Looking to get away from it all, on your bike? I sure am, constantly. Life gets hectic: rewinding on my bike is incredibly therapeutic- especially out in the woods. If ripping downhill bike park laps at a quiet place full of unique and incredibly flowy trails sounds nice, head to Discovery Bike Park. Yes: it is far away from Vermont, but there is a multitude of unmistakable similarities and parallels.
Disco Bike Park is in the small town on Philipsburg, Montana. What Philipsburg lacks in population it makes up for in character. The quaint, historic main street ends in a dirt road winding up into the mountains: literally. Philipsburg sits about a half hour away from the nearest interstate, and just over an hour away from the nearest larger population area (Missoula). Montanans can get into the woods, water, and open spaces quickly and efficiently pretty much anywhere- Philipsburg sits just enough out of the way to keep things exceptionally quiet and peaceful.
Onto the bike park: pack your lunch and don’t expect any amenities, because you won’t find them. You will find a simple, older triple chairlift serving up amazing trails suited for all abilities. You will also find a yurt at the top, with a fireplace for when things get chilly, and a small dirt parking area at the base full of friendly folks and dogs who tend to create their own community. You are in the mountains of Montana, away from it all, enjoying each other’s company: embrace it and leave your phone in your truck (spotty service anyway).
Disco has seven diverse trails to choose from, with several more currently under construction. Each trail is 100% worth riding, regardless of your ability or preferred riding style. One of my favorites is Roller Girl: this gem is full of unique gaps, doubles, triples, wood features, rock additions, and fully open for interpretation. It can also be rolled and enjoyed at a leisurely pace as it winds through forests, next to streams, and across open ski meadows.
I won’t give it all away, but I will say this much: ride every single trail, as many times as possible. Disco Bike Park is a special place, both in its culture and mountain bike trail offerings. Put it on the list! Deal closer: you also get a free beer at the Philipsburg Brewing Company if you bring your lift wristband in….
For more information, visit https://www.skidiscovery.com/bike-park/.