Whoa whoa whoa. Santa Ynez is NOT Santa Barbara. There are excellent DH trails in SB, but nothing to race on. Let's not confuse people here.focto said:Fontana is weak. You get 1:30 of tech and a 1:00 of peadling = 1 weak dh. The santa barbra dh courses are just as weak. There are some great dh trails. Dont ride with bob. We could use a real promoter in so cal.
When Dick Kun retiers or dies, DH will come back to socal.Salespunk said:Actually the main problem is that Big Bear shut down DH Racing 8 years ago. Since that happened there is no good venue for racing. Before that time Socal was pretty close to the center of the universe for DH racing worldwide.
When are the operators of Snow Summit/Bear Mountain going to realize that they can now operate a safe environment for DH racing/Freeriding and why haven't they figured out who is providing insurance for places like Northstar?
Its my understanding they are trying to save a buck by self-insuring. So its the catastrophic stuff that comes along with DH [loss of limb, decapitation, death, etc.] that is no bueno for self insurers.Salespunk said:When are the operators of Snow Summit/Bear Mountain going to realize that they can now operate a safe environment for DH racing/Freeriding and why haven't they figured out who is providing insurance for places like Northstar?
The funny thing is that Snow Summit is still contributing to creation of off-Summit trails that are so-called illegal. This is the main point I do not understand about Summit. They are most likely doing more damage and creating more issues for the forest Service in their current business plan than if they created a really fun bike park and constantly maintained the trails. The issue here: MONEY!!!Blue Fire Pictures said:Didnt big bear shut down in 04. Closer to 6 years ago. It doesnt really matter.
They were also getting a lot of pressure from the forest service due to pirate trails that started on the top of snow summit and then went on/through forest land.
The real issue is lack of legal DH trails in SoCal. Even the best promoter cant hold a race of there are no good trails.