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Discover the best Trentino Bike Park

Bike parks are purpose-built areas offering a network of downhill bike trails exclusively rideable on special heavy-duty mountain bikes. DH trails include dirt jumps, tights corners (berms), wooden boardwalks known as north shores, steep slopes, rock gardens and other obstacles to suit all levels of riders. Most bike parks are served by a lift system or a shuttle service to facilitate the climb to the top.

Riders are required to adhere to the park rules by using the correct gear such as full-face helmet, body armour (knee & elbow pads, gloves and back protection) and, of course, a DH mountain bike.

Downhill bikes are essential to this sport as they are purposely fitted with high-tech front and rear suspensions and sharp brakes to tackle steep and rugged terrain.
 

Each trail is graded according to system of colours and symbols indicating the level of difficulty: green (beginner), blue (intermediate), red (advanced) and black (expert).

●green circle easy circuit, also suitable for beginners. Height and difficulty of slopes and features are limited. No special riding techniques are required.

■ blue square intermediate circuit. A basic knowledge of certain of mountain biking techniques is required. However, the nature and difficulty of slopes and features are limited.

red triangle intermediate/difficult circuit with some challenging slopes and the presence of obstacles and gangways. A sound knowledge of the bike and riding techniques is required for the more difficult stretches.

 black diamond | ♦♦ double black diamond identify very difficult circuits with very steep slopes, requiring excellent technical skills and complete knowledge of your bike. Only for experts and professionals.

 

Here’s a list of terms to familiarize with the slang used in this sport, known as gravity riding:

North shore: a raised wooden boardwalk

Table-top: a jump with a flat top section suitable for beginners

Drop: a jump from high to lower ground. Often made in wood, it can be attempted with both wheels firmly on the ground.

Berm: an embanked corner with a raised side that allows to keep up the speed

Rock garden: a section of varying lengths made of scattered rocks fixed of loose.

Chicken line: an easier waymarked deviation

 

For fun and training

The Pump Track is an artificial circuit consisting of banked curves and various sized jumps. The aim of this track is to allow the rider to complete it without pedalling, using only the body’s “pumping” motion to create momentum. The track is suitable for all, from beginners to experts.

The Skill Area is a training circuit with a range of different artificial obstacles, of varying difficulty, which reproduce specific situations generally encountered by riders and is aimed at improving the skills of those involved. A series of narrow gangways, bridges, walls, jumps and other elements help hone the riders’ technique and skills.

Bike Park Garda Trentino

This bike park is open year-round offering free pass to riders who opt-out of the shuttle service. Once at the top, enjoy one of the best downhill rides with a spectacular lookout on Lake Garda.

Bike Park Lavarone

Rum Runner, Mojito, Pina Colada and Whezzyssghevenait, the iconic Alpe Cimbra drink: these are the exciting trails of Bike Park Lavarone, catering also for the less experienced riders, set in the heart of the beautiful Lavarone plateau.

Bike Park Ponte di Legno Tonale

One of the biggest park in the region with base camp near the car park of the Valbiolo-Tonale chairlift. With an elevation of 2200m, a fast lift service and a wide range of trails at your disposal- easy, intermediate and advanced - there’s truly something for everyone.

Bike Park Val di Sole

One for the pros: the Black Snake, the super demanding trail, stage of the UCI MTB World Cup since 2016. Riders from all over the world gather every year in Commezzadura, in Val di Sole, to tackle this world’s famous trail. Not for the faint-hearted!

Brenta Bike Park

Sfulmini, Tosa, Vallon and Prato Fiorito. These are the trails of the Brenta Bike Park, tribute to the majestic Dolomites peaks that frame this downhill course. The bravest can take up the Vallon challenge, suitable only for the most competent riders.

Dolomiti Paganella Bike

A project born in 2010 with the aim to reclaim old mountain paths and cattle tracks for leisure downhill mountain biking, is today a well-run bike park complete with all the features a rider can wish for, boasting more than 400 km of rideable terrain, 8 trails of different levels of difficulty, great facilities and fantastic views of Lake Molveno.

Fassa Bike

Set in an enviable location at the core of the Dolomites, this bike park is a unique arena to show off your skills. With 8 trails, all different and catering for all levels, you’re spoilt for choice. Plus, an efficient and fast lift system is a bonus.

San Martino Bike Arena

Three great downhill trails adding to 10 km of rideable terrain, set in the magnificent scenery of the Pale di San Martino. Operating since 2013, this bike park is a favourite amongst seasoned riders but also for new recruits who can opt for easier purpose-built deviations.

Published on 27/11/2021