July 22, 2017
The Jackson Hole Bike Park is a lift assisted downhill affair. It's not in Jackson Hole - it's 12 miles away in Teton Village which is a ski resort with lots of summer action. The ski slopes go way up the mountain but the bike park is set in a short, intermediate ski slope at the base. The chairlift gains just 390 vertical feet over 0.6 miles.
There are seven trails ranging intermediate to expert. The easiest, Lucky Charm, takes the long way down (actually only 1.3 miles) so is "down-slope" rather than "downhill". It's nice and curvy, scenic, ideal for someone starting out on this kind of ride. Quick Draw will keep experts focused with uber-technical jumps, drops, bends and roots. No matter your skill you'll find a trail that will make you smile!
All the trails are well designed, true to their grade and well maintained. The dirt is kind - not too rocky and juddery.
You'll find all the usual fun stuff expected in this kind of park including swooping bermed corners, table top jumps - some of them huge, drops, wooden structures, semi-gap jumps (semi = just a shallow dip on top so non-emasculating if you drop short!), and so on.
The place has a happy summer feel and the staff are friendly and helpful. You can hire bikes and safety gear, even get a lesson. In the peak summer period they have a great deal going on Friday afternoons - $10 dollars gets you three hours on the lift from 4pm to 7pm. In the village there are gear shops, clothes shops, cafes and restaurants and if you get sick of biking you can try paragliding or take the big lift all the way to the top of the mountain...
In the trail description Greg describes cross country trails in the area but strictly speaking "Jackson Hole Bike Park" refers to these lift assisted downhill trails.