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Cranmore Bike Park

With a projected opening date of June, 2020, Cranmore is excited to expand summer operations with family-friendly, lift serviced, downhill mountain biking. Check back often for more updates.

NEED TO KNOWS:

  • Helmets are required on all downhill mountain biking trails.  Helmets must always be worn while riding these trails.  Full-face helmets are strongly recommended.
  • Equipment allowed in Cranmore Bike Park is limited to mountain bikes, adaptive equipment and other equipment approved in advance by the resort.  Trailers, Mountain Boards, Child Seats, Tandems and unauthorized motor vehicles are not allowed in the Bike Park or on the chairlift. 
  • Closed toe and heeled, sturdy sneakers are required.  No sandals, flip flops or similar footwear are permitted.
  • First Aid Services are only available during chairlift operating hours.

FAQS:

How many trails are open?

For June 2020, there will be 5 miles of beginner/intermediate flow trails off Cranmore’s South Quad chairlift, in addition to a skills park near the base of the mountain.

How difficult are the trails?

Cranmore Bike Park will be focused on family-friendly, machine-built trails suitable for beginner and intermediate riders.

I don’t have a bike or other equipment.  Can I rent?

Cranmore will offer a full-service bike rental shop with a complete line of Rossignol full suspension rental bikes and gear accessories.

I have never been downhill mountain biking before.  Can I take a lesson?

Cranmore will offer learn to bike packages that will use a progression approach to learning.  First timers will gain confidence on their bikes using natural features such as berms, rollers, small drops, jumps and bridges to ride over before progressing to the lift serviced flow trails.  

Learn to programs will be available for guests 8 years and older.

Guests should be comfortable riding a bike (program is not encouraged for guests who have never ridden a bicycle).

Check back soon for more lesson details and pricing.

How do I get my bike up the mountain?

Lift serviced is offered off the South Quad chairlift.  The chairlift will begin running at 10am, last chair up is 4:30pm. 

Is there an age minimum for the Cranmore Bike Park?

As we do not have an age minimum for the bike park, to ride the chairlift, bikes need to be a minimum of 20” and children must be competent riders.

Learn to packages will start at age 8. 

What kind of gear do I need?

Helmets and sturdy, closed toe and heeled sneakers are required.  Full-suspension bikes, pads and other protective equipment are recommended. 

What bikes are allowed on the chairlift?

The Cranmore Bike Park is limited to mountain bikes, adaptive equipment and other equipment approved in advance by the resort.  Trailers, Mountain Boards, Child Seats, Tandems and unauthorized motor vehicles are not allowed in the Bike Park or on the chairlift. 

Fat bikes are not allowed on the chairlift as they do not fit the bike trays. 

What should I wear?

Helmets (full face is recommended), and sturdy closed toe and heeled sneakers are required.  We also recommend you cover up with long sleeves/shorts and protect your body from a range of elements.  Full finger gloves give added protection for your hands, and googles are the best choice for eye protection against dirt, branches and other obstacles you might run into on the trails.  Elbow and knee pads also give added protection from cuts, scrapes and impact. 

Gear will be available for purchase/rent (helmets and pads) in the Cranmore Bike Shop. 

Do I need a trail pass if I am not taking a lesson?

Yes.  Lift access passes will be available for riders comfortable with lift service mountain biking and are required for anyone riding Cranmore downhill trails. 

Check back soon for lift pass pricing and options

      Do you offer mountain biking on cross country trails?

Cranmore is surrounded by a well – established cross country mountain bike trail network sanctioned by NEMBA.  This is a free trail network, some of which cut through Cranmore property.  Riding these trails is at the rider’s own risk and are not patrolled by Cranmore’s patrol staff. 

The trail network will continue to grow when the Mount Washington Valley Recreation Path is installed.  The 4-mile paved path will run between Cranmore Mountain and Settlers’ Green Outlet Village and will provide residents and visitors with opportunities for safe, family-oriented recreation and transportation.  The new path is projected to start construction in 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: THE CRANMORE BIKE PARK IS A FEE AREA.  A TICKET IS REQUIRED TO ACCESS THE TRAILS AND TRAILS WILL BE MONITORED.   

MOUNTAIN BIKER'S RESPONSBILITY CODE:

Mountain biking involves risk of serious injury or death.  Your knowledge, decisions and actions contribute to your safety and that of others.

ALWAYS:

  1. STAY IN CONTROL:  You’re responsible for avoiding objects and people
  2. KNOW YOUR LIMITS: Ride within your ability.  Start small and work your way up.
  3. PROTECT YOURSELF:  Use an appropropriate bike, helmet and protective equipment.
  4. INSPECT AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT:  Know your components and their operation prior to riding.
  5. BE LIFT SMART.  Know how to load, ride and unload lifts safely.  Ask if you need help. 
  6. INSPECT TRAILS AND FEATURES.  Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your riding accordingly.
  7. OBEY SIGNS AND WARNINGS.  Stay on marked trails only.  Keep off closed trails and features.  Ride in the direction indicated.
  8. BE VISIBLE.  Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, landing or are not visible.
  9. LOOK AND YIELD TO OTHERS.  Look both ways and yield when entering or crossing a road or trail.  When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead.
  10. COOPERATE.  If involved in or witness to an incident, identify yourself to staff.

 

Cranmore Announces Beginner Friendly Lift Serviced Mountain Bike Park for Summer, 2020
Becca Deschenes
/ Categories: Bike Park

Cranmore Announces Beginner Friendly Lift Serviced Mountain Bike Park for Summer, 2020

North Conway, NH – Cranmore Mountain Resort has recently broke ground on a beginner friendly lift serviced mountain bike park with a projected opening of June, 2020.  The park will feature 5 miles of beginner/intermediate flow trails off Cranmore’s South Quad, in addition to a skills park near the base of the mountain.  

Learn to bike packages will introduce people new to the sport using a progression approach to learning.  First timers will gain confidence on their bikes using natural features such as berms, rollers, small drops, jumps and bridges to ride over before progressing to the lift serviced flow trails.  Lift access passes will also be available for riders comfortable with lift service mountain biking.

“Most mountain bike parks have been designed by avid mountain bikers for enthusiasts of the sport.  We are taking a different approach by introducing downhill mountain biking trails for first timers, beginners and intermediate riders.” Said Cranmore President and GM, Ben Wilcox.  “Lift-serviced mountain biking is a great family adventure that we look forward to offering at the resort.” 

Trails will be built by Chris Lewando, owner of Tyrol Trails, in Glen, NH.  Lewando is also the main trail builder for White Mountains NEMBA, the organization that manages approximately 60 miles of trails in the Mount Washington Valley.   In addition, he has built a number of mountain bike trails at many resorts in the east. 

“Cranmore’s trails are designed and built to allow people new to the sport to easily experience downhill mountain biking,” said Lewando.  “I am really excited to be working with Cranmore on this project.  The idea is to slowly progress in difficulty, by introducing different terrain elements as they advance with their riding.”

In addition to new lift service trails, Cranmore is surrounded by a well – established cross country mountain bike trail network which will continue to grow when the Mount Washington Valley Recreation Path is installed.  The 4-mile paved path will run between Cranmore Mountain and Settlers’ Green Outlet Village and will provide residents and visitors with opportunities for safe, family-oriented recreation and transportation.  The new path is projected to start construction in 2020.

In June 2020, Cranmore will transition its winter rental shop into a full-service bike rental shop with a full line of full suspension and cross-country rentals and gear accessories.

Special Learn-To-Ride packages will be available and daily lift service tickets will be offered.

For more information, visit www.cranmore.com.

 

Pictured lift to right: Chris Lewando, owner of Tyrol Trails; Shawn Waters, who will oversee the bike park; Melissa Linne who will run the mountain bike school; Ben Wilcox, Cranmore President & GM

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