Keystone courting downhill bikers |

Keystone courting downhill bikers

Six new downhill mountain bike trails, including "Money," are set to open this summer at Keystone. (Courtesy Keystone Resort)

KEYSTONE, Colo. ” Bolstering its already growing reputation as a mountain biker’s playground, Keystone’s lift-served downhill bike season kicks off Friday with the debut of “Money,” a new downhill trail featuring berms and 22 tabletop jumps.

In all, six new downhill trails are set to open during Keystone’s summer mountain biking season.

Since opening for mountain biking in 1991, Keystone has steadily been building its trail network, primarily in the downhill mountain bike segment.

Last year, Keystone took a big leap forward by opening the Drop Zone, a terrain-park-like area on the mountain featuring ramps, rock ledges and a 14-foot jump called “Jaws.” The resort also opened a new downhill trail at the end of the summer.

This summer marks the biggest investment in Keystone’s downhill bike program with the new trails containing even more variety than the Money trail alone: berms, tabletop jumps, rock gardens, ledges and even an 18-foot wooden corkscrew feature.

Keystone summer mountain bike season passes for lift access are $229 for weekday access (Monday to Friday) and $269 for unlimited access. A daily bike haul ticket is $30 for all-day access and $18 for one ride/run. An all-day kids bike haul ticket is $18 ($9 for one ride/run).

As for competitions, Keystone is scheduled to host the new Rocky Mountain Gravity G3 Series June 30 to July 1, which will feature two downhill and one Super D race with $10,000 in cash prizes.

The Mountain States Cup Series Finals will again be hosted at Keystone during the Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1-3) with its Keystone Climax event featuring cross-country, gravity and Super D races, exhibitions, product sampling, music and other festivities.

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