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The Creek Zone was just opened in 2018, so this whole side of the mountain provides a slightly newer-school ride feel.
In contrast to the front side of the mountain, the forest in the Creek Zone is deep and formidable.
High up, this trail crosses a pair of rushing mountain streams that make you feel like you’re riding way, way out in the backcountry, instead of in a lift-served bike park. Interestingly, at the time of this writing none of the flow lines in the Creek Zone are actually jump lines.
Rather, they ride like a never-ending series of fast-and-furious berms all the way down the thousands of feet of mountain side.
Berm after berm after berm, at first they come slow on Southpark, but soon the pace picks up.
At times, the berms feel like they are linked together in a chain, with no flat land in between.
You are constantly sideways on your bike, turning, turning, always turning! The second trail, Earth Circus, keeps the epic flow rolling, but is a bit chunkier and rockier in places due to the soil composition.
Still, intermediate riders should be just fine, but if you want to ride a bit flowier trail, pedal over to Insomnia instead at the mid-mountain trail junction. This serpentine downhill rip is a pretty freaking wild ride that can become more difficult than you’d think if you rip top-to-bottom without a break.
The Creekside Gondola is a beast of a lift, rising 2,112 vertical feet / 644 meters.
The scale of this mountainside provides descents that feel like they might never end! And when they eventually do… just hop on the gondola, and repeat!