Seven Springs Free Ride Weekend

7 SpringsSeven Springs Mountain Resort, located in the Laurel Highlands an hour east of Pittsburgh, PA, has been busy this season building up their offering of chairlift-accessed trails. The resort has enlisted the services of professional trail-builder Judd de Vall to lead the construction of trails ranging from flowy, entry-level cross-country trails to expert-only downhill and freeride trails—complete with ladder bridges, rock drops, fall-line sections and 20+ foot jumps. A pump track is in the works as well.

“The trails at the Seven Springs Bike Park are all about flow,” says project manager Judd de Vall. “We want to build a diversity of trails that will provide an exceptional experience for a broad range of riders, from first-timers to experts. Some of our trails will be extremely challenging, but we also want to communicate that lift-accessed trails aren’t just for hardcore downhillers,” added de Vall. “Meandering, lift-serviced trails are a perfect experience for families who are looking for a way to ride together without long climbs. The trails can be an especially good way to introduce family members and children to our favorite summer experience.”

To showcase their goodies, Seven Springs Bike Park is offering unlimited free high-speed, six-passenger chairlift access from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on July 12–13th, 2008. Just show up at the Foggy Goggle bar (located at the base of the six-passenger chairlift), with the proper safety gear, and score your free ticket.

Seven Springs has also lined up free demo bikes from Kona, Trek Factory, Trek WSD and Santa Cruz Bicycles. In addition to their standard fleet, Trek will be packing a selection of 2008 Remedy and Session big-hit bikes. That adds up to over 100 demo bikes available for Free Ride Weekend.

The Foggy Goggle bar will be rocking with music, $2 drafts and a barbecue starting at 11:00 a.m. each day. Seven Springs is even giving away a new bike to one lucky rider. The resort is offering a special lodging rate starting at $135 (word is that the resort is filling up fast, so call 866.437.1300 sooner rather than later to reserve a room).

Click on the thumbnails below to view larger shots of the action at Seven Springs (photos courtesy of Scott Rodgers, Seven Springs Mountain Resort).

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