We are excited to announce more details for the Pre-Symposium Trail Building Workshop.  The workshop begins on Tuesday, September 13th, at 9am at SilverStar Mountain Resort, participants will meet at the NATC (National Altitude Training Centre) Auditorium.  The workshop is free to those registered for the full symposium.  Please indicate your interest when you register online or send an email to Martin Littlejohn, martin@mbta.ca to be added to the list.  Final details will be sent to the workshop participants at least one week prior to the event.

This year we have three professional trail builders collaborating, each specializing in different aspects of trail building from bike park and singletrack to rock work and trail restoration.

Jason Martin

Jason has been working for Silver Star Bike Park for 15 years and is where he started his building career.  He is currently the Bike Park Manager, with his main focus being on the trails and managing the trail crew.  He also volunteers with NOCS (North Okanagan Cycling Society) as trail director for the past 4 years.  In 2021, Jason helped NOCS start and run their first paid trail crew, and now manages the contracting of the trail crew for NOCS.

 

 

 

Ken Melamed

Ken has worked as a Pro Ski Patroller, Stone Mason, and Olympic Mayor. His Board activity includes Tourism Whistler, Fraser Basin Council, and Smart Growth BC. Biking and volunteer trail building have replaced skiing as his main activity, and he sits on the WORCA Advisory Trails Committee.  Ken’s specializes in rock armouring trails in the coastal rain forests of the Sea to Sky corridor.  You will experince some of his recent work if you ride the restored classics on the North Shore, CBC and Ned’s – his current project.

 

 

 

Mark Wood

After a decade spearheading efforts to rebuild and improve over 70km of trail on Vancouver’s North Shore, Mark launched Trail Holistics in 2017, using his experience to uplift clubs province wide. Working in tandem with Provincial and regional governments, he continues to assess, design, build and improve trail networks throughout BC.  His most recent collaborative work with the City of Langford has led to the creation of advanced risk management strategies that enable and support progressive trails and expert features in the Jordie Lunn Memorial Bike Park and adjacent Gravity Trail Network.  Mark continues to work with land managers, park planners, professional and volunteer trail crews delivering an ever evolving series of workshops centered on a holistic approach to build creative and sustainable trails.

 

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from 3 accomplished trail builders.  Come early to Silver Star and take advantage of this hands on session. If you are not sure if you signed up when you registered and would like to attend, please send a note to martin@mbta.ca.

Below is a little sample of the specialized work that Ken brings to the workshop. (location: Ned’s on Mount Seymour)