April 17, 2012 at 06:30 #108492ANGEL FIRE, N.M., Apr 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Angel Fire Resort, looking to cement its reputation as one of the best mountain biking destinations in the Rockies, has announced aggressive plans to grow its size and audience this summer. The Angel Fire Bike Park added over eleven miles of lift-accessible trails last season. That was only the beginning, however, as the park staff has mapped out close to twenty miles of new trails for expansion. They intend to break ground on these new trails starting May 1st. The total of 60 miles of trails open by the end of summer 2012 is a 100% increase in riding terrain from just over a year ago.
"No other bike destination in the Rockies is doing what we’re doing right now," said Hogan Koesis, director of the Angel Fire Bike Park. "We have the incredible benefits of widely varying terrain, a privately owned mountain on which to develop a trail network, a long season to build and the full support of our resort ownership. It’s hard to rest a day with that opportunity."
While the mountain has long offered some of the best expert trails, the resort has worked hard to improve and expand the beginner and intermediate trails, so those new to riding can hone their skills in a safe and controlled environment. This season Angel Fire Resort is offering more for families and younger riders who have never mountain biked, including more smaller-sized bikes in the rental fleet, base area skill centers, bike clinics and multi-day camps.
"We are dedicated to creating the best experience and terrain for every level, from the novice to the expert," explains Hogan Koesis. "When you think of your bucket list of mountain biking spots we want every rider to add Angel Fire to the top. We’re creating the best playground for people to come out and learn everything they can about this sport."
The 60 miles trail network does not include the great off-mountain trails in the village of Angel Fire and surrounding Kit Carson National Forest. Options off the mountain include the 23-mile South Boundary Trail, which begins just south of Angel Fire and ends in Taos, NM. The South Boundary Trail, deemed by many to be a "can’t miss" epic ride, features some of the best high-altitude single-track anywhere in the United States. These off-mountain trails give reason to plan extended stays in Angel Fire to experience all the area offers for fat tire enthusiasts.
Conveniently, Angel Fire boasts one of the longest seasons in the country with trails open from May 24 — October 14. Along with the revamped terrain the resort is offering deep discounts on passes and lodging packages, creating the most affordable destination mountain biking in the country.
Whether it’s easily cruising down one of the new XC trails or taking on one of the technical root sections, drops or jumps riders can try something new on every decent. At an altitude of 10,600 feet bikers will have access to one of the largest lift-access trail networks in North America. Special discounted prices this season include:
— Single-day Lift Pass $26
— The Gravity Pass $229 ($199 through April 30)– a season pass that offers unlimited chairlift rides from March — October, and three free days at Trestle Bike Park in Winter Park, CO.
— Stay & Ride Package — as low as $59 per person, per night. Includes lodging at the slopeside Lodge at Angel Fire Resort and a single-day lift pass.
As the site of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, NORBA Nationals, USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships and Mountain States Cup Championships, the Angel Fire Bike Park will host a series of events this summer season as well.
The 26th ANNUAL CHILE CHALLENGE (PRO GRT) JUNE 8 — 10th — DH, DS, SD, XC More of the same racing you have come to love from the Mountain States Cup!
OSO HIGH MOUNTAIN BIKE XC RACE NEW MEXICO OFF-ROAD SERIES – NMORS #7 JUNE 30- JULY 1 Each series XC race will be an independent qualifying event for USAC MTB Nationals. The final overall series standings will be used to determine 2012 USAC NM MTB State Champions.
ANGEL FIRE’S 3RD ANNUAL FREERIDE FEST — LABOR DAY WEEKEND AUGUST 31 — SEPTEMBER 1 Angel Fire is going to be hosting the 3rd Annual Freeride Festival over Labor Day Weekend. Free beer, gear and a movie premier.
THE RED BULL FINAL DESCENT SEPTEMBER 29 The last mountain bike event of the season, the Red Bull Final Descent is an intense 12-hour endurance downhill mountain bike challenge for sport, expert and pro-class mountain bike riders.
USA CYCLING COLLEGIATE MOUNTAIN BIKE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OCTOBER 18 — 21 USA Cycling named Angel Fire Resort’s world-class bike park as the host site for the second year. Top college mountain bikers compete for national titles in cross country, short track cross country, downhill and dual slalom events.
To schedule your reservation or for more information about The Angel Fire Bike Park, including the full schedule of events, go to for http://www.angelfirebikepark.com or http://www.angelfireresort.com
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About Angel Fire Bike Park
Located in Angel Fire, New Mexico, Angel Fire Bike Park is a premiere mountain bike destination in the southern Rocky Mountains. Angel Fire Bike Park offers chairlift-accessed terrain for downhill, cross-country and all-mountain styles of mountain bike riding, including beginner, intermediate and advanced/ expert trails. Collective features of the bike park include riding clinics, bike rentals and repairs, guided tours, skills parks, freestyle features, special events and bike-friendly, slopeside lodging. Angel Fire Bike Park is privately owned and operated by Angel Fire Resort, and is open from May to October, providing one of the longest bike park seasons in the United States. Angel Fire Bike Park partners include Specialized, GT, Santa Cruz, and Fox Racing. For additional information on Angel Fire Bike Park or Angel Fire Resort, please call 800-633-7463 or log on to http://www.angelfirebikepark.com .
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