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A mountain biker races downhill on Bald Mountain.

Sun Valley Resort has two new mountain biking trails to unveil on the front side of Baldy this summer—one called Pale Rider and another called Mindbender.

    The new trails will be open on Friday, June 22, at 9 a.m. The existing Saddle Up trail, from Lookout to the base of the Christmas lift, opens that day, while the Lupine trail, which starts at Leigh Lane off Seattle Ridge and goes across the Bowls, won’t open until July 1 due to restrictions for elk calving, according to a news release from Sun Valley Resort.

    Mindbender is 3.5 miles long and drops 1,334 feet from the Roundhouse across Cold Springs and over to River Run; the resort describes it as a “fast intermediate freeride track” that combines big jumps with flowing berms.

    Pale Rider on lower River Run offers a more challenging route for advanced or expert riders. The trail is 1.2 miles long with a 530-foot drop.

    “It incorporates both natural elements and human-made jumps and drops, making it a ‘technical-meets-freeride’ hybrid-style terrain,” the resort stated.

    The resort stated that the trails were constructed in cooperation with the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Trail Solutions, Red Elephant Trails, U.S. Forest Service and the BLM.

    The Cold Springs trail is being rerouted and should be finished by the end of July, according to the resort. Work was scheduled to start June 4.

    The rerouting of Cold Springs will change the bottom of the trail to a shaded single-track course, which is aimed at improving the experience of climbing and descending for a wider swath of riders, according to the resort.

    When the lift is operating, starting June 22 and running until Sept. 9, the River Run trail will be downhill-only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Going up or down hill is permitted before 9 a.m., or after 5 p.m.

In total, the resort will offer close to 10 miles of trails that descend 3,000 feet in elevation.

“We are excited about our expanded options for mountain biking on Bald Mountain,” Summer Trails Manager Julian Tyo said. “By adding these downhill-only intermediate and advanced trails to our system, it puts Sun Valley on the map for the growing community of gravity athletes, as well as creating a plethora of new loop options.”

    To access Pale Rider and Mindbender, ride the Roundhouse gondola and the Christmas chairlift.

    Uphill riders and hikers can access the trails network during the summer via the Warm Springs Trail, the Cold Springs Trail and the Bald Mountain Trail.

    The resort is selling season and daily passes. A daily summer lift ticket costs $42 for an adult or $30 for a child or senior.

    A season bike pass costs $389 for an adult or $239 for a rider 19 or younger.

    Sun Valley will be part of the Idaho Enduro Series on Baldy on Aug. 4, and will show a feature film devoted to mountain biking called “Gamble” at the Sun Valley Opera House on Friday, June 15. Tickets cost $20 in advance, or $22 the day of the show. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m., while the film will start at 7 p.m.

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