Q&A With Little Switzerland
21 May 2015
Q&A: Little Switzerland Bike Park!!
Who are you and what do you do for Little Switzerland Bike Park?
Mike Schmitz. I am co-owner and General Manager of Little Switzerland
What was the driving force to open a bike park at Little Switzerland?
Gavin MacLeod, a talented local builder had a vision for the bike park. He and a dedicated group of volunteer trail builders are the driving force behind Little Switz Bike Park.
Little Switzerland Bike Park Grand Opening from OneEighteen on Vimeo.
How often do the chairs run for mountain bikers?
Once a month.
Is there a plan to be open more often?
Yes, assuming there is demand, we will expand our operating hours.
How many visitors do you get in a weekend/season at the bike park?
This is our first season…don’t really know yet.
What is the most popular trail at your bikepark?
Building jumps at Little Switzerland Bike Park from OneEighteen on Vimeo.
Will there be any new trails added this season or will you be re-developing any existing trails?
Yes, our build crew will be hard at work adding and re-developing trails throughout the season.
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)…
These trails have a flow feel to them with many berms, jumps, and manmade drops. Sandy soil that drains well, makes trails rideable soon after a rain.
What is the mountain bike scene/culture like at your bikepark?
There is definitely a local backyard session feel. Riders often find themselves shredding alongside the builders or just at the crew hangout meeting new people. There is always a good congregation of riders gathering in the bar for food and drinks afterwards.
Is there a bike shop? Do you have rentals?
We do not currently offer rentals or have a bike shop on site.
What does the future hold for Little Switzerland Bike Park?
The bike park has been very well received and we hope to continue to expand our park and grow the participation.