Highland Is Home

Highland Is Home Episode 5: Generations

Over the last fifteen years, the Highland Family has grown in ways we could have never imagined. In this year’s final episode of Highland Is Home, we talk to four of the families who have found a second home at Highland, where they can share their passion for bikes and bring up a new generation of riders: meet the Bensons, the Andersons, the Morrises, and the Paysons. Corey and Sherri Benson both grew up close to the mountain, spending winters at The Highlands when it was still a local ski hill. It wasn’t until their three sons took up mountain biking that they started looking into the sport themselves. “They went to camp,” Sherri explains. “And we were like, ‘why are they having all the fun?’” Now, all five Bensons are avid riders and familiar faces to anyone who frequents the lift line.  On days that Corey and Sherri can’t…

Highland Is Home | Episode 4: A Women’s Perspective

“We’re doing things we never thought were possible.”  Once generally considered outliers in the sport, in recent years the women of Highland have set the stage for an explosion of female ridership and progression. In this month’s episode of Highland Is Home we talk to Chelsea, Brooke, Dawn, and Tania about the importance of community and what they’re excited to see from women on bikes next. Compared to many of the riders we’ve highlighted in this series Chelsea Read is relatively new to downhill mountain biking, but she’s certainly no stranger to being on two wheels: she’s been riding moto for most of her life. Chelsea had already checked off a handful of significant Highland features coming into this season, but she’s always ready for more. She’s notorious for her ability to push past fear, seeming to learn from setbacks almost immediately. “Riding with the other women has been extremely…

Highland is Home Episode 2: Trail Crew

We wouldn’t have a Highland to call home without the dedicated team of builders who design, construct, and maintain the trails we all love to ride. In this month’s episode of Highland is Home, we hear from trail crew members James, Jordan, Whitney, Zach, and Justin about what brought them to this mountain, and why they continue to do what they do. In the fifteen years that Highland Mountain Bike Park has been operating we’ve remained 100% dedicated to bikes, which means that everything the trail crew builds is designed exclusively for mountain biking. “We’ve been fortunate enough thanks to Mark to be able to build some of the coolest, most progressive features and trails anywhere,” says James Patterson, Trail Crew Director. His small crew of builders all bring specialized skills to the table, from hand-building to machine operating to water management and everything in between. James Patterson, Highland Trails…

Highland Is Home | Episode 1: One Passion

For fifteen years, Highland has been dedicated to fostering a bike community that welcomes everyone, from first-time riders to world-class athletes. This year we’re celebrating our Highland Family with a six-part video series exploring what inspires so many of us to call Highland home. When you think of the “Highland Family,” who do you think of? The kids you see popping wheelies in the backyard? The folks you hang out with in the parking lot every weekend? That guy you met in the lift line by chance and now look forward to riding with every year? Maybe you think of the friend who towed you off Tombstone for the first time, or the woman who always pushes you to pedal harder during Wednesduro, or the bartender who remembers your name season after season. For Highland’s staff, it’s all of those and more. As Patrol Director Nick Guiod says, Highland is…