3. Grand Targhee, WY
Grand Targhee already has an established reputation among downhill mountain bikers stretching beyond Jackson Hole locals, and this summer heralds the addition of an eighth downhill trail. The two-mile-long, machine-built Rock Garden accessed from Dreamcatcher Chairlift descends a technical 1,809 feet, making it the most demanding and steepest black diamond trail at the resort. Women’s mountain bike camps with professional rider Amanda Carey get riders going to the next level with confidence in several two-day sessions in July and August. The summer culminates with Grand Teton Dirt Classic, Sept. 5-6, combined with the Wydaho Rendezvous Teton Mountain Bike Fest, Sept 4-7.
4. Snow Summit, CA
In So Cal, Worm’s World, a new pump track, is attracting mountain bikers for laps at Snow Summit. The hand-built track in the Skill Builder Park is only the prelude to three new side-by-side progressive jump lines. Tweaking on lift-accessed routes adds new features for testing your mettle. Party Wave sports a new 23-foot-high jump and diving board, and Westridge has a new wall ride. For beginner riders and families, small Wonder is a new lift-accessed trail with a 6 percent grade. Under construction this summer, a trail called Going Green will become the longest downhill trail at the resort.