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20 May 2014
Q&A: Bromont Bike Park!!
Who are you and what do you do at Bromont Bike Park?
Yohann Dumont-Baron, I am the bike park maintenance and development Supervisor.
How long ago was Bromont Bike Park developed? Who or what was the driving force?
The first trails were developed in the early 90's on the main slope side of the mountain, which was already used for skiing. Soon after, we started hosting large-scale competitions: Canadian Championships, World Championships and UCI World Cups in DH, XC and 4X. The last two World Cups (2008 and 2009) gave us the perfect opportunity to develop a second slope side to extend and diversify our network of trails.
How many visitors do you get in a weekend/season at the bike park?
We get an average of 1,500 riders every week, for a total of 22,500 per summer.
What is the most popular trail at your bike park?
Trail #7 the Big Bang and trail #51 La Pittoresque – are two of the most popular trails. They really reflect our vision for the future of mountain biking here at Ski Bromont. The trails are very well maintained and have good flow. They include option lines with jumps, wooden features and berms. There’s something for riders of all levels. As with all our trails, we make adjustments and changes to them every year to keep them up to date and modern.
Will there be any new trails added this season or will you be re-developing any existing trails?
We are constantly working to improve and develop our 41-km network of 21 downhill trails. This summer, we will be adding option lines to some of our most popular trails and incorporating wooden features, jumps and berms.
Describe the predominant “style” of riding at your park? (Natural vs. Manmade, DH/Tech/Steep vs. Flow/Features) Typically, what kind of terrain do you have? (Rocky, Dry-dusty, Tacky, Roots)…
The mountain offers a great combination of dirt and rock, which lets us offer smooth manmade trails with modern, innovative structures. Since mountain biking goes back 25 years here at Ski Bromont, some of our trails are “natural” and highly technical. Our Bike Park has enough variety to make sure all riders find what they’re looking for.
What is the mountain bike scene/culture like at your bike park?
We find experienced riders training for competitions, Weekend Warriors and a growing number of young people and new riders. We also offer mountain bike camps in July and August.
Tell us a little bit about Bromont’s mountain town. Are there any restaurants or bars that mtb-ers like to spend their time?
Mountain biking is a lifestyle in the Bromont area. Many riders settle down here or return every summer to make the most of the facilities the mountain has to offer. With our opening hours, our regulars can often be found hitting the trails during the week, after work or on holidays. After a few runs, riders will meet up at one of the many nearby pubs, microbreweries or restaurants.
Tell us about any big events that are happening this summer at the bike park?
We will be hosting 4 regional circuit B-Maaxx races and one DH Quebec Cup. We also have a full lineup of activities in the works, but that’s all I can say for now.
When is your typical season? Do you have an opening date yet?
Mid-May to Mid-October. We expect to open on May 23, a week later than we planned, because of all the snow we got this winter. We’re working on melting it!
What does the future hold for Bromont Bike Park?
We are constantly seeking new ways to take the sport to the next level while continuing to offer exceptionally maintained, high-quality trails. Until recently, we only had trails for experienced riders, but now we are also developing beginner and progressive trails. We adapt our progressive circuits to the needs of experienced riders, so they too can enjoy themselves if they’re introducing a friend to the sport.