Trestle Bike Park was one of the first downhill parks in the U.S. It’s also the closest DH bike park to Denver, just 67 miles away.
The Park’s original trails were designed and built by Gravity Logic. Since 2007, all trail design and building is done by an in-house trail crew. The Park has a seamless progression, beginning with friendly green trails and culminating in the Banana Peel pro line (which requires a special pass and formidable skills).
Home of the Colorado Freeride Festival, Trestle is a park that world-class pros, families and everyone else returns to again and again.
Recommended Trails and Rides
Trestle is for everyone. Whether you’ve never been on a downhill bike before, you’re an elite athletes competing at the highest level, or you’re someone in between, you’ll find something to love.
Green Horn-It! is a good place for all riders to start and is appropriate for even the littlest riders. A truly novice trail, it offers an introduction to DH riding with zero intimidation. Plus, it’s free! If you’re not ready to commit to a full day on the mountain, ride Green Horn-It! first.
The next step up is Green World, a long trail featuring big views and fun. It’s a smooth, barely technical ride with small berms and rollers. Green World connects to several blue trails when you’re ready to branch out.
Shy-Ann starts with a short technical section leading into a long flowing fall. Medium jumps entice riders honing their skills and make Shy-Ann a good warm up for more advanced terrain.
Rainmaker is the most famous trail at Winter Park and the Park’s signature jump trail. The jumps start small and grow as you go. By the end, riders are hitting doubles.
From Rainmaker, head to No Quarter. Or if you want a techier line, Trestle downhill is your mark.
For the ultimate challenge, swing by the pro shop, get a pass and head up to Banana Peel. Banana Peel is a pro line slopestyle trail with large wooden features, big drops, jumps, and gaps.
Don’t Miss Trail
It’s Rainmaker, followed closely by Cruel and Unusual. Flow, berms, transfers, wooden features and some killer jumps make C & U a must-ride.
Best Jump Line
The newly rebuilt Middle Rainmaker shines above the rest for most riders.
Best Flow Trail
Shy-Ann with big berms, rollers, jumps and a few sneaky lines, is for those who go to flow. Jump on to Blue Crush for some tight, fast berm action, and don’t miss the new re-route at the bottom.
Best Single Track
Upper Roof of the Rockies or Mountain Goat are hidden singletrack gems. Both trails will allow you to get your pedal on as you ride uphill and they don’t disappoint on the way down.
An adult season pass is $299. Plus, it will take you far beyond Winter Park’s 80482 zip code, with three free days at Crested Butte’s Evolution Bike Park, the Snowshoe Bike Park in West Virginia and Blue Mountain Bike Park in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Passholders also get 50% off daily tickets at the Angel Fire Bike Park in New Mexico.
Discounted advance-purchase single day tickets are available on Liftopia.com. But for the best deal, ride the twilight hours from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Miles of Trail
Over 40 miles, including downhill specific rippers and plenty of two-way singletrack to get your heart pumping.
Within the Bike Park you’ll also find the steep (over 1500 vertical feet in 2.1 miles) Ute hiking trail. (Ice cream at Sunspot, anyone?)
1800’ from the top of the Zephyr express lift to the resort base village.
7 Greens/ 13 Blues / 20 Blacks / 6 Double Blacks/ 1 Pro
Number of Lifts
Zephyr express is the park’s primary lift. Two shorter lifts, Gemini and Eskimo, also serve the bike park.
Choose from four adult packages (Downhill, Demo, World Cup, and Enduro) and one youth package.
The Downhill package features the Giant Glory 27.5 bike, while the Demo package lets riders try up to 3 different downhill or freeride bikes each day.
The World Cup package utilizes pro-caliber bikes from Giant, Enduro, Scott, Intense and Norco.
The Enduro package is for riders who want an all-mountain experience with the ability to ride down and up. Enduro package bikes include the Tracer 275A Expert model, a.k.a. the 2015 mountain bike of the year.
All packages include safety gear (full face helmet, padded jacket or elbow pads, knee/shin pads and gloves). Rentals can be bundled with a bike park ticket and safety gear can also be rented a la carte.
Beginners start with Intro to Trestle, an unintimidating green course on gentle terrain. Trestle 101 starts on green runs and then takes it up a notch, with a focus on technique. Higher-level courses are available, as are private lessons and bike camps.
Women riders should check out the popular Gravity Goddess Camps. Offered several times each summer, the next two-day session starts on August 20th.
Fun and Food
Other Fun Summer Activities
In late July, Trestle hosts the Colorado Freeride Festival, with races for all ages, cash rewards for men and women, and the FMB Gold Slopestyle.
Other activities on-mountain and at the base include a putting course, bouncy snowcat, climbing wall, Gyro Extreme, Leaps and Bounds bungee, a human maze, and scenic chairlift rides.
The Vintage Hotel is a local landmark. With traditional hotel rooms and suites, it’s adjacent to the free Green-Horn It! trail.
The Lodge at Sunspot, at the top of the Zephyr express has a sweet patio, lots of food options and ice cream, all at 10,700 feet.
Value Play for Food and Drinks
Whether you’re grabbing dinner or appetizers, Five Mountain Tavern is a solid option. Stop by for happy hour and a burger to start your night. Weekends only in the summer.
Post Ride Beer
Drink like a local at Doc’s, featuring craft beers, upper deck seating, and a chill atmosphere.
Odds and Ends
All parking is free in the summer, whether in the Village parking garage, the Vintage lot or the other outlying parking areas.
Recover and Relax
Feeling banged up? Alpenglow Massage will work out the knots and get you ready for another day on the mountain.
Denver International Airport is 90 miles east of Winter Park via US Highway 40 and I 70.
Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort, 85 Parsenn Road, Winter Park, CO 80482