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Mountain Biking at Vermont Ski Resorts

Mountain biking at Q Burke
Downhill mountain biking at Sugarbush Resort
Trail riding at Smugglers' Notch
Getting air at Okemo
Sarah Wojcik, sarah@skivermont.com 802-223-2439 Montpelier, VT

There’s more than one way to get down the slopes of Vermont. Downhill mountain biking is a great summer thrill to be found in the green mountains. Also enjoy rigorous singletrack, bike parks and rolling scenic trails – there is something for every level at Vermont ski resorts.

Explore biking options at resorts in Vermont:

Killington Resort
The Beast doesn’t rest in the summer. With over 35 miles of rugged single track, rock gardens, switchbacks and machine-built berms, hips and jumps, the Killington Bike Park is the only place to shred the brown pow this summer. The Snowshed Express Quad and the K-1 Express Gondola spin every day to carry you and your bike 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 and the new Gravity Logic-designed trails, plus discounts on summer lodging and new deals on biking and lodging at Mountain Creek in New Jersey.

Mount Snow Resort
The 2015 summer season marks 30 years of dirt at Mount Snow and the mountain biking tradition is set to continue in fine fashion with miles of lift-served terrain for riders of all ability levels. A fresh fleet of rental and demo bikes from Scott and Canfield Brothers is available, and clinics and guided mountain tours will help every guest make the most of their ride. New to the adventure? The First Lift Program will run you through the basics of downhill and get gravity on your side in no time.

Okemo Mountain Resort
The NEW Evolution Bike Park at Okemo is slated to open this summer with lift served mountain biking and several miles of trails from the top of the South Ridge Quad. Trails will be constructed utilizing the expertise of Christian Robertson and the team from the Evolution Bike Park in Crested Butte. “As the trail network grows,” said Robertson, “there is an opportunity to create lines through forests and utilize the natural rock to offer fun and challenging riding experiences. The long-term goal is to allow a wide range of ages and ability levels to enjoy the progression of resort mountain biking and create a venue to host premier mountain biking events in years to come.”

Q Burke Mountain
Q Burke Mountain Bike Park was stoked to be voted Top 5 Bike Parks in the Northeast Region by MTBparks.com in 2014. Additionally Q Burke was voted Best Downhill Mountain and Gnarliest Trail in the 2014 Rider’s Choice Awards by MTBVT. This year the Q Burke Mountain Bike Park will officially kick off the season on Saturday, June 6th with 18 single track and slope style trails rated from intermediate to advance. Riders can enjoy FREE mountain biking Monday through Thursday (ride at your own risk) while Friday through Sunday, the Sherburne Express Lift starts spinning at 3pm Fridays, and 10am on Saturday and Sundays.  Visit www.qburke.com for complete details and to view our trail map. 

Smugglers’ Notch Resort
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. Smugglers’ offers entry level and skill development programs, as well as more advanced clinics. This year the training area is expanding to include a mountainside features park for learning adjacent to the pump track built last summer. Program additions include park sessions, a family clinic, 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). Mountain bike campers (ages 9-17) participate in a weekly skills race and bike parade. Resort visitors can choose to enjoy onsite trails or access one of many nearby trail networks. www.smuggs.com/skivts; 855-581-5906

Stowe Mountain Resort
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 http://www.stowemountainbike.com/.

Sugarbush Resort
From the top of the Super Bravo Express Quad you can access over twenty miles of lift-served downhill, cross-country and freestyle mountain biking terrain leading to the base of Lincoln Peak. In addition, the Vermont Mountain Bike Association has connected nearly sixty miles of mapped trails to Sugarbush's own trails. Combined, that’s over 3,000’ of vertical descending into the towns and villages of Warren, Waitsfield, Fayston and Moretown. For less technical terrain, check out the Green Mountain National Forest trails across the Valley at Blueberry Lake.

Trapp Family Lodge
Trapp mountain bike trails will be open from mid-May until around November 1. There is 1 mile of intermediate single-track trail, 5+ miles of intermediate/expert single-track and 20 miles of beginner to advanced double-track that spreads all over the beautiful property. The progression of trails is perfect for first-timers or anyone looking to develop skills and confidence gradually. We offer mountain biking skills lessons, guided trips on and off property, and a rental fleet of 40 bikes from children's cruisers to full suspension bikes.

Woodstock Inn & Resort
The spirit of adventure is alive and well at the Woodstock Inn & Resort, and guests will find new things to do at every turn. Here, you can wander miles of mountain biking trails with gradual singletrack and doubletrack trails nearby that are suitable for all ability levels. And, our new fleet of mountain bikes are available at the Racquet & Fitness Club. www.woodstockinn.com