New Lift-Served Evolution Mountain Bike Park To Open July 4 At Okemo
Okemo Mountain Resort has added lift-serviced mountain biking to its lineup of summer and fall amenities. The South Ridge Quad A will provide access to more than three miles of trails in the resort’s Clock Tower base area as the first phase in the development of the Evolution Bike Park at Okemo. The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo will be open for the July Fourth weekend.
“This summer we’ll offer a beginner and intermediate trail for families to discover the fun of lift-accessed mountain biking,” Okemo’s Bonnie MacPherson told SnoCountry.com. “The trails are fully designed with banked turns, bridges, berm and rollers, so you slow down where you need to or can gain speed when you want to. Connector trails will enable riders to bail out to an easier trail or hop on to a more challenging one.
“Like skiing, downhill biking offers an opportunity for families to play together on the mountain,” MacPherson added.
The thoughtful design of trail progression is being constructed utilizing the expertise of Christian Robertson and the team from the Evolution Bike Park in Crested Butte who have designed and built trails in Colorado and the new Dirt Serpent trail at Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire.
Future plans for expansion are already in place. According to Robertson, Evolution Bike Park Manager for Crested Butte Mountain Resort, “As the trail networks grow, there is an amazing opportunity to create lines that move through the stunning forests and utilize the natural rock to offer fun, challenging, and unique riding experiences here in the East, as we have done in Colorado. 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 the venue to host premier mountain biking events in years to come.”
In addition to top-of-the-line mountain bike rentals, helmets and padding will be available for rent.
WHAT: Evolution Bike Park at Okemo Mountain Resort, Vt.
PRICING: Trail Access and Lift Pass
Full-Day: Adults (13 & up)$30; Juniors (7-12) $20; Children (6 & under) free
Half-Day (1 - 5pm): Adults (13 & up): $20; Juniors (7-12) $15; Children (6 & under) free
Photos: Okemo’s new Evolution Bike Park trails will offer fun for a variety of riders. (Okemo Mountain Resort); Flowing descents move through open terrain and pockets of forest, while rolling across the naturally undulating terrain. (Okemo Mountain Resort)