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    New question here. Start of riding season in Park City?

    When does the riding season start in Park City? I was thinking of making a trip out west and was thinking about Park City in April.

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    PC's seasons

    You can usually ride some of the lower evelation stuff in april. April is too early to expect to ride any of the really good high alpine trails tho. Come back between july 1 and oct 1 and the trails should be all clear and good to go. I really don't think you will be able to experience much PC mountain biking before the middle of june. There is almost always some snow remaining on the highest elevatino trails when the roads open on july 4, and many times the ski resorts have been open for the 4th of july as well.
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    Early April you MIGHT be able to ride parts of round valley and the front side of glenwild, but that's if your lucky. End of April these should be good to go, but that's about it for trails in Park City that time of year. Go to souther Utah in April, there will still be snow in the woods at the ski areas then. It is also not uncommon to get a huge snow storm in April.

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    Bump. I have a work trip to Park City May 20th. I don't expect all trails to be open, but it sounds like some will be. I know it varies on spring weather, but anyone willing to give an approximation to the percent of trails that might be open then? 20%? 50%?

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    May is really too early for a planned MTB trip to Park City. Typically, even the lower mountain trails have snow on them in mid-May, and even if they are clear of snow, they are not clear of aspens... This pic was taken on June 13 last season - we were still clearing the mid-mountain and John's. The Crest was another 3 weeks from melting out. Think chest high aspens crossing the trail every few hundred feet and patches of icy packed snow for several miles at a time in the shady draws.

    Most Utah MTB riders are getting the most out of the desert that time of year.

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    Here are some pictures of myself in April at Park City. As you can tell, the biking is great:







    edit: the pictures above are actually from the end of March..but seeing as the resort is still open for skiing in April, I think my point was well made, here are a few that are actually from april:






    And as far as the rest of the wasatch goes, this is Alta/Snowbird in late March/April/EarlyMay:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dauwalt
    Bump. I have a work trip to Park City May 20th. I don't expect all trails to be open, but it sounds like some will be. I know it varies on spring weather, but anyone willing to give an approximation to the percent of trails that might be open then? 20%? 50%?

    Lift served biking typically starts up on Memorial day at Park City. However, the service is limited to 1 lift at that time. I have ridden lifts that weekend in the past and usually encounter snow on many of the resort trails. However, most trails away from the resort that are at a lower elevation and southern facing should be well ridden and well maintained by the 20th. Check out Glenwild and Bob's Basin for sure.

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    You should still bring your bike. There are plenty of lower elevation trails open at that time, Send me a PM when you are in town and I'll happily show you around.
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    This winter seems snowier than usual. So probabbly not alot open at that time. Probabbly Glenwild. Maybe flying dog.

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