"On most of the beginner trails, you hardly need to pedal or brake, you just flow," says Ranyon D'Arge, the supervisor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's downhill bike park. Trails here--and there are only six--are rated similarly to ski runs: green for beginners, blue for intermediate, and black for advanced/expert. While the jumps and features on each trail are different, all trails have great stuff in common: they're buff, bermed, and just generally beautiful.
What Makes It Great
You won't be bunny hopping rocks. You will have to keep your eyes open for wildlife. Shortly after the park opened, a rider came around a corner and collided with a black bear. Moose also live in the aspens the park's trails wind through. The Lucky Charm trail includes a 377-foot long wooden bike bridge. Plenty of shops out in Teton Village rent downhill bikes as well as protective gear.
Who is Going to Love It
It's a good park for intermediate to expert riders, especially those who like to ride fast.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The bike park is accessed via the Teewinot high-speed quad. Each ride is about 300-vertical feet.