If you think Lost Trail makes a great ski hill, you should try navigating it on a mountain bike. That is what a group of mountain biking enthusiast are set out to do Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-9 at Lost Trail Powder Mountain a ski hill south of Darby.
The organizers have managed to create a whole weekend event out of their favorite sport, starting with setting up camp at the base of the Lost Trail ski area on Friday, where they will host a free screening of mountain biking films. Or, campers can set up at Spring Gulch campground further down the pass and catch a shuttle to the lodge Saturday morning.
Saturday the festival will provide one full day of shuttle rides and mountain biking for people of all abilities to explore the beautiful trails in the Lost Trail Pass area. Participants will bike an easy two miles from the parking lot uphill to the top of the ski area, and then drop down onto one of the trails.
The event took some organizing, Scott and Judy Grasser, the sibling owners of Lost Trail Powder Mountain, and Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists are just a few who had a hand in arranging the festival. They were also granted a special use permit from the Forest Service.
On Saturday night, everyone is welcome to camp at the base of the ski area in an RV or a tent. There will be live music by the bands Poor Henry and the Hasslers from 7 to 11 p.m.
On Sunday, there will be coffee and breakfast available for purchase in the morning.
The registration fee is $75 and includes the shuttles, an LT Bike Fest T-shirt, a barbecue dinner on Saturday night, camping, and the live music and movie. Beer will be available for purchase, but the first is free for riders. Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday morning. The shuttles will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Any money left after expenses are paid for will go to benefit the Lost Trail Ski Patrol, Ravalli County Search and Rescue, the Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists and the Salmon Idaho Mountain Bike Association.
For more information, maps, sponsorship opportunities, volunteer opportunities or to register, visit ltbikefest.com where we found our feature photo.
Facebook photo courtesy: http://www.liftopia.com