There are close to a hundred miles of cross-country mountain biking trails all around Burke Mountain. If you’ve heard of Kingdom Trails, then you know they are some of the best anywhere in the country. The downhill mountain biking located right in the Burke Mountain Bike Park isn’t too shabby either. Voted one of the top five best regional bike parks by riders throughout the Northeast, the gravity fed downhill park and trail system offers riding for all ability levels from beginner to expert. A variety of terrain can be found at Burke Mountain including 3 downhill trails from the summit. Lower on the mountain, you’ll find fun, flowing single track and machine-excavated flow and jump trails and new for this year is trail side lodging at the Burke Mountain Hotel. More details can be found at SkiBurke.com.
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s trails have something for riders of every ability. Machine built flow trails, old-school singletrack, a pump track and miles of dirt roads offer a complete fat tire experience. Riders can rent bikes, spend the night and enjoy delicious meals all on the Center’s beautiful lakeside campus.
In the summer, The Center hosts mountain bike races on Tuesday nights, a weekly Bike Club program for kids and The VT3, New England’s premier mountain bike stage race. Outdoor Center visitors will find fun trails, top rated food and convenient lodging in one of New England’s most beautiful settings.
Killington Bike Park is the largest downhill mountain biking park in Eastern North America. With over 30 miles of rugged single track, rock gardens, switchbacks and machine-built berms, hips and jumps, the Killington Bike Park is a great place to shred the brown pow this summer. Three high-speed lifts carry riders and bikes to the top of the mountain for gravity-fed, adrenaline-pumping descents down nearly 3,000 vertical feet. Bike Park Season Passes mean unlimited access to Killington’s trail network spread across three unique mountain areas. Whether you’re looking to build skills or send the big jump line, the Killington Bike Park is the place to be. Visit Killington.com for details.
Magic is working with the Windham Country Trail Alliance on mountain bike access trails to Magic which will offer plenty of challenge. Rather than a constructed bike park, Magic’s trails will not be lift served once they are finished and will be in balance with the natural flow of its mountain glades. Stay tuned for updates at MagicMtn.com.
Since opening its lifts to mountain biking 32 years ago, Mount Snow has been putting smiles on dirt-covered faces every summer. From long beginner trails to singletrack expert descents and a whole lot in between, you’ll find terrain suited for your abilities. An exciting upgrade this year the addition of new Tripe EZ bike carriers, which will simplify the loading process for riders, and increase uphill transportation from approximately 216 bikes per hour to 324 bikes. Looking to make a weekend out of it? Take advantage of the Dirt Cheap Deals for amazing savings on ride and stay packages. Visit MountSnow.com for details.
The mountain biking experience at Smugglers’ Notch Resort continues to expand, with a comprehensive focus on supporting all ages and abilities to best serve the resort’s family visitors. The success of past seasons’ Mountain Bike offerings leads to further development of Smugglers’ cross-country network. Programs offered include park sessions, a family clinic, group or individual skills sessions, a women's clinic and a session for ages 3-6 on Strider bikes (small bikes designed without pedals to promote balance and coordination at an introductory level for this age group). Resort visitors can choose to enjoy trails on site or access one of many nearby trail networks on their own or through a guided tour. www.smuggs.com; 855-581-5906.
Stowe has a vibrant mountain bike culture with a world-class multi-use trail network, managed by the Stowe Mountain Bike Club (SMBC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supported by and engaged with the local community.
Stowe has over 30 miles of maintained mountain bike trails, which is one of the most extensive and vibrant networks in the Northeast. In the last year alone the SMBC has invested over $70,000 building two new trails in Cady Hill Forest, ‘Flo’ and ‘Snake,’ reworked the Charlie’s Trail, rebuilt the bridge on Tony’s trail and updated signage at all the trail kiosks. Visit - StoweMountainBike.com.
At the end of August, Stratton will be offering lift serviced mountain biking. Focusing on family-friendly terrain, the new mountain bike park will have 4.6 miles of beginner, intermediate and progression trails. With a projected late summer opening, Phase 1 of the project will offer up to eight lower mountain only trails. Riders will be able to take the American Express lift, outfitted with 3-bike carriers to mid-mountain before cruising down. E-Bikes will also be available from First Run to provide pedal assistance for challenging uphill climbs. Visit Stratton.com for details and updates.
Sugarbush offers twenty miles of lift-served downhill, cross-country and freestyle mountain biking terrain leading to the base of Lincoln Peak. With a new mini excavator, the trail crews have been hard at work rebuilding and updating terrain. In addition, the Vermont Mountain Bike Association has connected nearly sixty miles of mapped trails to Sugarbush's own trails including technical trails throughout the Valley and less technical terrain at Blueberry Lake. Sugarbush also purchased several e-mountain bikes available for rent on cross-country terrain at the mountain and beyond. Returning this summer is the Eastern States Cup, with enduro and downhill races July 20th and 21st at which Sugarbush sponsored athletes Issac Allaire and Steve Estabrook are expected to participate. Visit Sugarbush.com for details.
Mountain Biking is kicking up dirt all summer long at the Suicide Six Bike Park! This year we refined our programming and invite you and the whole family to experience our perfect blend of beginner-friendly tracks and expert level berms and jumps. We not only offers custom crafted trails for all abilities, but also a strider park for kids, and a skills development area to build confidence. Lessons, rentals and camps are available. We also have a cross country trail network on Mt. Peg which is a combination of New England single track and buffed out freeride trails, this trail system is perfect for an epic enduro style ride. Visit Suicide6.com for details.