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NEW TO LIFT-ACCESSED MOUNTAIN BIKING?

Let our trained coaches set you up for fun and success! Coaches will help build a solid foundation of riding skills where you can progress to the next level. From beginner to seasoned pros, Highland is all about training and trails. To help you make the most of your first visit we’ve answered some of the common questions we receive from riders.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I wear?

We recommend comfortable clothes as if you were going for a hike, along with athletic shoes and socks. For protection, we rent full face helmets, knee/shin, and elbow pads. If you would like riding gloves or goggles please bring them with you, or you can purchase them in the bike shop if you wish. If it is raining- bring a rain jacket and a change of clothes.
What program should I start with?

If you are new to downhill mountain biking the Find Your Ride™ program is the best way to enter into the sport. You can take a single Find Your Ride™ for $109 that includes your all-day bike rental, lift ticket, protection and a 1-hour introductory lesson or purchase a Find Your Ride™ 3-Pack for $289 that includes 3 days of Find Your Ride™ lessons, gear, lift passes and bike rentals.If you are looking for more advanced or specific skills coaching you may want to take a private or semi-private lesson.
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A group Find Your Ride™ lesson

What do I need to bring?

Come dressed ready to ride, with your ID and please have a credit card available if you are taking a Find Your Ride™ lesson or renting a bike.
What trails are the best to start on?

Our easiest beginner trails are Freedom Trail, Easy Rider, other green trails include Cat Scratch Fever and Hot Wheels.
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Fun for the whole family on “Easy Rider”

Is downhill mountain biking dangerous?

Any sport can de dangerous, it all depends on how much risk you take. The key to having a safe and fun experience depends on taking the proper steps to learn in a safe way and having the right equipment. We recommend starting with the Find Your Ride™ so that our trained coaches can give you a foundation of skills and you have all of the right equipment. We also recommend familiarizing yourself with PARK SMART. This is the best way to understand signage around the mountain as well as understanding the proper steps in learning to ride downhill.
What happens if it rains?

If it is just raining we still ride and teach lessons. If we experience thunder and/or lightning NH state law requires that we close the lift for 30 minutes for each occurrence.
Can I ride clipless pedals?

A lot of riders feel more comfortable learning on flat pedals, but it is really all personal preference. If you are more comfortable on clipless it is perfectly acceptable. Just be sure to bring your own pedals and shoes.
Can I ride my own bike or do I need to rent?

If you have a bike that you have recently purchased at a bike shop with some front suspension you will be able to ride a majority of the green and blue trails. To truly get the full experience and enjoyment we recommend a full suspension freeride specific bike. If you don’t have your own bike the Highland Demo Center has your covered with a fleet of bikes ideal for learning to downhill.
How do I get my bike to the top of the mountain?

The thrill of riding Highland is the gravity fed trails. You use the lift to get you and your bike to the top of the mountain. Our lift is similar to what you would see at any ski resort, but half of the chairs are customized to carry up to 3 bikes at a time. Our lift attendants and Find Your Ride™Beginner Lessons (Find Your Ride™) coaches will assist you – don’t be afraid to ask for help!
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