The mountain bike starts up again
BOLTON, Vermont (WCAX) – As the weather warms up and approaches summer, more and more people are looking for outdoor activities to do here in Vermont.
For bikers looking to navigate steeper terrain, local businesses are thrilled for visitors, hoping to make up for some losses from the pandemic ski season.
“People have fallen in love with outdoor recreation again,” said Lindsay DesLauriers, president of Bolton Valley Resort.
Coming out of a solid winter, DesLauriers says it’s time for the summer push.
“There’s a lot going on here, a lot of hikers, a lot of runners,” said DesLauriers.
But even their disc golf course and summer camps can’t keep up with their biggest summer attraction, mountain biking.
“Mountain biking is increasingly at the center of everything we do here,” said DesLauriers.
In the first 36 hours of operation of the summer packages, 20% of them sold out.
DesLauriers says they are eagerly awaiting the pre-pandemic numbers, making up for lost ground and keeping people out.
“We continue to focus on the outdoors when it comes to food and drink,” said DesLauriers.
They hope that even regional traffic will begin to fill their renovated complex.
The ski lifts open from July 1st.
And they’re not the only ones who are excited about something familiar.
“We’re really excited, we think it’s going to be a great year,” said Lilias Ide of Kingdom Trails.
Ide says they’re back to answer questions and get ready for the summer. She says they’re already on track for pre-pandemic numbers, which for them is perfect.
“We hope this year brings us back financially and commercially for our community, but we also hope to keep it sweet,” Ide said.
They were able to use COVID to conduct a capacity study. Kingdom Trails spoke with community partners and private landowners to see how to distribute visitors and preserve the sustainability of their trails.
“So this capacity study is done, and it gave us a whole bunch of recommendations on, well maybe if you create trail access here, direct traffic here, give that information here, build a center. host there, so there’s a whole bunch of these projects that the community really gave their feedback on to help us figure out what the priorities are and what we should be doing, that was cool that the community get involved and help us understand these things, ”said Ide.
She says that one of the main reasons she suspects they haven’t had this big wave of people yet is that the Canadian border is still closed.
Ide says that whatever the numbers, this year will be special.
“I think the vibe of everything, while it’s exciting to see people and we are so glad to have everyone back, it also brought calm to everything,” said Ide.
Kingdom Trails has already opened its trails for the summer season. They usually close for the season in early November, conditions permitting.
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