Mountain Biking

Stowe's Foliage - Better Late Than Never!

Although Stowe's world famous foliage season got off to a late start, the stunning colors are here in full force! Depending of which weather expert you believe the colors were slow this year due to too much rain, too little rain, too much heat... but whatever the reason the leaves are beautiful now.

This would be a great time to extend your Columbus Day holiday and visit the area, or if you are a local get out for a drive! Explore the Stowe, Morrisville, Cambridge loop via Smuggler's Notch; drive the back way to Waterbury though Stowe Hollow or loop through Morrisville, Johnson and Belivdere.

This is least weekend of the season for the Summer Adventure Activities at Stowe Mountain Resort. Zip-line or climb the Treetop Adventure course surrounded by the glorious foliage. Drive or ride the gondola to the top of Mt. mansfield to take advantage of the spectacular views. 

However you choose to enjoy this time of year, make the most of it!

Celebrate Everything Vermont and Mountain Biking in Stowe, Vermont - June 23-25

B3 - Sponsored by Stowe Mountain Bike Club

4th annual town wide event June 23-25. Featuring Vermont music, Vermont craft libations (beers, wines, spirits, ciders, root beer), and a celebration of Vermont mountain biking. Admission is free and a kid friendly event.

This 3 day festival features free group rides, family friendly events, food and drink specials, live music and more! Area restaurants are hosting events and food specials. Area bike shops are hosting free mountain bike group rides in town which will start and end at participating B3 Fest venues.

B3 kicks off Friday 6/23 with an awesome Village Block Party at 4:30 followed by a Critical Mass Ride up the Mountain Road at 6:45.

For the most up-to-date detail and schedule of events for the B3 Fest weekend, visit stowemountainbike.com/b3

Mountain Bike Events Around Stowe, VT

The mountain biking season has kicked-off in the Stowe, Vermont area. Biking has become almost as popular as skiing; and with so manytrails and great events there is no wonder why. The addition of the Cady Hill Forest Trail network really put Stowe on the biking map, but Cady Hill is just a small piece of the great biking puzzle! Get out and explore all that this area has to offer, and join some of the clubs and events going on this spring and summer.

Some events of immediate interest are:

Four Points Mountain Bike School starting 5/16

Kids Bike Safety Day 5/20

Bike, Brews and Beats 6/25 - annual Stowe Mountain Bike Club Ride and Festival

 

Some of the best resources for info, maps and event details are:

Stowe Mountain Bike Club

Stowe Area Association

Stowe Recreation Department

Trapp Family Lodge

 

B3 Fest: Bikes, Bevs & Beats in Stowe, VT

Come celebrate everything Vermont and Mountain Biking in Stowe, Vermont - June 10-12

3rd annual town wide event June 10-12. Featuring Vermont music, Vermont craft libations (beers, wines, spirits, ciders, root beer), and a celebration of Vermont mountain biking. 

This 3 day festival features free group rides, family friendly events, food and drink specials, live music and more! Area restaurants are hosting events and food specials. Area bike shops are hosting free mountain bike group rides in town which will start and end at participating B3 Fest venues.

B3 kicks off Friday 6/10 with an awesome Village Block Party at 4:30 followed by a Critical Mass Ride up the Mountain Road at 6:45.

For the most up-to-date detail and schedule of events for the B3 Fest weekend, visit stowemountainbike.com/b3

 

 

Escape the Ordinary - Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont is extraordinary in all seasons. While many winter visitors think of Stowe for winter outdoor adventures, the area is spectaular all year round. Summer and fall now exclipse winter as the most visited time of year. If you have not experienced Stowe during the 3 seasons outside of winter the following video will be an eye-opening treat. For locals, or visitors familar with the area in all its glory, this is a reminder of changing seasons and the beauty that surrounds the area.   

Local photographer and videographer Mark Vandenburg has created a stunning time-laspe video that has gone "viral" among locals and visitors alike. Over a year in the making this video captures the essence of the area. Enjoy!

 


 

71st Annual Stowe Derby - Registration Deadline 2/6/2016

Derby Fever is setting in! The Stowe Derby, the oldest Downhill/XC country ski race in North America, is Sunday 2/28/2016. Ski from the top of Mt. Mansfield all the way to Stowe Village on a single pair of skis! Sign up by 2/6/2016 and take advantage of the early registration discount. This year's race features the long course, short course, and back by popular demand - the Fat Bike Derby.

The race attracts over 800 competitors ranging from recreational skiers looking for a thrill to collegiate and professional skiers. 

The Long Course participants ski through 12.5 miles (20km) of challenging terrain, racing down Mt. Mansfield's Toll Road and along the entire length of the Stowe Recreation Path before reaching the finish in the village; enjoying a total vertical drop of almost 2,800 feet.

The Short Course is designed families, children ages 6 and up or those who what to participate but wish to avoid the long and sustained descent. This fun and relatively flat race is approximately 6 km. The course begins on the Stowe Recreation Path and follows the final leg of the Long Course.

The Fat Bike Race is back by popular demand! Riders will compete after the skiers following the same course as the Long Course but starting from a lower elevation.

For additional details on all the races, course specifics, and to register on-line check out the Stowe Derby Website; or for information on all events going on in Stowe during The Derby Weekend visit the Stowe Area Association website.  

 

Spring Trail Work Day In Stowe

Stowe Mountain Bike Club Is Hosting It's Annual Spring Trail Work Day

The Stowe Mountain Bike Club Spring Trail Work Day is coming on SaturdayClick Here For Larger Image, May 16th beginning at 9:00 am and ending in the afternoon at the Phoenix Bar & Table for a free BBQ for all volunteers. There will also be Live Music by the Mind Spring Band, beverages, raffle prizes and outdoor fun.

We will be cleaning and repairing trails at Cady Hill Forest, Adams Camp and Sterling Forest in preparation for the upcoming mountain biking and hiking season.

The three trail systems include a total of 2,363 acres of conserved lands and 30 miles of ridable trails!

Come join us for a day of community work and the after party at the Phoenix Bar & Table.

Go here to sign up!

 

In The Meantime...

We need to stay off the trails while the last patches of snow melt and the trails have an ample opportunity to dry out. Nothing is more critical to long term trail sustainablity than staying off wet trails not only in the Spring but all season long.

If you see someone about to head out on wet trail, it is okay to politely let them know that it is not a good time to ride. This is mostly about educating people so spread the word whenever possible.

When the trails are ready this Spring and throughout the season after it rains, you can check the Stowe Mountain Bike Club website for trail conditions and closures.