Lift-served mountain biking is expanding this summer with two new trails. The trails will connect the existing Lupine and Saddle Up trails above the Roundhouse Gondola to the base of River Run. Once the trails are completed, it will give riders a nearly 10-mile top-to-bottom riding experience.
The trails were submitted to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for approval in 2012 and approved for construction in 2015. The trails are being built in cooperation with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Trail Solutions and Red Elephant Trails.
Trail Work Construction Start Date: July 10, 2017
Trail Work Projected Timeline: 16-weeks
Trails Open to Public: Summer 2018
Overview of New Trails
Intermediate – Red Trail
Length | 3.7 miles
Elevation Drop | 1,370 feet
Features | Enhanced jumps and berms
Advanced – Blue Trail
Length | 1.2 miles
Elevation Drop | 540 feet
Features | Advanced jumps, berms, rougher surface, and higher degree of difficulty
Current Lift-Served Trails: Lupine and Saddle Up
Chairlift Replacement and New Skiable Terrain
The location is in both United States Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas.
The project is completely within the current Sun Valley Ski Area Special Use Permit.
It was submitted as an amendment to the existing Sun Valley Master Plan, which was approved in 2007.
SUMMER 2017 - Field work will begin with an environmental assessment.
WINTER 2017-18 - Guided tours of the proposed new Cold Springs Canyon area.
SUMMER 2018 - Earliest construction start.
The proposed Cold Springs Canyon Project will include replacing the Cold Springs (#4) chairlift, increasing skiable terrain within bounds, and rerouting and improving the Cold Springs mountain bike trail.
Snowmaking is proposed to be extended down Lower Broadway to the base of the new Cold Springs lift terminal.
19 snowmaking guns will be added down to the new Cold Springs lift lower terminal.
Rerouted And Improved Cold Springs Mountain Bike Trail
The current Cold Springs mountain bike trail will be rerouted and improved from its existing location.
The Cold Springs Canyon project is located in both USFS and BLM areas, and completely within the current Sun Valley Ski Area Special Use Permit. It was submitted as an amendment to the existing Sun Valley Master Plan, which was approved in 2007. Field work will begin this summer with an environmental assessment, then construction slated to begin as early as summer 2018.
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