Skiers have been hitting the slopes in Park City since the 1920’s, but these days our ski town is known for more than just The Greatest Snow on Earth. Over the last decade, Park City has gained international recognition as a mountain bike destination.
The mountains surrounding Park City offer visitors and locals alike more than 350 miles of non-motorized recreational trails that interconnect on over 7,000 acres of preserved open space. What makes our trail system so different is its diverse combination of gentle, family-friendly rides with intermediate and expert routes.
Recently the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) placed Park City in a league of its own by officially recognizing the town as the only Gold-Level Ride Center in the world!
IMBA ranks each mountain bike destination on a scale of 1-100. When Summit County’s Mountain Trails Foundation submitted Park City’s Ride Center Evaluation Form last fall, no other destination had ever scored over 90 points.
Park City broke that mark with a tally of 96 points due to a variety of measures, including mileage and quality of trails, trailhead facilities and multiple bike parks. IMBA also took into consideration community factors such as number of hotels in town, amount of restaurants and brew pubs, proximity of restaurants and hotels to trails as well as cooperation between government, businesses and land owners.
In a recent press release, IMBA Regional Director, Ryan Schutz suggested that Park City mountain biking trails become a Gold-Level Ride Center in part due to the town’s commitment to master planning of trails.
“The sheer miles of trails are fantastic, but what’s really important is that they function as a cohesive network, with signage and trail connections that create a model riding area,” Schutz said.
As it turns out, not only did IMBA recognize Park City as a Gold-Level Ride Center, but the organization was so impressed with the town’s commitment to cycling, open space and trail maintenance that it also recognized Park City as a Model Ride Center for its overall Ride Center Program.
If you’re interested in exploring Park City’s mountain bike trails, check out the Mountain Trails Foundation website or look for Park City summer trail maps in bike shops, coffee shops and select retailers around town.
We’ll see you out on the trails!
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