Mountain Biking, Hiking and More at Vermont Ski Resorts
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Burke Mountain debuts the Norco Bicycle Demo Center this summer at the Burke Bike Park. The new Demo Center will carry a variety of downhill and XC mountain bikes for all ages and abilities and acts as a full service bike repair center. Along with the new Norco Bicycle Demo & Service Center, the Burke Bike Park Gravity School will offer beginner, intermediate and expert level riding lessons. A Grand Opening event is planned for Saturday, June 15 and will offer free bike demos, group rides, live music and heavily discounted bike rentals. The Burke Bike Park is scheduled to open June 8, 2013 and will be open on weekends.
At Killington Resort, experience the thrill of gravity-driven mountain biking at the Kona “Groove Approved” Mountain Bike Park. Explore 15 miles of signed hiking trails, take in the scenic views with a trip to the top of Vermont's highest lift-served mountain on the K-1 Express Gondola or check out the Disc Golf course that winds across the mountain. These summer activities are scheduled to operate daily from June 28 through September 2, 2013, Friday-Sunday through September and daily again from October 7-14, 2013.
Mad River Glen’s General Stark’s Pub, recognized as one of the World’s Top Après Ski Bars by Men’s Journal Magazine, will be open this summer for hikers and mountain revelers. It is a great, affordable gathering spot for friends and families with plenty of room for kids to explore. The Pub will be open on weekends from the last weekend in June all the way through the foliage season.
Since opening their lifts to mountain biking 27 years ago, Mount Snow has been putting smiles on dirt covered faces every summer. The terrain and trail system is rooted deep in the heritage of Downhill Mountain biking with the resort hosting dozens of major events including, most recently, the USA Cycling National Championships. In the past few years they’ve been progressively integrating features like berms, ladders, manmade surfaces, and dirt jumps into Mount Snow’s trail system; staying ahead of what has become expected of the new age bike park. Last fall, construction was completed on a new beginner downhill trail that gives anyone the ability to cruise down the mountain with ease.
Stowe Mountain Resort’s Auto Toll Road provides access to the summit ridge of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, and spectacular mountaintop hiking in New England. The 4.5-mile Auto Toll Road is over 150 years old and climbs to an elevation of 3,850 feet. The road’s upper terminus presents hiking options which include; To the North, the Cliff Trail, Long Trail and Canyon Trail - all about 1.5 miles long and climbing an additional 550 feet – all offer routes to Mansfield’s ‘Chin’ summit. Southerly trail options include the Lakeview Trail, Forehead Bypass, and Long Trail to the Forehead. Hiking maps and audio CD’s to play in the car are distributed upon arrival.
Everything you love about summer is right outside your door at Stratton Mountain Resort with hiking and biking, scenic gondola rides to the summit of southern Vermont’s highest peak, kayak tours and stand-up paddleboards, music and a whole menu of special events. Stratton Village is lined with shops to outfit every adventure and restaurants to please every appetite. If tennis is the game, Stratton now boasts new red clay courts. Stratton is also home to Cliff Drysdale Tennis, one of North America’s top rated programs for adults and juniors.
From the top of Super Bravo Express Quad at Sugarbush Resort you’ll find 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. 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. Hiking, walking and Nature Tours are also popular at Sugarbush Resort.Visitors can try one of the many diverse hikes, explore scenic country roads and covered bridges that scatter the Valley, or meander along the nature paths of the Mad River. Group and private guided naturalist hikes available.
Visitors to the Trapp Family Lodge can spend peaceful days hiking, mountain biking, playing tennis, and swimming. They can enjoy nature walks, horse-drawn carriage rides, participate in a round of disc golf, attend world-class concerts in the meadow, or join campfire sing-alongs. Children enjoy the popular Mountain Kids Club that provides special activities from rock wall climbing to arts & crafts, biking, farm visits and more. All guests delight in the guided tours; walk through our beautiful gardens, meet the Highland cattle and learn about the von Trapp family through a history tour.
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