Winter Bike (Snow Bike) Trails

April 8, 2014 Fat Bike Trail Conditions

Fat Bike Trails are CLOSED for the season

We are now operating at the Summer time Welcome Center in East Burke Village and open Monday Through Friday 8AM-4PM

The entire East Side and the Southwest portion of Darling Hill is regularly packed for fat bikes!!!

Grooming report: (SS-snowshoe packed; MP- snowmachine packed)

East Side

Heaven’s Bench- MP        Ridge- MP       Rim- SS     East Branch South- MP       East Branch North- SS       Easy Out-MP     Sugar Hill- MP        Pines- SS       Widowmaker- MP      Connector- MP      Bemis- MP      Jaw- SS    Maxilla- SS    Culvert Cut- SS     Beat Bog- SS    Herbs-MP     Riverwood- SS       Bill Magill- MP

West Side

Fox Run- MP   River Run- MP    Webs- MP      Eager Beaver- SS     West Branch- MP    Hog Back- MP    Violets Outback- MP   Old Webs- MP

We are very encouraged by the growing popularity of winter biking and are excited to provide a selection of trails for folks to get out there and pedal in the snow. We are packing corridor trails and locals are snowshoe packing trails on East Darling Hill as well as the South West area.

To reduce conflict and lower impact of snow biking on our existing populace of skiers as well as protect our relationship with landowners we ask you to follow these guidelines. We cannot stress enough that it is up to YOU to keep this activity a positive factor for our community as well as our future investment in growing the sport.

We are providing packed trails for winterbiking so please do not utilize the groomed Nordic ski trails on the west side of Darling Hill.

Winter Fat Bike Riding Etiquette

You must be a member or day pass holder of Kingdom Trails.

*Trail maps are available at our Darling Hill Nordic Adventure Center across the street from the Wildflower Inn. 802.626.6005

Do not ride if on groomed cross-country ski trails on the central and northwest side of Darling Hill. They are for skiing only.  East Darling Hill is always open for winter biking as is the southwest portion (both weather permitting), but please park only at the Children’s Theater on Darling Hill or at our Darling Hill Nordic Adventure Center. Fat Bike rentals are available at our local shops. East Burke Sports and Village Sports Shop

Be a good trail citizen. If the conditions cause you to leave ruts that will impede skiing, leave the trail – don’t just keep riding because the rules say you can. Spread the word about snow biking, make it fun, keep it safe.
• Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, and we’ll all have a good time this winter.

When the Fatbike Trails are open and running, Purpose built Snow Bikes only! Tires must be wider than 3.5″ and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi.

Bikes yield to all other users. Use the snow mobile trails as little as possible, be careful of crossings. You may encounter snowshoers so please respect their experience and yield appropriately. Cross-country Skiers don’t have brakes, so bikes are responsible for staying out of their way. Watch skiers’ poles. They can be fragile and expensive
Do not ride if the snow is too soft
• As a general rule, if you have to get off and push your bike, the snow is too soft and you absolutely shouldn’t be on the trails. If you leave a rut, it’s too soft.
If you are leaving a trough deeper than an inch or are having a hard time riding in a straight line, it is probably too soft to be on the trails.