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Adventure Park Summer Hotspot

Adventure Park Summer Hotspot

Check out the story below from Jennifer Anderson of the Portland Tribune:


Created on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 00:21 | Written by Jennifer Anderson

COURTESY: MT. HOOD ADVENTURE PARK - Mountain biking draws many people to the Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl these days.

Portland mountain bikers of all ages now have one more spot to shred it — or to practice the skills they need to find great flow on the trail.

Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl, a summertime hotspot just an hour out of the city, opened its Bike Learning Center in late May, and it’s the only conveyor-assisted skills area for mountain biking in the country.

That’s just one more element to their Freeride Bike Park, the progressive pump track where riders can come to the mountain to rent bikes and gear and learn basic skills before they hit the trails. “We’re introducing new people to the sport,” park spokesman Hans Wipper says. “It’s a version of our ski school in the winter.”

COURTESY: MT. HOOD ADVENTURE PARK - The Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl now offers Bike Learning Center activities.

The Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park in Northeast Portland brings its kid camps up to the BLC every Friday, the goal being to grow the next generation of the sport — already wildly popular as GenXers teach their kids the skills they grew up with.

The park — which attracts about 150,000 visitors each summer and is located by Government Camp — also just completed its new 1.5-mile singletrack Sunrise Trail from the top of Upper Bowl, where riders can hop on a lift to the top and enjoy the views and the flow halfway down the mountain.

Other fan favorites at the adventure park are: the mini golf and frisbee golf (18 holes, with nine more to be added next season); the bungee tower; zipline; horseback riding; kiddie canoe; and the half-mile dual alpine slide, which reaches up to 20 miles per hour along its 350-foot descent.

Little-known fact: The Adventure Park also is a hub for water activity in the summertime. Visitors can rent canoes, kayaks and paddleboards to play on the nearby lakes, and even book a whitewater rafting trip through the park’s website for a trip with a local outfitter.

Portlanders looking for a midweek getaway can buy a pass midweek online for 10 percent off.

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