Photo courtesy of Park City Chamber/Bureau and photographer Mike Tittle
Since Park City was designated as the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) first and only global, gold-level Ride Center a few years back, the town has made an ambitious push to promote its 400 miles of non-motorized, multi-purpose trails. While the marketing hype may exceed expectations, the quantity of trails is downright remarkable, even for the most jaded singletrack slayer.
For all the industry recognition, you might half expect the dirt to be encrusted in diamonds and the trails to be buffed smooth by a crew of magical forest elves. In reality, the trails are developed and maintained by humanoid, tool-wielding mortals who are, if nothing more, seriously passionate about the health of the trails in Park City and rely on community contributions to do what they do.
For that reason, Mountain Trails Foundation—Park City’s trail advocacy organization—will be hosting Mountain Madness at the Canyons Resort plaza on Tuesday, May 20. The open house event is a free, public session to ask questions, discuss upcoming projects and talk to the decision makers who influence what happens on the trails.
On average, Mountain Trails Foundation pours $125,000 into trail maintenance every summer, a budget largely supported by membership donations. Though the event is meant to fire up the excitement for the ensuing biking and hiking season, it’s also a chance to be proactive in building and maintaining the community’s free trail systems or at least support the non-profit that does all the work.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by a free screening of Rising From Ashes, a documentary that follows genocide survivors in Rwanda as they pursue their dream of establishing the nation’s first cycling team, at 7:30 p.m. For carbo-loading racers and the like, Tuesday’s festivities will include a free movie-themed snack bar that will dish out nachos, popcorn, candy and drinks.
All proceeds from the event will benefit local trail projects in Park City. For more information, visit Mountain Trails’ website. mountaintrails.org