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Welcome to Thunder Mountain Bike Park

Thunder Mountain Bike Park is New England’s New England’s fastest growing downhill mountain bike park. Located at Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, MA, TMBP will open April 30, 2016. We are busy cutting new trails, fixing up the old ones, and prepping Hawleywood, our new black jump trail with the experts from Gravity Logic.

Progress at Thunder Mountain Bike Park in 2016 will be even more dramatic than in 2015. Improvements on tap include, finishing Hawleywood, adding more blue, black and double black rake and rides, a dramatic expansion of our intermediate terrain, 30 new rental bikes, 30 new bike carriers for the lift, and improved operations due to having 1 year under our belt. For more questions, or to speak with a customer service representative, please call 413.339.6617

Hours and Pricing

Fall Hours: September 6 – Closing

Monday 10am-5pm

Tuesday – Thursday closed

Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm

Season Pass

Season Pass: $429
Jr. Season Pass: $199
Bike & Ski Pass: $799

Day Rates

Day Pass: $44
Jr. Day Pass: $29
½ Day Pass: $32
½ Day Jr. Pass $19

Ride School at Thunder Mountain Bike Park

Thunder Mountain 101 Package: $145

The Thunder Mountain 101 Package: Our Terra Method trained guides will teach you the basic skills necessary to get comfortable on the bike. It’s the perfect way to be introduced to the sport of downhill mountain biking. Call Customer service to book a spot or for more info (413 339 6617). This package includes:

  1. A Specialized Status downhill bike
  2. A full face helmet
  3. Protective body armor
  4. An all day lift ticket
  5. A lesson with one of our certified instructors

Group Lessons: $50

Our group lessons are geared toward beginner and intermediate riders.  Our Terra Method trained guides will teach you the skills that you need to become a better rider.  Max of 8 riders per instructor. Lessons do not include equipment or a lift ticket. Call Customer service to book a spot or for more info. 413.339.6617

Morning: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Afternoon: 1:30 pm – 3:30pm

Private Lesson Hourly: $60 per hour per person

Private lessons are for riders that want one on one coaching. The lessons will focus on what the individual wants to work on. This could range from beginner skills to learning how to jump. Lessons do not include equipment or a lift ticket. Call Customer Service to book a lesson. 413.339.6617

Bike Rentals

Thunder Mountain Bike Park is offering bikes and body armor for rent.

The rental fleet consists of 2015 Specialized Status’s and Demos.

About the Status: Sure, riding downhill is a good time; but it’s an even better time to be a downhiller. Ski resorts across the country are opening well-designed, summertime bike parks, and our Status downhill machine delivers performance and value every rider will appreciate. Whether shredding our flow trails or pinned on the race course, the Status’ 200mm of FSR suspension, DH Race Geometry, and reliable component spec keeps riders on track and in control on technical downhill terrain.

About the Demo: Racing Downhill is a balance of calculated risk and confidence in one’s ability and equipment. Designed and engineered to be the ultimate race bike, the World-Championship-winning Demo 8 features 200mm of FSR suspension and DH Race geometry to give riders maximum control on the sport’s gnarliest terrain. The Demo’s low center of gravity, short chainstays, and durable alloy frame combine to deliver the world-class handling the Demo 8 is known for, now with 650b wheels and all-new sizing.

Our rental fleet consists of 39 bikes.

Rider and Gear

It is very important to ride the right bike at Downhill Mountain Bike Park. The same way you wouldn’t bring a pea shooter to a pistol fight, you need to have the correct gear for the park. A downhill bike has plush suspension in both the front and rear to smooth out the bumps on rugged trails. Rent a bike if you don’t have your own and ask the rental technician to tune the suspension to your body weight and skills.

There is a reason why most riders are wearing armor- it works. Crashing is a possibility no matter how slow or cautious you ride and protecting yourself from cuts and scrapes with pads is a must.

A proper fitting full-face helmet is the way to go. Protect your face and head by wearing it done up properly under the chin.

 

Specialized Status

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Status Bike Rental Full Day: $110
Status Bike Rental Full Day / Ticket: 135
Status Bike Rental ½ Day: 70
Status Bike Rental ½ Day / Ticket: 90

Specialized Demo

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Demo Bike Full Day Rental: 125
Demo Bike Full Day Rental with Ticket: 150
Demo Bike ½ Day Rental:  85
Demo Bike ½ Day Rental with Ticket: 105

Specialized Status Grom

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Grom Rental Full Day: 110
Grom Rental Full Day with Ticket: 135
Grom Rental ½ Day: 70
Grom Rental ½ Day with Ticket: 90

Protection

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Full Face Helmet: 15
Fox Titan Chest Protector: 20
Body Armor Piece by Piece: 10 (elbow, knee/shin, gloves)
Full Armor Package: 40 (Full face helmet, elbow, knee/shin, gloves)
Leatt Neck protector: 20

Notice to Riders, Parents and Guardians

Injuries are a common and expected part of mountain-biking. We strongly suggest that full face helmets, full length gloves, biking armor and a full suspension bike be used in the Bike Park. If you are new to the mountain-biking program at Thunder Mountain Bike Park, or the Parent or Guardian of a younger rider, please familiarize yourself with the mountain-biking activities we offer. Introductory mountain-biking lessons and beginner mountain-biking terrain are available. More challenging terrain and features should not be attempted unless the rider has the appropriate skills, experience and equipment to effectively negotiate such trail sections. Please speak to Customer Service for more information regarding mountain-biking at Thunder Mountain Bike Park.

Know Your Ability!

Beginner Sign Thunder Mountain Bike Park
EASIEST: Gentle climbs and descents with rougher singletrack trails with obstacles such as small rocks, bridges, pot-holes, tree roots, berms, or other natural or built obstacles. Designed for the new Bike Park rider, but must have ridden a bike before using these trails

INTERMEDIATE
INTERMEDIATE: More Difficult. Challenging riding with tighter corners, steeper slopes and or Large natural and built obstacles, loose trail surfaces, including roots and rocks, jumps, ramps, elevated features, berms, drops and other terrain variations. Requires off road riding experience.

ADVANCED
ADVANCED: Most Difficult – These trails feature long steep grades with large technical features, including rocks, roots and drops, loose trail sections, numerous natural and man made obstacles. Including: Jumps, ramps, elevated features, berms, drops, slab rocks, rocks or other terrain variations. Technical handling through tight trees and rough sections required. Suited for riders who have mastered all intermediate technical trails

EXPERT ONLY
EXPERT ONLY: Extreme Difficulty. Without exception, expert mountain bikers should be the only riders on these trails. These trails feature the steepest grades with the most technical features, large manmade and natural jumps, wood ramps, elevated narrow trails, berms, drops, rock faces, and other terrain variations. Warming up on intermediate and advanced trails encouraged. Suited for the most advanced riders only

Bike Park Safety

For the safety of all Thunder Mountain Bike Park guests, riding or hiking up Downhill trails is not permitted during operating hours. Riding or hiking is uphill is permitted on trails specifically labeled for uphill traffic.

Trail safety is everybody’s responsibility. It is your responsibility to inspect the trails and features before use. Trail features vary in size and difficulty and change constantly due to weather, maintenance, usage, modifications, and the time of day. Respect the rules and etiquette. Only one person on a feature at a time. Do not use trails or features that are closed. And use your head! Remain in control and within your ability level. Do not use features if you lack sufficient ability and/or experience. You control the level of difficulty you encounter using these features both on the ground and in the air. There is no shame in walking your bike if you feel you are on a trail or feature that is beyond your skill level.

Trail etiquette keeps the bike park safer and more fun for everyone. Remember to always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them. If you are overtaking a rider, notify them verbally and select an area where you are not braiding/widening the trail. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above. Whenever starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others. Finally, keep the bike park fun! You will likely experience riders of varying abilities. Be patient, and give folks the chance to progress to your level in a chill environment.

We all know learning a new skill doesn’t always come easy. Thunder Mountain Bike Park has a group of instructors specially trained in gravity riding. Taking a lesson with one of these instructors can be the safest and easiest way to learn the bike park terrain and its features.

It is very important to ride the right bike at Downhill Mountain Bike Park. The same way you wouldn’t bring a pea shooter to a pistol fight, you need to have the correct gear for the park. A downhill bike has plush suspension in both the front and rear to smooth out the bumps on rugged trails. Rent a bike if you don’t have your own and ask the rental technician to tune the suspension to your body weight and skills.

There is a reason why most riders are wearing armor- it works. Crashing is a possibility no matter how slow or cautious you ride and protecting yourself from cuts and scrapes with pads is a must.

A proper fitting full-face helmet is the way to go. Protect your face and head by wearing it done up properly under the chin.

Notice to Riders, Parents and Guardians

Injuries are a common and expected part of mountain-biking. We strongly suggest that full face helmets, full length gloves, biking armor and a full suspension bike be used in the Bike Park. If you are new to the mountain-biking program at Thunder Mountain Bike Park, or the Parent or Guardian of a younger rider, please familiarize yourself with the mountain-biking activities we offer. Introductory mountain-biking lessons and beginner mountain-biking terrain are available. More challenging terrain and features should not be attempted unless the rider has the appropriate skills, experience and equipment to effectively negotiate such trail sections. Please speak to Customer Service for more information regarding mountain-biking at Thunder Mountain Bike Park.

Bike parks are the most fun when everyone around you is having fun. So keep it cool, have respect for the others around you and everyone will have fun. Now that you know- Let’s ride!

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An First Timers Guide to Getting Started 

GETTING STARTED AT THE THUNDER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

Thunder Mountain Bike Park is located at the Berkshire East Ski Area, in Charlemont, MA. It is New England’s newest DH Mountain Bike Park and we’re a little over 2 hours from Boston, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Hartford and about 4 hours from NYC.

Thunder Mountain Bike Park is a gravity-fed park. You take the lift up and ride down the mountain. This style of riding is best suited for very specific bicycles and gear. If you don’t own this specific gear, we can provide you with a DH bike and all of the protective equipment at our full service rental shop, located in the Main Lodge at the Berkshire East Ski Area. All riders must wear a helmet, and mountain bikes must have front and rear brakes. We highly recommend a minimum wheel diameter of 26″, protective body armor, a minimum of 4″ of shock travel, and we also recommend that all seats be set at a lower position. Riding a real downhill or enduro mountain bike with lots of plush suspension and big brakes will give you a more enjoyable riding experience.

Whether you are a beginner or expert, our staff and instructors will gladly answer any questions or concerns about the specifics of riding in a DH bike park. We also provide excellent equipment in our rental shop and we strongly suggest that you consider an introductory lesson with one of our certified instructors in our bike school.

And finally we need to inform all riders that you assume all risk by visiting Thunder Mountain Bike Park.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Wear?

Wear comfortable clothes suitable for exercising. This includes athletic shoes and socks but no open toe shoes. We require approved bike helmets and we strongly recommend that you wear a full face helmet. Additionally, we recommend that you have protective body armor that includes, leg protection, chest protection and elbow pads. This protective equipment can be rented through our rental shop. Gloves, goggles, and other recommended gear is also available for purchase at the retail store. It may rain or drizzle so be prepared to bring a rain jacket. It may also get hot and muggy, so remember to bring water or sports drink when riding.

Should I Rent Equipment and/or Take a Lesson?

Even if you are a skilled cross country mountain biker, you should consider renting protective riding gear, a DH bike and taking a lesson from one of our certified instructors. This will provide you with the knowledge of the proper techniques that are necessary for safely riding in a DH Mountain Bike Park. We provide lessons for all levels of riders from first timers to guiding former National XC champions through the Park.

What Lesson Program Should I Start With?

The best way to get started in Downhill Mountain Biking is to take a Thunder Mountain 101 Package. This is the best and easiest way to begin. To reserve a Thunder Mountain 101 Package call our customer service desk at (413) 339-6617. The package includes:

  1. A Specialized Status downhill bike
  2. A full face helmet
  3. Protective body armor
  4. An all day lift ticket
  5. A lesson with one of our certified instructors

For those who own their own equipment, we suggest you consider a 2 hour lesson with one of our Terra Method trained instructors.

What Should I Do When I Arrive at the Thunder Mountain Bike Park?

After you park your vehicle, go to the ticket window in the Base Lodge. If you’ll need rental equipment and/or lessons, we’ll provide you with your waiver and lift ticket and all the necessary forms for renting equipment or taking a lesson.

If you have your own equipment, you’ll just need to sign the waiver and buy your lift ticket.

After this you’ll head over to the base of the Summit Quad, load your bike and ride up the mountain. When you arrive at the top you should take a warm-up run and perform a pre-ride inspection of all trails to become comfortable with the layout, features, and descent lines of the Park.

A proper warm-up and pre-ride inspection is critical to a great day of riding. If you don’t know what trail to start on, the Sugar Line trail is recommended.

Can I Ride in the Rain?

That depends: if there are storms heading our way, we will close the Park. Western Massachusetts is prone to fast moving, west to east storms that pop up along the Hudson River and quickly move east. We will close the Park as we see these storms begin to move in our direction and we will continue to let these storms move away from the mountain before we will ever restart any lift. If there is a light, steady rain, we may leave the Park open, but we will not jeopardize the trail system, as trails are are prone to disrepair if ridden when they are too muddy.

Is Mountain Biking Dangerous

Answer: Like any sport or outdoor activity, Downhill Mountain Biking has certain risks. However, these risks can be minimized and you can have a safe, enjoyable and injury free experience by being personally responsible for your own physical well being, making good decisions and by taking the following steps.

A. Rent proper gear or diligently maintain your personal equipment. If you do own your equipment, it is your responsibility to make sure it is proper working order. We strongly advise that you periodically have a competent mechanic inspect your equipment.

  • Brakes should function properly
  • Tires should be properly inflated
  • Wheels should spin freely
  • Wheels should be secured
  • The headset should move freely and be properly adjusted

B. If you don’t own your own equipment, you can rent gear from our rental shop. We offer top of the line DH bikes. 

C. Learn the trail designations. If you have any questions, please ask a Bike Park Employee.

BEGINNER: This trail designation includes gentle climbs and descents with rougher singletrack trails and obstacles such as small rocks, bridges, pot-holes, tree roots, berms, or other natural or built obstacles. The BEGINNER trail is designed for the new Bike Park rider who has previously demonstrated an ability to ride a bike before using these trails.

INTERMEDIATE: This trail designation is more difficult. These trails offer challenging riding with tighter corners, steeper slopes including large natural and built obstacles, loose trail surfaces, roots and rocks, jumps, ramps, elevated features, berms, drops and other terrain variations. The INTERMEDIATE trail designation requires previous off-road riding experience.

ADVANCED: This trail designation is most difficult. These trails feature long steep grades with large technical features, including rocks, roots and drops, loose trail sections, numerous natural and manmade obstacles. ADVANCED trails also include jumps, ramps, elevated features, berms, drops, slab rocks, rocks or other terrain variations. Technical handling through tight trees and rough sections is required. ADVANCED trails are suited for riders who have mastered all of the INTERMEDIATE trails.

EXPERT ONLY: This trail designation truly means extreme difficulty. Without exception, expert mountain bikers should be the only riders on these trails. These trails feature the steepest grades with the most technical features, large manmade and natural jumps, wood ramps, elevated narrow trails, berms, drops, rock faces, and other terrain variations. Warming up on INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED trails is strongly encouraged. EXPERT ONLY trails are suited for the most advanced riders only.

 

What is the Mountain Bikers Responsibility Code

 Know and Understand the MOUNTAIN BIKERS RESPONSIBILITY CODE. The following was derived from the Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor Development Manual

1. Stay in control at all times. It is your responsibility to avoid other persons and objects around you. 

2. Do not stop where you obstruct the trail or are not visible from above. 

3. When entering a trail or starting downhill, you should look uphill and yield to other riders. 

4. Please assist if you are involved in or witness a collision or accident and identify yourself to the Bike Patrol. 

5. Keep off closed areas and obey all signs and warnings. 

6. Stay on marked trails. Do not cut switchbacks. 

7. Stay off lifts and away from the Bike Park if your ability is impaired through the use of drugs or alcohol. 

8. You must have sufficient dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the attendant. 

9. Hiking in the Bike Park is not permitted. 

10. Do not feed, provoke or approach wildlife

Can I Ride in the Rain?

That depends: if there are storms heading our way, we will close the Park. Western Massachusetts is prone to fast moving, west to east storms that pop up along the Hudson River and quickly move east. We will close the Park as we see these storms begin to move in our direction and we will continue to let these storms move away from the mountain before we will ever restart any lift. If there is a light, steady rain, we may leave the Park open, but we will not jeopardize the trail system, as trails are are prone to disrepair if ridden when they are too muddy.

Can I Bring My Own Bike

Yes you can bring your own bike. However, only Mountain Bikes are allowed. We do not allow Road Bikes, BMX Bikes, Hybrid Bikes, Cyclocross Bikes or Beach Cruisers.

All bikes must have front and rear brakes in proper working condition. No coaster brakes are allowed.

All brakes must be a V-Style or Disc Brake configuration. No single pivot brakes are allowed!

It is highly recommended that all bikes have at least a front suspension system.

It is also highly recommended that all riders drop their seat posts When in doubt, drop your seat posts! This will give you the range of motion necessary for a safe neutral riding position when negotiating bumpy, undulating terrain. While you may feel as though the seat post height on your current XC set up is proper, a lower seat height is strongly recommended.

If you believe that your current equipment may be not be appropriate, Thunder Mountain Bike Park has a rental fleet of Specialized Demo’s, Status’s and Grom’s available for rental.

What Do I Need to Wear to Fully Enjoy the Thunder Mountain Bike Park?

Helmets are required and we strongly recommend full face helmets! Clothing should be moisture wicking and protective body armor and full face helmets are available in our rental shop. Below is a list of equipment necessary to fully enjoy the Thunder Mountain Bike Park.

Required Equipment to Wear

Helmet (full face strongly recommended)

Shoes (no open toe)

Strongly Suggested Equipment to Wear

Full body protection armor

Gloves

Are Repairs Available at the Thunder Mountain Bike Park?

Thunder Mountain Bike Park has a bike shop and a rental shop with a technician on hand during operating hours each day. Bring your bike and we will see if we can fix it. Because of the complexity of equipment and the availability of parts we can’t make any promises but we’ll do our best.

Is There a Retail Shop at Thunder Mountain Bike Park?

Thunder Mountain Bike Park has a basic retail shop with the soft goods that you may forget. If you want to buy a bike, please visit your local bike shop.

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