Open in 2013 after a spring and summer plagued by construction setbacks and weather issues, lift-accessed mountain biking is at Canada Olympic Park.
The lift began running almost two months after its originally scheduled opening date in late June.
WinSport, the non-profit organization that operates COP, opened the downhill trail system in July for riders who wanted to hike up or could bring along a shuttle vehicle. But for downhill bikers, like downhill skiers, lift access is a critical part of the sport.
The new lift doesn’t disappoint, taking riders and their bikes about 100 feet higher than the previous vertical – to the peak of COP’s newly constructed hill, parallel with the top of the facility’s iconic ski-jump tower.
Full day tickets range from $25 for kids to $31 for adults and $69 for families. Half-day tickets are also available. The mountain-bike park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The park closes for the season on October 6.
Visit winsportcanada.ca for more information.