Important information

Mountain Biking 

We operate lift-assisted downhill bike trails along with our Mountain Bike Skills Centre. We feature technical trails, freeride trails, and skills loops. New this year, we have a new up track trail option (Needatowie) to ride to the top of the hill.

Our trails are built with safety top of mind. However, injuries are still a reality of the sport of mountain biking. Before getting started, please familiarize yourself with the bike park. The information below is key to having a safe and enjoyable mountain biking experience. 

IMPORTANT: WAIVER REQUIRED

A WinSport Summer Season Pass and/or Mountain Bike Ticket (the “Pass”) is subject to the completion of WinSport’s Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks, and Indemnity Agreement (the “Waiver”) by each passholder or their parent or legal guardian (in the event of a minor) prior to the Pass being issued. PLEASE READ THIS WAIVER CAREFULLY! By signing, you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue for negligence, breach of contract, or breach of the Occupiers’ Liability Act or claim compensation following an accident. In the event the Waiver is not completed, the Pass shall not be issued and a refund will be provided. The waiver can be viewed and completed here. 

 

 

Important Information

Mountain Bike Park

Mountain Biking at WinSport

Mountain bike parks have a greater potential risk and require different skills than other styles of riding. You must come to the park with cycling experience. Our bike park is not for brand new cyclists.  Always ride within your limits. Follow the Mountain Biker's Responsibility Code

The only access road from the top of the lift to the trails is a 100 meter long gravel road. It is steeper than green trails and the difficulty level is blue due to the grade. If you are not comfortable descending this steep road, use the Needatowie up trail to access the trails. 


All trails accessible by lift require bike skills, including: 

  • Previous experience riding bikes
  • A good understanding and skills for using brakes, cornering and adjusting your body weight
  • Ensure your equipment is in excellent working order and be the right fit. Consider a bike rental to make the most of your experience
  • Injury is likely even for experienced riders. The more difficult the trail, the more you increase your chances of being severely injured. Serious injuries can also occur on the easiest trails
  • Waivers are required 
  • If you are new to mountain biking, we recommend that you sign up for a lesson. Our instructors can teach you some skills while showing you around the bike park. Consider a WinSport mountain bike lesson or program to build your skills 
    • Children six and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children 7-10 must be supervised by an accompanying adult. Parents must have their own bike and a valid ticket or pass to assist children who are not comfortable riding on their own
  •  Loading a bike on the lift requires significant strength. Children need adult help to load. If unfamiliar with the bike loading process, please let our team know and they can give you a hand or you can use our “practice carrier”. 
  • We do not allow foot traffic on the hill including the Gromville trail area and the Mountain Bike Skills Centre.  
  • Take the time to review our trail map and progression chart below to ensure you are familiar with the levels and trails offered.  
  • Slow down! Read our safety signage and get informed. Ride Smart!  

Safety and Risk Awareness

The level of risk increases with the level of trail difficulty. Accidents can still happen on easier trails. Inexperienced riders become a hazard to other riders if they are unable to ride a trail or move out of the way. 


Mountain Biking Safety and Risk Information

Helmets, Clothing and Bike Information

Helmets are always required at our park. 

Clothing: 

For our trails, we also recommend: 

  • A full-face helmet and neck brace  
  • Body armor protection; chest, elbow, knee 
  • Gloves   
  • Closed-toe shoes

The trails at the Mountain Bike Skills Centre are topped with limestone crush which can be abrasive. for this area, we suggest wearing long pants and long sleeves.     

 
Bikes 
Mountain bikes must be in good working condition and equipped with working brakes and good tires. All riders should have a well-fitting bike that is appropriate for the terrain they are going to be riding. 

Brakes 
We highly recommend that all bikes have one functioning brake per wheel. We recommend disc brakes. Steep grades need disc brakes for adequate stopping power. Cantilever brakes increase the fatigue factor as more effort is required to maintain control. 

Suspension 
We recommend full suspension bikes to navigate the terrain on the lift access trails. Full suspension bikes work well in the Mountain Bike Skills Centre but some riders may prefer to ride these trails on a hardtail mountain bike. Ensure that your suspension is tuned properly and set up for your body weight and riding ability. 



Read our blog to find out what kind of bike is best suited to our Mountain Bike lesson and programs. 

Bike Types and Limitations: 

  • Fat Bikes are not permitted on the chair as they do not fit. Fat bike riders are allowed to use the up track
  • BMX Bikes are not permitted on lift access trails. BMX Bikes with brakes are permitted in the Mountain Bike Skills Centre. 
    Road/ Gravel/ CX Drop Bar bikes are not permitted  
  • E-bikes are permitted on all trails and on the lift as long as they safely fit in the lift carrier. The rider must have the physical strength to load the bike onto the carrier. Please ensure you use our practice carrier at the entrance to the bike park if you have never used one before.  E-bike riders should be conscious of their speed and respectful of other riders, especially when climbing.
  • Unicycles are not permitted  
     

Consider renting a mountain bike from our rental shop to make the most of your WinSport Mountain Bike experience.  

Types of Trails

Freeride 
A freeride trail contains machine-cut and man-made features like dirt jumps, boxes, gaps, marrow surfaces, wall rides and berms. You must have jump skills on these trails. 
 
Technical 
Technical trails embrace the rugged shape and terrain of the mountain. They contain obstacles and stunts such as rocks, roots, logs and drops. WinSport trail maps and the progression chart show level of difficulty by trail. The Mountain Bike Skills park provides options for all skill levels from new to experienced riders. 

Rider's Responsibility

Although there are some guidelines on trail difficulty ratings, it is the rider's responsibility to ensure that they are riding within their limits. Trail ratings can vary from hill to hill and can vary at the same hill. We suggest riders become familiar with the trail progression to understand where a trail sits with regard to its difficulty level when compared to other trails. 

Variables that change the difficulty level of a trail:

  • Amplitude - How big the features are on a trail (both long and tall) and how high off the ground a rider may be. 
  • Speed - The "trail speed" that most bikers will ride at and the minimum speed riders are required to make it through a trail or feature. 
  • Sightlines - How easy it is to see the trail or features ahead of a rider. Blind corners or jumps can significantly increase the difficulty of a trail. 
  • Frequency - The number of features and how close they are together increases the difficulty of a trail.
Ride Smart

Trail Progression  
We’ve created a chart to help you progress through the trails. Please complete these trails in order of difficulty. Build your skills before moving on to the next trail listed. Don’t move to harder trails before you are ready. 



We suggest you progress through our park trails by area:  

  • Mountain Bike Skills Center or Gromville
  • East Trees (east of hill road) 
  • West Trees (west of hill road) 
Guest Bike Security

WinSport is not responsible for the loss of personal equipment. The theft of bikes is on the rise; please lock your bike when not in use. Please bring a lock to use while at WinSport. Bikes left unlocked are left at the owner’s risk. 

Weather

Weather has a significant impact on our trails and can cause daily or temporary closures. These include: 

  • Significant rain could cause closure of the trail system or individual trails at any time
  • Storm warnings which could cause closure of the lifts. Depending on the storm, the trails may remain open and users are encouraged to use the Needatowie up track 
  • The Mountain Bike Skills Centre is more weatherproof terrain and can be ridden in most conditions
  • In the case or more severe weather, guests will be informed by announcements over the speaker system. Guests must move indoors when informed by WinSport Team Members. No riding is permitted
General

Access to lifts requires a summer season pass or day ticket (available later this summer). Lifts provide access to the downhill trail network. 

Smoking and consuming drugs and/or alcohol are prohibited at WinSport. 

Please connect with our team members if there is: 

  • An injury or incident within the park
  • A missing child
  • A safety concern or hazard   
  • A guest misbehaving on the hill