It is a common misconception that the gravity assisted riding at Whiteface Mountain is for hardcore experts only. While this may be true for terrain serviced by the gondola, the lower portion of the mountain, serviced by the shuttle bus can be tons of fun for families and kids. Whiteface Bike Park Managers Elias and Mike work tirelessly to build and maintain trails that are suitable for a wide variety of riders. Equipment rentals are available at the bike park so all you have ot do is show up and ride (reservations are recommended). Bike rentals suitable for the lower mountain terrain start at $60.00 for the day, and protective equipment is a little bit extra. The friendly staff at the bike park will help riders select the right bike, choose properly fitting safety equipment, and recommend appropriate routes from the shuttle bus drop-off point.
There are 6 "green" beginner trails from the shuttle bus drop off indicated on the trail map. Trails like "Mama Bear" "Papa Bear" and "Valley Switchback" gently wind their way down the lower portion of the mountain on smooth terrain. Riders who are new to gravity assisted riding can hone their skills on these trails and see vast improvment in their ability with each ride up on the shuttle bus. Three "blue" trails, which are considered intermediate are also available from the shuttle bus drop off point. The names of the trails like "Seek and Destroy" and "Opiate" are slightly more intimidating and so is the terrain. There are two "black" trails serviced by the shuttle bus. They are called "Northeast Shore" and "Southeast Shore." Only riders who are comfortable on the "green" and "blue" terrain should attempt the more difficult trails.
One unique thing about the Whiteface Mountain Bike Park is that it is open seven days a week (closed ironman Sunday 7/28). This makes Whiteface's Bike Park unique, as other gravity assisted riding destinations in the region are only open a few days each week. For the most up to date information about the bike park riders can call Downhill Mike at 518-524-9805, contact High Peaks Cyclery, or contact Whiteface Mountain.