Great thread. Keep the locations, (with links if possible) coming guys. This will be good information and help when approaching local ski operations in my area this summer about possible access.
The attitude toward fat bikes in my area is very "single minded" and I'm going to need all the help I can get.
Any of the multiuse trails in Anchorage, AK are open to everyone. In my experience this winter I've had no negative experiences with any of the other users....mainly skiers, runners, and other bikers. They are groomed by the Nordic ski club. However, there are many more miles of trails that are off limits to anyone but skiers and are also groomed by the nordic club. The basic rule in Anchorage is, "If you groom it you get to decide access." The folks who groom our single track trails have not limited access to exclude skiers. As far as damage to the groomed trails go, bikers and skiers do the least amount of damage while runners, walkers, snowshoers, and horses do the most amount of damage. I really hope that during this winter the Nordic club will realize just how little impact fat bikes have on "our" trails and decide to allow increased access in the future. Anyone want to groom 100+ miles of trails in anchorage and open access up?
In Park City Utah the majority of the groomed trails are multi use and allow fatbikes. Many of these are bike paths in summer and are good as transportation corridors. The groomed trails in the Round Valley open space are some of the most popular. They have signs directing snowshoers onto singletracks. That helps to get the singletracks packed down really fast after it snows. That puts us onto singletracks and leaves the groomed trails mostly to the skiers. If only we could get some snow, This year has been almost as bad as last year.
White Pass Washington allows them after 3:30pm unless thin snow cover or other conditions dictate otherwise. Check in at the Nordic Yurt if possible before starting out. It's a very popular nordic trail system and just has too much ski traffic to fit the bikes in during the daytime. We can ride the whole 18k system after 3:30 though, and as we move into spring it makes for some great evening light/ sunsets.
Chicken Creek Nordic Ski Area in Mancos Colorado doesn't ban them. It's not that they are permitted, it's that there are no rules about them yet. As long as we are courteous about snow conditions and to other users we should retain access. Purgatory Nordic center just put on a fat bike race and there is talk of the Nordic area at Mesa Verde NP allowing fat bikes soon.
Baker Regional Park in the Minneapolis metro area has a groomed trail that they allow many users on. It is open to hiking, snowshoeing, skijoring, skiing, and mtn biking. Funny thing is that it isn't used much even thought it is in a part of the metro with no single track trails nearby. No one wants to ride it, they think it is boring. Everyone around here is riding the mtn bike singletrack open for winter that we all pack in with snowshoes, fat bikes, and other assorted gear or they explore other areas not open to summer riding like frozen lakes, frozen creek beds, and parks with trails that no one uses in the winter. We are not allowed on any other groomed trail other than Baker, but no one cares since we have so much to ride anyway and we all seem to enjoy our singletack way more anyway.
I'd personally rather make the singletrack rideable rather than worry about riding cross country ski trails. Anyway, that is our experience in the Twin Cities metro.
This is the sort of partnership that is developing in AK
from Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage FB
Hello Racers, The AMH Anchorage Cup is not over! We have added a new race on March 10th, The Phat and Freestyle. This is a fat tire snow bike and freestyle ski duathlon, with solo or relay catagories. This race will be held at the biathlon stadium in Kincaid Park, start time is 12:00 p.m. This is a new race so your series fee does not include the entry fee for this race. More race details will be posted this week on the NSAA website, the ski hotline @ 248-6667 and here on Facebook. Cheers.