Park Report

Trail Report: 5/11/16

Wednesday May 11, 2016 This week’s trail work has continued with grooming existing trails.  In addition, Bone Saw and Power Hour both are tuned up and ready to go for the season. Work has also begun to reconstruct Lower Sherwood Forest and shape up the big line in Upper Sherwood. There’s a chance for some showers Friday night, which would make the dirt spectacular for the weekend. Trail Closures this week*: Meadows End Slopestyle Upper Sherwood – Big Line Lower Sherwood Central Park Shuttle Check our Conditions Page for a more detailed listing. *Subject to change based on weather and other sudden trail hazards.

March Park Report: HTC Changes

This year the riding season is sneaking up on us faster than ever. We’ve been busy wrapping up winter projects so that we can get back out on the mountain working on the trails. Along with projects to help make the bike shop and rentals run as smoothly as possible, we’ve been making some changes to the Highland Training Center. Our goal with these changes is to make the HTC have a better flow and to provide the coaches of the Highland Camp programs an easier place to coach. The right side of the foam pit is now decked to the resi ramp. The old quarter pipe has been moved up and made into a continuous radius into the wall. A new roll in next to the resi landing provides some new options in the park. We are altering the landing of the resi jump and creating more bike and equipment storage for…

February Park Report: Planning for a Big Year

It is early February and dirt patches protrude from the sunbaked jump tops of the Claymore course; this could be a sign of an early meltdown or a reminder not to use logic when living in the land of nor’easters. Whatever the case, Mother Nature was cooperative through December allowing our trail crew to continue building a new trail off the summit. This new trail will be our easiest yet and is designed to get more people of all riding abilities into park riding. We continue to go down the off-season to do list; on the docket is a bike shop expansion for rental pick-up and returns. To help speed up the process, we’re adding another tool bench inside the shop. This means a quicker turn around and getting you riding the mountain much faster. As the offseason projects dwindle and the dirt patches grow bigger, the countdown to our…

World's Fastest Bike Mechanic

World’s Fastest Bike Mechanic from Highland Mountain Bike Park on Vimeo. Winter storms may be threatening, but that doesn’t stop Donny D’s commitment to bike shop excellence. Every season our entire demo and rental bike fleet receives a full tear down and rebuild before heading off to it’s new happy home – no small feat, but one that’s certainly worthy of a GoPro time lapse. Check out the man himself in action, and if you are in the market for a used, but well-maintained ride, we still have some rigs looking for a good home over at the Highland Store. Shop Bikes It’s never too early to start planning for the upcoming season and with less than a 100 days until the opening weekend it will be here before you know it. Make sure you’ve got your calendar marked, and your pass ready. Season Pass Holder’s Day Wednesday April 27th, 2016…

NE Style Name the Feature – We have a winner!

Thank you riders for the amazing response to our NE Style “Name the Feature” contest! We received well over 200 unique, hilarious, and clever name suggestions. After much deliberation, including locking our trail crew in the conference room for several hours to make them choose from so many good names… We have a winner! The name of the new roller coaster like feature on NE Style is: “Skybrow” Joseph Oshman, you’re the winning Facebook commenter and now part of Highland Mtn Bike Park lore forever! E-mail to collect your Hoodie. Next season we hope all of you get a chance to shred this and all the new features on NE Style. See you in May!

NE Style "Name the Feature" Contest

As many of you have seen the Highland trail crew has been hard at work revamping and recharging NE Style, one of the park’s classic trails. From what we’ve been hearing riders are pretty stoked on the work and can’t wait to hit some of the new features. To keep that stoke going, we’ve decided to hold a “Name the Feature” contest. Got a creative name for this progressive feature? Comment with it on the Facebook post announcing this contest and you could win a Highland Hoodie! The winning name will be announced at the S’Ender Bash this Saturday night. We’ve got lots planned for the weekend, so come ride all day and party all night with the Highland crew and your fellow riders! S’Ender bash details and full schedule here. To get the brain juices flowing, here’s a visual history of the build from concept to completion.

2012 Brodown Showdown Wrap Up

Riders of all ability levels showed up this past Saturday for the 2012 Brodown Showdown. All of the work that Rob and the Highland Trail Crew have been putting in showed as riders got their first look at a new advanced dirt jump zone, beginner jump line and pump track. The plan is to offer jumps of all sizes for riders to learn and progress their skills on. The new beginner line was running great with riders as young as 8 years old to riders in their 50’s practicing their style. Advanced riders threw down, on the first of many lines to come, in a jam style format and everyone had a chance to win great prizes from our sponsors: Camelback, Geax, Go Pro, Kali Protectives, Jett and Native.   photo: Dave Smutok This year’s Brodown saw more riders’ than ever before, and the new beginner table jump line might…

New Dirt Jump Area

Rob and Trail Crew have been dialing in a new dirt jump zone nestled in the woods next to the skills park.  This area is at its early stage of construction and some day will be filled with jumps for all abilities of dirt jumper.  For this weekend’s Brodown Shodown the area will have a pump track, table top jump line and an advanced jump line.

The 5th Annual Claymore Challenge Gets Underway at Highland Mountain Bike Park

(Northfield, NH) Riders have flown in from around the world and are getting ready to tackle the infamous Claymore Course at the 5th Annual Highland Claymore Challenge; the first North American “Gold Level” event in the FMBA World Tour. R Dog is stoked to be back at America’s Bike Park A couple of riders enjoying the Highland Cafe With fresh paint still drying and dirt still being packed, anxious riders are starting to hit the course to explore the enhancements Dave Smutok and the Highland Trail Crew have made to this years Claymore Challenge course.  New features like the Geax Step Up and timeless favorites like the Red Bull Freebird Final Jump are seeing love from riders as they start to sort out the course and prepare for Thursday’s qualifier.  Greg Watts put it best, “It’s always good to show up at Highland because we already know the course is…

Grand Prix Race Report

Highland Mountain Bike Park (Northfield, NH) played host to the Grand Prix of Mountain Biking for it’s third stop this past weekend. Great weather, talented riders and a dialed track all made for a solid weekend of riding and racing. Many racers, already on the East Coast for the Mt. St. Anne and Windham World Cup races, showed up early to take advantage the varied terrain Highland has to offer. The Highland trail crew put together yet another amazing track that improved upon some old trail and added some new features as well. Well it may not be the longest track out there it certainly kept riders on their toes with section after section of high speed rocks and roots and plenty of spots to get their wheels in the air. photo: Dave Smutok Cody Warren (DRD) scrubs the first feature. This year’s course utilized the first few features of…