_54 Åre Bike Park Day 1

06/09/14

Route map here

We decided to head over to Are bike park in Sweden the weekend the world champs was on in Hafjell as it was one of the last weekends the park would be open and we all knew we would be too stoked to ride from watching the racing anyway.

We took the train over from Trondheim which was about £35 return but a bit of a faff as you have to change to a bus for part of the journey. The hostel we stayed in was mega cheap, great condition and right next to the chairlift, tickets for the chairlift were £25 a day.

The weather stayed good for us yet again and we spent most of the first day riding the bottom lift (there are only two lifts open for the biking), which gave us the option of riding two pretty jump filled tracks with jumps to suit all levels of riding and also about 5 or 6 black runs, they were all pretty short but a good mix of riding. We rode the Shimano Track most, which was full of jumps and huge berms, Sweden’s answer to A-Line, it took me most of the day to be able to get some confidence on them and start properly clearing a few, not done jumps for a long time!

Getting the gondalo to the top is a bit of a faff, as they alternate it between walkers and bikers so the queue can be quite a wait even on a quiet day! But the trails from the trop are quite something; there is one blue which is a just a flat out bermy, jumps track then two or three blacks/reds which are just totally naturally through the rockiest terrain ever, with the biggest rock slabs ever, I love this kind of thing so I had a great time up top! The trails were so open you could almost take which ever line you wanted and still make it down to the right place, it was like a giant playground that you could just pick and choose sections from and link up all the parts to get down.

Oh and the views were pretty rad too!

Plenty of wheelies to be had
Plenty of wheelies to be had
The view is quite something from up top. You can see for miles and miles across the empty countryside back towards Norway
The view is quite something from up top. You can see for miles and miles across the empty countryside back towards Norway
This is the view from the top of the trails from the top of the mountain. It is pretty awesome as you can see the trail head off down the hillside miles ahead of you and there is also about 1000 different lines you could take. There is so much rock you could basically ride anywhere you want down the hill
This is the view from the top of the trails from the top of the mountain. It is pretty awesome as you can see the trail head off down the hillside miles ahead of you and there is also about 1000 different lines you could take. There is so much rock you could basically ride anywhere you want down the hill
The first rest point you get on the way down from the top
The first rest point you get on the way down from the top
A view which shows just how many lines and rocks slabs there were up there
A view which shows just how many lines and rocks slabs there were up there
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