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Downhill Biking 101

The basics of MTB

Trying a new sport can be daunting, but we’re here to make it as easy as 1,2,3! Now is the perfect time to get outside and jump into something new. The trails at Loon are great for any skill level from beginners to seasoned bikers.

Read below to learn the basic ins and outs of mountain biking:

  1. What to wear
  2. How to load your bike
  3. The best trail to start out on


Your Turn

But the best way to learn is with the Your Turn package that includes a one-hour lesson, rental bike and protection, and a lift ticket. This is perfect for riders who have never tried downhill before. Your Turn will give the you the skills and confidence you need to take on downhill mountain bike trails.


What to Wear

When it comes to downhill biking, comfort and mobility are king. Here are some top tips:

  1. Top - Opting for a longer three-quarter sleeve shirt is a good place to start. Synthetic fabrics work best – you will get sweaty. Albow pads are available should you want them and can be worn over or under your shirt. 
  2. Bottom - Loose-fitting shorts work best, like your shirt these offer protection should you find yourself in a crash. Opt for longer pants or leggings on a cooler or rainy day. Should you want knee pads they are available and again they can be worn over or under your clothes. 
  3. Footwear - Closed toe shoes are required.  They should be stiff with a rubber sole, this helps with gripping the pedals while you ride. Socks should be longer and moisture wicking, offering some protection for your ankle and calf.
  4. Helmets – The most important part, helmets! When you participate in Your Turn at Loon, you automatically have access to a full-face helmet. 

MTB Requirements

In order to ride downhill mountain bike trails at Loon, your bike must meet the following requirements:


  • A helmet is required while riding.
  • Bikes are required to have front suspension.
  • Bikes are required to have front and rear hand brakes.
  • Wheels must be a minimum of 20 inches.
  • Tires wider than 4.75 inches will fit properly within the Bike Clip lift carrier.
  • Large (or oversized) fenders will not fit properly within the Bike Clip lift carrier. Standard fenders will fit properly.
  • e-Bikes (with batteries connected) are not allowed on the downhill mountain biking trails or East Ridge Trail Network.

Loading Your Bike

Using the bike carrier is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Start by lifting the front tire off the ground using the handle bars. Next, push the front tire onto the first part of the carrier. Finally guide the bike onto the carrier until the front wheel is securely in the holder. Still unsure how to load your bike? Don’t worry we have a practice bike carrier at the bottom of Seven Brothers Triple for you to use. This carrier is also color coded to simplify the process. If your bike does not comfortably fit in the carrier it cannot ride the lift.

Start on Mainline

Take your first turns on Mainline, our green-circle freeride trail. At 2 miles long this trail features beginner level berms and rollers as it traverses its way down the mountain. The wide and smooth trail is the perfect surface for you to dial in your form and progress your riding. This trail also has multiple stopping locations for your group catch up to each other.

Loon MTB | Mainline A video ride of the Mainline MTB trail at Loon Mountain

Get a Leg Up

We think you’re ready! It’s Your Turn now. Book your beginners program and get out there! The most important thing is that you to have fun and enjoy your time riding. Our team members are here to help, every step of the way from booking your trip, picking your rental equipment, getting on the lift and taking on the trails – go get ‘em!