The New Shangri-La Trail
The Purgatory Bike Park is excited to announce that the lower portion of the Shangri-La mountain bike trail is complete and is now open daily! Our newest trail provides access to terrain for riders of all skill levels that is unique and a first of its kind in the area. Shangri-La offers a wide variety of terrain including berms, progressive turns, smooth singletrack, a tunnel and several wooden bridge features. Novice riders will enjoy the many opportunities provided by Shangri-La to help improve their riding skills.
Starting mid-mountain, Shangri-La is accessed by the intermediate 7th Heaven trail, and winds around the front of the mountain toward Lift 4 before sending riders back down to the base area.
“It was truly amazing, and I will be returning for more rides this summer,” said Linzie R., a Durango local. “The Shangri-La trail flowed extremely well and the features of the trail were built with intentionality and finesse. Cruising into the high berms, flowing rollers and trail bridges gave me the feeling of being on my own personal natural rollercoaster.”
Linzie is an intermediate rider but noted “The trail is perfect for beginner riding, however is also built in a way that intermediate and advanced riders can test their skills and feel a thrill.”
Eric B., another local rider, also mentioned how the new trail is great for all levels. “After the intro section, things get more flowy with sweeping berms and gap-able rollers that are perfect for beginner riders to gain confidence, intermediate riders to progress skills, and expert riders to dust off the cobwebs.”
Tips for Beginners
Take a lesson: Lessons are a great way to learn about your bike, hone in on specific technique and get familiar with the Purgatory Bike Park’s trails. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended at least 24 hours in advance. Learn more.
Get familiar with your bike: Don’t forget the basics. Where is your rear brake vs. front brake? Did you check your tire pressure? Is your seat lowered all the way?
Take things slow: Progression comes with time. Taking breaks is not only a great way to enjoy the views, but is sometimes necessary to scout lines or catch your breath. Just remember to pull off the trail so you aren’t in the way of bikers coming down the trail!
Check out our beginner’s guide page for more tips.
More Bike Park Improvements
Other Purgatory Bike Park improvements this season include an extended landing on the Shangri-La flyover for riders on the Divinity Flow Trail and a rebuild to the wall ride. Riders will also enjoy the new berms and features on Diggler. The mountain operations team will continue to work on additional bike park improvements throughout the summer.
New this season, Purgatory offers two activity sessions daily: a morning session from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and an afternoon session from 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Full day, half day and single ride tickets are available for the Purgatory Bike Park. Half day sessions are only available in the afternoon. Availability is limited so purchasing your tickets online in advance is highly recommended.
If you’re planning on visiting multiple times this summer (and why would you not?) a summer season pass might be right for you! The Mountain Bike Power Pass pass offers biking every day of the 2020 summer season at the Purg Bike Park as well as Brian Head Resort. The Summer Adventure Pass is perfect for those who enjoy our other activities in addition to mountain biking. If you’re a skier and a biker check out the Power Pass, which includes mountain biking at Purgatory this summer and offers unlimited access to eight ski and bike resorts. Passes offer direct to lift access so you can bypass the ticket office window and get more riding in.
To view the full trail report, click here.