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French Press

Intermediate
 4.9 (21)

Super fast flow, massive high speed berms, sweet views, and fun boardwalk bridges. A quick favorite for many.


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4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

Singletrack

10,935' 3,333 m

High

8,999' 2,743 m

Low

9' 3 m

Up

1,944' 592 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Unknown

Downhill-only trail. Snowmass Bike Park.

Need to Know

Do not stop on the trail. Be aware of fast-moving riders behind you—please step off to the side of the trail if you do need to stop.

Description

Working with a caffeinated theme given its crossing of Expresso, this trail will have you buzzing by the time you return back to the top of the Elk Camp Gondola & Restaurant (by dropping down Papa Smurf) or whether you take its full length all the way down to its merge point with Viking.

Access from the top of the Elk Camp Chairlift by descending Vapor Trail for one mile. The trail starts on your left. While the trail is continuous, you'll cross over dirt work roads six times and pass by intersections with Expresso, Cross Mountain Trail, and West Government Trail as you descend the mountain.

Due to its smooth dirt cap for much of its length, this is the easiest way to descend this upper part of the Snowmass Bike Park. In addition to massive berms and high-speed rolling sections, you'll encounter elevated boardwalks where the forested slopes remain wet due to seeping hillsides.

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Mike Pritchard

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  4.9 from 21 votes

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Hypnotizing Speeds and Golden Leaves - French Press | Snowmass Bike Park
Nov 18, 2020 near Snowmas…, CO
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Jul 19, 2020
Daniel Franz
Jun 30, 2019
Paul Billings
From the gondola, up Xpresso to Lower French Press. Upper FP still closed.
Sep 23, 2018
Mike Levy
So fun and worth the climb! Up discovery, cross Mt to espresso and then the work road well worth the downhill fun!
Aug 23, 2018
Katie Purdy
Aug 22, 2018
Katie Purdy