Since FAMB never likes to leave things unfinished, the club reapplied for an RAC grant in 2010 to continue bringing the Summit Trail into the 21st century. This time it was drainage features, outsloping and rebuilding switchbacks. The trail’s original oldschool switchbacks were replaced with flowy berms, and the rocky ruts were regraded and smoothed over. At the same time a portion of the Dave’s Dive DH trail was rerouted by hand and a section of Wolverine had a mudbog permanently bridged over with gravel and drainpipes. Riders hardly notice the work in Wolverine, but for those that rode the trail back in the day, they’ll remember bouncing over muddy logs as they tried to stay upright.
Summit Trail Rebuild
Searching for volunteerism options lead the club back to Whitefish Mountain Resort (WMR) in 2009. Club members applied for a federally-funded Resource Advisory Council grant with the intentions of rebuilding portions of the resort’s Summit Trail, originally built in 1995, which had since been dissected by half pipe construction and ski run grading. Working in conjunction with the Forest Service and the resort, the club rebuilt and/or rerouted over a mile of trail to contemporary IMBA standards. The club also installed a bridge over the creek next to the Hellroaring Chalet. All of the competed work is now used in the summer race series at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
In 2008, the club volunteered at Whitefish Mountain Resort (WMR) to help buff out the resort’s first dedicated top-to-bottom freeride trail, Runaway Train. The trail was built in only a few weeks, and without the volunteerism of FAMB and others we all would have had to wait longer to ride it!
Preserving and advancing mountain bike activities in the Flathead Valley.