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    Bryce Resort- New Mountain Bike Park

    Bryce Resort to Open Mountain Bike Park | Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition

    I think we all can agree; this is wonderful news!

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    Yes yes yes yes yes. DH just 2 hours away = my life made. It's being built by the same trail builders who built Whistler. Even tho it's a small mountain, there's no possible way it will suck.

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    I am pumped.

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    I am too... but then again, biased.

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    This is awesome! only 45 minutes from harrisonburg! Will any trails open this summer?

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    Yep, we hope to have the first 3 open by mid June.

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    very cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
    Yep, we hope to have the first 3 open by mid June.
    Is it known if the bike park will be open and lifts running during the weekdays?

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    Hi JT,

    yes the direction right now will be 7 days/wk from June opening until Labor day wkend, then going to weekends from Sept until end of Oct. We have not established rates yet as they will depend on number of trails, completion, etc but they will be below $30 for a lift ticket and we'll have a variety of passes as well. We think that on most days hours will be around 12-6 or so with 12-8 on Friday/Sat but again these are moving targets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
    Hi JT,

    yes the direction right now will be 7 days/wk from June opening until Labor day wkend, then going to weekends from Sept until end of Oct. We have not established rates yet as they will depend on number of trails, completion, etc but they will be below $30 for a lift ticket and we'll have a variety of passes as well. We think that on most days hours will be around 12-6 or so with 12-8 on Friday/Sat but again these are moving targets!

    I foresee a few ahem, ahem, "sick" days in my future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Ha View Post
    I foresee a few ahem, ahem, "sick" days in my future!
    ha! Why the heck do you think we choose these industries! Whistler Canada, in the early 90's the 30cm (1ft) rule was an actual valid excuse to close the doors. If it snowed a foot overnight we would spend the day on the slopes instead of working. Not the most guest oriented program but back then it worked...

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Ha View Post
    I foresee a few ahem, ahem, "sick" days in my future!
    Exactly the reason why I asked the question. can't wait!

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    Hi again,

    I've received quite a few PM's thanks for that! Unfortunately I can't answer them yet as I have not hit the 10 post minimum but I will once I do. In the meantime to answer a few questions...

    Yes I'm with Bryce Mtn
    We're really anxious to get cracking, in fact we're waiting on the first demo of the bike rack for the chairlift being custom built for us.
    Design by Gravity Logic out of Whistler, many of the features in the woods will be left up throughout the year but the features which will be on the ski slopes will have steel bases bolted into concrete foundations for easy removal to allow for snowmaking in the winter. These features will be designed by us/GL but built through a professional company. We may be looking for trail crew to help with build but do not know yet. We expect to be able to have most work done with a combination of our crew, GL project mgr and a couple of people who have helped build trails locally and in Northern VA. That being said, if you would like to, please PM me your contact info and I can reach out to you once we have more direction.

    thanks!

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    How far is Bryce Mt from York,PA?

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    Super excited to see more Downhill options.

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    Is this project all DH stuff ? Curious if there will be any XC type trails connecting to GWNF. I live 20 minutes from Bryce.lol

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    Bird,

    currently it will be all gravity. we don't own the land adjacent to the hill but as you know there is a ton of great XC riding around here. We will be working on trail maps eventually though so that people will know where else there is to ride.

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    four hours from me, but no doubt ill go there as much as possible.

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    Hi all,

    Just an update, with all the recent snow we had stayed open for skiing and have not yet started to cut. That will now start within the next couple of weeks. I'm still pushing for a mid-end of June open date with the first 3-4 trails and learning area.

    Demo bikes are being shipped. They will be Trek Session 8's and Slash 8's all sizes available. We haven't yet gotten our body armor or helmet programs. Waiting on a demo of the bike carrier we plan to use, still in engineering, however we have decided on the style which will be a roll on tray that will hold 3 bikes. No metal touching your rims, scratching, lifting, etc. Simply walk behind the lift, roll your bike on and get on the chair behind. Our staff will remove the bikes at the top.

    Hours, we will be pushing for 7 days per week once we open. Mon-Fri 12-8pm, Sat 10-8pm, Sun 10-6pm please know that these could change once we get going.

    Hopefully more news over the next few weeks along with pics of construction. We will also update our FB page pretty regularly once we get going.

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    This is fantastic. I am looking forward to this summer..

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    Awesome! I'm happy to hear that the winter season has been an active one... and that you're carrying the energy into the spring/ summer. I am really looking forward to this summer too!

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    Less winter, more spring. Please and thank you.

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    Weekend update

    Hi folks,

    Just wanted to give a quick update in case you don't follow us on FB (we put quite a few updates there this week). Design has gone very well and we have a week of construction under our collective belts. We have Brad and Tom from 402 Trails/Gravity Logic project managing the crews which include our staff. Gotten a ton done. We've received the first of the rental bikes and I've included a pic of the bike carrier we had built for the lift in Oregon. This is a test unit for us to work the kinks out with but is the design we will be using.

    Pricing is coming along as well. Tip, we will be giving discounts on day tickets to people who belong to organizations such as MORE, IMBA, SVBC, etc.Bryce Resort- New Mountain Bike Park-photo-1.jpg

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    What is your Facebook page? There is more than one Bruce Mountain page

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    ah,

    well there's only one "official" one and here it is!

    https://www.facebook.com/BryceResort

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    Quote Originally Posted by honns View Post
    What is your Facebook page? There is more than one Bruce Mountain page
    Check Shenandoah Bicycle Company for the updates. They get posted on the Bryce Resort page but it doesn't post on our timelines when they do it that way.

    https://www.facebook.com/Shenandoah....ocation=stream

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    Not sure how I missed the original post, but glad to see a resort in VA getting back into bikes again. Will definitely be there on opening day.

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    Awesome stuff. I'll be keeping an eye out.

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    Wow, the pics on facebook are looking sick! This place can't open soon enough.

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    ditto for us as well! I got a chance to ride the top of the blue jump and the beginner run. Brad and Tom from 402 Trails (via Gravity Logic) are doing an incredible job. For thise that want to get their friends into the sport the green trail has an average grade of 4-6%, I barely used my brakes at all. For those that know what they're doing the blue and black runs are looking really promising! Bikes are rolling in and protective gear has started to come in as well for the rental program

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    YES! so stoked on this

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    Update? Any word on opening date just yet guys? Just checking in.

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    Hey sorry about that we've been updating via FB a fair bit. Build is going incredibly well. Features on the advanced trails are looking good. We have a few manufactured items being built in Colorado that won't be on site until mid July. That being said I think we're still on track for a mid-late June soft opening. We will be announcing pricing around June 1st. Carriers are being galvanized in Oregon as I type.

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    Awesome. Thanks for the heads up. I've been following pretty closely on FB as well. I really dig the updates and photo's to keep motivated! HA!

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    Mainly an XC racing/training, lycra wearing sort, but glad to see this will be happening near my future home of Blacksburg!

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    Same here. I'm not crazy enough to DH but it's awesome to see another place for those that do. Anything to maintain or increase mountain biking of any type gets two huge thumbs up from me. Great job Bryce Mountain!!!

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    Can't wait to see some pricing!

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    Hi folks,

    So we've announced pricing, check out website for that. The Slash 8 is a great rental bike for all the trails, including the tighter singletrack. The Session 88, is incredibly stable and a good bit of fun. Trails are coming along nicely and we're still eyeing the 22nd of June for opening (assuming that all signage comes in). Some trails will be updated weekly with new features for the first couple of months. On the advanced trails we have a nicely sized Whale Tail and Step Up that won't be in use until mid July but gives you a reason to come back!

    For those that know what they're looking for, I think you'll be pleased with the terrain, and for those of you who want to get your less experienced friends into the sport this park will be fantastic for progression.

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    Also, if you know of anyone looking for a PT gig, we're looking for a part time mechanic/rental technician, Mon-Wed roughly. Basic repairs for guests, rental fleet, etc. needs to have some experience and be great with guests since the service area is front and center. Person will also be handling rental duties since these will be slower days of the week. Good perks, obviously bike park pass, reduced food and beverage while on shift, golf, zip line, etc. we're about 45 minutes from Harrisonburg and 45min-1hr from Winchester. PM me if interested. thanks!

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    Me and the boys down here in Virginia Beach are getting amped to make the road trip guys. We are all newbies when it comes to lift riding, so the place is looking super attractive from a progression standpoint. We want to have a blast, but arent down to kill ourselves either. Thanks for all the updates and hard work. We'll be ready to shred and will hopefully plan out a nice weekend shortly once you are opened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuch View Post
    Me and the boys down here in Virginia Beach are getting amped to make the road trip guys. We are all newbies when it comes to lift riding, so the place is looking super attractive from a progression standpoint. We want to have a blast, but arent down to kill ourselves either. Thanks for all the updates and hard work. We'll be ready to shred and will hopefully plan out a nice weekend shortly once you are opened.
    You'll definitely enjoy yourselves. I haven't ridden much mountain over the last few years but the Blue Jump trail (Brew Thru), is a blast, you can roll all the jumps easily and then work on your style and start to get air, but you're not penalized with a nasty landing if you can't huck it. The tighter single track trails are simply incredible. We'll be continuing to work on additional features, etc as the season goes to keep people coming back. But so far for the few who have been fortunate enough to ride it a bit, the comments are that from a design and progression standpoint the park is on a level not currently available in the region. And for those hellbent on the dbl diamond stuff, yeah you'll be happy too!

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    Just a quick update for all, We will definitely be opening this Saturday. All 6 trails should be open, obviously some features and additions will completed over the coming weeks/months, but the trails all ride beautifully. We'll be open 7 days/wk from Sat on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
    Just a quick update for all, We will definitely be opening this Saturday. All 6 trails should be open, obviously some features and additions will completed over the coming weeks/months, but the trails all ride beautifully. We'll be open 7 days/wk from Sat on!
    Awesome... See ya this weekend!

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    I had such a good time at the park this past weekend! Thank you for all the hard work and great service. I'll surely be back soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Ha View Post
    I had such a good time at the park this past weekend! Thank you for all the hard work and great service. I'll surely be back soon!
    +1 here. let's see some opening day pics! I saw lots of cameras out!

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    Pics!

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    There are some videos and pic popping up on facebook of some great riding. Looks like a blast. Here is one link to something Bryce put out if you havent seen it.

    https://vimeo.com/m/68889517

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    Thanks guys, happy you all enjoyed yourselves. It will continue to be a work in progress all season with some great features, extensions to be added as we go. Here is a link to someone's gallery who took a bunch of pictures.

    Bryce Mountain Biking Opening Day - DaVinci Galleries I Fine Prints & Paintings

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    rode this on saturday...amazing park, the jump trail is too good, going back on wed. for more!

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    Great to hear thanks! No crowds on weekdays, remember to keep one of your receipts, if you decide to buy a season pass they will credit one day of lift tickets towards it.

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    Hey Bryce, tried the website but cant locate a number to you guys to talk some deets on a few questions for you guys. I'm heading a group of guys from VB up there on the 6th. Can you drop me a number where the guys in rentals or the shop can be reached?

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    Also, can you identify the best/value hotel and campground for us?

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    Got a hold of the boys in rentals and I am all taking care of with the exception of the lodging question.

    Thanks!

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    good to hear. on lodging we have some options for operators on our website, my suggestion would be Chalet High at 540-856-3770 they are one of the only operators that do single night stays and they're right here at the resort on the golf course. Townhome style with full kitchen, multi room, etc.

    There is also a campground at Mt Jackson about 15 minutes away from the resort, here is a link to their site. I know our marketing guy recently visited them, seemed nice, I don't know that it would do any good but maybe in either case let them know you're here to bike at Bryce who knows!

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    Opening Day at Bryce Bike Park Video - Pinkbike

    A few clips from opening day... Please disregard the noisy camera and my giggles!

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    Made reservations for Saturday, not taking the Santa Cruz, instead renting one of the Session 88s, how fast are the trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GFMarlin13' View Post
    Made reservations for Saturday, not taking the Santa Cruz, instead renting one of the Session 88s, how fast are the trails?
    I'm debating on if I should just rent or try it with my TBc. I've built on the heavier side with Fox 34mm and FlowEX wheelset.
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    I look at it a couple of ways, one I ride a 2012 Nickel, suites my freeride style at Freedom Park just fine, however its not made for DH, and well I want to have as much fun as I can. Another, I don't want to break anything on my bike lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by GFMarlin13' View Post
    I look at it a couple of ways, one I ride a 2012 Nickel, suites my freeride style at Freedom Park just fine, however its not made for DH, and well I want to have as much fun as I can. Another, I don't want to break anything on my bike lol
    I have to read the rental agreements for their bikes, does it include insurance so you don't have to pay if you break it? It looks like fun, but so far I haven't seen any videos that make it look like you really need a DH rig for it.

    But I admit videos can be deceiving.
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    Video looks like a blast. Wish I had the skills/balls to do DH.

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    Looks like a blast! How long were the lift lines on Saturday?

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    Bryce, we are thinking about driving up this weekend. Do you guys have any 20" or 24" rental bikes? Also, do you have rental protective gear for kids? My daughter is 7 yrs old @ 51" & 60lbs. She just started riding a Felt 24", but still enjoys her Trek 20". Do you really need a DH bike for the beginner trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsb View Post
    Looks like a blast! How long were the lift lines on Saturday?
    not bad at all, i think the longest i waited was about 2-3 minutes, theyve got it pretty dialed, 1 out of every 3 chairs is a bike rack.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian23693 View Post
    Bryce, we are thinking about driving up this weekend. Do you guys have any 20" or 24" rental bikes? Also, do you have rental protective gear for kids? My daughter is 7 yrs old @ 51" & 60lbs. She just started riding a Felt 24", but still enjoys her Trek 20". Do you really need a DH bike for the beginner trails?
    Green trails are nbd with a hardtail,i was debating whether or not to take my rigid hardtail up there tomorrow, but it looks like the girlfriend is using the handlebars from it on her cake for a little more stable ride :/

    i'd ride just about any trail up there with a hardtail with a suspension fork, except for maybe copperhead...def want a lot of squish for that one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsb View Post
    Looks like a blast! How long were the lift lines on Saturday?
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian23693 View Post
    Bryce, we are thinking about driving up this weekend. Do you guys have any 20" or 24" rental bikes? Also, do you have rental protective gear for kids? My daughter is 7 yrs old @ 51" & 60lbs. She just started riding a Felt 24", but still enjoys her Trek 20". Do you really need a DH bike for the beginner trails?

    Hi folks,

    We don't have any kids 20-24" wheel bikes, we do have some dual suspension Lush S's with 26" wheels that we've gotten some 10 year olds on. Your daughter will be fine from a skillset stand point for Sundowner (green trail and maybe even a little single track) if she's comfortable. The key will be the equipement, the bikes must have either cantilever, V, or disk brakes (no pinch caliper or coaster brakes), just ti ensure she's comfortable on the descents. I had a 7 year old the other day with no problems with the right gear.

    We do have some protective gear which should work, either elbow pads that will double as knee pads, I also have some new kali knee/shin protectors that will be shorter than what I had this past weekend that might work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsb View Post
    Looks like a blast! How long were the lift lines on Saturday?
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian23693 View Post
    Bryce, we are thinking about driving up this weekend. Do you guys have any 20" or 24" rental bikes? Also, do you have rental protective gear for kids? My daughter is 7 yrs old @ 51" & 60lbs. She just started riding a Felt 24", but still enjoys her Trek 20". Do you really need a DH bike for the beginner trails?
    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    I have to read the rental agreements for their bikes, does it include insurance so you don't have to pay if you break it? It looks like fun, but so far I haven't seen any videos that make it look like you really need a DH rig for it.

    But I admit videos can be deceiving.
    We do have an insurance program for an additional cost of $20, this would protect you against problems/crashes but does not include intentional abuse or theft. This past weekend a guy trashed a rear wheel, legitimate enough was not going crazy, just unfortunate, had the damage waiver, saved himself roughly $300

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilroywashere View Post
    not bad at all, i think the longest i waited was about 2-3 minutes, theyve got it pretty dialed, 1 out of every 3 chairs is a bike rack.


    Green trails are nbd with a hardtail,i was debating whether or not to take my rigid hardtail up there tomorrow, but it looks like the girlfriend is using the handlebars from it on her cake for a little more stable ride :/

    i'd ride just about any trail up there with a hardtail with a suspension fork, except for maybe copperhead...def want a lot of squish for that one...
    Thanks for this feedback, from the video posted it looked like I could ride it fine with my Yelli hardtail. I'd rather bring my HT than my FS, the HT fits much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
    We do have an insurance program for an additional cost of $20, this would protect you against problems/crashes but does not include intentional abuse or theft. This past weekend a guy trashed a rear wheel, legitimate enough was not going crazy, just unfortunate, had the damage waiver, saved himself roughly $300
    Awesome to hear, never would intentionally damage any bike. However you never know what could occur on the mountain. Ill gladly pay 20 to feel more comfortable. Thanks

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    Awesome to hear, never would intentionally damage any bike. However you never know what could occur on the mountain. Ill gladly pay 20 to feel more comfortable. Thanks
    yep, Id say pretty much everyone except first timers took the damage waiver, total price still around $25 less than other spots for much more bike (If I do say so myself )

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    ^ Id agree, prices for rentals are very good and considering I started off on a Trek a few years ago(santa cruz now), im stoked about it. So see you guys Saturday.

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    Also Bryce, what are you guys weather restrictions? I see that there is a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms on Saturday. We are driving from 4.5hrs away, just want to see what your policy is.

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    Should be fine. We shut down the lift if lightning, but open immediately after. The trails drain very well so no worries!

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    I appreciate it, were looking forward to riding up there tomorrow. Actually leaving tonight so we can get a good nights sleep before riding.

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    GF, hope you had a good time!

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    Yep, meant to come in here and post. Went Saturday, I believe Steve? was the guy who helped me. Outstanding customer service, and knowledgeable techs/staff. I as well as my buddy really enjoyed the trails. I rode all of them, and blew thru is hands down my favorite, I even complimented the builders at lunch lol.....such a smooth flowing jump line. Incredible time. I do believe I will be coming back on the weekend of the 13th with another buddy. Oh and btw ,the last double on Copperhead is deceiving, looks pretty small from the lift, but oh boy it's not when your cranking to TRY and get speed for it after the creek jump. I cased HARD lol....next time. Thanks Bryce.

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    nice! Techs on Sat were Derek, Tim, or Sam but everyone is pretty cool. Was nice to have Shawn and Dave from Gravity Logic in for the weekend. Some flagging and new alignments then a nice Sunday of just riding and enjoying ourselves!

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    Awesome stuff, well ill be calling next week to make reservations for that saturday. Im looking forward to coming back out, worth the 4hr drive all day long. Any clues as to when if any new features or trails will be going in?

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    Whale Tail and Step Up will be here late July (more advanced) and positioned where the ribbon is at the bottom (exit of Copperhead), they will be working on the features on Carbomb throughout.

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    Gotta group of 5 coming to ride this Saturday out of VB (one guy meeting up with us from DC). We are beyond stoked and looking forward to our first lift operated experience. BOOM!

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    Great to hear! This Saturday should be a blast as it's also our annual Brycefest, lots of outdoor vendors (gift kind of stuff), food, music at night and an amazing fireworks show once it gets dark

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    For those of you who've ridden at Bryce. Would you recommend renting a full-face helmet for experienced riders or would my skate-style lid suffice?

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    I've ridden there a total of 3 times now, didnt get a chance to ride today after work as much as i wouldve wanted to, but ive gone ahead and pulled some money aside to buy an actual full face helmet. if your going to be doing this style of riding more often, it just makes sense as you get more comfortable with it all. the faster you go, the harder you can fall, and the more messed up you can get...its kinda a no brainer now that i think about it.

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    Also, if you are renting bike it comes with body protection and full face helmet, if not you can try out a helmet for $15/day. We are selling Kali full face helmets here if needed (small selection of Savara at $90 and Durgana @ $150), or of course purchase through your favorite LBS!

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    Bryce Resort- New Mountain Bike Park

    How do you all think a Santa Cruz Heckler with 150mm of travel front and rear would handle out there for a solid intermediate-advanced rider?

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    im takin my rigid 29er there tomorrow, ride what ya got. plan on hitting sundowner and probably screwdriver, should be good fun, the trails are too good.

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    Sounds like the perfect bike for this park.

    My wife and I were out there celebrating Independence Day on 120mm and 130mm bikes. We saw hardtails riding down the blues. Depending on your comfort and ability, you should have no trouble on the blacks with that bike.

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    This is the first I've heard about this.....AWESOMENESS! Anyone want to get together for a group trip from the Baltimore Area? I'm not really a DH guy but always wanted to try it out so I'll be staying on the easier trails.

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    Me and the boys returned Saturday night from a fun filled day of adventure. We had a blast, including my 58 year old Dad who hadnt been on a bike for 15 years. We had newbies all the way through a nationally sponsored ex moto kid with us in our crew of 6. We were all able to have a blast.

    Most of us rode our own FS bikes (Stumpy 29's, Fuel EX, Hifi) and were just fine. We had two renters. I will say that the rental process is dialed and I was really impressed with the crew and the quality of the facility. The lift system is dialed as well. All staff we ran into were stand up folks. I was hoping that the thank you's were helping the lift staff along as they yanked our bikes off the lift in 90 degree heat all day. I also appreciated the mechanic setting my dad's bike up being super responsive to my annoying requests to tweak a few items.

    The mountain isnt huge, but rode larger than it looked. The Sundowner and Brew Threw were the crowd favorites. The other blue's were fun as well, but a bit to rowdy for our flatlander liking. We are all from Virginia Beach. LOL.

    We'll be back...with more people. Well worth the day trip. Unfortunately one of our crew got hurt at the end of the day pretty badly on the big double. His fault...dont want to get into that. I will say that the medical crew was awesome in helping us out....so mad props to those guys on staff Saturday.

    Suggestions if you are listening Bryce from our conversations? Couple of things. There needs to be a porta potty at the top. LOL. Water everywhere was awesome. Also, just from our perspective, the two jumps (creek gap and final double) at the bottom of Copperhead need a little dirt/lip on the faces. None of us, but one were ready to hit them based on that overall feedback. Anything in the "Blue" range that you can add as far as features (especially wood) would be awesome.

    Overall...killer job guys. Keep it up!!! We'll be back to shred shortly. Wrote the review hoping it encourages others to give it a shot. Just about anyone can progressively ride this mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuch View Post
    There needs to be a porta potty at the top. LOL.
    lol I don't know how many times I've gotten on the lift only to remember that I have to pee halfway up the mountain.

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    Man riding down that jittery crap needing to take a leak is the worst. HA! You drink at the bottom after a ride, or on the way up and then all of a sudden it hits you on that 13 minute lift ride. I think all of us found a way to relieve ourselves at various points, but whatever. There were a lot of people riding the lift and what not during Brycefest Saturday and we were trying to keep the scene clean.

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    Just called a bit ago and reserved a few bikes for some buddies and myself. I know my Santa Cruz would be fine there, but those Sessions are so much fun lol. See you guys again on Saturday.

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    Reserved a couple of rentals, we'll see you guys out there on Saturday.

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    Copperhead Video - Pinkbike

    Here's another link to a bit of "video stoke", as they say... a run down Copperhead!

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    Nice run, I had issues on that trail was quite a bit looser than I was ready for. And I didn't carry my speed after the creek jump and cased pretty bad on that double. Ill hit it better on Saturday.

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    Thanks guys, really appreciate the feedback. Trail crew was working on the gap this week I think. After our last site visit with GL we're also working on some realignment of screwdriver which will essentially have it be it's own run from top to bottom (less merging with Sundowner). Some of the blue-ish features will be done next season, and of course we will be continuing to build a few this year for Carbomb. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for install of the "show" features of a whale tail and Step Up/Down.

    As for the porta a potty, well, not sure that that is in our future for now, but heck it only takes 3 minutes to get down if you're motivated !

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    Ask and you shall receive. New intermediate feature just finished on Snakebite. Not bad for 4 hrs of work and wood leftover from other features. As with our other Blue trails there is a ride around.

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    Perfect. A skinny was needed somewhere, that looks like a blast!

    When's the pump track going in at the bottom? I kid I kid. You guys are crushing it. Thanks for the update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
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    NICE! more of that please!!

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    This thread is useless without pics....here are a few from Saturday's first ride.
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    Wow great pics! If you want you should go to gravity logic's Facebook page, They are looking for submissions for their profile pics From people who have ridden gravity logic desiged trails!

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    looks like fun. Few more days and we get to go rip around again. Saturday cant get here fast enough.

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    Kickass pics Chuch! Cool to see other Stumpys out there. My little bro has been shredding the mountain on mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GFMarlin13' View Post
    looks like fun. Few more days and we get to go rip around again. Saturday cant get here fast enough.
    Hopefully this weather holds up, don't wanna drive 4hrs to get rained out

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    I think it'll be ok. raining right now but the trails drain really well. Tomorrow looks to be a mix of sun and scattered showers (40%), so around here that usually means either no rain or quick rain. Of course I may have just jinxed ourselves!

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    well, fingers crossed, we got a condo on the mountain for tonight and will be heading that way in about an hour.

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    Just got home after a 4hr ride. I believe I met a few guys off of the forums today, I had the buddy with the Ellsworth Moment that kept having issues ie; brakes/tubes etc lol...I was the guy with the sleeve tattoo. If we met chime in, great day of riding, little tweaks done to the big double at the bottom of Copperhead were the factor...was able to clear that with a good bit of ease. Thanks for the help from all of the staff today, was a awesome time. See you guys soon.

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    Great to hear. Semi truck with whale tail and step on/off just came in, construction continues!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
    Great to hear. Semi truck with whale tail and step on/off just came in, construction continues!
    Hot damn! Can't wait.

    Finally had the chance to take some pics yesterday. One on the new Snakebite skinnies (possibly my new favorite chunk of trail) and one of me jumping through the treegina.
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    "Treegina" I like!

    FYI if any of you want to give permission we would happily post your videos on our youtube channel.

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    Treegina...man, you guys need to make a sign for that one. LOL Me and the VB crew will be back up there on August 10th for round two with about 10 of us. Keep it coming!! AND...pics of that freakin whale tale on FB would be lovely once built, but I am sure you guys are already on it.

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    bryce july 13 downhill - YouTube

    Taking my WFO up there on the 24th.

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    Great vid! How did you like the Slash's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
    FYI if any of you want to give permission we would happily post your videos on our youtube channel.
    That'd be cool. I'll try to make one worth watching this weekend.

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    I'll be back with Shmoo on the 24th as well! Bringing the Stumpjumper FSR 29er...unless the SC Bronson I ordered comes in

    BryceMtn - I rented one of the Slash's. I have only ridden 29ers, demo'd a 650b and loved it, but honestly I had a hard time getting used to the Slash. I don't know if its the wheelsize or the bike but it felt kinda twitchy. All was good by the middle of the day though. Got faster in the corners and got the bike up into the air a little on the little doubles and tabletops. Couldn't sack up enough to do the drop on Car Bomb :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
    Great vid! How did you like the Slash's?
    Bar was turned up more than my liking. Haven't been on a 26 since 2009 - it took a while to get used to the grip. Bike felt good in the tight areas like the Snakebite. Well balanced and behaved well in the air. Used about 2/3 the travel, way too much air in the shock. You guys have a nice rental fleet.

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    thanks guys,

    FYI on control surfaces, bars, etc. Our guys are always happy to change angles, or rotate bars on the rentals so just ask and we will take care of.

    Also posted some more pics of features on FB

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    I cant wait to ride those new features. Ive never ridden an whale tail, will be tons of fun.

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    @ BryceMtn

    Where is the best place to stay? I'd prefer to stay onsite rather than having to load everything up each day and drive to the bike park. I read several very poor reviews on Chalet High. Is there anywhere else (onsite) to stay? When I look at your property on Google maps, I can see a row of what appears to be townhouses (or condos) next to the snow-tubing slope. What are those?

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    The ones by the tubing hill don't have nightly accom. If staying one night only both creek side and chalet have good rates. I know that some of the reviews were not positive from a while back. They do have a new property mgmt company that has been doing a good job, the units that I've seen are dated but very clean. We put all the guys from GL and 402 trails there and we're pretty satisfied. Can't beat their rates either. I was talking to someone last Saturday who told me they only paid 75 for a night fully equipped kitchen enough space for 4.

    You may also want to check out the pines. If staying multiple nights and traveling with others check out 4 seasons but I think they require minimum 3 or 4 nights

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    That was chalet that we used

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    thanks guys,

    FYI on control surfaces, bars, etc. Our guys are always happy to change angles, or rotate bars on the rentals so just ask and we will take care of.

    Also posted some more pics of features on FB
    The mechanics were great and super friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shmoo View Post
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    good to hear!

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    oh my...

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    SWEET! I'm getting off work in a bit and thinking about making the 2 hour trek down there to ride. The trails are open while you guys build the new stuff right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtorlando25 View Post
    SWEET! I'm getting off work in a bit and thinking about making the 2 hour trek down there to ride. The trails are open while you guys build the new stuff right?
    you got it!

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    just posted this on Mid Atlantic Downhill on FB but here's what the gap for the whale tail is looking like right now. 5ft

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    I can not wait to come ride those new features. Pretty awesome you guys closed up the gap for beginners, always nice to have everyone in the group be able to hit the same feature.

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    so who's going to be the first to turn the whale tale into a massive double?

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    Bryce in the rain = twice as fun. Really glad that we decided to stay through the storm yesterday. Even more glad that you guys reopened the lift. Thank you!

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    No problem! Doug mentioned to me that a bunch stuck it out, happy that you had a good time!

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    Yeah, glad you guys stayed open. We did a hefty ride from Wolf Gap hitting, Tibbit Knob, North Mtn and Church Rocks to get there. Would have been bummed to find out you guys closed. Luckily, our ride back stuck around too. Good times in the rain.

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    Hi all,

    Just posted our bike park feature video on FB, but here it is as well. hope you enjoy and it gets you out here for those that haven't yet.

    Also, the Terramethod instructor certification went beautifully, so if you have friends that want to be introduced to the sport send them our way!

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    Sick edit guys. Things are looking great!

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    Hey, where's the new pics of the new Whale Tail and step up? LOL BTW, we have a group of 10 coming on the 10th of August...stoooooked.

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    How was Bryce this weekend? i will be there next week, can't wait!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gldk View Post
    How was Bryce this weekend? i will be there next week, can't wait!!
    Trail was so fast I couldn't keep my tire on the rim lol. Perfect weather out there yesterday. Good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by washedup View Post
    Yeah, glad you guys stayed open. We did a hefty ride from Wolf Gap hitting, Tibbit Knob, North Mtn and Church Rocks to get there. Would have been bummed to find out you guys closed. Luckily, our ride back stuck around too. Good times in the rain.
    Washedup, can you post directions and mileage for this ride? Combining a downhill day with a trail ride on both ends sounds like my kind of deal!
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    Figured I'd share what I think is a kickass pic of my bro jumping into the whale tail last Sunday:
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    Great pic!

    Hard tail and what looks to be a single speed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SManZ View Post
    Washedup, can you post directions and mileage for this ride? Combining a downhill day with a trail ride on both ends sounds like my kind of deal!
    There are a bunch of options to be had. Ours would have either had a long road ride or, as in our case, a ride after finishing up at Bryce. I would probably say start by parking at wolf gap and doing a Big Schloss loop. Up the double track, check out the overlook spur to the right, then drop back onto ridge and continue for a bit before dropping off to the right, riding the gravel and then pavement back up to the car. Get the Nat geo map #391 and check out routes. Mileages I don't know. That ride would take us a couple of hours. Our ride last Sunday headed the other direction on the ridge, included some rock scrambling with bikes on back on Tibbet Knob so probably not for most folks. North Mtn and Church Rocks a bit more manageable, as is Big Schloss

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    So heading out there with a buddy on Saturday. It's been a while since I've done any riding like this, so a quick question. For the two large jumps at the bottom end of copperhead, as long as you're not on your brakes before them is just your momentum enough to clear them or are you pedaling?

    From the videos I saw it looked like the momentum was all that was needed to clear them.
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    Yep pretty much no problem. The Step Up/Off is completely roll-able as well. The Whale tail is pretty close as well. Both also have ride-arounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
    Great pic!

    Hard tail and what looks to be a single speed?
    Yep, it's a Banshee Amp dirt jumper geared tall so he can pedal down the mountain...only has a rear brake too! haha. He tears up all the trails except Copperhead. He'd ride that too if it wasn't for the rock garden at the beginning lol.

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    So how is the trail drainage and what does it take to shut down? Had planned on heading down tomorrow, but weather isn't looking too good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    So how is the trail drainage and what does it take to shut down? Had planned on heading down tomorrow, but weather isn't looking too good.
    Trail drainage is excellent. The lift only stops if there is lightning...bring a rain coat.

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    How is the step up/down? I need to get back out there ASAP.

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    I wanted to say great place to ride, my buddy and I had a great time. Perfect day for riding, cloudy keep the temp down, some light sprinkles here and there kept the dust down. Can't wait to head back. Really class people working there.

    Please thank the safety crew there for me. Now below slight warning for others.
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    So, none of the trails there were beyond my buddies and my ability. We had ridden all the trails including copperhead and carbomb through out the day and had a blast. Admittedly we didn't think anything there really warranted a fullface helmet. We had ridden harder stuff before without one. SO long story short, at the end of the day on what was going to be our last ride I washed out my front tire on I believe snakebite.

    Simple trail not hard at all, but the way I fell, well see the pics. All easily avoided with a $15 full face rental. Not trying to scare anyone off, just saying rent the helmet if you don't have one.
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    Hard to see in the pictures, but also have a gash over the left eye that took more stitches than the center one.
    Sorry not why the pictures are sideways. Should heal up in time to head back before they shut down for the summer.
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    Here is a video of Copperhead from the down tube, I like watching the fork working.

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    Man I can't wait to go!

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    Two tone, great vid and sorry for your pain. It was good to see you at the Walmart pharmacy in such good spirits... or was that the meds?
    Heal well and see you soon!

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    There are several sections on Copperhead where you can really let it go! A clip from 08/03/2013:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
    Two tone, great vid and sorry for your pain. It was good to see you at the Walmart pharmacy in such good spirits... or was that the meds?
    Heal well and see you soon!
    Thanks, no meds yet at the time. I've been riding way too long and this isn't my first injury. I only hope to drive the point home that for $15 don't skip the FF helmet.

    As I said, the crash was on a simple banked turn and honestly could have happened on XC trails and has me rethinking even my XC helmet choice.

    Again please thank the crew and hopefully I'll get back there before you close for the season, that's more getting the wife on board
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Ha View Post
    There are several sections on Copperhead where you can really let it go! A clip from 08/03/2013:

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    Is that you in the clip?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    Thanks, no meds yet at the time. I've been riding way too long and this isn't my first injury. I only hope to drive the point home that for $15 don't skip the FF helmet.

    As I said, the crash was on a simple banked turn and honestly could have happened on XC trails and has me rethinking even my XC helmet choice.

    Again please thank the crew and hopefully I'll get back there before you close for the season, that's more getting the wife on board
    Will do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    Is that you in the clip?
    Yessir... Based on your photos a few posts back, I believe we chatted for a few minutes on Brew Thru? Sorry to hear about your spill, heal up quick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Ha View Post
    Yessir... Based on your photos a few posts back, I believe we chatted for a few minutes on Brew Thru? Sorry to hear about your spill, heal up quick!
    Thanks for the well wishes. We actually talked where Sundowner, Screwdriver and Carbomb intersect. After talking with you about Carbomb and what to expect my buddy and I ended up going down Carbomb behind you.
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    Whats new Bryce?? I think we may make it out once or twice more this year before the season is done. Any plans for new stuff at all or are you guys just going to focus on maintaining through the fall? We've really had a killer time up there this year.
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    Hey there!
    We may do some of the realignment of Screwdriver this fall but not sure. We were mostly planning on adding the new DH trail (one step harder than Carbomb but a little different from Copperhead), more features in carbomb and new sections to Screwdriver (making it a full top to bottom vs. merges with Sundowner), next Spring. Plus building the skills course for beginners and a C wall for next year.

    So to make a short story long... No freaking idea about fall!

    Great to hear that you've had a good season, we've enjoyed it a ton. FYI if you know of anyone interested we'll be starting to sell of the rentals bikes a few at a time in early-mid Sept. Average price between $2300-$3000 depending on how much service/replacements have been done.

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    Wanted to chime in on the great experience our group had a few weekends back at Bryce. Every thing about the on-mountain experience was top-notch. From the lady we purchased tickets from to the guys yanking bikes off the racks (in 90 degree heat) to the servers in the bar/clubhouse we never ran into an employee who didn't go out of their way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves.

    We were a bit nervous showing up with 4 to 5 inch bikes but they turned out to be perfect for where our DH skill level was at. Anyhow the trails are great - brew thru turned out to be the favorite of the day but we loved all the options. Look forward to getting back up there this weekend
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    Great to hear, thanks so much!

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    Well close to all heal up and Mr. Brown just dropped one of these off for me. Still hurts the forehead a little when I put it on. We are planning on making it out at least once more in Sep and Oct.
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    @Bryce Mtn, is it possible for you guys to put in a "road gap" style jump on the left side of the lift (as you are going up) about 1/3 of the way up, near the wooden bridge. It looks like the terrain is perfectly set up for it and wouldn't require much work. Just a thought for those of us that would prefer a bigger feature.

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    Hi Brett, we shall see. We have some terrain in that area which will be home to a new expert downhill run next season, and some other nice things still to come in an effort to make each year fresh. We'll continue to look to Gravity Logic for design and features though to ensure continuity of feel and progression. I do know that there will be some nice new features in a variety of spots!

    Thanks so much for sticking with us in our first season, we will only get better and better at introducing new people to Mountain Biking while keeping the more advanced riders happy as well.

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    Just a reminder to all that this upcoming weekend and Monday will be our last weekday of riding. We will move to Saturday's and Sunday's only through the months of September and October. Website will address operating hours but for now we're looking at 10am-5pm on both days.

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    I'm thinking about heading down to Bryce on Monday, can't wait to check it all out.

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    Headin out there again this Sunday, any changes in the last month other than hours? I assume not since you're slowing down.
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    Nope no other changes. We're the skinny bridges in when you were last here?

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    Off the one blue trail? If so yes
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    then that's it right now other than regular trail maintenance. We'll be hitting the ground running with new stuff in the Spring!

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    Got a little group coming to shred October 5th again from VB. Looking forward to keeping you guys busy late season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuch View Post
    Got a little group coming to shred October 5th again from VB. Looking forward to keeping you guys busy late season.
    Thanks, we need it! Just so much more fun when there are lots of people around

    This weekend should be nice and cool, perfect weather for park riding

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    Bryce, since you guys are always so rad at listening to feedback....I'd like to see an early bird special on season passes next year if possible in your marketing plan. This year I'll have ridden 5 days total and it was juuuuust not making sense. If it works, then there are a few of us down this way that would jump all in. Or...a cheaper NO bells and whistles version (discounts on rentals and buddy passes) for those of us that just have no need for that. I understand the intent of those add ons, but for me I just wanna show up and jump on the lift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuch View Post
    Bryce, since you guys are always so rad at listening to feedback....I'd like to see an early bird special on season passes next year if possible in your marketing plan. This year I'll have ridden 5 days total and it was juuuuust not making sense. If it works, then there are a few of us down this way that would jump all in. Or...a cheaper NO bells and whistles version (discounts on rentals and buddy passes) for those of us that just have no need for that. I understand the intent of those add ons, but for me I just wanna show up and jump on the lift.
    Adding on to that, possibly a special like buy 5 days, get a 6th free kind of deal.
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    Ears must be ringing. We will have some great programming as part of our closing celebrations... Stay tuned!

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    Once again thank you for a great day. The staff was friendly as could be.

    Just wondering if you know the actual drop heights of the 3 wooden features
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    Hi there,

    I'm not sure but can find out when I'm back from being out of town for a few days. Drop from top to ground or amount of drop to transition of landing deck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
    Hi there,

    I'm not sure but can find out when I'm back from being out of town for a few days. Drop from top to ground or amount of drop to transition of landing deck?
    Landing deck, but don't go out your way. I just thought you might have it in a design document or something.
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    i'll be there this weekend ! finally got biggish bike rolling again!

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    from roanoke. heading to Bryce this Saturday. I can carry 1 more rider and 2 more bikes.

    depart earlyish 8am, return to Roanoke after naptime... 4pm

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    Well I have wornout the trails in the frederick watershed. I plan on heading here from Hagerstown md next weekend, anyone lookin to hookup? All my friends are lazy and don't ride

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    Hey dude, I'll be there Saturday with about 4 others from Virginia Beach. You are welcome to roll with us. Not sure if you are looking for someone to carpool with, or just some folks to hang with on the mountain. LOL I ride a Black/Red/Silver Stumpy...white 661 helmet. Or you can PM me and I will give you my celly.
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    Well we are coming from different directions so I guess a carpool wouldn't work but anyone friendly on the mountain would be appreciated!

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    I'm not goin untill next weekend...I think I remember readin an old post of yours about going the 5th

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    We're ALL friendly on the mountain!

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    I ride a 2010 cannondale moto but Has anyone ever showed up riding a bmx/dirt jump style bike?

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    So long as the bike has cantilever, V-Style, or Disk brakes it would be allowed, but if it was coaster or caliper style braking then no go here.

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    yo BryceMTN. Had a blast this past weekend. You guys rock!!
    Really nicely built trails.
    Lift speed is perfectly good. I ate, drank and soaked in the gorgeous sunny day during my lift time.
    The employees are very laid back friendly...forgot I was in VA for a while.

    Could not have a better set up to introduce people to DH riding; trail variety, scene, equipment, density.

    Great place (Shorter runs, easily memorized) for more experienced Dh riders to focus on specific skills improvement... jumps, twisties, tree dodging, offcamber speed modulation (me...)

    going back as much as I can before the season is over!!!

    You're gonna explode the growth Mid-Atlantic DH participation being so close to all the bored NOVA folk in the next two years...

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    Thanks so much happy you had a good time! Our goal is to be the spot to get people into the sport. Our instructors are fantastic and we've had kids as young as 7 and our oldest at 84 a few weeks back. Great things in store for next year as well so thanks again for the vote of confidence and support!

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    IGWBomber... I am located in Martinsburg (just transferred up here). Plan on heading out this weekend the 5th or 6th. If I don't have to work following weekend the 10th I would be willing to hook-up/car pool up.

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    Howdy guys, im currently also in hagerstown for an internship, planned on heading down again at least once while the park is still open. Great park and fun trails.
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    I'm going next weekend for sure.....

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    We had another great weekend at Bryce. Dry as all get out, and the trails are in great shape still. I could tell they had groomed some berms and what not since the last time we were there. Watch out for the kitty litter though...it will lay you out with a quickness!
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    Great to hear you had another good day! yup the kids have been blowing leaves and raking prior to each weekend.

    Just a heads up to all that Copperhead will be closed Saturday Oct 12th due to the Civilian Military Combine race being held here. All the other trails will be open, worth coming out just to check out the party. CMC will have about 900 participants to cheer on as they run up the mountain, around the lake, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceMtn View Post
    Great to hear you had another good day! yup the kids have been blowing leaves and raking prior to each weekend.

    Just a heads up to all that Copperhead will be closed Saturday Oct 12th due to the Civilian Military Combine race being held here. All the other trails will be open, worth coming out just to check out the party. CMC will have about 900 participants to cheer on as they run up the mountain, around the lake, etc.
    I am planning on coming Saturday the 12th for the biking, will parking be an issue if you have so many for the combine race?

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    It may be tight but we'll be parking participants over at the airport in the field and leaving the first parking lot for bike/golf guests.

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    Bryce Resort- New Mountain Bike Park

    Hey Guys, how's the weather been down there? Was hoping to make the trip tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heath27 View Post
    Hey Guys, how's the weather been down there? Was hoping to make the trip tomorrow.
    Most of northern VA has been soaking in rain the last 2-3 days. I'd call them today to see if theres a possibility they'll be open tomorrow.
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    Bryce Resort- New Mountain Bike Park

    I'd be coming from Baltimore, so very similar weather. I was kind of hoping the storm would have moved past them. Also was trying to get some info tonight because I planned to leave early tomorrow.

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    Hi all,

    We'll definitely be open tomorrow. Frankly while it's been drizzling off and on all day we haven't gotten anywhere near the rain some of you have had. In fact we had a Dealer day here for Trek today and the trails were fantastic (needed the rain). That being said it is obviously more slick, especially the wooden features and remember that Copperhead will be closed on Saturday due to the CMC Race here.

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