Otter Slide

Big Sky

A fantastic, little-ridden jump line.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
5.4 km
Ascent
60 m
Descent
246 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
Otter Slide Map

It takes a bit of work to reach the somewhat hidden Otter Slide Trail. After riding up the very slow Explorer lift, you'll drop down a short section of singletrack, then descend a gravel road away from the core of the bike park. Then, a hard left turn requires you to pedal back uphill for a few minutes to reach Otter Slide. And after you finish the descent, you'll have to climb a bit to get back to the chairlifts.

Description

This slight bit of pedaling keeps most other riders off of Otter Slide, meaning that even on a busy day, you might not see a single other rider on this trail. That also means Otter Slide is a beautifully-packed trail with almost no braking bumps or trail wear. It's a real gem that's worth the work to access it.

Otter Slide is arguably the next step up in Big Sky's progression from Happy Hooves. This fantastic flow trail offers high-speed descending, delightful banked berms, and fantastic jumps.

The jumps overall are a bit smaller than those found on Snake Charmer, but the features here seem a bit more creative. You'll encounter high speed back-to-back berms, tabletop jumps, small hips, and long-distance booters. The ride down Otter Slide is diverse and entertaining. This trail is a true gem for intermediate riders and advanced mountain bikers alike.

Don't overlook Otter Slide when you visit Big Sky—be sure to put in the time to check it out!

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Singletrack
  • Drops
  • Jumps
  • Tabletops

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