Evolution Bike Park at Okemo to open June 23June 11,2018
LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort is scheduled to open its lift-served mountain bike park for the season on June 23. The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo opened its first trail from the summit last summer and is adding two more trails to the upper-mountain system in 2018.
Scrambler, Okemo’s premiere summit trail, 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 makes 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 out of 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.
“As the trail networks grow, there is an amazing opportunity to create lines that move through the forests and utilize the natural rock to offer fun, challenging, and unique riding experiences here in the East, as we have done in Colorado,” said Robertson. “The long-term goal is to allow a wide range of ages and ability levels to enjoy the progression of resort mountain biking, as well as create a venue to host premier biking events in years to come.”
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 and more than 100 new Scott mountain bikes available for rent. 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.
For riders just getting into the sport, Okemo offers a Bike Park Intro Package priced at $199 for 13 and older, and $149 for ages 7 to 12. It includes guided, two-hour access to the bike park and equipment rental. EVO Bike Park season passes are available for $179 for all ages. New this year, a season-long demo package provides riders with a bike all season long for just $299 (performance demo bikes are $399).
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. The Sunburst Six accommodates six passengers at a time and provides an incomparable perspective of the surrounding 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.
For more information, visit okemo.com or call (802) 228-1600.
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Contact: Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations
Okemo Mountain Resort | 77 Okemo Ridge Road | Ludlow, VT 05149
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