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Okemo introduces Kids’ Downhill Mountain Bike Development Camp

July 18, 2018

 

LUDLOW, Vt. – The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo will host a new Downhill Mountain Bike Development Camp for kids on Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 17. The two-day youth camp focuses on getting kids of all bike-riding ability levels working on fundamental skills and progressing into more detailed downhill and freeride-specific applications. Camp takes place on Okemo’s lower-mountain trails, serviced by the South Ridge Quad. Trails range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate. For the more experienced riders, more advanced riding from the summit is accessed by Okemo’s Sunburst Six chairlift. Practiced skills will include proper braking, cornering, balancing, descending, and lifting up and over obstacles.

“Not only will kids get a great introduction to lift-accessed mountain biking, they will also learn about safety and rider etiquette,” said EVO Bike Park Manager Nate Rand. “There will also be time reserved for new trail exploration and trail building on our summit expansion project, where the kids will get to see, firsthand, what is involved in making a new trail.”

Full-face helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and gloves are required. Personal bikes are allowed and hard-tails are available for rent. Rental bike and protective equipment inventory is limited, but available upon reservation. Kids ranging in age from 8 to 13 are best suited for this program, but exceptions can be made with further discussion.

Reservations, with payment in advance, are required. Okemo’s Downhill Mountain Bike Development Camp is priced at $200 per person, and includes all required equipment: bike, protection, lift access.

More information may be obtained, and reservations may be made, by call the Evolution Bike Shop at Okemo at (802) 228-1893.

 

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About Evolution Bike Park at Okemo

Okemo Mountain Resort opened its lift-served mountain bike park for the 2018 season on June 23. The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo opened its first trail from the summit last summer. Scrambler is 3.2 miles long and descends 2,000 vertical feet. It is an advanced-intermediate-level ride that returns to the base of the Sunburst Six chairlift or the Sugar House via a connector trail. Shake-and-Bake, a more challenging trail that starts at the summit and returns to the Sunburst Six, is EVO’s newest addition. Sluice, a connector trail that links Shake-and-Bake to Scrambler, also made its official debut in 2018.

The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo opened in the summer of 2015. Anchored by The Green Mile and Flow Rider trails, it introduced terrain with berms, bridges, boardwalks and rollers accessible by chairlift. By its second season, the trail count grew to six – all served by Okemo's South Ridge Quad A, emanating from the resort's Clock Tower base area.

Trails from the summit were part of EVO Bike Park’s original design created by Christian Robertson, who has been designing and building trails at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, in Colorado, and Mount Sunapee Resort, in New Hampshire, for more than a decade. When Robertson first explored the terrain at Okemo, he found it to be an ideal canvas for creating what potentially could become one of the best mountain bike parks in New England. The lower mountain area features gentle terrain offering something for the never-ever rider through advanced-intermediate levels. The upper mountain, served by the Sunburst Six, offers unique opportunities to incorporate the natural landscape into the trail design for more advanced and expert riders.

All of Okemo’s mountain biking operations are based in Okemo’s Evolution Bike Shop, located in the Sugar House mid-mountain lodge, and accessed by driving past the Clock Tower in Okemo’s original base area, and continuing up Mountain Road. On the lower level of the Sugar House, visitors can find the solution to all their mountain biking gear needs. Upstairs, adjacent to the sunny deck, Switchback BBQ serves fresh-from-the-grill burgers and hot dogs, along with snacks and beverages, including a selection of local beer.

Okemo’s Sunburst Six chairlift is not just for mountain bikers during the summer. It also welcomes visitors who would like to enjoy a scenic chairlift ride. Each Sunburst Six chair accommodates six passengers and provides an incomparable perspective of the surrounding mountain landscape. At the summit, visitors can explore or hike to the summit fire tower for an incredible 360-degree view that includes the mountains of Vermont and surrounding states.
 

 

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Contact: Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations
Okemo Mountain Resort | 77 Okemo Ridge Road | Ludlow, VT 05149
802-228-1947 | pr@okemo.com