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Bike Park Updates

Bike Park Updates

This is where you will find the latest info and dirt on the trails at SilverStar written by the man who knows, the man with the plan - Cam Sorensen.


Bike Park Update, Aug 29th

About Time

The rain this past week brought some relief from the dryness and dust. It is amazing how well the SilverStar Bike Park trails receive water.  With only 1 day of rain it transforms the riding from blown out and dusty, to tacky and fun!  And with more rain in the forecast, I am truly looking forward to the riding as the season comes to a close.  With this being said, trail crew is giving us some amazing work for the last week of the season and our 2 bonus weekends Sept 8th – 9th and Sept 15th & 16th. 

Blast off has been closed for the past couple days getting a full tear down and buff.  The crew has been pulling up berms, re-facing some take off and filling all the holes from the dry season we have had.  It is going to be in pre-season shape going into the end of the season.  I cannot wait for my warm up lap this weekend!  

The New Jump Line is now open to public!  As I type, the name for this new zone is still to be determined, but word on the street the name Beautiful Idiot is in the lead.  If you have not had the pleasure of watching Brett Rheeder’s latest creation I strongly urge you to stop what you are doing and spend 15 minutes to take this in (WATCH NOW).  The jump line was built for Brett last fall and had to be modified for the mortal riding public.  They are still some of the boostiest jumps in the Park and will require some immense jump skills to hit, but if you have that skill set you are going to love this new zone.  

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It was about time we did something to lower Shazam.  Upper Shazam is one of our most popular and loved trails in the Park.  People link the upper section to all kinds of lower options, myself included.  Let us be honest we missed the mark years ago when we tried to build through that lower section of forest.  It is wet, steep and thick; it was a struggle to even get the trail in there in the first place, but it is time!  We are heading back in to make some changes.  Some of the crew want nothing to do with it and I understand why, it is going to be an undertaking.  For the rest of the season there will be closures on lower Shazam as we try to re-route, re-shape and over all re-build Lower Shazam.  The goal is to give it the feel we all love from up top.  It is going to be a challenge but after walking the line with Jason Martin, one of our long time trail builders, I am looking forward to what we are going attempt.  We will be trying to open it for weekend and maybe extended play, it will all depend on how it goes once we start digging.  Please observe the closures if they are up.  Thank you!  If nothing else we will have a fresh trail next July. 

Enjoy the tacky trails this weekend and I will see you in the park for the bonus weekends.

LaterCam


Bike Park Update, July 31, 2018

The Heat is on.

After the perfect spring of cooler weather and the perfect moisture to build bike trails, the Okanagan Heat is back. Trail Crew managed to check many things off their list in June and early July before the dirt dried out. If you have been in the park I am sure to spotted many of those updates. 

Now that we are back into the dry season we are chasing the bomb holes and doing our best to keep the park running smooth. The benefit to the moist spring and our SilverStar dirt is it puts a crust on the trails. Most the trails are still running like pavement. If we get just a little rain over the next couple weeks it will reset the park and we should be good for the rest of the season. Granted there are the south aspect with no shaded that get hammered.  Those are the areas we are focusing on now. Like the connector into the bottom of the lift. We had the mini in there smoothing out the bumps, raked smooth, soaked with water, compacted and re-soaked. We will continue to hit it with the hoses the next couple morning to hopefully get that crust back, so it lasts more than a week. 

With Single Track 6 coming to the resort this week, we spent some time on Beowulf. Two teams working from both end cutting back some of the brush, making sure the pedal catchers are clear, pulling up a berm or two and even fit in a small re-route. Overall Beowulf is running fantastic and we welcome all the ST6 riders this week for their final stage on their 6th day of racing.

On top of our morning maintenance program we have started work on the new Little Ripper trail and Wine Bottle. Little Ripper will give the small tikes and the new riders an easier option from the Village to the lift. There is a lot of elevation to lose in that short distance, so this trail will push way out into the Silver Woods area from winter before coming back to Easy St. We hope to have this open next week. It may depend a little on the weather and how dry the trail is, fingers crossed. As for Wine Bottle you may have seen this on the XC trail map as a future trail for a number of years. We are spending our afternoon working on this brand new intermediate XC trail. It will tie into Cork Screw and make a figure 8 loop and can be riding both ways. With some luck we will have this open before the end of August.

Enjoy the heat as the days are getting shorter already and we will all be wishing we hit the trails more in the dead of winter. I know I am going to start smashing in the laps. 

LaterCam


Bike Park Update July 11, 2018

Canada Cup, Conditions all Time  

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Silver Star Resort welcomes back the Canada Cup DH series to Bike Park.  It has been a long time since we have had a Canada Cup on the resort.  Our heritage in Racing goes back to the World Cup in 1994 we hosted, along with numerous Canada and BC Cup events, even a couple 24 Hours of Adrenaline to name a few.  We took a break from the race scene in the early 2000’s when we expanded the Bike Park to the current standard.  We are very excited to welcome back this large race that is also doubling as a BC cup for those of you that still want to come out and have fun and not worry about chasing those big points.

We are rolling the race back over to the ever popular Dag’s DH.  We have updated a few things and opened up a couple of sections.  The track is running fast with the spring we have been having; no blown out, dusty, loose rock corners this year.  There will also be an all new finish with a small creek gap to end your race.  The race pits will be about the new finish area creating a great mini Village around the dual slalom we will be running Saturday night for all the racers.  

As for the Dual Slalom this is going to be a must enter event for the weekend.  A fun race with three different categories, Women, U17 and open men’s.  There will be limited spots for this event so make sure you put your name down when you register.  The reason being is we are going to insure all Dual racers get 4 runs in a double knock out format.  As you can see from the photos a couple of the trail crew have taken this beauty under their wing and have made a work of art.  This is also become the new exit of Down Town and open to public after the event. 

Other updates in the park over the past couple weeks are an all new bottom to World Cup.  This trail was in need of an update and that is what it got.  The funky tomb stone jump is gone replaced with a proper table, berms are steep and fast, break sections are replaced with proper grade changing berms you can carry speed through and the long table under the chair is fantastic.  No break checks needed and the knuckle removed for a buttery smooth landing. 

The weather could not be better for the trail crew to be buffing trails this year.  Heavy rain over night and sunny days is giving the dirt the perfect conditions for packing.  Every morning we have a hit list of small project we buff before the park is open.  Then once the bikes start rolling in we move to the rebuild projects.  First was Lower World Cup, check and done.  Now working on a fresh Hiking trail for our grand opening of the new Gondola July 14th, then we are going to be moving to upper World Cup, 2 a new XC trails and finally we are planning on putting a machine down Lower Pipe Dream (I can’t wait for that one!).  Along with all the bigger project list you will continue to see little update throughout the park every day.   Hope to see you all this weekend, if not in the race start, on the side lines ringing that cow bell.  

Later,
Cam


Bike Park Update; June 15, 2018

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We are getting close,

Welcome back to another season and the opening of the SilverStar Bike Park for the 2018 Season.  After a fantastic, long and snowy winter many of us Mountain Bike enthuses are getting the shakes waiting for this day.  If you are not a snowboarder or a skier I could not imagine what you went through this winter.  After a record snow pack it felt like summer was never going to arrive.  Then May hit with temperatures that melted the snow like we were in a Mexico heat wave.  The crew has been hard at work getting the Bike Park ready since the end of May for the June 23rd grand opening.   Even with all that heat we still had to chase the snow melt around the park.  If you have visited us early season in the past, you know the sections of the mountain that just hold onto winter and won’t let go.  Yes, we still had the mini excavator in there digging out trails and we will have some snow tunnels to ride through at the top of the trail network.  Then from Hub 1 down you will be handed the tacky dirt SilverStar is known for.  The bonus to such a high snow pack this winter is a slow release of the moisture back into the trails.  And, with the long range forecast looking like it is, this could be one of our better openings in the last decade

Trail crew has been out re-tooling some sections of trail.  If you are a Double Dog fan prepare to be blown away.  We did the re-build on that trail last year and there were just a couple berms we did not get to.  They were handed a big old helping of “slap pack the vert” back into those berms.  You will feel your tires holding like never before on those fresh berms.  We also completely re-vamped the exit.  This is a section of trail that has been on the radar since 2006.  We have always shied away from going back into that tree island because of being pinched out.  We laid the bricks in there in the early days hoping to get us through.  Well, this year it got the face lift.  I am very excited to get some tires on it and see if we managed to get the response we are looking for.  This is also the same exit World Cup uses to get to the lift.

The Mid section of Shazam received some love this spring.  One of the most popular laps is Upper Shazam to Lower Double dog, aka Shaz-Dog.  This upper portion of Shazam receives the summer sun all day long.  The only time of year we can really get in there and do any work is now.  So we took out that little off-camber log drop and changed a few of the short jumps in there.  Again, changes checked off the Trail Crew's long list of updates to the park.

Beowulf has had a winter to bed in now.  With the heavy snow load this winter we are finding  more winter blow-down than normal.  The rookies on the crew are getting their teeth cut running chain saws this spring.  We will have the blue thread of this trail open  this weekend, out to Aunt Gladys Look Out and back.  The rest of the trail will have to wait until the July 1 long weekend.  We will be cutting in there most of the week once the Bike Park is operational.  Also, we're waiting for the last of the snow to melt out on the top end. given that it is in the deep freeze side of the mountain.

  • Ammendment June 22 - due to bridge and trail repair, all of Beowulf will remain closed until July 1st.

Riders that took part in our fall bonus weekend in 2017 received a sneak peak of the changes made to upper section of Rock Star.  We were only able to bring part of those changes on line before the end of the season.  The other sat under snow all winter and will be ready for tires opening weekend.  This new section takes you around the former Vault and adds a series of new jumps, berms and a fantastic looking hip.  This takes away the break bumped berm section of the T-Bar jump.  So, if you come in there hot for the first time this season be prepared to transfer a little to the right to join into the new line. Yes, one of your favorite jumps is still there, just with a new twist. 

On the new projects list this summer we have a New Green Trail coming on board from the Village down to the Comet Express.  This will be the easiest way to get to the lift from the Village.  Helping out the “Little Rippers” or your friend you are introducing to riding.  We will also start working on Wine Bottle. This trail has been on the future expansion map since before we started Beowulf 5 years ago.  Wine Bottle will connect to Cork Screw in the XC network completing the figure 8 trail. Ridden both ways I'm going to love hearing the controversy on which way people preferred to ride this trail.  Also on the radar are two other trails, one in the XC and one in the DH.  You will have to stay posted for those as they will not be underway until mid-summer, so no need to tease you until then.

That is it for now.  See you in the lift line June 23rd for a great opening. Plenty of fresh up dates from the fall and this spring and some of the best dirt we have seen since June of 2017.  Enjoy!

Later,
Cam