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Mike and whoever else: If you guys know of anyone looking for a full or part time job at the bike park, send them my way. We're looking for part time (2-5 days/month) trail guides/patrol. Perks include free pass, free MASS race entry, employee discount on parts and gear, and getting paid a bit to ride your bike. There may be openings for full time trail crew as well, but I have to follow up on that.
Alright, good looks. I'll throw it out there to a few teachers that live in my neighborhood and some of the guys on my local ridespot. Hell I'm considering it just for an excuse to tell the wife as to why I have to be up there more lol.
 

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Reminder: Eastern States Cup is this weekend. Some trails, including most of Ewok will likely be taped off for Friday/Saturday practice, and Sunday race.

That said, anyone racing?
 

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Reminder: Eastern States Cup is this weekend. Some trails, including most of Ewok will likely be taped off for Friday/Saturday practice, and Sunday race.

That said, anyone racing?
I rode and talked with @ACT BAD GET RICH on Sunday and I know he plans to. Dude is pretty fast and racing one of the Cat classes so I'll probably come up to see that and ride a little. Are you racing, Aaron?
 

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I was going to head to blue mt for the first time. I have never been to a bike park before. I ride a fuel ex. I was going to bring my 7 year old son he rides a 24" hardtail. He is able to ride most of the singletrack around Lancaster county except big drops and jumps. Is there beginner trails that he would be able to ride? I heard that Bryce mt in VA is a little more beginner friendly but it is also 4 hrs away and I was hoping to hit a place closer. Thought? Thanks
 

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I was going to head to blue mt for the first time. I have never been to a bike park before. I ride a fuel ex. I was going to bring my 7 year old son he rides a 24" hardtail. He is able to ride most of the singletrack around Lancaster county except big drops and jumps. Is there beginner trails that he would be able to ride? I heard that Bryce mt in VA is a little more beginner friendly but it is also 4 hrs away and I was hoping to hit a place closer. Thought? Thanks

there are some easier trails you could probably get away with riding your current setup, but only a few. if you have some heavier duty tires (ie DH tires / casings) i'd recommend using them.

also FYI the bike park will be closed this weekend (July 12-14) due to the Spartan Race.
 

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I was going to head to blue mt for the first time. I have never been to a bike park before. I ride a fuel ex. I was going to bring my 7 year old son he rides a 24" hardtail. He is able to ride most of the singletrack around Lancaster county except big drops and jumps. Is there beginner trails that he would be able to ride? I heard that Bryce mt in VA is a little more beginner friendly but it is also 4 hrs away and I was hoping to hit a place closer. Thought? Thanks
Blue is definitely fun to ride. Does your son’s bike have disk brakes? Not sure if there is an exemption for kids’ bikes, but disc brakes are required (for good reason). I’ve seen people riding the park on everything from hardtails to DH bikes. That being said, hardtails are certainly in the very small minority due to how rocky the trails are and I certainly wouldn’t ever be interested in riding one there— I involuntarily cringe for the people on them when I see them.

Personally, I’d reserve a full suspension kids rental on their website ahead of time<—without question. Your son will be able to ride longer, more comfortably, and with more confidence through the bumpy/chunkiness. I haven’t ridden the trails in Lancaster, but the fundamental difference between most of the Pa trail riding I’ve done and riding park is that where trail riding has undulations of climbing and descending, park riding just wants to give you speed the whole way down, and the descents are much longer than you’re going to find on most trails. If he’s braking hard all of every run to keep the rear end of his bike under control through the rocky stuff, he’s going to wear out fast. Rent him the bike with the most squish that will fit him and you’ll both have more fun.

As Jonkranked alluded, there are beginner/intermediate trails that you could have fun riding on all day. Blue mountain likes to eat tires, I’d leave the XC / light trail casings at home and ride something a bit more durable.
 

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I was going to head to blue mt for the first time. I have never been to a bike park before. I ride a fuel ex. I was going to bring my 7 year old son he rides a 24" hardtail. He is able to ride most of the singletrack around Lancaster county except big drops and jumps. Is there beginner trails that he would be able to ride? I heard that Bryce mt in VA is a little more beginner friendly but it is also 4 hrs away and I was hoping to hit a place closer. Thought? Thanks
Bryce mt in VA or highland in NH are more beginner friendly for sure. Blue mtn's green trails are often just as rocky as the blues/black just lacking jump/drops, and still slightly steep in a couple spots. A couple of highland's greens are glass like smooth. Blue mtn's has made some slight improvements, but there are other places that have more progression.
 

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Shartist and jonkranked nailed it.

Again, please do not show up this coming weekend. The bike park will be closed and we do consider those who travel x distance to the park without actually making sure its open "special."
 

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Bryce mt in VA or highland in NH are more beginner friendly for sure. Blue mtn's green trails are often just as rocky as the blues/black just lacking jump/drops, and still slightly steep in a couple spots. A couple of highland's greens are glass like smooth. Blue mtn's has made some slight improvements, but there are other places that have more progression.
I'd say Mountain creek in NJ as well. I remember there's a bunch of nice smooth flowy trails there. Blue really lacks the entry level smooth flow kind of trails. I know they are trying to smooth some things out but that mountain is mostly rock.
 

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I was going to head to blue mt for the first time. I have never been to a bike park before. I ride a fuel ex. I was going to bring my 7 year old son he rides a 24" hardtail. He is able to ride most of the singletrack around Lancaster county except big drops and jumps. Is there beginner trails that he would be able to ride? I heard that Bryce mt in VA is a little more beginner friendly but it is also 4 hrs away and I was hoping to hit a place closer. Thought? Thanks
If he is used to XC riding then it may be more fun for you to check out Nockamixon, Salisbury, or Trexler as opposed to Blue Mountain. You won't need different bikes for those trail systems
 

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I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the point of his question was they want to check out a bike park, not more XC trails.

CrLapp: Send me a PM if/when you are planning to go. I'll happily show you and your son around whether it be through an actual trail guide session or if I'm just there freeriding.
 

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I have a question about 'empire'. Is there ever going to be a jump trail that leads up to it? It is kind of off "hidden" on its own. Doesn't seem to be a great way to access it.
 

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I've heard eventually, but who knows.

Next year's priority is a true beginner trail, which will open up Boulevard to turn into a beginner jump/flow trail at some point.
 

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First time at Blue Mountain Bike Park today. Overall, I liked it! I'm new to lift assist bike parks, but have ridden Spring Mountain and Bear creek before. Having a lift take you up is definitely awesome! The park itself- I can see where people don't feel that it's beginner friendly. Boulevard is pretty mellow, but beyond that, the other blues are really meant for getting pretty big air, and if you're not comfortable with steep lips (which I'm not), you're kind of **** out of luck.

As far as the rocks, yeah, I mean it's pretty rocky, but I actually didn't find it as bad as people made out. Yeah the black tech trails were rocky as ****, but you've gotta expect it. But otherwise it was ok. Favorite trails:
Chutes and Latters was a lot of fun. Happy yummy fun trail was cool.
Formula was absolute madness. Was hanging on for dear life, definitely a DH bike trail.
Really enjoyed rollercoaster when my legs weren't shot.

Anyway, I had a good time. I'll be back. Just wear all your armor. You;re bound to eat **** once or twice. And upgrade your bike's brakes, if you're not sure whether they're up to it (they won't be).
 

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First time at Blue Mountain Bike Park today. Overall, I liked it! I'm new to lift assist bike parks, but have ridden Spring Mountain and Bear creek before. Having a lift take you up is definitely awesome! The park itself- I can see where people don't feel that it's beginner friendly. Boulevard is pretty mellow, but beyond that, the other blues are really meant for getting pretty big air, and if you're not comfortable with steep lips (which I'm not), you're kind of **** out of luck.

As far as the rocks, yeah, I mean it's pretty rocky, but I actually didn't find it as bad as people made out. Yeah the black tech trails were rocky as ****, but you've gotta expect it. But otherwise it was ok. Favorite trails:
Chutes and Latters was a lot of fun. Happy yummy fun trail was cool.
Formula was absolute madness. Was hanging on for dear life, definitely a DH bike trail.
Really enjoyed rollercoaster when my legs weren't shot.

Anyway, I had a good time. I'll be back. Just wear all your armor. You;re bound to eat **** once or twice. And upgrade your bike's brakes, if you're not sure whether they're up to it (they won't be).
Glad you had fun Roma! It’s a fun mountain with an approachable scene and a culture that I think are super underrated. For anyone looking to get a feel for the mountain and the trails, feel free to call out if you see a guy on a black V10 with a red and white Fox helmet—happy to show you around. I answer to Mike, Shatriloquist, Shartist, or any number of obscenities and ride with a great crew there every weekend (can also be found at creek regularly).
 
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