs to be steep in order to be fast. If it's relatively smooth, a 3-4% grade can still be a total ripper of a downhill.

    Where are you building? Does your crew have any experience building **sustainable** trails?
    Go ride your bike.

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    Also, consult the Trail Building & Advocacy Forum on here. Lotsa smart dudes on there who can give good pointers.
    Go ride your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sambs827 View Post
    Use table tops, flow, and LONG legs of your switchbacks going down the hill. One common misconception is that a trail needs to be steep in order to be fast. If it's relatively smooth, a 3-4% grade can still be a total ripper of a downhill.

    Where are you building? Does your crew have any experience building **sustainable** trails?
    true...I remember an article where Whistler mountain said the most used trails were not the knarliest but the less steep and more flow
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Yeah, I remember hearing that the average trail at Whistler is like a 6% grade, and that's including all the steep ones.

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    go for flow we have limited elevation aswell but rs is mostly steep and rocky heres 2 of my favourite local trails we could have more on both but everytime we build with wood or anything really big it gets taken down but the trails do need maintenance and the second trail is still in progress its gonna be another liek 30 seconds longer!

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