May 29, 2015
This review is for the DH bike park only.
Boyne's Bike Park consists of 13 marked trails with heavy-metal themed names, and a small skills park located behind the tennis courts. Lift service Wednesday through Sunday until Labor Day for about $20/day.
More difficult than most trail systems, state parks, etc. As a whole, the freeride park at Boyne is geared more towards more advanced riders. I did not ride every trail, and some are easier than others, but it's not something I would recommend for novice riders. For those, Boyne offers a number of XC trails which would be a better option.
The course is fast throughout, from the top and in to the singletrack you're hauling ass. Be cautious on the two-track where it can be pretty sandy, but otherwise the trails were relatively firm. Whoops and bumps and roots and rock gardens and banked switchbacks, as well as jumps, bridges, and drops up to about 15'.
There were definitely some trails that I couldn't ride on hardtail even with an all-mountain geo and 140mm travel, part of that is probably my lack of experience with DH courses but there are gnarly-steep switchbacks on Trooper that I had to dismount for.
I didn't end up riding all of the trails but from what I did ride, Kylesa/Mortician was a great jam if you wanted to hit some features, or if you were after pure single-track then Opeth-Mayhem-Atershock was killer, with the longer Isis also in contention.
Overall: The trails really were a lot of fun and it's a great weekend getaway with some friends -- I'll definitely be back! Great variety of terrain from technical single-track to park/features and drops.