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Q:   What is lift-served mountain biking?

A:   Lift-served mountain biking is mountain biking that is accessed via a chairlift, usually at a ski resort. At most resorts, the same chairlifts used for skiing are also used for mountain biking. You may also see it referred to as lift-accessed or lift-serviced mountain biking.

Q:   What is the difference between lift-served mountain biking and regular mountain biking?

A:   The greatest difference is the use of the chairlift to get you to the top of the mountain. Resorts have all sorts of trails for different riding abilities once you reach the top.

Q:   How do I get my bike on the chairlift?

A:   Chairlifts are fitted with various hooks and racks that hold your bike. If it is your first time you should ask the lift attendant for help - there are always lift attendants ready to help you!

Q:   What kind of clothes should I wear?

A:   We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes, as if you were going for a hike, along with athletic shoes and socks. Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt can also help in case you take a spill.

Q:   What equipment do I need?


  • Helmet (CSA certified): You should always wear a good and properly fitted helmet! Full face helmets are not required, but they are recommended.
  • Gloves: Gloves are a good way to protect your hands and keep them comfortable. Full-finger bike gloves are best. A good trick: contractor gloves at your local hardware store work great and cost ~$10.
  • Elbow, knee and shin pads: These are not required but are usually available for rent at the mountain. If they fit well, you won’t notice they are there; you’ll feel tough like RoboCop, and they’ll protect you from the dirt if you take a spill.
  • Mountain bike with front suspension: Good bikes are almost always available for rent at the mountain. The trails at the resorts probably involve more descending than the trails you might ride at home, and the bikes at resorts are specially designed for this.
  • Minimum V-brakes required
  • Adequate tread on tires
  • Goggles/Activity sunglasses
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle - in your backpack
  • Tools: inner tube, pump and tire irons

Q:   How much do lift-served mountain biking tickets cost?

A:   Anywhere from $20 to $80 depending on the resort.

Q:   Is downhill mountain biking dangerous?

A:   Any sport can be dangerous, but by wearing proper safety equipment and taking steps to learn about the sport, you can have a fun and safe experience. We recommend contacting your local bike park to to schedule a lesson.

Q:   What are the different types of mountain bikes?


  • Hard-tail mountain bikes are usually on a solid frame with suspension on the front fork only.
  • Cross Country bikes are usually hard-tail bikes and are ideal for long rides with climbing and descents.
  • Dirt Jumpers are hard-tail bikes which are primarily built for riding jumps and pump tracks.
  • Downhill bikes have the most give in terms of suspension, and are often only used for downhill mountain biking. Riding downhill mountain bikes uphill can prove to be very challenging.
  • The best option is to consult a mountain biking professional at a bike shop near you or the mountain at which you intend to ride.

Q:   Why are there different wheel sizes, and what do they mean?

A:   Yes, Mountain bike tires come in three common sizes: 26”, 27.5”, and 29” (often referred to as a 29er). 26” wheels are the most common wheel size for mountain bikes. 29ers have gained a lot of popularity, as they “roll over” small objects easier. The 27.5er offers the best of both the 26” and 29” wheels.

Q:   What are the different types of trails?


  • Pump tracks are made of continuous berms and rollers that enable riders to maintain their momentum without having to pedal.
  • Singletrack is the narrowest type of trail, and is approximately the width of a bike.
  • Doubletrack is generally wide enough for two bikes.
  • Fire roads are often the widest of the trails, and can accommodate a vehicle. They may be paved, dirt, or gravel.

Q:   How do I know what size bike to rent?

A:   You can get a general idea by using any of the bike size calculators found online, but the best option is to consult your mountain bike rental professional for the proper size and configuration.

Q:   Are there beginner trails?

A:   Yes!

Q:   Can I take lessons?

A:   Yes. Most of our mountain biking partners offer lessons.

Q:   How much do lessons cost?

A:   Lessons may cost anywhere from $50 for a one hour group lesson to $300 for a private full day lesson. Lessons are available for all skill levels. Many resorts offer a beginner special, which will include bike and equipment rental, lift ticket, and a lesson. A beginner's package can be an affordable option for the cost-conscious newbie.

Q:   How hard is it to learn to ride a mountain bike downhill?

A:   Learning to ride a mountain bike downhill on beginner terrain can be as easy as riding down a mellow street.

Q:   Can I rent a bike?

A:   Yes. Most of our mountain biking partners offer bike rentals. Additionally, third-party bike rental shops can typically be found close to bike parks.

Q:   Are there any age restrictions for lift-served mountain biking?

A:   At resorts that serve children, the minimum age is generally 5 or 6 years old. Some resorts may require children under 14 to be accompanied by an adult.

Q:   Is there daycare or other child friendly activities at the resort?

A:   It depends on the resort. Some resorts will offer many of the same services offered during the winter months including all-day group child lessons, pre and after care, etc. Some resorts have water parks and other activities the whole family can participate in.

Q:   What happens if I get a flat tire on my ride down?

A:   You should be carrying an inner tube, pump and tire irons. Even if you do not know how to use them, at most resorts, someone will stop to help.

Q:   Will I be able to tell how easy or difficult a trail is before I head down?

A:   Yes. Mountain biking uses a trail rating system very similar to ski trail ratings. The International Mountain Biking Association uses the standard found here: bit.ly/imba-trail-difficulty


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