Outdoors

Tamarack to open its lifts for mountain bikers on Sunday, Aug. 3

Riders can take the Tamarack Express chairlift up 1,700 vertical feet and ride the resort's trails back down the mountain. It will be the only opportunity this summer to ride the lifts, and there will be about 15 miles of trails available.

The lift will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per rider. The event is being hosted by Wild Rockies, which had a race scheduled at Tamarack that day. Registrations were low, so Wild Rockies owner Darren Lightfield canceled the race, but will still run the lifts for recreational biking.

He said the $40 gets you more than a lift ticket. There will be a raffle, refreshments, and discounts at the lodge for ticket holders.

Most trails have been cleared and maintained for the event, but some of the expert terrain won't be available, he said. There will be a variety of riding for all skill levels, and trails will be marked and maps will be available.

He noted that unlike other resorts, Tamarack's trails were built for mountain biking, and the resort invested about $500,000 constructing them.

It will also be a sneak peak what's to come at the mountain. Tamarack officials hope to resume a regular schedule of lift-served mountain biking in the future, but next summer is the earliest it would likely happen.

In the meantime, people can get a sneak peak of what's available, or revisit some of their favorite trails.

"Come and experience what we have here and enjoy our trails," Tamarack recreation manager Wolfe Ashcraft said.

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