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 beginners 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.
New to Lift-Accessed Mountain Biking Frequently Asked Questions:
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. The Find Your Ride™ program includes:
- One full-day lift pass
- One-hour Park Ready™ session
- One full-day Park Ready™ bike rental. Kids bikes are also available.
- Full-face helmet and safety equipment
You may also consider our Find Your Ride™ 3-Pack. For just $359, you’ll gain confidence and experience over three all-inclusive Find Your Ride™ visits.
What Do I Ride Down?
What should I wear?
What do I need to bring?
Can I ride my own bike or do I need to rent?
What do I do when I arrive at Highland?
How do I get my bike to the top of the mountain?
If you’re participating in the Find Your Ride program, our coaches will walk you through the process of loading your bike for the first time. Even if you’re not doing the Find Your Ride, we’re still here to help you! To the right of the lift, you’ll find a stationary bike carrier you can use to practice lifting your bike into the tray. When it comes time to load onto the actual lift, don’t be afraid to ask our lift attendants for assistance.
Can I ride clipless pedals?
What happens if it rains?
If we experience thunder and/or lightning, New Hampshire state law requires that we close the lift for 30 minutes after the most recent occurrence.
Is downhill mountain biking dangerous?
Any sport can be dangerous, it all depends on how much risk you take. Having a safe and fun experience requires taking the proper steps to learn in a safe way as well as having the right equipment. We recommend starting with the Find Your Ride™ program. Our trained coaches can give you a foundation of skills to ensure that you have all the right equipment. We recommend familiarizing yourself with PARK SMART. This is the best way to understand signage around the mountain. Understanding PARK SMART will help in learning the proper steps to ride downhill.
What trails are the best to start on?
Our easiest beginner trail is Freedom Trail. Other green trails include Easy Rider, Meadow’s End, Cat Scratch Fever.