Summer Mountain Safety

GRAND TARGHEE RESORT DOWNHILL BIKING SAFETY

Information For Parents

Downhill Mountain Biking at Grand Targhee Resort is a significantly different experience from cross country riding. The trails require constant physical and mental effort in order for all riders to maintain control.

Proper Riding Clothing

Protective clothing and equipment is mandatory for young riders. The best protection from abrasion requires a properly fitted full-faced helmet, gloves, long pants, long sleeves, leg armor, arm armor and solid biking, running or hiking shoes.  Body armor like a Pressure Suit or neck brace can provide even further protection.

Proper Equipment

The downhill bike trails are specifically designed for full suspension mountain bikes. The trails are rocky, bumpy and become much more difficult without high quality suspension. Without full suspension, fatigue becomes a factor much sooner. The steep grades necessitate disc brakes for adequate stopping power. Cantilever brakes will increase the fatigue factor as more effort will be required to maintain control. All DH Biking participants should ride a properly sized bike and should be able to stand over the seat with their feet flat on the ground.  A bike that is too large or one with a high seat post may increase the risk of injury.  Please consider visiting Teton Mountain Outfitters with any questions about sizing and for protective equipment rental.

Trails

The level of risk increases with the level of difficulty. Black trails often have significant drops and jumps that require skill and experience to navigate. Every rider should be prepared to dismount their bike and carefully walk portions of the trail that they’re uncomfortable riding down.  Young riders become a hazard to other riders if they are unable to ride a trail or move out of the way. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times and should be monitored for fatigue regularly.

Lifts

Bikes are permitted on the Dreamcatcher Chair. The Dreamcatcher Chair is NOT recommended for young children as the level of difficulty and length of the trails is considerably more difficult than the cross country trails.  Lift attendants will load and unload bikes on a hook attached to the side of the chair.  If you have any questions our concerns, please consult the on-duty attendant.  The chairlift may be subject to closure at any time due to mechanical or natural factors.  Wind or lightning hold of the lift will dictate a 30minute minimum closure.

Rescue

Although we don’t have a Bike Riding Patrol, we do offer Emergency First Aid response to any of our trails.  Please alert the on-duty lift attendant and other resort personnel in the case of an emergency.  Emergency call boxes are located on or near many of our trails.  Become familiar with their location, and remember to hold the button down until finished relating your emergency.

Questions

If you have any questions, please let us know and we will put you in contact with knowledgeable personnel.

Brake Policy

All bikes riding at Grand Targhee Resort must have one functioning brake per wheel. This keeps dirt jump bikes, BMX, kids with coaster brakes and beach cruisers off the trails but allows regular mountain bikes and mountain unicycles to ride on the hill.

Mountain Bike Checklist

The trails at Grand Targhee Resort are rough and demanding on both the bike and body. Before riding always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic. Helmets and adequate footwear are mandatory when using our trails.

  • Familiarize yourself with the trail system and select rides within your ability level.
  • Make sure that all bike components work properly.
  • Helmets are required while riding. Gloves and protective clothing are recommended.
  • Always ride with a buddy and be prepared for emergencies.
  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings and ride only on designated trails. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Be courteous to other riders and pass only when it is safe.
  • Yield to other types of trail users including hikers, and vehicles.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • Respect the environment and wildlife.
  • When entering a trail or starting downhill, you must look uphill and yield to other riders.
  • Prior to using any lift you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely. When in doubt, ask a lift operator.

MOUNTAIN BIKERS RESPONSIBILITY CODE

Always know the Responsibility Code Be safety conscious, it's your responsibility.


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