The highlight of summer of 2016 was putting Snake Charmer on the ground off Andesite Mtn at Big Sky Resort. This blue flow trail connects from the top of the Ramcharger chair to the high point of Mountain to Meadow, letting riders turn left and rip back to the Big Sky base area, or turn right for the full 2200 vertical descent to Big Sky Town Center. Check out our edit of this rollercoaster of a ride!
Thanks to Lone Mountain Land Company and Big Sky Resort for their support of what’s become the area’s biggest draw for riders! Built over 2 summers, Mountain to Meadow is a truly remarkable way to end a day at the Big Sky Bike Park or as a stand alone ride connecting the resort to the town of Big Sky… Truly a trail for everybody, it’s got short climbs, meadows, old growth, endless berms and rollers, a few small jumps and some exposed switchbacks to keep riders on their toes.
In the midst of a very busy summer in the Big Sky area, we found time to shoot a couple videos of our work. One shows a bit of construction footage and some trail cruising on the scenic Highlands Ridge trail in Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, while the other one chronicles a run down Otter Slide, a very cool flow trail that drops from Moonlight Lodge to the Big Sky base area. Can’t wait to get back on the ground this upcoming summer!
We’re proud to announce that one of Terraflow’s flagship projects from last year, Kashmir trail at Whitefish Mountain Resort, ended up on IMBA’s short list of “Top Four Flow Trails In The World” for 2014. STOKED!
After a spring spent working on pump tracks in the Flathead Valley and finishing excavator work on “Otter Pop” at Spencer Lake, Terraflow shifted operations south to Big Sky, Montana. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to help connect the lodges, clubhouses and neighborhoods that surround Big Sky Resort.
So far we’ve designed and built over 9 miles of fun and sustainable singletrack trail, including XC flow loops within Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, a mountainside traverse between Spanish Peaks and Big Sky base area, and two distinct routes between the Big Sky base area and Moonlight Lodge – an XC flow trail and a dedicated, shuttle friendly DH flow trail.
The future of trails looks bright in Big Sky, as Terraflow continues to plan and map additional fun, with an eye on connecting all the way to the Meadow Village and digging into a whole new network of lift access flow trails. Bring it on!
Just put the finishing touches on this year’s super fun Whitefish Trail loop above Woods Lake. Meanwhile, Terraflow has been cropping up regularily in the media. Freehub Magazine just chronicled Terraflow’s role in the development of Whitefish as a mountain bike destination, we just hosted a journalistic team from Dirt Rag, Projekt Roam has been filming on our new Whitefish Trail loop, and we’ve been mentioned in Bike Magazine. Whitefish Mountain Resort’s bike park just featured in a Bicycle Retailer article and Terraflow’s Pete Costain was a key personality in last season’s Native Eyewear catalog. Here’s a quote from Freehub Mag… “It is the flowing jump line of Freebird and the deep berms of Kashmir… that catch riders’ attention… even for those used to the world class Whistler bike park, Whitefish Resort’s quiver doesn’t just impress – it blows visiting bikers away.”
Wow, did we have fun laying down 4000 vertical feet of new flow trail on the south face of Big Mountain! I had so much fun that I quit looking at the hour meter – build, test, eat, sleep and repeat. My boys performed their test monkey duties admirably, but I made sure to send everything I built, stepping up to a level of riding that took me back a few years… Thanks to Greg for running the 2nd excavator, trail crew for all the hand labor and the Resort and USFS for working together to get this project on the ground. Enjoy the quick edit…
We just spent four weeks in April and May finishing up the trail rehabilitation project at Lake Sonoma for the Army Corp. Logistically, this job was a challenge due to its remote nature. Four miles from the trailhead we were tasked with rebuilding and armoring three high volume storm water crossings, which involved excavating many tons of on-site boulders and hauling in 6000 lbs of concrete pavers by ATV.
Now we’re back doing what we really love to do – building bike trails at our local resort! We’re running two excavators and chasing the snow line up Whitefish Mountain Resort, while resort employees have been running a third machine near the base area. Although it just dumped 6 new inches of snow today we’re making great progress and should have plenty of fesh berms ready to rip by opening day, June 15th. Look for new photo and video postings in the near future.
Our job for the Army Corp of Engineers at Lake Sonoma in California went well, and we were back in Montana by Christmas. After a month of work, including a number of down days due to rain, we’re half done and eager to get back to work in the spring. The high clay content of some of the soil has us in a holding pattern until April.
We rerouted a crazy steep gully that had eroded to more than 4 feet deep, and finished over half of an 18,000 foot rebuild of the seven foot wide multi-use South Lake Trail. The 35D excavator is spending a peaceful winter in the woods, trailside.
The most exciting part of the job so far has been watching our freshly built trail sections survive 10 inches of rain in three days! We are currently skiing lots of powder in NW Montana, planning next summer’s endeavors and getting excited for February’s Professional Trail Builder’s Association conference in New Mexico.
Summer has turned to fall and winter is lurking around the corner, so we’re heading to NorCal for a month of trailwork before ski season. We’ll be restoring trail at Lake Sonoma for the Army Corp of Engineers! Looking forward to the change of scenery.
We wrapped up this summer at Moonlight Basin, on Big Mountain and back on the Whitefish Trail. Captured some beautiful photos of all three jobs, which are posted under “images”. Each project had such different character – a rugged private hiking trail at Moonlight, massive freeride dirt features on Big Mtn and more multi-use flow trail on the Swift Creek leg of the Whitefish Trail.
Cant wait for next summer in Montana!
Heading to Choteau to spruce up the Blackleaf Canyon trail for the USFS and to Moonlight Basin for a couple of private jobs. Such beautiful country we live in. Also doing a site visit at the Montana Tech campus in Butte to see if we can help get their newly approved Bike Park going.