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Sun Valley opens four more miles of trail to fat bikes, adds second fat bike race

Sun Valley Resort has expanded its trail offerings for fat bikes this winter and will hold two races in the next month.

The Diamondback and White Clouds trails were added to the list of trails where fat bikes are permitted, giving bikers 6.5 more kilometers to try. Other available trails include Dog Loop, Boundary Loop (from Nemesis) and Hyndman View. Diamondback and Hyndman View are rated “most difficult.”

The total trail distance available to bikes is up to 16 kilometers. Rentals are available at the Sun Valley Nordic Center.

Sun Valley is offering first-time fat bikers a $20, two-hour trial that includes a trail pass and bike rental. Bikes range from kids to extra-large adult. Full-day trail passes are $15 for adults, $10 youth (12-17) and free for children under 12. Rentals range from $30 for a half-day for kids to $45 for a full day for adults. Half-days are after 1 p.m.

[Related: Idaho fat bikers enjoy expanded options]

The first race of the season is Saturday. The Diamondback Revenge is 6.5 or 13 kilometers (one or two laps) on the Diamondback and White Clouds loops. Entries are $10. A pre-ride on Friday also is $10, including use of a demo bike. The race begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The second race is the Snowball Special on Feb. 25. The third annual event has moved to late February to accommodate more racers and join a regional race series. Frosty’s Fat Bike Race Series also has four events in Utah and Alberta.

The Snowball Special begins at 9 a.m. Entry fees are $30 now, $40 two weeks prior to the event and $50 the week of the event. Course details haven’t been announced yet.

[Related: Harriman State Park becomes winter destination]