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Downhill Mountain Biking FAQ and Requirements

FAQ and Requirements

What You Need To Ride

Here are some rules and guidelines and frequently-asked questions before you ride the downill mountain biking trails.

  • Helmets are required on all downhill mountain biking trails. Helmets must be worn while riding these trails. Full-face helmets are strongly recommended. 
  • Footwear: Closed-toe shoes are required.
  • Suspension: Bikes are required to have front suspension. Full-suspension bikes are strongly recommended.
  • Brakes: Bikes are required to have front and rear hand brakes. Disc brakes are strongly recommended.
  • Wheels: Bike wheels must be at least 20 inches in diameter. Fat Tire Bikes do not fit in our bike carriers and therefore cannot be taken up the lift.
  • E-bikes (with batteries connected) are not allowed on lift-serviced downhill mountain bike trails or East Ridge Trail Network. E-bike batteries must be completely removed from the bike in order to ride the lift and trails.


  • Lift-serviced is offered via the Seven Brothers Triple chairlift.

  • Sorry, but no. The bike carriers on our lift do not accommodate the tires of a Fat Bike or Fat Tire Bike. You're welcome to ride your fat tire bike on the downhill trails by biking uphill via the designated Uphill Route (Brookway). A valid MTB ticket or season pass is required to ride the Downhill trails.

  • Due to National Forest Service regulations, electric-powered bikes are not allowed on our downhill mountain biking or cross-country trails. If you have an e-Bike and would like to ride these trails, your battery must be disconnected from the bike.

  • Uphill access via Brookway and Link to the top of Seven Brothers Triple lift is permitted with a valid downhill mountain biking ticket or season pass.   

  • Coming soon! We're in Phase I of a multi-phase plan, with freeride and technical trails for more advanced riders slated for Phase II and beyond.   

  • Yes! Whether you'd like to ride downhill, cross-country, or bike through town, we have a variety of options availailable.

    See Bike Rentals

  • Yes, helmets are required while biking the downhill trails.    

  • You can check out lift ticket prices online. MTB tickets and season passes include access downhill mountain biking trails, more than 6 miles of cross-country trails, plus non-biking access to the resort's scenic Gondola Skyride, summit activities, and Loon Peak Disc Golf course.

  • Boyle's Break House, conveniently located across from the base of the Seven Brothers Triple, will be open weekends for light snacks and beer. Looking for lunch? Ride the Gondola (included with your lift ticket) to the top of Loon Peak for lunch at the Summit Café. Bikes aren't allowed on the Gondola, so you'll have to leave it at the base.

  • You bet! Downhill mountain biking is included for all current Access Pass holders. To ride:

    1. Read and sign the Summer Activity here
    2. Call to verify that your RFID pass is ready to go directly to the lift: 603-745-6281 x5400
  • The terrain on the upper half of the mountain is extremely rocky and doesn't lend itself well to trail construction. The geography of the lower portion of the mountain is ideally suited to building the kind of high-quality flow trails we have planned.

  • The construction of the Kanc 8 has been postponed until April 2021. This summer we will continue our trail expansion with our Loon trail building crew and reevaluate our previous expansion plan as we near next spring.

  • We like to say that anybody can mountain bike, but we recommend a baseline fitness level. Gravity may be doing a lot of work but you'd be surprised just how much you work! 

  • Yes! We have beginner lessons available through our Mountain Biking Center.

  • We suggest everyone wear a closed-toed athletic shoe or light hiking boot with a good tread. For men, we suggest long shorts, and a long sleeve top, preferably made from athletic material.

    For women, leggings or long shorts and a long sleeve or ¾ length athletic shirt.

    No matter what, as long as you're comfortable and have free movement, you'll be ready to hit the trails! 

  • Glasses or goggles with clear or yellow lenses are preferred for trail riding, it can be dark in the woods.