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Okemo opens new lift-served mountain biking summit trail. (Okemo/Facebook)

Vermont’s Okemo has taken lift-served mountain biking to new heights this summer. An expansion of the Evolution Bike Park 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.

The Sunburst Six takes downhillers to the top of Okemo. (Okemo/Facebook)

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.

Terrain for every age and ability at Evolution Bike Park. (Okemo/Facebook)

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 trail designer Christian 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. The lower level offers all mountain biking gear needs and more than 100 new Scott mountain bikes 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.