Most people do not think of "gravity-based flow trails" and "Midwest" in the same sentence. While there are few gravity-assisted trails in the Midwest there are a large number of local ski hills that see less snow each year. Hansi Johnson, IMBA's Midwest Regional Director, recognized this as an opportunity and is sowing the seeds for future flow trails and bike parks.
The initial offering is a training seminar for anyone interested in designing and constructing gravity flow trails, to be held at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN. Trail Solutions' Aaron Rogers, the mastermind behind the Copper Harbor Ride Center, will instruct participants on how to create lift-served trails that can provide a year-round business model for ski areas. Details will include designing trails for challenge and progression, using mechanized equipment to speed production, and building the ultimate flow with rollers, jumps, and deep berms.
The trailbuilding seminar will be held on September 21 - 23. A limited number of spaces are available and members of IMBA Chapters will be given priority. Please note the fee is still being determined. Register and obtain more details here.
The Flow Trailbuilding School is a partnership among the following entities:
- Spirit Mountain
- Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (Duluth, MN)