The race course was a nod to the days when Mount Snow hosted NORBA events, which at the time attracted some of the best mountain bikers in the world. Working with National Forest Service representatives, the resort’s events team was able to get approval for the track to begin out of the upper terminal of the Ego Alley chairlift with much of the course’s top section winding through NFS land, a treat for competitors as that area of the mountain is not open to the public for downhill mountain biking. The race course was met with positive reviews from participants, with the over aching sentiment being that it’s “fast and fun.”
Twelve different categories were represented starting with a youth category for riders age 14 and under going all the way up to men’s and women’s pro categories. Winners in the amateur categories went home with gear from event sponsors Oakley, Deity, Smith Optics, Canfield Brothers, Dakine, Bern, and Scott. Pro winners took home a piece of the cash purse.
It was the fifth year Mount Snow has hosted an Eastern States Cup race. Lift-served downhill mountain biking has deep roots at Mount Snow. The resort was home to the nation’s first mountain biking school, which started in 1988.
Mount Snow is still a hub for anyone interested in learning how to enjoy the sport of downhill mountain biking thanks to the East’s longest introductory downhill trail, called Trail 7. First-timers can sign up for the First Lift Program, a learn-to ride clinic that includes equipment rental, two hours of instruction from a guide, and a lift and trail pass. Trail 7 as well as the new pump track located at the base of the mountain, serve as the learning grounds for aspiring riders.
More information about Mount Snow Bike Park can be found at www.mountsnow.com/biking.