Thursday, July 21, 2011
Remember what cool feels like?
Refreshing mountain water and sweet breezes ... summer in the Mad River Valley.
While much of the rest of the country endures this heat wave, we've been able to balance the temps with extra elevation and lots of great swimholes. Water is never very far away and a quick daily dip (or three) does amazing things for your well-being. Or just go for a chairlift ride, the top of Bravo is usually ten degrees cooler than the bottom.
During last weekend's VT Mountain Bike Festival, one of the visiting riders commented that lots of folks know how great Vermont is in the winter, but not as many are aware of our summer charms. "If everybody knew how awesome it is here, you'd have to fight them off."
Leading a VT Mtn. Bike Fest group into Camel's Hump State Forest. Photo by Sandy Macys
I am pretty sure we don't want to "fight off" visitors, but his overall point is valid. Once you've tasted how good it is, it's hard to not want more.
Mmmm ... tasty trail. Photo by Sandy Macys
Summer is in full bloom, thanks to our hard-working staff and Mother Nature!
Caution ... these pistils are loaded!
While it's quite hot for outdoor work, we continue to build new terrain. This week, with the help of Excavator Shawn, we installed a new skills area and pump track near the Village Chair.
The park is fun to run and ride ... Mini-Adventure Campers about to test the lines.
As part of the process, our Mountain Bike Adventure Campers got an ideal opportunity to learn about shaping and draining trail features. Many of these kids have already built their own jumps and this helps teach them how to do it safely and sustainably.
Shovels, rakes, rocks, dirt and smiles.
Matt looking around the turn. Nice riding!
The new terrain park increases our learning terrain for beginners and keeps experts happy with more fun features. These may seem like disparate goals that would be hard to co-locate, but preliminary reports indicate success. Just ask Matt.
Check out our Skills for the Hills and 1st Timer to Life Timer programs. Fun for all.
Come cool down in the Mad River Valley. We hope to see you soon!
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