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    MTBVT.com Announces Fatbike event at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT

    "Überwintern"

    "Fat-bike group ride in Vermont's corner of Austria, Lederhosen optional"




    Mountain Bike Vermont is at it again after spending the last few weeks playing in snow on skis and boards, it's time to fuel our bike starved souls and play on two wheels!

    MTBVT has partnered with the Trapp Family Lodge to offer a day of fat-tired bike revelry on several of their world class XC ski trails. On February 23rd, 2013 we will be gathering at the Deli Bakery on top of Trapp Hill early in the day to lead a charge against Old Man Winter. Join us for group rides, bakery treats, brauts, and brews.

    "Our goal is to elevate the status of fatbiking in Vermont's green mountains, and of course to have a ton of fun" says event co-organizer Jon Severinghaus of MTBVT. "Überwintern will be the Trapp Family Lodge's first introduction to the fat-bike phenomenon. " says MTBVT co-founder Ryan Thibault.

    Since this winter has already been both snowy and glorious, as well as warm and wet, we've got you covered in case of more predictably unpredictable weather. If winter fizzles and it's a “late February melt fat-tired monster trucking dirt road ride” or a “the megastorm deep-freeze of 2013, where we pedal briefly and keep warm in the Trapps Brewery with hearty Austrian ales" Überwintern is sure to be a blast. Pump up those tires and we'll see you on the corduroy!

    Stay in the loop at the event Facebook page and at MTBVT.com

    Event contact: Jon Severinghaus, jon@mtbvt.com
    Where: Trapp Family Lodge Deli Bakery, Stowe, VT
    When: Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, 10am-3pm

    TFL Trail pass required, offered at the $10 bike day pass rate
    Surly Pugsley and Moonlander limited demo offered by Iride of Stowe, VT

    Fatbike required, Lederhosen optional

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    Hit us up with any questions here, on Facebook, or email jon (at) mtbvt.com

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    Very cool. I asked Trapps about doing something earlier in the year as I was thinking about expanding on some of the rides I help organize with the Old Spokes Home.

    Nein Nein I was told. Trapps is for schussing. Premier Nordic. Blah blah.
    Glad to see them come around. Hopefully my pointing to KT, Catamount, and others out west helped move it along. Good on you guys for embracing the fat.

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    Wow, Trapps! That's super, love the graphic too. I wonder if they have any lederhosen at the $2 thrift store..?

    See you there.
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    We may come out from the fridge that is central Maine! Gonna have to secure a room or two.

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    While Trapps has started to embrace cycling, I bet it'll never be a free place to ride. It's cool they're letting fatbikes on the trails (especially in winter), they're probably only doing it to attract more paying customers... Those folks don't give anything away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willapajames View Post
    While Trapps has started to embrace cycling, I bet it'll never be a free place to ride. It's cool they're letting fatbikes on the trails (especially in winter), they're probably only doing it to attract more paying customers... Those folks don't give anything away.
    I'm going to assume they are a business, not a charity. There's nothing wrong with supporting businesses that support cycling. In fact, they should be supported more than businesses that don't.

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    Wow. I started to looking at room rates on the Trapp site. Nearly pooped my pants. Gotta find more affordable rooms.
    Any ideas/suggestions?
    Wanted to not have to travel far (after sampling the brews), but we may have to find a taxi with a fatbike rack....

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    ^^ As far as I know, Stowe and affordable are pretty much mutually exclusive, but I would think Trapps is on the high end. You could consider making a weekend of it, staying at Millstone Hill's lodging in Barre Millstone Hill ? Lodging Rates (scroll down for cheaper/rustic-er), and riding the new adjacent Millstone Trails winter bike trails (& connecting snowmobile trails) on Sunday. That's assuming you could safely sober up over dinner/walkabout in Stowe and drive an hour back to Barre.

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    Yep. How far from Trapps? Sobering may be an issue. I have ridden with a fuzzy head before....

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    Hi all, stoked to see the interest building! Fat bike posse!

    The Stowe Area Association's website has a good resource on local lodging, from affordable to downright ritzy. www (dot) GoStowe (dot) com

    We're very excited to have Trapps as the host of this event. While they are very much a business providing a premier product for all of their users: fat bikers (just one day for now, but hopefully more in the future!), mountain bikers, XC skiers, hikers, bird watchers, romantic getawayers...; there is a lot of genuine enthusiasm around two wheeled pursuits up there, and we're stoked to keep the momentum rolling!

    Subscribe to this thread or the similar one in the VT/NH/ME forum for updates, or join the Facebook event.

    Happy powder pedaling
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1spd1way View Post
    Yep. How far from Trapps? Sobering may be an issue. I have ridden with a fuzzy head before....
    35 miles but I'd figure on up to an hour driving.


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    Hi all, stoked to see the interest building! Fat bike posse!
    The hills are alive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stockli Boy View Post
    I'm going to assume they are a business, not a charity. There's nothing wrong with supporting businesses that support cycling. In fact, they should be supported more than businesses that don't.
    They're definitely not a charity! Didn't mean to come off so negative in that post, Just saying everything up there (at Trapps) is expensive...
    There are plenty of places to ride fatbikes (or XC ski) around Stowe that are free.

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    So what trails will be opened up to riding? I figure it will only be a small subset of their trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTFargo View Post
    So what trails will be opened up to riding? I figure it will only be a small subset of their trails.
    Great question! As it stands we will be granted access to the trails on the East side of Trapp Hill Road. We will be able to hop onto the groomer next to the Deli Bakery and keep on rollin'.

    Conditions permitting some of the mountain bike singletrack on that side of the hill may be snowshoe packed for riding as well.

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    Hey fatbikers, if you're coming please take a moment to register here: Uberwintern (dot) eventbrite (dot) com

    It's free, but we'd like to get a good idea of numbers, and will be able to more easily keep you in the loop.

    *The $10 trail pass will be on sale at the event

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    Millstone and an hour drive seems to start looking reasonable. Affordable lodging in and around Stowe is getting difficult to find.We have a 5 hour drive to get there, so another hour seems a bit much.
    Not deterred yet. Still looking.

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    Quick update on snow conditions in the area:

    The Stowe area got a pretty decent amount of snow, 10in+ in most areas even low elevation, and the trails at Trapps should be in great shape come Uberwintern!

    So go get some lederhosen fit, cause it's gonna be a blast!

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    Hey Fatbikers,

    The weather is shaping up nicely for this weekend's event. We did some route scouting today and the trails are going to be super fun. Trapps has generously given us free reign of all trails on the Eastern side of Trapp Hill Rd. We will have maps available with recommended loops sketched out for ya at the event. The snowshoe trails are packed and ready to rip, and the groomers are going to be fast 'n furious starting right from the Delibakery/Brewery on Trapp Hill Rd.

    The $10 trail pass will be on sale at the Delibakery/Brewery which will serve as the event's homebase. Ample parking is available here, and further up Trapp Hill Road if needed. We'll have a firepit going outside, and delicious Trapp Lager flowing inside. A few demo bikes will be on hand, so get there early if you want to check one out.

    As a reminder, The Trapp Family Lodge has opened up a portion of their trails to purpose-built fatbikes/snowbikes ONLY. We like to include everybody in our shenanigans, so if you snowbike frequently on something else, make sure to check out WinterBike at the Kingdom Trails in early March.

    Hit us up with any questions, and we'll see you Saturday!

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