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Jackson Hole opens new bike park

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The slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort are known for steep and deep conditions all winter, but once the snow is gone, what's to be done with a world-class ski hill? The crew at JHMR decided to create a summer adrenaline junkie's heaven.

The resort recently opened its new bike park but get visions of nicely paved pathways out of your head (although there is one of those near the resort, too). Nope, this bike park is smack on the side of the mountain and was designed by Gravity Logic.

Of course, "logic" might well be replaced by "reality" since the course is sure to have more than a few solid drops. Resort officials swear it was designed for every level of rider, with an array of trails, buffed landings and terrain. Advanced riders won't be bored--designers included jumps and bridges to keep things interesting.

There is no lack of gorgeous surroundings. The area is adjacent to Grand Teton National Park, after all. Bikers even get the nasty uphill part eliminated. They are swept to the top of the hill via a high-speed quad lift.

Yes, we know, this isn't exactly a run-over-after-work jaunt, but those looking for some new mountain-biking adventures probably won't mind making a weekend out of it.

The bike park opened June 18, but will mark its official grand opening on Saturday, July 9, from 1-6 p.m. with a free party at Teton Village at the base of the hill. The park will be open through the beginning of September and day passes are $25.

Check it out at jacksonhole.com.

If you're looking for bike-oriented fun a little closer to home, there are a few days remaining in the Pedal for the People fundraiser for the Boise Bicycle Project, including the Bare As You Dare ride on Friday, June 24. Yes, bikers are encouraged to wear as little as they like, but the good news is that the action doesn't start until 9:45 p.m., so there's always the saving grace of darkness.

The final celebration will be Saturday, June 25, from 6-10 p.m. on Eighth Street between Idaho and Bannock streets. Visit boisebicycleproject.org/p4thep for a listing of all events and details.