Northwest Cup

Northwest Cup 2016


The 2016 Northwest Cup is June 24-26


The Northwest Cup is coming to town and bringing a pile of the fastest downhill racers in the west with them!

Check out the 2015 race recap HERE


Course Previews HERE


Important details for non racers- All racing will take place in the Chair 3 zone on Hot Beans, Frankenbeans and Jackass/ El Burro Loco.  Hot Beans and Frankenbeans will be closed during Junior Expert and Pro qualification runs, 4:15-5:30 on Saturday.  Jackass will close for racing around 10:15 on Sunday and reopen around Noon.  Hot Beans and Frankenbeans will close around 11:30 on Sunday and reopen around 3:00.  Everything will be open to everyone during practice. Chair 5 will be operating for bike uploads at the bottom of Jackass, see schedule below.  Spectator “Scenic Ride” tickets for spectators are $10 per day, or $15 for the whole event and can only be purchased at registration.


Important details for racers new to Silver Mountain Bike Park-  Using North America’s longest gondola means we have access to over 3,400 feet of vertical within the trail system.  Once you leave the Chair 3 zone you are committed to a full top to bottom run.  This means that if you need tubes, water or tools you should have them on you.  The gondola covers 3.2 miles in distance and takes about 25 minutes to cover a one way trip.  All of the race courses are within the Chair 3 zone and can be lapped by way of Chair 3 or Chair 5.  We have a restaurant, bike patrol and bathrooms at the top of the gondola and chair 3.

Registration & Lift Tickets

Online registration is open until midnight on Wednesday the 22nd  at

Onsite registration will be held in the Gondola Village in front of Noah’s Canteen Fri 8:30a- 3:00p, and Sat 8:30a-2:00p.  No day of registration.


Discounted lift tickets will be available to racers only for $20 per day, and will be available at registration. After checking in with registration you will be given a voucher that will be good for the discounted price.  Lift tickets will be available at the counter in Silver Mountain Sports on Friday and at a table in the registration area on Saturday.

This is a USA Cycling sanctioned event, so licenses will be required.  Day licenses are available through the NW Cup.

Overnight Parking: Overnight parking is FREE in the rear gravel parking lot. There is a blue room and trash dumpster provided plus more bathroom facilities available in the gondola upload area.  There is a dump station located on Bunker Ave. between I-90 and the Silver Mountain parking lot. Please keep it tidy so we can continue to offer this convenience.


Lodging:  Park your car for the weekend and enjoy the ease of life with everything you need in one place. There are special lodging rates available to racers, please visit the NWCup site HERE

More information on the waterpark and lodging is available at


Water Park: Silver Mountain is home to Silver Rapids Water Park, Idaho’s largest indoor waterpark. This amenity is for lodge guest only normally, but it will be available to NWCup guests for $29.95 per person per day this weekend only.  Just use the password Northwest Cup at the front desk of the waterpark. 


Bike Storage: 

We are located right on I-90 and right in town.  Please make sure you keep an eye on your bikes and take the proper precautions to ensure they don’t walk off.  We don’t have many bikes stolen, but this is a big event and it is well known that a bunch of high-end equipment will be in town.  Please take advantage of our Bike Valet Service this weekend as described below.


The rooms that make up Morning Star Lodge are independently owned units and bikes are not allowed within the rooms.  However, we do offer secure bike storage accessible by keycard, bring your own lock.  If you do not want to keep your bike in the normal storage areas we will also be providing a Bike Valet Service, details below.


Bike Valet:  We will have a bike valet service open to anyone this weekend only.  A minimum donation of $5 per use is recommended for the volunteers staffing Bike Check for charity.  This will be located in the village on the ground floor of building C, straight through under the first skywalk. 


Hours for access are-

Fri: 6:00p-8:00p

Sat: 8:45a-11:0a and 5:00p-7:00p

Sun: 8:150a-11:00a

Qualifying for Junior Experts and Pro starts at 4:30 on Saturday

Race starts with Cat 3 at 10:30 on Sunday

Awards in the village at 3:30 on Sunday




Cat3- New Start at top of Hot Beans/Jackass/ El Burro Loco/ Jackass

Cat2- New Start at top of Hot Beans/Jackass/ El Burro Loco/ Jackass

Cat1- Hot Beans to Frankenbeans- Riders have the option of hitting Baby Swiss, or taking the ride around.

Pro- Hot Beans to Frankenbeans- Riders have the option of hitting Baby Swiss, or taking the ride around.


Lift Schedules:

Gondola Upload

Fri 9:30a-5:00p

Sat 9:00a-5:00p

Sun 8:00a-5:00p


Chair 3

Fri 9:30a-5:00p

Sat 9:20a-5:30p

Sun 8:20a-5:00p


Chair 5

Fri Closed

Sat 10:00a-4:00p

Sun 8:20a-3:00p


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