Alpine Prairies

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Wed July 10, 2013

Do Mountain Bike Trails Belong In The Cascade Mountains?

Campers at the Timberline on Mount Hood in July. Timberline is one of three ski areas in the Northwest exploring lift-assisted mountain biking as a summer recreation option.
Credit Amelia Templeton

More than a million visitors have ridden the chair lifts at the famous Whistler resort in British Columbia. That figure doesn’t count skiers or snowboarders- it’s just the number of mountain bikers there. The brisk business at Whistler has inspired ski areas from Stevens Pass in Washington to Mount Bachelor in Oregon to build their own summer bike parks. But Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports, some environmental groups say mountain biking isn’t an appropriate activity in alpine meadows.

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