Discovery Ski Area is opening the mountain’s backside on Sunday to mountain bikers.
The Discovery Bike Park is designed for experienced mountain bikers. It drops riders about 1,050 vertical feet on the backside of Rumsey Mountain. It will feature wall rides, bridges, jumps, logs and drops.
The park’s trails are accessed from the Silver Chief Chairlift on Discovery’s backside, which faces Philipsburg. For those looking for a warm-up or additional exercise, a hill climb offers riders access to the park.
Due to the advanced nature of the trails, all bicycles are required to have front and rear suspension and a front and rear brake. The front suspension must have at least 4 inches of travel. All riders are required to wear a helmet, and it is highly recommended that riders wear a full-face helmet, gloves and elbow/knee pads.
Discovery Bike Park is accessed via Old Sawmill Gulch Road off Montana Highway 1, just south of Philipsburg. After Sunday it will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 21. A single ride park pass will cost $12; a Bike Park one-day pass costs $28; and riders can use the trails without lift access, one day for $5. Season passes are available for $150.
The Disco Mountain Boogie, happening on the mountain’s front side on Sunday, will offer mountain bikers of all abilities a chance to enjoy the Pintler Mountains. The event, which starts and finishes at the base of Discovery, is part of the weekendlong Anaconda Bike Festival.
Category, distance information and registration can be found at anacondabikefest.org. Registration is open through Friday.
For more information on summer and winter recreation at Discovery Ski Area, including trail maps, visit skidiscovery.com.