Central Oregon's Mt. Bachelor Resort is offering its visitors a new way to speed down the mountain. On Friday, the resort officially opened its downhill bike park.

The same chairlift that carries skiers and snowboarders to the resort's Pine Marten Lodge has been retrofitted to carry mountain bikes. For $29, riders can spend a whole day out on the course. Half-day passes are $19.

Right now, the park has three distinct routes on which riders can navigate a mix of natural and manmade features during the 1,400-foot vertical descent.

Andy Goggins is Mt. Bachelor's Director of Marketing and Communications. He says the resort opened the park to cater to Bend's growing bike scene.

"Bend is known as a bike mecca with almost 500 miles of single-track, cross-country trails, amazing road biking. And this downhill bike component really is one of the missing links to Bend being a full-blown bike community," said Goggins.

Mt. Bachelor Resort plans to open more routes in the coming years. The park will close in mid October for the winter and reopen in July.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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