A new race, a new venue, and more steep, raw trails than you can shake a stick at. For its penultimate stop of 2019, the Big Mountain Enduro made its way to Southwest Montana to uncover a hidden gem. Big Sky Resort played host to 200 racers who came to take a shot at taming the wild trails laid out in the shadow of the Big Sky’s ever-imposing Lone Peak.
Over the course of two days, racers covered 21 miles with 7,000 ft of climbing and 8,500 ft of descending. The course consisted of six stages that sampled some of the excellent terrain Big Sky has to offer. Racers were kept on their toes with a mix of steep chutes, off-camber turns, gnarly roots, the occasional bike park berm, the muddy steeps, high-speed ski runs, and enough sharp rocks to destine more than a few tires and wheels for the trash pile. The pain of the transfer climbs was numbed by the stunning views and the prospect of ripping down trails that had racers grinning ear to ear and begging for party laps once the racing was done. By the end of the weekend, the term “best trail ever” was nearly overused.