Summer activities begin at Whiteface

Mountain biking

Whiteface's 27 mountain bike trails will be open seven days a week starting June 25, but those anxious for a thrill can get started with a "bonus weekend" June 18-20.

Co-operated by ORDA and High Peaks Cyclery, the hand-built trails are open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Guided tours of the new cross country "flume" trails will be offered throughout the weekend and Giant Bicycles will have their latest cross country bikes available for rental.

The downhill trails will also be open and will host the Pump Track Challenge at noon June 19 and a Super D race at noon June 20.

Day passes for the cross-country trails are $10 or $75 for a season pass. Access to the expert downhill trails require a gondola lift ticket.

Other events

Cyclists and spectators can also stop by the Wilmington dirt jump and skills park 5-11 p.m. June 19 for the Kyle Ebbett and Friends Jump Jam.

Some of the top pros will be on hand, but the contest is open to amateurs in all age groups and abilities with prizes to be awarded for style and creativity.

Other events during the Jump Jam include live music from Damaged Goods and a free showing of a local bike film. The evening ends with the feature film, "Follow Me."

The ninth annual Whiteface Uphill Bike Race is also slated for June 19. Riders from all over the country will ascend up the eight-mile long scenic Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway. Cyclists begin the 3,500-foot climb at 5:30 p.m. in group waves.

A barbecue dinner will be held following the race, and awards will be presented to the men's and women's overall winner and the top three finishers in each class.

The first Freaky Friday ice skating show of the season and the summer's opening Saturday night ice skating shows are also slated to begin this weekend.

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