Mountain Biking

Vail will open its resorts this summer for mountain biking and golf – Burlington Free Press

Vail Resorts will be open for business this summer at all three of its Vermont ski areas, beginning on May 21 with the Mt. Snow Golf Club. The course at Mt. Snow has been rated one of the top five in the state by Golf Digest.

All of the resorts — Okemo, Mt. Snow and Stowe — were essentially shut down last summer, according to Vail spokesman Adam White. The resorts this year will follow local public health orders on face coverings, and will encourage guests to follow CDC guidelines related to the pandemic.

“We are really, truly returning to our mountains this summer,” said Bobby Murphy, general manager of Stowe Mountain Resort, in a news release. “Last summer we could only give guests the opportunity to see our mountainous playground via scenic lift rides and drives.”

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On May 29, the 33rd season of mountain biking begins at Mt. Snow, making it one of the oldest bike parks in North America. The park has 10 trails served by lifts, with a variety of cross-country, downhill, freeride and mixed-use terrain. The total vertical gain in altitude is 1,000 feet.

Mt. Snow also offers the First Lift and First Drop programs, clinics to introduce riders to the sport of downhill mountain biking, and help them develop their skills.

The Bluebird Express, a chairlift to the summit of Mt. Snow, also begins on May 29, with views of Somerset Reservoir, Mt. Monadnock and sometimes even Mt. Washington.

You’ll be able to get food and beverages at the Bullwheel Tavern on the summit of Mt. Snow, as well as the base area and Fairways Restaurant at the golf course.

Concerts, festivals and other events will return to Mt. Snow this summer. Check the events calendar for the latest.

Stowe’s Zip Tour Adventure opens on July 1, touted by Vail Resorts as “the world’s fastest and most exhilarating zip line experience.” You’ll ride the Summit Gondola to the launching point near the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest mountain, before descending through the Green Mountain State Forest.

Stowe also has six different treetop “adventure courses.”

The Mt. Mansfield Auto Toll Road opens on May 28, climbing to an elevation of 3,850 feet at the Mt. Mansfield Summit Station where you can begin hiking. You can also take the Mt. Mansfield Gondola to the top.

At Okemo, lift-served mountain biking will begin on June 17 on the lower mountain out of the Sugar House mid-mountain lodge. 

Okemo’s Adventure Zone at Jackson Gore has the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, miniature golf, disc golf and more family activities. You can get food and beverages at the Summer Lodge, the Sugar House and the Coleman Brook Tavern.

Contact Dan D’Ambrosio at 660-1841 or ddambrosio@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanDambrosioVT. This coverage is only possible with support from our readers.