Resorts require bikers wear helmets
July 12, 2006
Expert riders suggest that mountain bikers wear the appropriate safety gear.
The three local mountain resorts require as much.
People mountain biking at Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons must wear a helmet, the resorts say. There are some acknowledgements that, since there are numerous ways to ride onto the resorts, bicyclists might be seen without a helmet.
Each of the resorts offers lift-served mountain biking, meaning that bicyclists may take a lift to the trails and then ride their bikes down. Mountain biking is a popular summertime sport in Park City, both with people who use the lifts and those who pedal their way up the resorts’ trails.
At Deer Valley Resort, which hosted National Mountain Bike Series competitions last weekend, Steve Graff, the mountain-biking manager, says that people are required to wear a helmet, regardless of whether they are riding the lifts. He also says that riders must possess basic bike-handling skills.
He says that the biking trails off of the resort’s lifts are rated intermediate or higher. There are no beginner trails off the lifts, he says. Mountain bikers may take the Wasatch Express and Silver Lake Express lifts.
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Three of Deer Valley’s trails — Thieves Forest, NCS and Fire Swamp — are built for downhill bicycle racing and the resort recommends that riders use bikes manufactured for such trails and that they wear padding, according to Graff.
An Arizona bicyclist on July 2 died after a wreck on Thieves Forest, prompting lots of talk in the community regarding safety on the trails.
At The Canyons, Kodi Kautz, the marketing coordinator, says that bicyclists cannot board the resort’s Flight of The Canyons gondola unless they have helmets. She also says that people cannot rent bicycles at Canyon Mountain Sports, a shop at the resort, unless they also rent a helmet or brought a helmet.
PCMR, meanwhile, has similar restrictions at the Town Lift and the PayDay lift, which are used by mountain bikers. According to promotional material, helmets are required for people riding mountain bikes. Helmets are included when someone rents a mountain bike, according to the resort.
For more information contact the resorts. PCMR’s phone number is 649-8111 and its Web site is http://www.parkcitymountain.com. Deer Valley’s telephone number is 649-1000 and its Web site is http://www.deervalley.com The Canyons’ phone number is 649-5400 and its Web site is http://www.thecanyons.com.