Alyeska Resort's downhill mountain bike park opens for the season

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alyeska Resort is officially transitioning into the summer season with the opening of its downhill mountain bike park Friday. Instead of transporting skis, the lifts will now transport mountain bikes. It's the ninth summer season of lift access mountain biking.

The resort will begin running mountain bike operations off of the Bear Cub Quad chairlift only for the opening weekend, then will expand onto terrain accessible via Ted’s Express later in the month. Trails via Glacier Bowl Express will open later in the summer as snowmelt allows.

In addition to weekly mountain bike operations, the resort will be host to races and events geared towards riders of every ability. The Alyeska Cup downhill race series will be held the final Sunday of June, July and August. The resort will close the season out with the Mountain Bike Festival held the first weekend in September with live music, races, jump contests, and more.

The Alyeska Bike Park is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. from June 7 to September 15.

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