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Take it from the top! Okemo opens new lift-served mountain biking summit trail

07/20/2017

LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort has taken lift-served mountain biking to new heights this summer. An expansion of the Evolution Bike Park at Okemo includes a new trail that starts at the summit and is accessible by the Sunburst Six chairlift. The new flow trail is 3.2 miles long and descends 2,000 vertical feet. It is an intermediate-level trail that returns to the base of the Sunburst Six.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the trail on July 15. Okemo Mountain Resort Director of Mountain Operations Eb Kinney had the honor of cutting the ribbon. He and his team have been working diligently to construct the trail under less-than ideal conditions. Several members of his crew and EVO Bike Park staff were on hand for the trail opening ceremony.

“We have faced some challenges with such a wet spring and summer,” Kinney said, “but with the hard work of our team we got the trail open, and we look forward to starting construction on a second summit trail.”

The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo debuted 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. Last summer, 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 Okemo’s sister mountains, 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 building 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 the advanced intermediate and expert rider. 

“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 mountain biking events in years to come.”


Another improvement this summer was the relocation of Okemo’s Evolution Bike Shop from the Clock Tower base lodge to the Sugar House mid-mountain lodge, accessed by driving past the Clock Tower 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 made its debut this summer – serving 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 MTB Camps at the Sugar House throughout the summer. Similar to skiing, mountain biking requires a skill set that is best learned with the help of a professional.  Okemo’s Camps allow participants to advance in confidence and improve skills. Guides are also available to accompany guests on an hourly basis.
 
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
802-228-1947 | pr@okemo.com