Bike Park Safety
Bike Park access tickets are available for purchase at the base of Steamboat Resort and are required for all Steamboat Bike Park Trails. Bike Park trails are CLOSED before or after operating hours.
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Check out our guide below on gear and equipment to insure you have the best day possible in the Steamboat Bike Park
Slow down before you speed up. Ride the trail multiple times to get familiar with the features and equipment you are on so you can more confidently increase your skills without exceeding your limit.
Pre-ride – Warm up the brain and body and inspect at low speed
Re-ride – Lap the trail a few times and get to know the flow of the features
Free-ride – Start small and work your way up to faster speeds and larger features
- Trail configurations may change, including type of use allowed. Certain trails are limited to downhill bike traffic only – do not ride uphill or hike on trails marked on
the map with signs stating “Downhill Traffic Only.”
- New or closed trails and features may not be shown on the map.
- Use extreme caution when riding on Why Not and other service roads as vehicles
may be encountered at any time.
- Equipment allowed on Steamboat Bike Park is limited to mountain bikes, adaptive equipment and other equipment approved in advance by the resort. Trailers, “tag-alongs”,
Mountain Boards, Child Seats, Tandems and unauthorized motor vehicles are not allowed in the Bike Park or on the Gondola.
- On multi-use trails, descending riders yield to climbing riders.
- First Aid Services are only available during Gondola operating hours.
- Hiking is available on multi-use trails; however, to minimize encounters with mountain bike traffic, the Thunderhead Hiking Trail, Headwall Hiking Trail and Vista Nature Trail are recommended.
MOUNTAIN BIKERS RESPONSIBILITY CODE
Common sense and personal awareness can help reduce some elements of mountain
1. Ride under control and within your ability, so you can stop or avoid people, objects and on mountain vehicles. Always be courteous.
2. Keep off all closed trails and closed areas; stay on marked trails, and don’t cut switchbacks.
3. Read and obey all signs and warnings.
4. Inspect features and jumps before using or attempting.
5. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above or to other riders.
6. Stop and look both ways before crossing mountain roads on trails.
7. Slow or stop as necessary when overtaking other riders. Anticipate other users at corners, intersections and blind spots. Slower riders should yield to faster riders as soon as safe to do so.
8. Look uphill and yield to other riders when entering or crossing a trail or starting downhill.
9. Helmets are required while riding in Steamboat Resort Bike Park.
10. Do not use lifts or terrain if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
11. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload the Gondola and to ride the terrain and features you choose.
12. Identify yourself to the Bike Patrol if you are involved in or are a witness to a collision or accident.
13. Make sure your equipment is in proper working order and properly adjusted. If you are not completely familiar with your bike have it checked by a bike mechanic.
14. Respect Steamboat Resort, its employees, other guests and property and your National Forest.
In Case of Emergency
In case of an emergency during Bike Park operating hours, call (970) 871-5911. Outside of operating hours, call 911.
Summer On-Mountain Allowed Devices
View full list of allowed devices below.
LIGHTNING AND THUNDERSTORMS – Beware of changing weather conditions. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. SMOKING– Smoking is not encouraged on the mountain. Smoking is not permitted in the base area, which includes all outdoor plazas of the Gondola Square, One Steamboat Place and the Bear River deck as well as on the Gondola and all mountain facilities.
CONSTRUCTION AND LOGGING – Base area and mountain construction and logging activities are conducted during the summer months. Vehicles and equipment may be encountered at any time. Do not enter areas or trails marked “Closed.”
FIRE DANGER – Protect our National Forest. If you see smoke call 911.
DRONES – Due to FAA regulations, unmanned aircraft systems use is currently prohibited at Steamboat Resort. Visit steamboat.com for more information.
ADEQUATE CLOTHING – Be aware, the weather changes quickly here. There is usually at least a 10 degree temperature difference from the bottom to the top of the mountain. Rugged footwear for hiking is advised.
ENVIRONMENT– Please leave wildflowers for others to enjoy. Stay on designated hiking and biking trails and give the fragile ecosystem an opportunity to thrive.
ALCOHOL/DRUGS – Anyone impaired by alcohol or drugs is prohibited from riding the lifts, biking or participating in any activities.
ALTITUDE HINTS – There is 50% more ultraviolet radiation at 10,000 feet than at sea level. Always wear eye and skin protection. Also, at 10,000 ft. the oxygen value is two-thirds the value at sea level. People with respiratory or circulatory illness should consult a physician before coming to altitude. Drink plenty of water when hiking or biking. High, dry air accelerates dehydration. Always carry water, do not drink from streams. If you are not accustomed to the altitude: take it easy!
MOUNTAIN BIKING – Mountain Biking is different than road or street riding and is conducted on unimproved or partially improved trails where rocks, dirt, loose gravel, trees, stumps and other hazards may be encountered at any time. Changing weather conditions, variations in terrain, including steepness, natural and man-made obstacles and features, vehicles, other trail users and other dangers and conditions that may be encountered are inherent risks that are part of the challenge of mountain biking. Be aware that dead or live trees can fall or blow over at any time. Watch for and avoid trees or branches that may have fallen on trails. Riding trails under construction is strictly prohibited. Expect jumps and features on downhill trails. Inspect each feature before using. Wooden features and bridges become slippery when wet. You control the degree of risk when using the jumps and features. Ride-arounds may or may not be available. Features can change due to use, weather or maintenance. You must ride in control and within your own ability. You are using these premises at your own risk, and assume all risks of such use. Helmets must be worn in the Steamboat Bike Park. It is suggested that you lower your bike seat if you go on any features in the Bike Park. Cross-country type mountain bike equipment is not appropriate for use on downhill trails and is strongly discouraged. Other appropriate equipment and protective gear should be used for downhill / freeride biking. Use of jumps, features and airborne maneuvers can cause equipment failure and
can significantly increase the risk of serious injury!
IN CASE OF ACCIDENT Call 970.871.5911 or 911. Please note that cell phone coverage may be limited.
DIFFICULTY RATINGS – Degree of difficulty ratings are relative to Steamboat Resort only. Previous experience or a lesson is recommended to use the Bike Park. Any rider may download with their bikes on the Gondola.
BIKE PATROL – This map includes some trails adjacent to Steamboat Resort but outside the resort boundary. Steamboat provides bike patrol support within resort boundaries and within normal operating hours only.
MOBILITY DEVICES – The use of any motor powered devices or vehicles by the public on the mountain creates substantial risks of serious harm to the user, the environment and other users and therefore is prohibited. Motor driven mobility devices used by individuals with disabilities, such as motorized wheelchairs, are allowed depending on the anticipated nature, location and type of use, taking into account the dimensions, weight and operating speed of the device and, if applicable, ability to load into and exit from a gondola car; the risk of potential harm to others by the operation of the device, or harm to the environment or natural resources; conformance with Federal land management policies and the ability of the resort to stow the device when not in use.