Summer Stoke

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Hello fellow stokers, 

It's been a while since our last exchange, but that's because I've been busy building trails and sharing the fun this summer. As you may remember, I am working hard to help construct a couple new, very sweet, Mad River Valley multi-use trails with the Mad River Riders. We opened Swell Hill, a trail above the Sugarbush Inn, in the beginning of July and it is an instant classic, with beautiful stone work and friendly pitches.

Feeling swell.

Next up is Evolution II, which will link a nearly 5 mile descent from the top of Camel's Hump State Forest-Howe Block to American Flatbread, in conjunction with the existing Evolution I and Revolution trails. Both of these new trails are part of a larger intermediate connection we've been working on from Lincoln Peak to Waitsfield village, which is already linked via mainly expert trails.

Mad River Riders board member and GMVS student Dillon Rowles on Swell Hill.

The Sugarbush Parks crew has been busy too, buttering up a bunch of the existing trails off Super Bravo and creating a couple terrain parks. Led by Trevor Borrelli, this crew knows how to shape for fun. 

Trevor, leader of our rake stars, jamming a tasty riff on his yellow Soil-o-caster.

The Eastern States Cup racers got to sample the work last weekend. 

The Adventure Campers have been enjoying it too.

Gravity grins for the win.

Off to the woods again. Come visit soon, summer is always too short. Better be here. 

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange