The maven behind Mountain Trails Foundation, Charlie Sturgis is a Park City institution. Like the many with mountain-based wanderlust, Sturgis got hooked on Utah's powder in the '70s, moved here, and never seemed to leave. But unlike many seekers of adrenaline, Sturgis has mightily added to the adventures of others.
Sturgis is a former owner of White Pine Touring, where he took gobs of tourists and locals out on epic ski and bike trips. He himself is an avid mountain climber, skier, and mountain biker, and in that last category is where he's made a substantial mark for the betterment of the community.
As the executive director of Mountain Trails Foundation, Sturgis and his team advocate for the rights of bikers and the importance of open space and public lands. He's out there day after day promoting, building, and maintaining trails.
Sturgis opened shop in Park City in about 1985; then, there was approximately 14 miles of trails. Over the course of time, Sturgis and a substantial crew of guides and volunteers helped to build iconic trails like TG, Tour de Suds, Speedbag and more.
Mountain Trails has helped facilitate and build much of the epic singletrack in and around the Park City area, which has attained IMBA's only Gold Level Ride Center designation. Now, there are more than 400 miles of non-motorized trails. If you look hard enough, you can nearly see Sturgis' bike prints in all of them.
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