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Spirit Mountain Teaches Kids Downhill Mountain Biking

Updated: 07/13/2014 10:34 PM
Created: 07/13/2014 8:27 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

Mountain biking is nothing new, but gravity trails at Spirit Mountain are.

"These are all strictly downhill and there's features in it," Heidi Karlsson said.

The first gravity trail started a few years ago, but they keep adding more every year.

"If it keeps going like this, who knows?" Karlsson said. "The sky's the limit."

You don't have to be an expert to hit the dirt. You'll see some younger bikers hitting the trails because of Spirit Mountain's camps for kids.

The week-long class is for kids looking to learn how to ride the gravity trails. They start on flat pavement, but are heading downhill by the end of the camp.

"I really like going fast and I like the turns and berms," Ben Westrum said. "It's a little more exciting than just road biking."

Eyewitness News followed the Basic Skills Camp on the trails and it wasn't all boys.

"Girls can do anything that boys can do," Sophia Benson said. "Girls are a lot better than boys."

Organizers are happy to see young girls getting into the sport.

"Last year, we did the camps and it was all boys," Karlsson said. "It's really neat to see the girls out there."

Spirit Mountain even has a group for ladies called Mountain Divas.

"These trails can be intimidating," Karlsson said. "So, a lot of ladies don't want to come out and do it when it's busy."

If you're looking for a little courage or just looking to learn, Karlsson said hitting the gravity trails is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.

"We're the outside city right?" Karlsson said. "Why not get them use to what we have here."

The lift to get to the trails at Spirit Mountain runs Thursday through Sunday. For a full list of the camps and more information on Mountain Divas, click here.

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