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Fat Biking this winter? Follow the "rules of the road"

Riders - now that winter weather has set in…..so has fat biking.  So, before we start getting our winter mojo on, let’s talk about some ‘rules of the road’.  First, Fat biking is not officially allowed on all the trails that we are used to riding in warmer months.  The Town of Stowe is working on adopting it into the recreation plan.  Soooo, for Cady Hill Forest please keep the riding to the following trails: Cady Hill Climb, Cady Hill Connector, Flo, Snake, Charlie’s (via iRide), and Bear’s.  Be sure to ride only where there is enough snow pack, and yield to the other users, such as walkers, snowshoers, skiers, and runners.

Please do not to enter the Schween Haus area.  This is officially closed off by the State to winter recreational use due to sensitive habitat and natural areas.

DO NOT RIDE unless you are sure that fat biking is permitted!

Riding is not permitted on the Perry Hill trails, as per the State of Vermont.

Some basic guidelines for a fat bike that will be primarily ridden on snow:

  • Wide tires
  • Tire pressure will often be less than 10 PSI. Enough floatation that you can travel over snow without leaving a rut deeper than one
  • Ride on the packed and firmest part of the track (do not ride in soft conditions).
  • If there is not enough snow, take a ‘time out’.  Riding on trails that are freezing and thawing (without snow coverage), can damage the trails.
  • Be an ambassador for the sport: Be polite, educate other riders, and follow the rules.
Thank you for your cooperation, be safe, and have fun!!

MTBVT 2014 Rider's Choice Award Winner!

Thanks to all who voted for Florence (built by Hardy Avery of Sustainable Trailworks), winner of the TRAIL WITH MOST FLOW!

A full list of winners and categories can be found here.

Leaf Blower Fall Classic
Thanks to everyone who came out to participate in our fourth annual Leaf Blower! The weather was amazing, the food was great...everything was picture perfect.

Special thanks to Grant Wieler for the great video...please visit his site to see more of his great work.

Support the trails through a membership or donation!

SMBC has been planning the construction of new trails, maintenance and enhancements of existing trails, and events. SMBC 2014 membership benefits:
  • $25 discount on season pass at the Trapp Family Outdoor Center
  • Discounts at local bike shops
  • Access to online trail maps
  • Discounts on events and swag
  • Fun and new friends

Trail Updates

Thanks to all of the volunteers at the Cady Hill Forest, Perry Hill, Adams Camp and Strawberry Hill Farm work days! Trail conditions can change quickly, so please check back here for the latest conditions. Also check out the new trail status signs at the Cady Hill Forest, Adams Camp and Perry Hill kiosks (thanks Dave Sautter!). Please walk wet or muddy areas. Why walk the squishy, splashy areas you may ask? Riding through those sections is not recommended for several reasons:

  • It increases the width of our trails when you ride around mud puddles.
  • Your bike tires leave huge ruts that are there for a long time.
  • It ruins your bike. It ruins our trails.
So help us out and hop off your bike and walk the wet/muddy sections. If you're feeling especially awesome, tamp down some of the ruts to help those section dry out and help us keep our singletrack single!    

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