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Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby roxtar » April 11th, 2012, 12:59 pm

Looking for a list of LP areas that have lift assisted DH runs; preferably in the lower LP
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby mtbfree » April 11th, 2012, 1:39 pm

roxtar wrote:Looking for a list of LP areas that have lift assisted DH runs; preferably in the lower LP

Haha, here's your list of lift assisted DH in the lower LP:
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I could keep going but I feel it would get monotonous.

On a more serious note, the only lift assisted riding you'll find in MI is in the northern LP and the UP. Here's a list of those that I know have lift access at least some of the time:
1)Boyne Highlands - very decent riding, about 10 to 15 runs served by one lift, open 4 days a week during peak season.
2)Crystal Mountain - this will be their first season, so we'll see how it goes. I plan on checking it out sometime this summer.
3)Mount Holiday - Only has lift access on select days (wednesday evenings I think) for a mini DH series they do. Never been there, so I can't comment.
4)Marquette Mountain - Not sure if they're going to have regular lift access this year, but they are having a DH race in June and claim that the lift will be open for the entire weekend of the race.
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby 300hp » April 12th, 2012, 9:29 am

Boyne Mt has 4-5 good runs and is free on weekends when the lifts are running. Their race trail is one of the best in the LP imho
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby iamkickstand » April 12th, 2012, 11:22 am

I agree, the downhill race course at boyne is pretty fly for a white guy
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby 300hp » April 12th, 2012, 11:51 am

ps. Is this the same roxstar from TGR?
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby roxtar » April 13th, 2012, 9:39 am

300hp wrote:ps. Is this the same roxstar from TGR?
That'd be me.
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby roxtar » April 13th, 2012, 9:48 am

BTW, I'm not getting email notifications about replies to threads I've posted to.
Did I miss a box to check?
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby mtbfree » April 13th, 2012, 9:53 am

roxtar wrote:BTW, I'm not getting email notifications about replies to threads I've posted to.
Did I miss a box to check?

If you want to receive email notifications on a specific thread, you can either "subscribe" to the topic using a link at the bottom of the page (useful if you haven't replied to the thread yet), or when you're writing your reply, there's a check box at the bottom (below the "submit" button) that says "Notify me when a reply is posted."

I think you can change the defaults for these things in the user control panel as well, but I'm not sure about that.
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby 300hp » April 13th, 2012, 11:30 am

roxtar wrote:
300hp wrote:ps. Is this the same roxstar from TGR?
That'd be me.
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same screenname over there. I've been slumming around since the powmag days. word!
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby iamkickstand » April 13th, 2012, 11:55 am

fyi, boyne mountain just announced on their facebook page they will have lift accessed biking, doesn't sound like much of a bike park is in the works, but for $10 you can session the old race course all day long!
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby 300hp » April 13th, 2012, 12:29 pm

yeah, If I remember correctly you can ride for free on friday afternoon/evening, or free at any time if you are a "guest" of Boyne. I really enjoy the trails there, particularly on the trail bike. The flowy stuff that comes down off of diciples is a riot to ride on a 5-6" bike.

Roxstar:
I don't know if I would make a destination out of any place besides Boyne Highlands. However, if you have a couple days to devote, there is tons of good riding in the area. The XC stuff on the north country trail and the XC trails at boyne mountain and boyne highlands are lots of fun.

The riding in Traverse City is great as well. There is a dedicated freeride area, and the VASA trail network is great XC riding.

Slightly south of traverse city is Arcadia Dunes, which some people claim is one of the best loops in the state.

All of the "downhill" even at the bike park, is plenty of fun on a slack 5-6" bike. I have lots of fun riding my DH bike there, but I spent a couple years riding a hardtail DJ, and a 5" bike there. I'll probably ride my Remedy around boyne as much as my DH bike this year to sharpen my skills and spice things up a bit. What I'm saying is if you have a trail bike, you can throw one rig in the car and have a great weekend.
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby iamkickstand » April 13th, 2012, 12:40 pm

arcadia is a super fun XC loop. Lots of flowy goodness
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby roxtar » April 13th, 2012, 1:36 pm

300hp wrote:yeah, If I remember correctly you can ride for free on friday afternoon/evening, or free at any time if you are a "guest" of Boyne. I really enjoy the trails there, particularly on the trail bike. The flowy stuff that comes down off of diciples is a riot to ride on a 5-6" bike.

Roxstar:
I don't know if I would make a destination out of any place besides Boyne Highlands. However, if you have a couple days to devote, there is tons of good riding in the area. The XC stuff on the north country trail and the XC trails at boyne mountain and boyne highlands are lots of fun.

The riding in Traverse City is great as well. There is a dedicated freeride area, and the VASA trail network is great XC riding.

Slightly south of traverse city is Arcadia Dunes, which some people claim is one of the best loops in the state.

All of the "downhill" even at the bike park, is plenty of fun on a slack 5-6" bike. I have lots of fun riding my DH bike there, but I spent a couple years riding a hardtail DJ, and a 5" bike there. I'll probably ride my Remedy around boyne as much as my DH bike this year to sharpen my skills and spice things up a bit. What I'm saying is if you have a trail bike, you can throw one rig in the car and have a great weekend.
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Yea, I was on the Highlands website and it looks like some cool stuff. I'm looking for a place to ride my FR bike, a 7" travel Opus Nelson. Would definitely take the Uzzi too for the regular trail stuff.
Maybe make it a 4 day weekend and hit Crystal, too.
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby kaysee » April 13th, 2012, 1:37 pm

Where's the cheap place to stay up by Boyne Highlands? Any campgrounds near by?
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Re: Lift assist FR/DH areas in LP

Postby mtbfree » April 13th, 2012, 1:40 pm

kaysee wrote:Where's the cheap place to stay up by Boyne Highlands? Any campgrounds near by?

Petosky state park is about 10 minutes away.
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