Local outdoor industry guests gathered for a press conference and groundbreaking ceremony where Lee Canyon announced details about its upcoming fall mountain bike season
At a press and grand opening event yesterday, Lee Canyon General Manager Dan Hooper announced the soft public opening of the resort’s new downhill mountain bike park. From Wednesday, September 7, mountain bikers will be able to explore the park, served by the Bluebird chairlift, every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting. Day passes will be available for purchase online.
“Lee Canyon’s goal is to create more diverse and inclusive ways for Las Vegas to engage in outdoor recreation while minimizing the impact on the Spring Mountains. Our mountain bike park reflects the commitment of Lee Canyon to play forever through responsible recreation.
Wednesday, September 7 also marks the start of Lee Canyon’s fall season when the resort will be open seven days a week, offering full service, including dining. “The move to a seven-day, four-season operating schedule means Lee Canyon will add 50 full-time, year-round positions,” Hooper said.
This season, the Lee Canyon Bike Park offers two trails designed for advanced mountain bikers. In the summer of 2023, the resort park will offer more than seven miles of mountain biking terrain for beginners, intermediates, advanced and experts, including excavated and jump tracks and a single track.
This year people should bring their mountain bikes and gear. Starting next summer, Lee Canyon will also offer bike and gear rentals. In summer 2023, Lee Canyon will also offer a full suite of programs for youth and adults, including daily introductory programs, multi-day sessions for children and advanced development programs, as well as clinics. technical coaching for adults.
“Today’s grand opening at Lee Canyon is an important milestone for the growing outdoor recreation industry in Southern Nevada. I am impressed with the alignment of government agencies and private businesses in creating a mountain bike park to serve our residents and attract new visitors to Clark County.
– Lieutenant Governor Lisa Cano Burkhead
Lee Canyon worked with partners the U.S. Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife to make the bike park a reality.
After the inauguration, six local mountain bikers made the first official outing on the trails of the park. They included Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones, North Las Vegas Councilman Scott Black, Josh Bean, Lee Canyon Mountain Operations Manager Heather Fisher, Save Red Rock President Jared Fisher, founder of ‘Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery founder Rob Hutchinson, Southern Nevada Mountain Bike. Association board member Tom Thomas and local mountain biker Ami Moreno Kempf.
Other speakers included Deborah MacNeil, area manager, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area/US Forest Service; Scott Black, who is also an advisor for the Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition; Colin Robertson, Administrator, Division of Outdoor Recreation of Nevada, and Ross Miller, Commissioner of Clark County, District C, who presented Hooper and his team with a proclamation recognizing their achievement.
“Lee Canyon operators are to be congratulated for creating this spectacular new piece of equipment and putting Las Vegas on the mountain biking map. It’s exciting to see it open. I encourage residents to visit and try out the newest mountain bike park in the country.
– Commissioner Miller
Recently, the local mountain bike population has exploded, creating a need for managed recreation areas like Lee Canyon to offer more expertly designed mountain bike trails that consider environmental impact and meet the needs specific skill levels.
“There has been a complete transformation of the local mountain biking demographics. Las Vegas Cyclery has seen a massive increase in mountain bike sales for young people, along with more families and beginners of all ages. As a managed recreation area, Lee Canyon Mountain Bike Park will foster community, learning and fun.
– Jared Fisher, founder of Las Vegas Cyclery and Escape Adventures
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