Along with being the largest bike park in the Rockies, Angel Fire Bike Park has been recognized as the No.1 bike park in the Southwest by MTBParks.com. On Friday (May 18) the park will officially open for the summer season, with 100 percent of the mountain trails accessible on opening day for the first time in the park's history.
This will include more than 60 miles of trails in the park and more than 40 miles in the surrounding village of Angel Fire. Additionally, bike park organizers are inviting all riders for the only summer bike demonstration in the Southwest taking place over the Memorial Day weekend (May 26-27).
Demo Daze will feature bikes and gear from top vendors from all over the country, including industry giants, such as Foxhead, YT, Evil Bikes and Commencal. Vendors will also offer tips and suggestions on appropriate equipment for those new to the sport.
The two-day event is for any riders, from novice to expert, who are interested in test-riding the latest bikes and gear on DH, XC, Enduro or a mix of mountain bike terrain.
"While some mountains charge riders entrance fees, what's great about this demo is our riders can come up and try out the gear all day long for the cost of a bike park lift ticket," said Patrick West, Angel Fire Bike Park manager. "The lift ticket will also include access to tastings at the Santa Fe Brewing beer tent and entrance to the movie premiere that night of "Gamble: A Mountain Bike Film."
Memorial Day Weekend will also be the first of five Fire 5 Downhill races this season. Presented by Schwalbe, the race series puts $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. New this season will be the Lil' Shredders category for children 12 and under. Also new for the series this year: lift tickets for racers will be half price on both Saturday and Sunday of race weekend, allowing all racers to ride for both days for only $50.
Additionally, this season, Angel Fire Bike Park is redesigning several of its green trails, including "Easy Street," to create more relaxed riding for kids as young as 6. The park has also added a fleet of Specialized Turbo Levo E-Bikes, which offers riders a full suspension mountain bike with electric power that provides riders with pedaling assistance. Unlike other bike parks, E-Bikes are allowed on all mountain and cross-country village trails since the land is all privately owned.
"We're known as the most family-friendly resort in the Southwest, so we want to make sure we're offering the best in mountain biking for the very young," said Ruth Worden, marketing manager, Angel Fire Resort. "Along with easier and expanded cross-country trail riding throughout the village of Angel Fire, we're also making sure that beginners have a fun selection of downhill trails they can safely learn the sport on."
Angel Fire Bike Park is offering a new junior season pass at the discounted price of $199, which includes four buddy passes to be used during the 2018 riding season.