Love for Ain’t No Scrubs & XC Charging Ahead

Posted July 14, 2017

With the BC Provincial Championships and BC Cup circuit roaring through town this past weekend, you could have forgiven our Trail Crew for devoting all of their time to our tight and techy race course over the last couple of weeks. However, while the race course was ready for its day in the spotlight, a stretch of fresh berms has been catching the eyes of any rider who’s headed up our chairlift in the last week, so it’s clearly not just the course that’s been getting some love.

Love for Ain’t No Scrubs & XC Charging Ahead
Trail Crew members Riley Holowatiuk, Derek Sulkowski, and Lynden Sandy working hard on the new berms.

Turns out the crew have been busy while all eyes were on the race, working feverishly alongside our mini excavator to completely rework the top section of Ain’t No Scrubs and carve the dirt into a beautiful, new, machine-made master piece. The new berms link up perfectly, making braking an afterthought and turning Ain’t No Scrubs into the kind of flowy jump trail that dreams are made of. In addition, a big new tabletop awaits as you emerge from the first set of berms, launching you into the next stretch of new trail before yet even more berms deliver you to the step-up that has traditionally been the first feature on this local favourite.

Love for Ain’t No Scrubs & XC Charging Ahead
The boys working hard.

We know you’re now chomping at the bit to get your tires into Ain’t No Scrubs, but with the excavator still on the trail and the crew making final touch ups it has been closed on and off to the public over the week. While it’s currently open to ride as of posting today, we recommend checking the trail status page on our website for the most up to date info before you head up.

Love for Ain’t No Scrubs & XC Charging Ahead
Jase Petersen testing out the lower section of the new stuff, with the step-up in the background.

Now that Ain’t No Scrubs is sparkling fresh in the sunshine, work has begun on the upgrades of Route 66 and Smooth Smoothie to extend these two beginner friendly trails into true top-to-bottom runs.

Love for Ain’t No Scrubs & XC Charging Ahead
There’s a lot of new berms on Ain’t No Scrubs, is what we’re saying…

Shifting gears, we have great news for those who crave some up with their down, as the long winter and wet spring have finally relinquished their grip on our alpine cross country trails. As of yesterday both of our lift accessed XC trails, Altitude and Big Rock Ride, are open and rideable! It’s still a little wet out there, so please be gentle with them for the next few days.

Love for Ain’t No Scrubs & XC Charging Ahead
Swapping out the full face, Jase Petersen heads off on the lift accessed Big Rock Ride XC trail.

Down in the valley, the Morrisey XC network is also drying out nicely and providing some good riding for sunset trips out to McGillivray Lake or morning jaunts to the top. While taking a couple of laps with Sun Peaks Recreational Trail Association President Jase Petersen, we asked him for recommendations on which trails are riding best right now:

“The McGillivray trails are starting to ride really well, with Snowshoe and Lynx dry and ready to ride. Up top, Big Rock Ride is also good to go and I recommend linking it up with your favourite DH trail from the Bike Park for an awesome long descent back to the village. Altitude just opened, so I’m excited to get up there over the next week and check out how it’s looking.”

Love for Ain’t No Scrubs & XC Charging Ahead
The wildflowers are in full bloom up top.

With wildfire hazard leading to closures of many regional parks and trails, we feel fortunate that our trails are still accessible for XC fans to get their fix. While we have experienced some smoke over the past week, the skies are looking clear and the elevation is keeping the temperatures fresh.

We’re now into the height of summer and right in the thick of bike season, so isn’t it time to lock in that road trip to Sun Peaks and test yourself on our legendary trails? See you up here for some fast turns and patio beers, perhaps at next weekend’s Summer Patio Party.

- The Sun Peaks Bike Park Team