Canyons Bike Park Dig Day

If you haven’t had the chance to catch the latest mountain biking flick, Strength In Numbers, do it now. The cinematography is off the hook, the riding is mind boggling, and most importantly, the message behind the film is spot on. The folks at Red Bull and Ant Hill Films put it into words perfectly:

“Strength in numbers is a rally call to connect all mountain bikers, regardless of location or language or discipline. The film captures a true way of life, from the world’s best pros to those who are just learning to love the sport.”

I’m relatively new to the mountain biking scene. I didn’t get endoctrinated until my move to Utah three years ago. And while I’ve loved every minute of it, I had never truly experienced the passionate, diverse, and committed community of mountain bikers that embraces the “strength in numbers” ideal . . . until this weekend at the Bike Park Dig Day.

Canyons Bike Park, 2012 Volunteer Dig Day from justin olsen on Vimeo.

The volunteer crew answered the call and came out 60+ strong. There was a young married couple raking trail and a 45 year old guy shaping the berms. There were folks from Provo to Park City and Salt Lake City to Payson. It was plainly obvious that there is no “target demographic” when it comes to mountain biking.

In addition to getting some serious trail maintenance done, the volunteers got a peek at what’s going to be new and fresh when the trails open on June 14. From Dark Hollow, the newest trail, to the bucket load of new features, the already high stoke level only got higher.

Looking back, I think that’s the beauty of the Canyons Bike Park and the Dig Day itself. Are we looking to create a world-class Bike Park? Most definitely. Can we do it without the help and support of the bike community? Probably not. With that in mind, a big thank you is in order to each and every volunteer who showed up to pick rocks, shovel dirt, and fine tune the berms. The park wouldn’t be what it  is right now without you. Also, a shout out is in order for the Dig Day sponsors: Dakine, SixSixOne, Fox, and vitaminwater.

For those of you who missed out on Dig Day, here’s a little look at what’s going to be new when we open on June 14:

  • Dark Hollow: The fourth flow trail will connect Lookout Peak to the Red Pine, Mid-mountain area.
  • Short Cut Lift: Will provide access to the new Dark Hollow flow trail.
  • Bike Trays: 51 new bike trays means less time on the lift and more time on the trail. 33, 3-bike trays will be added to the High Meadow lift and 18, 2-bike trays will be added to Short Cut lift.
  • Rental Fleet: In partnership with Cannondale and GT, we’ll now be offering a high-performance, full-suspension bike rental program featuring the GT Fury and Cannondale Claymore.
  • Gear: This year we’ll be offering gear from retail partners Dakine, Fox, Oakley, SixSixOne, and Teva.
  • Mountain Bike Academy: This year we’ll be offering riding instruction for all abilities with a focus on gravity and singletrack terrain.

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