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Grand Targhee Resort

 

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Located on the west side of the Grand Teton Mountains, I’ve continually heard great things about the mountain bike riding at Grand Targhee Resort.

Unlike many resort bike parks, Grand Targhee and the immediate surrounding area offer many cross-country (XC) trails, which compliment the downhill (DH) specific trails.  As a general rule, I’m definitely a big fan of XC riding and was excited to explore the area.

A couple days of of mostly smoke-free riding at Grand Targhee has been a blast. Yesterday was XC heaven while today I cheated and rode chairlifts to the top for numerous DH runs.

I was really impressed with this small town resort  and highly recommend the area.  I cannot wait to get back (likely next summer) for an extended stay and lots more riding throughout the broader Teton Valley.

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Over The River And Through The Woods

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Biking In Jasper National Park

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We arrived to Jasper National Park on Wednesday.

According to #ParksCanada, Jasper is home to arguably the best trail network in the world, consisting of kilometers and kilometers of well-connected and maintained trails.

That is a very bold claim – one I intend to validate thoroughly over the coming days.

 

Feeling Guilty

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As much as I enjoyed yesterday’s downhill park ride, I can’t shake the sense that I cheated.  

Let’s be honest – while loads of fun – the ride consisted of a relaxing, scenic gondola ride to the top, followed by a downhill.  And repeat.

No painful uphill.  No slow grind, cursing all the way to the top.  

So today I had to make things right.  I rode uphill.  A lot of of uphill.

Up the road out out of town, before jumping into a mix of exposed forest roads and single-track.

The trees finally offered shade relief, but the barrage of never-ending technical switchbacks nearly had me waiving the white flag in surrender.

It sucked beautifully.

And the descent was all the better knowing I earned it one pedal stroke at a time.

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Kicking Horse Bike Park

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My first time downhill riding  today was a blast.

Kudos to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort bike park for its great course offerings.

Who knew riding a ski resort was so much fun!

 

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My first time downhill riding  today was a blast.

Kudos to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort bike park for its great course offerings.

Who knew riding a ski resort was so much fun!

 

Banff

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The town of Banff is a juxtaposition I cannot capture easily.

It is typical of *destination* resort towns – small, absolutely packed with tourists, cars, & tour buses.

There no shortage of kitschy commercial offerings of all types.

Really, it is pretty much a shitshow.

However, with only the slightest effort – and the willingness to take any one of multiple uphill trails – it’s easy to get lost for hours and effectively escape the nonsense.

Having been here a few days, I am nicely settling into a cadence of morning hikes with Kelly followed by an afternoon spin on the bike while she does yoga.

We’ll make it work here.

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Kananaskis Fire Lookout

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The uphill was long and steep.

The views at the top were amazing.

The downhill was fast.

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