Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

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Mountain Bike Park 

The Bike Park will open April 28 & 29 for the 2018 season. Please see Hours and Rates for operating schedule and closure information.

The Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains are known for their phenomenal bike offerings that Massanutten's lift-served Bike Park will allow you to experience - without the climb! Massanutten's Mountain Bike Park offers an exciting experience for veteran riders while also featuring a beginner-friendly introduction to downhill mountain biking.

Massanutten's Park features a lower lift that will provide access to Beginner and Intermediate trails for newcomers while also offering advanced jump and singletrack trails accessible from an upper lift that are sure to thrill any enthusiast. Whether you are an aspiring rider or a downhill nut, Massanutten's Bike Park is the place for you!

We are proud to announce the Massanutten Bike Park has been accepted into the Virginia Treasures Program! View the certificate of recognition here. The initiative recognizes public recreational lands in the commonwealth.

Click to View Bike Park Trail Map.


Western Slope Trails

We’re making tracks on the national mountain bike scene. Massanutten has been steadily building a reputation for national caliber bike riding and racing. We’ve got a total of 30 miles of mountain bike trails on our Western Slope. Our blazed trails wind up and down wooded terrain, and are suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

Click to View Western Slope Trail Map.

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Hours & Rates

Hours & Rates

Bike Park & Shop Hours

The Bike Park's opening weekend will be April 28 & 29! We will also be hosting the YEE-HA! downhill race (stop # 2 of the Downhill Southeast Series) that weekend. The Bike Park will be closed from May 14 - 25 as we perform scheduled Lift Maintenance. We plan to have the Bike Park open on May 26!

April 28 - May 13Saturday & Sunday | 10 am - 5 pm
May 14 - May 25BIKE PARK CLOSED
May 26 - June 6Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday | 10 am - 5 pm
June 9 - September 3Saturday - Wednesday | 10 am - 5 pm
September 5 - October 28Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday | 10 am - 5 pm

Scheduled Closures
April 29 - All or Nutten and World Cup will be closed for the YEE-HA! race.
May 14 - 25 - Bike Park closed for Lift maintenance.
October 13 - Bike Park closed for Fall Festival event.

Bonus Days
May 28 - Bike Park open from 10 am - 5 pm.

 

Bike Park Rates
 Day4 Hour
Lift/Trail-Use$38$32
Bike Rental*$82$50
Bike Insurance *$17$17

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Pathway Package 
$80 | Group lessons begin at 11 am & 2 pm on Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday

Our 3-hour Pathway Package is a perfect first time experience. This program includes Trail-Use, Rental, and a 75 minute lesson from our ride school. Pathway riders are limited to the lower Beginner and Intermediate trails which are ideal for honing bike skills. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early.

*Bike Rental includes a full face helmet, knee/shin pads, and elbow pads.
*Renter is responsible for all damage done to bike while it is in their possession unless insurance is purchased at the time of the rental.

 

Western Slope Cross Country Rates
  
4 Hour Rental$26
8 Hour Rental$32
24 Hour Rental$36
Bike Insurance*$17

Cross country bike rental includes a helmet.
Our cross country rental bikes are not suited nor permitted in the bike park.
*Renter is responsible for all damage done to bike while it is in their possession unless insurance is purchased at the time of the rental.
 
Hike/Bike Shuttle Service
Let us take the hassle out of mountain biking! We will take you and your party to and/or from the Western Slope or the Ridge Trail.
 
Rates include Western Slope map. Maximum 7 persons per shuttle.

  • One-Way Shuttle: $8 - up to 4 persons (each additional person: $2)
  • Two-Way Shuttle: $12 - up to 4 persons (each additional person: $3)

 

Additional questions? Please call 540.289.4957.

Beginner's Mountain Bike Guide

Beginner's Mountain Bike Guide

Mountain biking is a fun and exciting way to explore the mountain as a family or with your buddies. Massanutten Resort is the perfect place to experience the freedom of flowing down the mountain on a bicycle. Riders of all ages can test their skills on our steep rocky terrain or take it easy on our mellow flow trails. 

Imagine the wind whistling inside your helmet, floating over rocky terrain on your plush suspension, going so fast past rocks and trees that even time slows down to a creep. Bombard your brain with adrenaline and endorphins as you smash over rocks with monster truck force.

Whether you are a total beginner, a seasoned downhiller, or an avid cross-country rider, we’ve got great trails for you. All you need is the ability to ride a bike and a desire for adventure!

Beginner's Mountain Bike Guide

The main difference between Cross Country (XC) and Downhill riding is pretty simple. Downhill mountain biking (DH) is, in the most general sense, riding mountain bikes downhill. Usually, DH riders are assisted back up the mountain by ski lifts or shuttles, whereas Cross Country riding (XC) involves pedaling uphill to earn your descents. As you can imagine, this makes XC much more grueling.

There are also differences in the types of equipment used in the two different riding categories. Since you don’t have to pedal uphill in DH, you get to ride heavier and beefier bikes that are designed to ride downhill only. XC bikes are usually lighter and designed to ride both up and down hill. 

We offer both types of riding at Massanutten. The Massanutten Bike Park trails are optimal for DH riding while the Western Slope trails are perfect for XC riding.

  • Layers of Clothing - Layering is a good rule of thumb for any outdoor activity. Avoid cotton materials if possible. Cotton absorbs moisture and does not insulate well when it is wet. Choose active wicking fabrics like polyester, wool, or nylon. Crashing is not uncommon for mountain bikers so be sure to choose clothes that are hefty enough to protect you from abrasions and scrapes. 
  • Water/Wind Resistant Shell - Depending on the weather you may want a water/wind resistant shell, to protect you from the elements. 
  • Helmet, Pads & Gloves - In addition to your rugged clothing, wearing a helmet, pads, and gloves will help protect you in the event of a fall. 
  • Sturdy Footwear - Closed toe shoes are required. Sandals do not provide enough protection for your feet and are not recommended.

Downhill Riders: Most bike park riders choose long sleeved or ¾ length jerseys and pants or knee length shorts made with reinforced heavy duty materials. We strongly recommend a full-face helmet and knee/elbow pads for armoring and gloves for added protection and improved handlebar grip.  

Cross Country Riders: Most Western Slope trail riders wear light weight and breathable clothing with a more traditional half-lid style XC helmet. Occasionally folks on the Western Slope will choose knee and elbow pads for more aggressive trail riding.  

XC riding on the Western Slope is a strenuous experience away from the comforts of civilization. Be prepared with food, water, phone, trail repair equipment for flat tires, trail map/GPS, phone, and other essentials you deem necessary for a few hours in the woods.

For DH, you will need to purchase your lift ticket and bike rental (if needed). To purchase these items, visit our bike shop located next to the ski lodge at the base of the Bike Park.

For XC, visit our bike shop for shuttle service, guided instruction, trail maps, and trail recommendations. The shuttle service brings bikers and hikers to and from the Western Slope Trails, providing access to beginner and intermediate terrain at the bottom of the mountain. We do not offer downhill oriented shuttles for bikers wishing to be dropped off at the top of the mountain. We also offer Western Slope guided instructional rides to show riders our favorite trails in a safe and fun learning environment. Our guided instruction service is based on the hourly private instruction rate and is limited to the availability of our mountain bike instructors. To rent a XC bike, please visit our bike shop located next to the ski lodge at the base of the Bike Park.

Yes. Beginners who take a lesson are less likely to get frustrated and more likely to have a great first time experience on a mountain bike. Our Pathway Program is the perfect introduction to mountain biking and will cover how to use your equipment properly and maintain a good body position, as well as practice proper braking, cornering, and direction control skills. Additionally, your instructor will teach you how to load and unload on the chairlift and give you a tour of the trails.

The Pathway Program includes everything you will need: bike, helmet and pads rental, lift ticket, and a 75 minute lesson with a certified instructor. The Pathway Program will cover skills that are relevant for downhill riding and cross country riding. Plus, it’s a great bargain! The cost of the Pathway Program is equivalent to a 4-hour rental and 4-hour lift ticket.

Even experienced riders have room to improve and lessons to learn. We offer hourly, private lessons for any level of existing riders: advanced beginners, intermediates, and experts alike.

Yes! We offer bike specific rental equipment for both DH and XC. To rent a bike, please visit our bike shop located next to the ski lodge at the base of the Bike Park.

Our minimum equipment requirements are:

DH: Mountain Bike with 20-29” wheels with tires no wider than 3.5”. No hybrids, bmx or dirt jumpers. Disc brakes on both wheels. Minimum of front suspension (At least 140mm full suspension recommended). Helmet (full face and pads recommended). Closed toe shoes. 

XC: Helmet & closed toe shoes. 

Riding the chair lift is an enjoyable element to DH. To see how our bike carriers work, check out a video here. Essentially, you roll the bike up to our carriers on its rear wheel and put the front wheel in the carrier. Then, you sit down on the chair coming up behind you, pick your feet up, and enjoy the view. Once you get to the top, the lift attendants will pull your bike off the lift and park it to the left of the exit ramp. Follow the yellow arrows to your bike and enjoy the trails!

Our XC trails are on the Western Slope so unfortunately, there are no chair lift rides for XC.

Bike trail markings are similar to ski trail markings. Green circles are the easiest and suitable for beginners. Blue squares are more difficult suitable for intermediates. Black diamonds are most difficult suitable for advanced riders. Red diamonds are extremely difficult and suitable for experts only. 

For DH, our trails are separated by the two lifts. Trails accessible from the lower lift are all green and blue trails. Trails accessible from our upper lift are all blue/black and black trails. Click here to view the Bike Park trail map.

For XC, our Western Slope trail network is more complex. Follow the highlighted colored trails on the map for recommended loops. The green loop is a series of beginner friendly trails and the perfect length for your first time on an XC ride. The blue loop is a great add on for those that finish the green loop but want some more excitement. It is comprised of green and blue terrain. The gold loop is a great mid-mountain traverse. It connects some of the best intermediate trails you will find anywhere and just keeps flowing and going. The pink loop is a difficult and rocky single track experience that will challenge the most aggressive mountain bikers. Click here to view the Western Slope trail map.

Navigation is a huge element to XC riding. Lots of folks use the smartphone app Trailforks or MTBproject to keep from getting lost on the trails. Click here for more info.

Eyes up! When you’re riding, you go where you look, so look where you want to go! Visually scan the trail downhill for obstacles and find the line that looks good. Don’t get stuck on every little detail—look for the smooth way down, and you will begin to feel it!

Don’t slam on your brakes! Instead, try and keep a gradual, consistent modulation on both brakes! Our rental bikes have very strong stoppers, so use them with care. In fact, they are so strong that you only need one finger on each brake lever. Using more than one finger per lever will overpower the brake and make speed control jerky. That being said, your front brake is much better for speed control. If you are only using your rear brake, your stopping distance increases and you’ll slide out.   

Stand up on level pedals! When going downhill, stand on your pedals and keep your butt off the seat. Keep one foot forward and one foot back, that way your feet are level and away from the ground. Not only does it keep your feet off the roots and rocks, but it provides a nice platform for an athletic stance. By keeping your butt off the seat, you’re allowing the bike to move around underneath you. If you are sitting, you will get bucked off that bike like a bronco.

Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous activity. You can manage these risks by making safe decisions, following the responsibility code below, and by learning bike handling skills from our instructors in a lesson. Our instructors cover everything you need to know to have a safe and fun time on the mountain. Most mountain bike accidents occur when people choose to ride fast on trails above their ability level resulting in a loss of control.

Mountain Biker’s Responsibility Code
Mountain biking involves risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions, and actions contribute to your safety and that of others.

Always:

  1. Stay in control. You’re responsible for avoiding objects and people.
  2. Know your limits. Ride within your ability. Start small and work your way up.
  3. Protect yourself. Use an appropriate bike, helmet, and protective equipment.
  4. Inspect and maintain your equipment. Know your components and their operation prior to riding.
  5. Be lift smart. Know how to load, ride, and unload lifts safely. As if you need help.
  6. Inspect the trails and features. Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your riding accordingly.
  7. Obey signs and warnings. Stay on marked trails only. Keep off closed tails and features. Ride in the direction indicated.
  8. Be visible. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, landing, or are not visible.
  9. Look and yield to others. Look both ways and yield when entering or crossing a road or trail. When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead.
  10. Cooperate. If involved in or witness to an incident, identity yourself to staff.

Know and follow the code. It is your responsibility.

Lessons

Lessons

Pathway Package

$80 | Group Lessons begin at 11 am & 2 pm 

Our 3-hour Pathway Package is a perfect first time experience. This program includes Trail-Use, Rental, and a 75 minute lesson from our ride school. Pathway riders are limited to the lower Beginner and Intermediate trails which are ideal for honing bike skills. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early. No reservations required.

*Bike Rental includes a full face helmet, knee/shin pads, and elbow pads. 
*Renter is responsible for all damage done to bike while it is in their possession unless insurance is purchased at the time of the rental.

 

Dirt Groms

Ages 9 - 14
Dirt Groms is a 3 hour program with everything your child needs for an awesome time in the Bike Park. This is a youth specific program geared towards kids, no parents necessary. 

Book online using the widget below or call 540.289.4957.

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Private Lessons

Optimize your Bike Park experience with your own personal professional mountain bike guide from Massanutten's Ride School. Our Ride School instructors are certified to teach skills while showing you around the trail system. Private lessons are perfect for beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert level riders. Students will receive a personally tailored skills-based lesson designed to fit the student based on their goals, riding experience, and bike handling abilities. 

Private Lessons and Guide rates are $50 per hour or $25 per hour per additional person (additional students must be of similar riding ability). Private Lessons and Guide rates do not include rental equipment or lift ticket. Walk-in private lessons are available based on instructor availability. Reservations recommended.

Book by calling 540.289.4957.

 

 

Required Equipment
  • A downhill or freeride bike in good working order with disc brakes and front suspension (rear suspension recommended). It’s always a good idea to have your bike inspected by a qualified mechanic if you’re unsure of its condition. Top of the line Trek Session, Trek Remedy, and Transition RipCords are available for rent at the Bike Shop.
  • Personal Bike Requirements: 24”-29” wheels, 3.5” tire width max, disc brakes, front suspension required, and rear suspension recommended.
  • A full face helmet certified for downhill biking. Rentals available.
  • Knee and elbow pads. Rentals available.

 

Recommended Equipment
  • Mountain bike goggles or athletic style glasses.
  • Shin pads.
  • Mountain biking specific shoes or light hiking shoes/boots (no sandals).
  • Gloves: Gloves can be your best friend if you happen to take a spill out on the trails. There’s nothing fun about having a patroller pick little bits of gravel out of your palms.
  • Clothing: It’s best to be prepared for any possible weather conditions, this includes cool & windy, hot & humid, wet or dry. Bike specific shorts offer the best abrasion protection. Long sleeves and pants can provide better protection from weather and abrasion, but aren’t required. While many shorts can be cotton blends for durability, most people prefer synthetic materials such as polyester, nylon, or lightweight wool for tops / jerseys because of their better breathing and moisture management properties. A lightweight rain jacket is also a good article to keep on hand.

Events

Events

Upcoming Mountain Bike Events


YEE-HA! Downhill Mountain Bike Race | April 28 & 29, 2018
The 2018 YEE-HA will be second stop of the Downhill Southeast Series. Saturday & Sunday Lift Tickets included in Race Registration costs. Registration is open now, we hope to see you in late April! 

When | April 28 & 29, 2018
Where | Massanutten Bike Park trails near the ski slopes | Racing on All or Nutten
2018 YEEHA! Race Flyer
2018 YEEHA! Race Registration

Massanutten is offering discounted Hotel Rooms to YEE-HA! racers. Please use code YEEHA18 at checkout (discount only applies to Hotel rooms, not condos) or mention the YEE-HA! Bike race when booking with Massanutten Rental Services. | 540.289.4952

 

2018 Spring Women's Weekend | May 5 & 6, 2018
Presented by Massanutten Bike Park | The Women’s Weekend includes professional coaching from certified female mountain bike instructors, lift passes, discount lodging, and discount rentals for the entire weekend.  

We’ve got an amazing staff of certified female mountain bike instructors lined up for the weekend of community, discovery, and adrenaline! Develop fundamental riding skills and apply them to our bike park in a supportive group atmosphere. Downhill mountain bike park experience not required but gladly accepted. If you’re interested in elevating your riding skills to the next level, sign up now! Space is limited! We’re keeping the weekend intimate with student to instructor ratio at 6:1. Participants qualify for special discounts on bike rentals ($50 per day) and lodging.

***Pre-registration is required at bikereg.com. Day of event registration is not available. Space is limited! ***

EARLY REGISTRATION RATES

  • $225* includes instruction & weekend lift tickets.
  • $325* includes instruction, lift tickets & rental equipment.
  • $175* includes instruction only for season pass holders.
  • $25 Full-day lift tickets for any females not in clinics with certified instructors.
  • $50 | Bike rentals.
  • Stay tuned for lodging discounts. Call 540.289.4952 for reservations.

*rates increase by $50 after 3.16.18.

ABILITY LEVELS | Participants must be able to ride a bicycle with hand brakes and gears. Previous mountain bike experience is not required. We offer beginner, intermediate, and expert level instruction.

AGES | Participants must be 15 years old or older.

For more info & to register, please click here.

 

30th HOO-HA! Enduro & XC Race | June 2 & 3, 2018
Thanks to all riders, employees, volunteers, and sponsors for making the 29th HOO-HA! a success. Stay tuned for additional 2018 race information coming soon!
2018 HOO-HA! Race Registration - open now!

2017 HOO-HA! Results
Enduro
Super D
XC Race

2017 HOO-HA! Photos & Video
Photos - courtesy of Ian McAlexander
Photos - courtesy of Will Niccolls
Recap Video - courtesy of Swift Productions

 

81DHuro | 2018 info coming soon!
Bryce Bike Park and Massanutten Bike Park are teaming up to offer a 2 day race at 2 mountains. This exciting new race will follow the four run combined time format. It's like an Enduro, but downhill!

2017 Race Results

For more info, contact: 540.289.4954 | imcalexander@massresort.com

Season Passes

Season Passes

Bike Park Season Pass

2018 Massanutten Mountain Bike Park Season Pass: $240
Buy on or before May 4, 2018 and save 10%!
Buy Online 
or call 540.289.4954.

The Bike Park will open April 28 & 29 for the 2018 season and will then be open 3 days a week Spring and Fall and 5 days a week from mid-June to Labor Day. Please see Hours & Rates page for full schedule and closures.

Massanutten Mountain Bike Park pass holders will also receive four free day passes to the Bryce Bike Park!
Bryce Bike Park pass holders will receive the same offer at Massanutten Mountain Bike Park.


2018 Bike Park season passes are available for pick up at the Ski Office (below the General Store) Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm. Bike Park passes can be picked up at the Bike Shop on weekends once the Bike Park opens for the 2018 season. Discounts available for Gold Card holders and Military members. Gold Card(s) and/or Military identification must be presented at time of redemption to receive discounted rate.

Did you purchase a 2017-18 Massanutten Ski Season pass? If you are a 17-18 Massanutten Ski Season pass holder and you purchase a 2018 Bike Park pass, we will give you a free Bike Park Lift Ticket for a friend (to be used in 2018 Bike Park season). 


Western Slope Passes

Passes for the Western Slope may be obtained online from the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition.
Day and week passes may also be purchased at the Massanutten Bike Shop.

Requirements & Access

Requirements & Access

Bike Park Rules

Minimum Equipment Requirements

  • Bike designed for mountain biking. No hybrids, bmx, or road bikes
  • 24" wheel or bigger
  • Front suspension fork
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • No tires wider than 3.5"

Minimum Gear Requirements

  • Helmet
  • Sturdy, fully enclosed shoes 

Recommended Equipment

  • 5" or more travel full suspension mountain bike
  • Hydraulic disc brakes

Recommended Gear

  • Full face helmet
  • Elbow and knee pads
  • Gloves
 
Western Slope Access Rules
  • Riders must have a Gold Card or a Blue ID Card. 
  • Riding on Massanutten property without a valid Gold Card or Blue ID Card is trespassing.
  • For information on obtaining a pass, go to: Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. 

Read before you ride

 

Additional questions? Please call 540.289.4957.

Bike Shop

Bike Shop

In addition to renting bikes and protective equipment, our bike center offers on-the-spot repair services for minor mechanical issues. Our goal is to get your previously functioning bike back out on the trails as soon as possible. Our services include flat tire repair, wheel truing, derailleur / brake adjustment, and cable / chain installation. We are not able to offer major mechanical rehabilitation, special ordered items, bike overhauls, restoration, suspension work, tune-up packages, or any other major repair services.

For more extensive repairs we recommend visiting one of the many full-service bike shops in Harrisonburg; just 30 minutes from the resort.

Trail Preview Videos

Trail Preview Videos

Local Flavors: Harrisonburg, Virginia
Brice Shirbach of Pinkbike brings the mountain bike community to life while introducing history and giving tributes to the one's who keep the trails going. Wonderful article, and some great footage of our very own Scott Wooten, Lead Bike Park Supervisor and a Bike Patroller at Massanutten Mountain Biking. Words/Photos/Video: Brice Shirbach Read more: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/east-bound-and-down-harrisonburg-virginia.html
Samantha Kingshill rides at the Massanutten Bike Park!
Samantha Kingshill rides at the Massanutten Bike Park.
Bike Park All Or Nutten Trail - Expert Level
Massanutten Bike Park All or Nutten Trail - Expert Level. For hours & rates, visit www.massresort.com/bikepark.
Bike Park World Cup Trail - Expert Level
Massanutten Bike Park World Cup Trail - Expert Level. For hours & rates, visit www.massresort.com/bikepark.
Bike Park Crunchy Trail - Advanced Level
Massanutten Bike Park Crunchy Trail - Advanced Level. For hours & rates, visit www.massresort.com/bikepark.

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