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Beginner’s Guide

If you’re new to downhill biking or the Purgatory Bike Park, scroll through these tips to enjoy our mountain just as much as we do! 

  • What to Wear
  • What to Ride
  • Where to Start
  • High Altitude Tips

What to Wear

Make sure to wear clothing you feel comfortable riding in. Pants are not recommended, but if you are riding with pants, we recommend rolling them up at the cuff. We always recommend bringing a jacket as it gets much cooler at the top of the mountain.

Gloves are a must-have while riding. Gloves protect your hands and grip the bars over bumps.

All shoes must be closed-toe, protective, and have traction with your pedals. Pedals with cages are not recommended because they can be challenging step out of if you need to put a foot down quickly. If you have clipless mountain bike shoes and pedals, make sure you feel comfortable clipping in and out before using them.

Cycling helmets are necessary for riding the Purgatory Bike Park. There are two types of cycling helmets: standard and full-face. Standard helmets are great for first-timers on beginner trails. We recommend full-face helmets for intermediate and advanced trails.

High Altitude Tips

In high altitudes, it’s easy to become dehydrated more quickly than you’re used to. Make sure to drink at least one 8 ounce bottle of water per hour riding. Also, bring along bars and snacks to replenish your energy throughout the day. Food, drinks, and portable snacks are also available in the Village Market & Deli.

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Trail Status

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