Early in the new year, Texas is getting their first lift-accessed bike park. Set to open January 18th 2019, Spider Mountain will also be the USA’s only bike park that runs year-round (with a chair lift). The park is located in Burnet, Texas overlooking Lake Buchanan and the nearby Thunderbird Lodge and Event Center. One cool thing about this bike park is that it’s not part of a ski resort- this chairlift is only for bikes!
Designed and developed by Hogan Koesis, the park’s offerings include downhill flow trails and technical runs with bridges, berms, jumps, and other features. With over ten years of trail building experience, Koesis is now the director of mountain biking for Mountain Capital Partners, who operate Spider Mountain and several ski resorts.
One four-person chairlift will bring riders to the top of the park’s 350ft vertical. Currently the park has five downhill trails of varying difficulty and one perimeter trail, but Spider Mountain’s website states they have ‘an aggressive plan to add more trails regularly’.
Spider Mountain is located in the Highland Lakes area of central Texas. The bike park will be open Fridays through Sundays (plus holidays and spring break) from 9am to 5pm. Bikes and gear will be available for rent.
Near the bike park is Thunderbird Lodge and Event Center, a recreational facility that is also now owned by Mountain Capital Partners. The lodge offers accommodations, an event center, water sports (swimming, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, boat rentals, a 15-slip marina and boat launch) and other amenities. There are 23 lodging units on-site, including lakefront cottages and a large luxury log cabin.
Lift tickets will cost $50 USD for adults aged 19-59, and $45 for all others. Introductory season passes will be available at $199 for adults and $149 for everyone else, giving you unlimited access from Jan. 18th – April 30th 2019. If you happen to hold a Power Pass, Power Card or Power Pack (multi-resort ski passes offered by Mountain Capital Partners) MTB access at Spider Mountain is now included.
With a new bike park on the way, only one question stands to be answered- Does everyone go bigger in Texas?