Mount Snow, Vermont - Vermont Mountain Biking
Mt. Snow Vermont has been home to many major races
6.6 miles climbing 1,526 feet per lap. The cross country course has a small single track climb before the steep accent up winding ski slopes and Jeep access roads. At the top there is a quick turn into the woods for a long single track decent. Off camber turns, roots, and rocks, show what east coast riding is all about. After you survive the downhill section there are some quick turns around the ski lodge area and a dash to the finish line. Pro Women will do 3 laps, Pro Men will do 4. Semi-Pro men will do 4 laps, Expert men will do 3 laps, Expert women will do 2 laps, Sport men and women will do 2 laps, All beginners will do 1.
Pro, Elite and Expert:
2.25 miles, max vertical drop 1,573, average slope 7.6 degrees. The Pro and Expert seems to be close to the same course as last year. The pro course starts out with a decent down a ski run and through the woods, on the ski runs be careful of the drainage ditches, these can eat your bike and throw you. Mid way down the course there are more steep off camber turns and a short climb, next its onto a jeep road where you know your almost home, but first more off camber turns, down a ski run before you see the chute to the finish line.
Beginner and Sport:
1 mile, max vertical drop 920, average slope 10 degrees. The beginner and sport course is new this year, not sure if it is part of the regular course or something entirely new.
What to bring:
Bug Spray!! Black flies will eat you alive while waiting for your downhill run or spectating any of the events. My advice is to buy the strongest repellent possible (100% Deet if possible). Throw an extra long sleeve jersey in your suit case before you come. One year everyone froze on the downhill when it rained, was foggy & cold. Install some type of mud catcher for the bottom of your down tube if it rains. It will be so muddy you won’t see before you get to the bottom, eye protection is a must.
Usually the same course.