Mountain biking trail group reaches deal with Q Burke
Kingdom Trails Association and Q Burke Mountain have reached agreement on access, management and revenues relating to the mountain biking trails on the ski resort's property.
The nonprofit recreation group and the ski area were at an impasse in December, but announced in late May after subsequent negotiations they had settled on a plan that serves mountain bikers well, KTA executive director Tim Tierney said.
"It's all good," Tierney said by phone Tuesday.
Q Burke CEO Ary Quiros said, "We are really looking forward to working together to continue to make this area an incredible place for mountain bikers and their families."
Use of the trail network and downhill bike park will not change significantly for riders.
When the bike park at Q Burke opens June 6, trail association members will have free access during non-operating hours. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, bike park access will be available for park pass-holders. Both groups offer daylong and seasonal passes.
The association's network for biking and cross-country skiing encompasses more than 100 miles of trails, much of it on the private property of more than 50 landowners. Cross-country trails on the mountain will remain open seven days per week to Kingdom Trails Association members.
Quiros said Tuesday that mountain biking is an integral part of the resort's future - one that he expects will rival skiing as a staple of operations. He said because of climate change, reliance on cold winter sports might not be viable in years to come. A proposed aquatic center and tennis facility are expected to open with the first hotel in December 2015.
Tierney said that with Q Burke taking over some of the organization's territory, Kingdom Trails Association will look to improve its existing trail system and possibly expand further north and into the town of Kirby.
The association had secured a grant to fund planned work at the bike park. Tierney said Q Burke paid $19,000 to compensate the organization for the value of the grant.
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