FAIRFIELD, Idaho (KIFI) – Soldier Mountain Mountain Bike Park will open for the season on May 28. However, the lifts will not be running this summer, except for a few special events, so cyclists must pedal on their own uphill.
Mountain biking will not be permitted during these special events, which include 3D archery on June 11 and 12 and two disc golf tournaments, details of which are forthcoming.
In addition to the entertainment, the station is open to riders from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays until the end of September depending on the weather.
Soldier Mountain charges riders $10 a day, though it’s free for 2022-23 ski season pass holders. Runners must purchase their tickets on its website. The resort will post full details on their website and social media.
The resort added a hand-cut 1.5-mile intermediate trail last fall, bringing its trail network to five covering a total of 9 miles. One of these trails will be designated as an uphill trail that riders climb to access the other trails, which include easy, intermediate, and advanced hand-cut trails and an extreme machine-cut jump trail. Soldier Mountain also has a skill park. The station will inspect and maintain the trails and skill park on a weekly basis.
Titus Trails and Apex Trail Construction of Park City, Utah, based in Hailey, designed and built the bike park with generous help from the Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association, Wood River Trails Coalition and others volunteers.
Soldier Mountain will host the National Interscholastic Cycling Association Youth Bike Races in September and other bike races throughout the summer.
Beverage service will be available from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the bar walk-through window, but otherwise the lodge will be closed. However, the resort’s outhouse will be open 24/7 to accommodate campers, who are welcome to dry camp in the parking lot free of charge.