Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend on the slopes! Mount Snow Resort is opening the bike park for the 26th season this weekend and invites mountain bikers of all abilities to take advantage of the legendary steep and technical expert terrain the resort is known for. Trail crews have been working hard on a couple of new projects. They’re finishing up what is expected to be the longest, lift-serviced beginner downhill trail in the northeast along with a new beginner cross country trail.
In addition to the new trails and other new features on the mountain’s extensive trail system, a brand new fleet of top-of-the-line Jamis Bam II rental bikes will be available during the new, extended Friday through Monday operating schedule which starts at the end of June. That extended schedule kicks off with daily lift service starting Friday, June 29 through Monday, July 9.
In 1986, Mount Snow became one of the first ski resorts in the country to offer lift-serviced downhill mountain biking during the warm season which made mountain terrain far more accessible to the adrenaline junkies taking part in the burgeoning sport. Now, lift serviced downhill mountain biking is a standard amenity amongst many resorts across the United States.
“The terrain here at Mount Snow is legendary and has hosted a number of National and World Cup events, most recently in 2007″, boasts Mount Snow’s Mountain Biking Manager, Justin Hongell. ”We have a dedicated trail crew of riders that have been out there since early April making that legendary terrain even better. And with all of the new things we’re offering this year there is now doubt in my mind Mount Snow will once again be the mountain biking Capital of the East”.
The new beginner downhill trail was built in an effort to open up downhill mountain biking to a new market of riders that may think taking the chairlift up a mountain only accesses steep and narrow terrain fit for experts only. Trail 7, as it’s called, is constructed mostly of packed gravel spanning at least five feet wide the entire way down with no more than a comfortable 10 degree pitch at its steepest. Hongell says the scenic trail “is for people that are confident on two wheels and will be a thoroughly enjoyable ride for anyone that likes to ride a bike”.
Mount Snow Sports in the Grand has a full fleet of rental bikes including brand-new Jamis Bam II downhill bikes and Jamis Durango cross country bikes to take on the nearby Crosstown Trails as well as beach cruisers for a casual ride around the resort.
Comprehensive instruction clinics are available as well as guided tours of the downhill and cross country terrain with additional upgrades that can include things such as having a guide follow riders with a Contour helmet cam and compiling a video for them to take home.
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