MOUNTAIN BIKING PARK CITY SPECIAL
Ben headed out to Park City, Utah in June to check out the area’s riding, the people involved, and take in the great experience that the area has to offer. As someone who has never spent time in or around Park City, it was an eye-opening great experience. It’s definitely a world class destination worthy of consideration for a mountain biking vacation.
A special thanks to Mountain Biking Park City, Park City Lodging, Deer Valley Resort, Jans Mountain Recreation Experts, and everyone involved with putting this together. A huge thanks goes out to Scott House for being our host/guide and all of his time, knowledge, expertise, and hospitality. Also, a big thanks to Eric Porter for allowing us to try to follow his wheel on some great trails.
LISTEN TO THE DISCUSSIONS
#6 – The Full Group
The entire group got together after a great trip to discuss the experience. You get some perspective from the group about their time in Park City. Aly, Veruska, and Giuseppe are brand new to mountain biking and they chat about being a newbie and their perspective.
Aly Teich – https://www.instagram.com/sweatlife_nyc/
The Foodellers, Veruska and Giuseppe – https://www.instagram.com/thefoodellers/
Ohio Outside, Mark – https://www.ohiooutside.com/
High West Distillery – https://www.highwest.com/
Mountain Biking Park City – Mountain Biking Park City,
Park City Lodging – Park City Lodging
Deer Valley Resort – Deer Valley Resort
Jans – Jans Mountain Recreation Experts
#5 – Bob Radke – High Star Ranch Trails
Bob Radke has been a local force in trail building in the Park City area. Bob sits down with Ben after a great ride at High Star Ranch. Bob gives listeners some great insight into how the trails in the area came to be, area trail management, projects he’s had a hand in, and much more. Scott House, our trip guide, jumped in to share some of his thoughts as well.
High Star Ranch Trail System – https://www.highstarranch.com/high-star-trail-system/
Bob’s company, Creative Trails – https://createtrails.com/
#4 – Eric Porter – Mountain Bike Adventurer, Environmental Advocate & All Around Cool Guy
Eric Porter is a mountain bike adventure athlete, environmental advocate, dad, husband and all around good guy. Eric Porter found his love for the sport as a kid in Louisville, Kentucky. Eric got his first job at the local bike shop and it was on from there. In 2001, Eric won both the National Downhill and Slalom Championships. He has won mountain bike and freeride competitions all over the world. These days, Eric lives in Midway, Utah with his wife and two young sons, while pushing himself in the adventure riding world, checking out seldom traveled places by bike and inspiring people to get out and explore.
Check out Eric’s YouTube page – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnzDWHTbEE5UWd3WuQAX6zQ/videos
Eric’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/portermtb/
#3 – Charlie Sturgis – Executive Director of Mountain Trails Foundation
Charlie Sturgis is the Executive Director of Mountain Trails Foundation in Park City, Utah. Charlie has an extensive history in the formation of the trails in and around Park City. Charlie and Ben dive into his history in the area, how the trails came to be, and more.
Mountain Trails Foundation is a member-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to building, maintaining and protecting trails for non-motorized recreation in the Park City area.
#2 – Jay Burke – Park City Point to Point
Jay sits down with Ben during lunch to discuss what makes the Park City area special and share what the Park City Point to Point is all about.
The Point to Point course is a true point 2 point. Thanks to the plethora of trails, you will never be on the same trail twice. You will be riding singletrack for over 90% of the race (that’s a lot of 1-track) and the total distance is 75 miles with around 12,000′+- of climbing, all while traveling through two of the country’s premier mountain resorts. It will challenge your mental prowess, yet it will have you grinning from ear to ear.
Park City Point to Point – https://thepcpp.com/
#1 – Whitney Thompson – National Ability Center
Whitney Thompson is the Senior Manager of Marketing at the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Whitney and Ben sit down to chat about the National Ability Center, the programs, events, and activities, as well as Whitney’s clear passion for mountain biking.