You didn’t have to be a father to have a great day. The sun was shining, the trails were dry,  and the gondola was running. It was all smiles at the Steamboat Bike Park.

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The Trail Crew has done a great job getting the trails ready for the season. All downhill trails are open!

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I always start my day off with a warm-up lap. It gives me a chance to not only warm up my mind and body but also my bike. Tenderfoot is a great choice as it’s the easiest trail on the mountain. It’s also a great choice for groms (kids and teens), first-timers and intermediate riders who want to work on their skills.

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Tenderfoot is wide, fairly smooth and flowing. You’ll often find a variety of bike school lessons here.

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My favorite warm-up lap is Rustler’s Ridge.

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It’s in great shape and as fun as ever. With almost 2,200 feet of descending, by the time you make it to the bottom you’ll definitely be warmed up.

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Rustler’s Ridge is so fun it’d be easy to spend an entire day just lapping here.

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Now that I was awake, I headed for something a bit more challenging. For today, Upper Flying Diamond, to Tenderfoot, to Rawhide was the route of choice.

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This combines flowing jumps into technical terrain. If catching air isn’t your idea of fun, head directly into Rawhide. The entrance is a little hidden. Look to the left after you walk out of the gondola building, just beside the top of the Thunderhead Lift.

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Until we get a little moisture on the ground, give a little more space between you and the rider in front of you. There’s a low-lying brown fog that follows everyone around that can hide rocks and holes. If you were lucky enough to ride Steamboat last season to the point you had trails memorized, don’t forget the terrain changed over the winter. We all need to relearn the trails. This word of caution is especially true for sections of Rawhide.

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Rawhide is getting more and more fun! It’s definitely a trail you’ll need a purpose-built downhill bike to ride safely.

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Steamboat is not only a great place to ride downhill but also a fun place to spend time with the family. My Father’s Day couldn’t have been better. We all enjoyed the mix of riding downhill and relaxing at the base area. I was even lucky enough to have lunch at the Paramount, my favorite spot at the base area. I can’t wait until my son is old enough for a Gravity Grom Camp. Sure, I could probably teach him a lot of the basics, but some things are better left to a professional.

Mike McCoy, downhill mountain biker

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