"...Further, the heavy, specialized downhill bikes will no longer be transported on the Sky Chair for general recreational purposes. The resort has taken this action in large part because the liability exposure is too great..."
"These bikes typically weigh 45 to 60 pounds, thus ceasing to haul them on the lift will virtually eliminate their use at Snow Summit. Most standard mountain bikes are in the 25 pound range and are used for climbing and general cross country purposes and are not suitable for the steep, rugged trails established by the specialized downhill bikes. In addition to their heavy weight, they have 7 to 9 inches of shock absorbing capability and extra wide tires.
The resort will continue to haul conventional mountain bikes for the general public on the Sky Chair, which by and large rides on trails and roads off-site. There has been no decision yet whether to allow them within the permit boundary on designated trails on the ski runs, which has been allowed since the start of lift transport back in the late 1980's. Team Big Bear will continue with cross country racing on the various designated roads and trails. (Cross country bike racing does not utilize the chairlift and generally occurs within the resort's permit area only in the base and at the top of the resort.) "
Ive been told several things but if you have a DH bike...you know as well as they know its a DH bike and they arent throwing it on the lift! If they limited it to 30 lbs...I wouldnt be able to ride on my 34lb hardtail Hoss so weight isnt the determining factor...its subjective. I have heard 30 lbs, 35lbs, 2.5 inch tires, etc... if you are willing to ride uphills and stay on the routes...they are going to let you ride 9 out of 10 times.
You know, the funny thing is, all of the guys I ride with including my self can ride everything and every where up there on a 4" or less travel trail bike including the "off-limit" trails. Yeah you can not hit the speeds as you can on a dh bike but it can still be fun.