I started travelling to mountainboard competitions or just visiting new mountainboard places without particular reason from 2005. Only a few years later I started taking detailed photos of all parks, but nevertheless I made a collection of remarkable mountainboard spots which could be useful for those who choose where to go for a ride. See them on the map.
List of parks:
- Аrzano, Bretagne, France
- Bukovac, Novi Sad, Serbia
- Cabure [private], Porto Alegre, Brazil
- Compiegne, France
- Dirt Dessert, Kranj, Slovenia
- Dubki, Kiev, Ukraine
- El SoT Vilamajor, Barcelona, Spain
- Grosserlach, Germany
- Iguria [private], Basque Country, Spain
- Local Trip, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Orekhovo, Moscow, Russia
- Payolle, France
- Roseraie, Toulouse, France
- Shambhala, Sopot, Bulgaria
- Swell [private], Porto Alegre, Brazil
- Trilhas do Olimpo, Petropolis, Brazil
- Wanyi Park, Belgium
- Willingen, Germany
- Winterberg [partly closed], Germany
- Yukki [closed], Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Аrzano, Bretagne, France
I visited Arzano during one of eurotours in 2013. The track is hidden in the woods, so it’s not wide, but comfortable for riding even at a high speed. It has funny obstacles all along and has a really scary s-turn called «Pif Paf» on the top. According to videos from the last event the spot hasn’t changed much.
Freestyle section: big air and a series of jumps, quarterpipe and rails for jibbing.
Bukovac, Novi Sad, Serbia
After my first visit in 2011 I return here every time I can. In 2018 the Bukovac’s track celebrated its 10 year anniversary: it developed from a local spot to the host of four World Boardercross Championships in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2019.
The full length track operates only during annual competition, but the top part of it could be ridden all the season. The last part of the track is extremely fast and becomes faster and faster every year. The overall length of track is over 800 m. Watch out for thorns growing on the roadsides. In 2018 the track got a bridge!
Freestyle section: one concrete big air (unfortunately with a little bit flat landing). A part of the park is shared with bikers.
Cabure [private], Porto Alegre, Brazil
Unfortunately, the park was abandoned when I visited it in 2013. It was built in the private fazenda and hasn’t changed since the late 00’s. Maybe it is still rideable, cause the last time the dirt was smooth and banked turns kept their shape. There is no info about any events in South Brazil.
Freestyle section: big air with wooden rollin.
Actually, this park isn’t located in Compiegne, it’s near Venette (Compiegne’s suburb). I visited Compiegne during one of my first eurotours in 2011, then on the way to Bretagne in 2013 and on the World Mountainboard Championships in 2017. Every time the place was changed a little bit, but before world championships the boardercross track was completely rebuilt and freestyle jumps became bigger. The track should have been rebuilt again for the World Championships 2021.
Freestyle section: series of big airs for all levels of riders, quarterpipe, rails for jibbing, foam pit and a skate ramp. Spot is shared with bikers.
Dirt Dessert, Kranj, Slovenia
It’s one of the best tracks I’ve ever rode on the World Championships. It doesn’t feel overspeed and you can also try different trajectories and practice various techniques of passing curves and rollers. You can’t see the full track, cause it is laid in the coniferous forests, so you must do a few runs to get used to it.
Has freestyle section: series of two big airs.
Dubki, Kiev, Ukraine
This is a local freestyle spot with one jump of good shape for mountainboarding, although the spot is shared with bikers. It’s hard enough to find it without a guide. I’ve been there for two times, but I have no idea if it still exists.
El SoT Vilamajor, Barcelona, Spain
This spot is located in a countryside less than an hour drive from Barcelona and operates on demand. When I came there in the middle of the summer 2015 the track and jumps were overgrown with dry grass, but became ridable just after a few runs and looks like the same as long time ago.
Has freestyle section: jumps, rails for jibbing, dirt quarterpipe and big air.
My photos of the place are outdated, cause after the visit in 2013 the track was completely rebuilt on the next year. This resort has a ski lift, wide grass slope, asphalt longboard track and a boardercross track which is shared with bikers. After World Championships 2015 local riders are planning about rebuilding a few parts of the track to make it safer.
Iguria [private], Basque Country, Spain
The exact coordinates of the park are classified and it’s not possible to ride there without locals. When I was there in 2013 out of season, the park was in perfect conditions. It’s not a boardercross track or freestyle park, it’s all in one and one of the greatest things made for mountainboarding. Unfortunately, there is no news, photos or videos from there except one.
Local Trip, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A legendary place — the oldest mountainboard park in the world. There are two different parks in one place: a cozy home spot with jumps, rails and quarterpipe and the full length boardercross track on a wide slope with big air. I was there during my brazilian trip in 2013 and really enjoyed the stay; first 1:50 min:
The park is still active as a mountainboard resort and hosts local events. It appears in the latest video for «4 Down project».
Orekhovo, Moscow, Russia
It’s a home spot of Russian mountainboarding. The bike track was built in the current shape in 2004 and became suitable for mountainboarding. Moscow mountainboarders ride there every season, but the golden years of sport are over and the last competition was held in 2013.
Up to date it consists of the bike track for one rider, big air on the course and a series of two dirt jumps. For unknown reasons I could find only one ridethrough video from that spot:
It’s a home spot of Diego Anderson — ex-president of International Mountainboard Association. The park is located just on the roadside in the Pyrenees mountains. It’s mostly a freestyle place: big air, quarterpipe and jibbing figures. I visited it in 2013 and it seems like it didn’t change at all since its construction. There has been no news about any activity in that park since that time.
Roseraie, Toulouse, France
I visited this park during a tour around Pyrenees in spring 2013. Local mountainboard community has their own piece of a big bike park. This place is only for freestyle: small big air and jibbing figures. Some bike’s parts of the track are also available for mountainboarding.
Shambhala, Sopot, Bulgaria
I visited this track only for taking part in the boardercross competition, but it wasn’t a mountainboard park. It was an ordinary bikecross track: low rollers, easy turns, not much speed and gravel surface. There is no info about any events in Bulgaria since then.
Swell [private], Porto Alegre, Brazil
The park is located on the backyard slope of Swell skatepark. It is the second Brazilian mountainboard park which was already abandoned in 2013. It seems to be that I was the first rider who rode there on a mountainboard in a couple of years, but even so the track was very speedy. Everything else was the same as in late 00's.
Freestyle section: big air with quarterpipe in a poor condition, concrete skateboard bowls.
Trilhas do Olimpo, Petropolis, Brazil
I was there during the trip in 2013 and didn’t know about this park before going to Brazil. It’s totally a great place for relaxing and riding on a mountainboard. There are two tracks: the first for beginners and the second for experienced riders.
As far as I know the park didn’t change much and is used mostly by bikers.
Freestyle section: slopestyle course, big air and a pump track!
Wanyi Park, Belgium
This is the best and the oldest mountainboard resort in Europe (opened in 2005). I came there for many times and always had fun regardless of the weather. The park has a series of jumps with big air, jibbing obstacles which change from season to season, boardercross track (not for beginners), foam pit, wide slope (for beginners), babylift and camping site.
The last event: Belgium Open 2016. During the last seasons Wanyi operates as a «mountainboard center» with training courses for kids and beginners every weekend.
I was there only on competition in 2011 and, as local riders say, they also use it rarely. This is a bike track which partially fits for mountainboarding. It’s not fast, but has a few interesting rollers and a nice gravel surface. There weren’t any events since that time.
Winterberg [partly closed], Germany
The magnificent mountainboard park was built in 2009 on a slope of a ski resort in the attempt of attracting riders during summertime. Unfortunately, mountainboarding became unprofitable and the park was demolished in 2012. I was lucky enough to visit it two times: in 2010 and 2011. There were the best series of mountainboard jumps I’ve ever rode.
Despite the loss of freestyle section, a bike track «Black Hole» in the woods is still ridable.
Yukki [closed], Saint-Petersburg, Russia
It was the only mountainboard spot in Saint-Petersburg. It started in 2008 and grew bigger and bigger every season. In 2010 it got huge big airs and after that it constantly hold events of Russian Mountainboard Cup. The last competition in Yukki was in 2013 and in the next season the mountainboard park with all big airs was demolished by the landlord.