Winter Bike ( Snow Bike) Trails
We are very encouraged by the growing popularity of winter biking and are very excited to provide a selection of trails for folks to get out there and pedal in the snow. We are packing corridor trails and locals are snowshoe packing trails on East Darling Hill. Our Nordic Trails MAY be open for riding WHEN we deem it suitable. Conditions have to be right not to damage our grooming or create issues with our ski trails.
To reduce conflict and lower impact of snow biking on our existing populace of skiers as well as protect our relationship with landowners we ask you to follow these guidelines. We cannot stress enough that it is up to YOU to keep this activity a positive factor for our community as well as our future investment in growing the sport.
The trails on East Darling Hill are OPEN. The corridor trails, Sugarhouse and Connector were snowmobile packed on Saturday.
Nordic Trails are CLOSED to fatbikes today. The outer Sugarwoods Loop is CLOSED today due to logging operations. Please respect the closure for your safety.
Hint; Turning on ice is not an option-stay straight over the bike and go slow- even steady braking with front and back -or no braking on ice.
Park at the Dashney Nordic Center or Children’s Theater where there is a self pay kiosk for your Kingdom Trails pass, and head in basically anywhere you’d like.
Winter Fat Bike Riding Etiquette
• You must be a member or day pass holder of Kingdom Trails.
Do not ride if we post that the Nordic trails are for skiing only. Our home page will indicate if our Nordic Trail System can handle bike traffic. East Darling Hill is always open for winter biking but please park only at the Children’s Theater on Darling Hill or at our Dashney Nordic Center. Fat Bike rentals will be coming to the area soon.
• Be a good trail citizen. If the conditions cause you to leave ruts that will impede skiing, leave the trail – don’t just keep riding because the rules say you can. Spread the word about snow biking, make it fun, keep it safe.
• Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, and we’ll all have a good time this winter.
Today, it’s ok to use any type of tire, but when the Nordic Trails are open and running, Purpose built Snow Bikes only! Tires must be wider than 3.5″ and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi.
• Bikes yield to all other users. Use the snow mobile trails as less as possible, be careful of crossings. Cross-country Skiers don’t have brakes, so bikes are responsible for staying out of their way. Watch skiers’ poles. They can be fragile and expensive
• Do not ride if the snow is too soft
• Give skate skiers a wide berth
• Do not ride in the classic ski tracks
• As a general rule, if you have to get off and push your bike, the snow is too soft and you absolutely shouldn’t be on the Nordic trails. If you leave a rut, it’s too soft.
If you are leaving a trough deeper than an inch or are having a hard time riding in a straight line, it is probably too soft to be on the Nordic trails.