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For those seeking to cure their summer addiction in the dirt, the Mammoth Bike Park in Northern California is now open.

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Mammoth not only received more snow (a record breaking 55 feet) than any other mountain bike destination, it’s also higher.  With a summit of 11,053’ even its base lodge towers over the summits of other parks.  From now until July 4th, you can even ski and bike on the same day!

But all that snow hasn’t stopped the Bike Park crew from spending the last month plowing snow off of the trails, building framework and remodeling trails.  Mother Nature has been helping out with temperatures in the 70s.

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Now riders can start the summer with laps on Uptown, Downtown, Shotgun and Big Ring.  Pedalers seeking a mellow cruise through the trees can head to Downtown and catch the shuttle back up.  For those wanting to kick up dirt, head to Shotgun for some adrenaline pumping turns. 
 
“Contrary to popular belief, the exceptional snow year will lead to an exceptional dirt year and we’re single-handedly bringing Sierra riders sick bike trails,” says Mark Hendrickson, Mammoth Bike Park Manager.  “There are more new features and terrain in development this year than in the past five years combined.”

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But is all that snow a blessing in disguise? “Mammoth riders talk about dirt the same way we talk about snow – and the dirt right now is epic,” says local mountain biker and Mammoth marketing hack, Steve Krcmar.

“In winter we like our skis fat to float on pow. Deep in the summer, we go with a wide tire, too. No need for that: the dirt is sticky and grippy,” added Krcmar.

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Mammoth is stepping up to plate with capital improvements full of downhill possibilities.  Additions include three new trails with irrigation to keep the dirt moist and tacky, a new jump run off Velocity with two dozen jumps and features in a row, an extension of Pipeline featuring a launch ramps constructed from wood and metal, a boardwalk and a wood wallride, a major facelift on Trail Home resulting in 1.5+ miles of jumps, berms and freeride-specific features, two new over/under bridges in high traffic trail intersections, a new fleet of rental and demo bikes from Rocky Mountain Bicycles and an all new skill development center dubbed the Bike Lab to help build confidence before tackling on bigger features.
 
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With fistfuls of improvement, mountain bikers who ride Mammoth have an epic summer ahead. As Mae West put it, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

Visit www.mammothmountain.com for directions, lift ticket information, and hours of operation.

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Photo Credit: Mammoth Bike Park
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