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Bike Park FAQs

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.

Waivers are required for all activities. Click here to sign in advance.

First Aid Services are only available during chairlift operating hours.

How many trials are open?

The Cranmore Bike Park has just over 3 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 has a full-service onsite 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 offers learn to bike packages that 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 are 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).

How do I get my bike up the mountain?

Lift serviced is offered off the South Quad chairlift.  Check back for 2021 operating hours. 

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 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. 

Bike Park Equipment Restrictions & Requirements (Lift Access):

  • Helmets are required.
  • Bikes must have a functional brake on each wheel.
  • No Coaster Brakes (Pedal brakes, kick-back brakes, back pedal brakes, torpedo brakes, contra brakes).
  • No wheels smaller than 20” in diameter.
  • No tires wider that 3.5” wide.
  • No Child Seats.
  • No Mac Rides.
  • No Stryders.
  • No Tandem Bikes.
  • No Trailers or Pulled Carriers.
  • No Unicycles.
  • No Scooters of any kind.
  • No Mountain Boards.
  • Kick Stands are not recommended.
  • For Adaptive Bikes, please call ahead so that we can make accommodations during your visit.

 Skills Park Restrictions & Requirements:

  • Helmets are required.
  • Bikes must have functional brake on each wheel.
  • No Coast Brakes (Pedal brakes, kick-back brakes, back pedal brakes, torpedo brakes, contra brakes).
  • No Child Seats.
  • No Mac Rides.
  • No Stryders.
  • No Tandem Bikes.
  • No Trailers or Pulled Carriers.
  • No Unicycles.
  • No Scooters of any kind.
  • No Mountain Boards.
  • Kick Stands are not recommended.
  • For Adaptive Bikes, please call ahead so that we can make accommodations during your visit.

What bikes are allowed on the chairlift?

Bike Park Equipment Restrictions & Requirements (Lift Access):

  • Helmets are required.
  • Bikes must have a functional brake on each wheel.
  • No Coaster Brakes (Pedal brakes, kick-back brakes, back pedal brakes, torpedo brakes, contra brakes).
  • No wheels smaller than 20” in diameter.
  • No tires wider that 3.5” wide.
  • No Child Seats.
  • No Mac Rides.
  • No Stryders.
  • No Tandem Bikes.
  • No Trailers or Pulled Carriers.
  • No Unicycles.
  • No Scooters of any kind.
  • No Mountain Boards.
  • Kick Stands are not recommended.
  • For Adaptive Bikes, please call ahead so that we can make accommodations during your visit.

Skills Park Restrictions & Requirements:

  • Helmets are required.
  • Bikes must have functional brake on each wheel.
  • No Coast Brakes (Pedal brakes, kick-back brakes, back pedal brakes, torpedo brakes, contra brakes).
  • No Child Seats.
  • No Mac Rides.
  • No Stryders.
  • No Tandem Bikes.
  • No Trailers or Pulled Carriers.
  • No Unicycles.
  • No Scooters of any kind.
  • No Mountain Boards.
  • Kick Stands are not recommended.
  • For Adaptive Bikes, please call ahead so that we can make accommodations during your visit.

 

 

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 is available for purchase/rent (helmets and pads) in the Crank Bike Shop. 

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

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

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.