Five months of snow-induced activities tend to leave one yearning for change. When the temperatures jump in to the 60’s here in Sun Valley, an eagerness to mix up the daily routine sweeps the town. This is a biking community after all and the first chance to hop on those beautiful two-wheeled mechanical devices is met with open arms. Nevermind the ghostly white legs, extra winter weight, creaking bike parts and dismal Strava times, it’s all about embracing the first glimpse of spring.
The early season can prove to be a tricky time for single track riding. Snowy, muddy conditions tend to keep the trails a bit of a guessing game as to what is rideable (don’t be that guy/girl tearing it up in the mud). The BCRD (Blaine County Recreation District) Summer Trail Link does a fantastic job of delivering up-to-date reports on trail closures … Read More »
Words & Photos: Ray J. Gadd
While the notion of growing tired of the trails around Sun Valley may be hard to fathom, many of us find ourselves in a rut of revisiting the same go-to routes time and time again. We fall back on the comforts of familiarity to avoid thinking out of the box and enduing the slim possibility of a disappointing ride. It can be a daunting habit to ditch but one that most certainly should be abandoned for the greater good of your biking well-being.
Fortunately, there is a saving grace here in the Valley beckoning to pull you from your stagnant routine. The Sun Valley Resort spent some quality time sculpting out a delightful creation, the Lupine flow trail. This nearly pedal free traverse delivers momentum hungry banked turns, wheelie-friendly rollers and jaw-dropping views. Accessed via the upper Broadway trail, Lupine meanders effortlessly across the famed bowls … Read More »
Sore legs, epic views, and cold beer. Three thoughts that command my attention as I reflect on a glorious weekend spent acquainting myself with Coyote Yurt in the Smokey Mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho. This magical, remote place perched high above the valley is a dream come true for mountain bikers looking to ride endless single track from a base far away from it all, yet still fully supported. Think glam camping with all the beer you can fit in to a 4×4, comfy beds, and bottomless vistas. The Coyote Yurt should be on your Sun Valley bucket list.
Photos: Tal Roberts
It started like most great ideas. After a series of stiff beers from Europe served at a local house of ill repute, some local emissaries lit on the idea of providing an economic impact study on the business that surounds mountain biking, more specifically bike park mountain biking. The arms race for summertime recreation has been heating up over the past few years with bike parks popping up like opportunistic weeds all around the world. With changes in bike technology and the growing momentum of mountain biking we felt there was a case to be made. Only a couple of years after that study was delivered on the doorstep of Sun Valley Company a flurry of planning, applying for permits, and corralling contractors, precipitated. Cutting to the chase, Sun Valley broke ground this late summer on what … Read More »
Photos: Ray Gadd Words: Greg Randolph
To be honest, the Osberg Ridgeline Trail doesn’t make any sense. It’s too perfect. It’s too remote, yet too close. It’s singletrack is too flowy, too rolly, too buffed out and way too scenic to be so close yet so far away. It’s too easy to be a backcountry trail and it’s too far from town to be… well it’s almost too much of everything to be real. But it is. Sitting in the middle of nowhere, 3,000′ above the valley floor, unspooling from east to west, following a prominent ridge system that divides Baker Creek and Warm Springs Creek with views for tens if not hundreds of miles, this newest addition to the Sun Valley region’s singletrack motherload is a mind blower.
Osberg’s is not actually in the middle of nowhere; it’s perched … Read More »
PHOTOS: TIM CHARDONNET
Now in its third year, Ride Sun Valley has become a major staple of both the Sun Valley’s summer event offering and the bike festival world as recognized by Outside Magazine. Spanning two weekends with events ranging from the Shimano Super Enduro to kids racing to pumptrack racing to free guided rides to the US National Championships and all parts in between this is a week which celebrates the area’s 400+ miles of mountain bike trails and the thriving local bike scene.
Kicking off in 2013 with the first ever Sun Valley Shimano Super Enduro, Saint Luke’s Regional Medical Center was a little bit busier than normal but with the exception of a few sets of stitches and a broken arm, everyone had a blast. This new race format sent riders down 4 different downhill courses totalling 11,000’+ of … Read More »