Everyone loves Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort for its long ski runs, lively on-mountain and apres scene, and deep tram-accessed powder. They also love Snowbird for its summertime respite from the hot valley temps, which includes an alpine spa, a rooftop pool, beer festivals, and hiking trails. Now they can love Snowbird for its world-class mountain biking.

Snowbird opened its new Big Mountain Trail on Monday, July 14th. The 7.5-mile trail starts at the top of Hidden Peak, explores Gad Valley, and ends at the Snowbird Center. Riders wanting to earn their brown-pow turns can ascend the trail until 11 a.m. After this time, only downhill traffic is permitted, so you'll need to take the tram to the top.

Local mountain biker Rob Wykoff says, "It's great to have a new trail up in Little Cottonwood Canyon with Snowbird's Tram Access. The trail is nice and long with varied terrain throughout. It rides like an Enduro trail with fast sections, opportunities to catch air and some more technical sections tossed in along the way. I'm psyched to ride it again since all of this rain we got this week--should really help get the trail settled and broken-in."

Re Wikstrom, another local rider and past winner of the Ski Salt Lake Shootout Photography Contest, says, "It's great to have another high-elevation trail option for both the workout and to escape the heat mid-summer. Its also especially convenient for those of us who live down in the valley, I love having more trail options close to home."

How Difficult Is the Big Mountain Trail? The trail has a blue (intermediate) rating, and will take expert and intermediate riders an estimated one hour to descend. Newer riders will want to plan on closer to two hours. The trail has an average 8-percent grade, drops 2,900 feet, and features plenty of cruisy berms and alpine singletrack, some tight tree turns, small natural tabletops, and wooden slat-bridges.

Watch Ski Utah's video of the new Big Mountain Trail:

Where Can I Get Mountain Bike Gear? Snowbird offers rentals, and it should be noted that helmets are required to ride the trail.

What Are Snowbird's Summer Tram Hours? Daily from 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Are There Other Mountain Biking Opportunities Nearby? Snowbird's lower mountain features seven miles of scenic cross-country trails. No pass is necessary to ride these.

View Snowbird's Summer Trail Map>

How Much Does It Cost? Adult Half-Day: $19, All-Day: $29 Child (under 16) Half-Day: $16, All-Day: $24 Snowbird Season Passholders (Winter 2013/14 or 2014/15): $10 All-Day A Half Day is 3 hours.

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