Peter Foley sent us a note that Viking Nordic Center in Southern Vermont is opening up to Fat-biking effective immediately!
They’ve got 39km of trails and a 12-16″ base of snow with a 12-24″ dump due this Wednesday and Thursday. Viking Nordic Center will be open through the last Sunday in March 9-5 everyday but Wednesday.
Peter mentioned that they will enforce the IMBA 2″ divot rule so the best biking will be early in the morning while the track is still firm from the colder temps overnight. Get out there before the trails start to warm up. All bikers will be required to buy a trail pass ($20 adult with discounts for juniors, seniors, kids).
If you want to give it a go Viking Nordic Center is located in Southern Vermont, 20 minutes from both Okemo and Stratton alpine ski areas, roughly 90 minutes from Albany, 2 hrs from Hartford, and 3 from Boston at the intersection of Vermont 100 and 11.
Viking Nordic Center is know for the quality of it’s trails – they are not the wide, flat boulevards that some Nordic ski areas have developed to cater to skate skiers – Viking’s trails have interesting twists, turns, dips and rises. Trails are groomed 14′ wide with a single classic track on one side of the trail. Our trails are virtually all in the woods and travel past the West River, around an active beaver pond, and to some great views. We have several picnic tables out on the trails for those who want to take a break.
Additionally, for the rest of the month they are running a special on their Guest House which sleeps 10 and includes trail passes, $300/weekend night, $250/weekday night, 2 night minimum.
Peter relates that it was an interesting process coming to this decision with the general managers and the staff (one of who was very active in Vermont IMBA circles). The mixing of skiers and bikers is a hot topic these days and we were surprised at some of the things we learned in coming to this decision. For instance, we learned from first hand experience that a biker can stop sooner than a good skate skier when approaching a group of classic skiers! It should be an interesting next 3 weeks.