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    Snow!

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    Riding groom trails,or just plowing in the fresh stuff ? Kingdom trails have on their web site they are going to have trails for fatbikes this winter any word if thats up & running yet ? I`d like to get up & do some tele sking & snow riding in the same trip , I think that would be pretty cool

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    in BTV yesterday.

    too deep to ride today, although i tried. need some time for it to setup.
    wish i would have bought those marguettes, would have been good to help setup the woods trails.

    this morning i did alot of pushing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KP snowman View Post
    Riding groom trails,or just plowing in the fresh stuff ? Kingdom trails have on their web site they are going to have trails for fatbikes this winter any word if thats up & running yet ? I`d like to get up & do some tele sking & snow riding in the same trip , I think that would be pretty cool
    I was out packing singletrack on the East side of Darling Hill. My understanding is that KTA has secured landowner permissions for east Darling Hill. They want to leave west Darling Hill for Nordic, at least for the time being.
    The going was pretty easy between noon and 1:30 yesterday. We got some more snow since then, but even the untracked stuff should be rideable.
    It's also my understanding that KTA went out and snowmobile packed some of the wider stuff on East Darling Hill yesterday, including Sugarhouse Run.
    I'll try to get out this afternoon. Will report back later.


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    ^^ Nice!!! The snowmo groomer went thru here last night, but this morning it was still too fluffy for a fat-trail-commute. Should be nicely packed after this weekend though. And Millstone FB says "Greetings powderhounds, we received 16 inches of snow and the Millstone Store will be open from Sat. through New Year's Day from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. We will have roughly 20 km of groomed ski trails, 10 km of track set and our new winter mountain bike trail will also be groomed. Come and join us on the hill....the management"

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    Snow is getting deep on East Darling Hill. Went out for 90 minutes solo today, managed Herbs climb with some pushing. Upper Kitchel is well tracked. Beat Bog, Leatherwood and Riverwood are all riding nicely, especially in the softwoods. Nates are pretty much the order of the day. I plan to get out again tomorrow. I might try to pack down East Branch and slog up to the top of Pines, as well as the other trails I mentioned. VAST is snowmobile churned, not very good going, though the snowmobile "packing" that KTA did of Sugarhouse Run is riding nicely.
    Trail of the day: Riverwood.
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    I snowshoe packed a bunch of East Darling Hill stuff with Jeff today: top of Pines, widow maker, "to East Branch", East Branch, leatherwood, beat bog, top of Kitchel, Herbs. Didn't pack Riverwood, as it was already riding nicely.
    Lots of "fast rolling" single track now. All the snowmobile stuff has set up well too.
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    Millstone is also open for snowbiking FWIW. Funny the Marquettes were mentioned. Such a fantastic thin cover ski, and the fat bikes are letting folks ride in more and more snow...there is a total overlap in seasons. Warm up after next this weekend could really get the fat bike scene firmed up.

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    Backyard kiddie sled hill and fat bike circuit. by mbeganyi, on Flickr

    tramped down a fatbike track in the back yard. had good fun on new years eve with guests riding in the soft snow, dodging the dog getting in the way, and the kids coming down the little 5' tall slide hill that i made. tough going all around, even at 4psi. too much sun on the snow all day, and the dog churned it up a bit.


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    should firm up nice this week, and i might add some banked turns.

    snow was really deep in little river state park. access road was packed from logging trucks, and some of the lower trails might have been rideable late in the day - but we opted for skis to wander back towards cotton brook and then back.


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    even the doggies had a tough go of it


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    hoping to get back there to explore some of the vast network, as well as riding on the trails that get back in by the snow shoers and mushers.

    would be a cool place for a remote feeling meetup, but it might require some pushing.
    cotton brook should get packed pretty well by the snowmos. then maybe a fire at one of the lean-tos - but we'd probably have to hike in wood.

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    ^^ I had a tough sledding on New Year's Eve too. My fatbikecommute took 2.5 hours for 6.5 miles, owing mostly to too-soft surfaces. The Millstone section was the best, aided in part by the downhill direction, but on VAST the groomer came the other way and made it at least temporarily too soft. Then I got to my Marquetted trails, and 7 miles of skiing them back and forth over the weekend had been ruined by wicked postholers plus some extra new and/or windblown snow. Probably improved now but with the cold and needing to get to work on time I took the MTB road-route instead.

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    Yup. Despite 3 miles of 2 guys snowshoe-packing singletrack, conditions are still pretty soft at KT. The stuff that is covered by the spruces is riding well, as is the heavily trafficked stuff. Riverwood is the best, followed by Beat Bog and Kitchel/Herbs. I'm hoping the cold sets things up, or perhaps a freak freeze/thaw in the not too distant future.
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    Been having a great time riding the pugs around the intervale in Burlington - the groomed ski trails are great provided you get the pressure low enough. I'm waiting to replace the endomorph on the rear - not a big fan of that tire unless the snow is really well packed. I'm replacing with a husker du in the rear, but may try a Escalator or Surly Nate. I have a studded Dillinger on the front right now, and that is a huge improvement over the Larry in all conditions.

    Another place I rode a lot last year was in Hinesburg - the town forest trails and the carse trails are quite epic and the snow doesn't change that. Unfortunately they don't see heavy use during winter so theres usually quite a bit of snow. The larger logging trails see more foot traffic and still make for great snowbiking. I road to the look out up there many times, couple places require walking on the way up, but the trip down is the real grin-getter. Anyone up for some Chittenden county fat biking, let me know - usually ride solo, but would be cool to hit some trails with some other folks.

    I'm thinking Sunny Hollow in Colchester would be pretty good for snowbiking too, but haven't taken a ride there with the pugs yet. Any one riding fat in Essex or Williston? I was hoping we could use Catamount but I don't think they want fat bikes mucking with the xc ski business.


    ***Edited to add pic from Carse Hill lookout in Hinesburg last year, not much snow last year but when there was I was riding out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattgVT View Post
    Been having a great time riding the pugs around the intervale in Burlington - the groomed ski trails are great provided you get the pressure low enough. I'm waiting to replace the endomorph on the rear - not a big fan of that tire unless the snow is really well packed. I'm replacing with a husker du in the rear, but may try a Escalator or Surly Nate. I have a studded Dillinger on the front right now, and that is a huge improvement over the Larry in all conditions.

    Another place I rode a lot last year was in Hinesburg - the town forest trails and the carse trails are quite epic and the snow doesn't change that. Unfortunately they don't see heavy use during winter so theres usually quite a bit of snow. The larger logging trails see more foot traffic and still make for great snowbiking. I road to the look out up there many times, couple places require walking on the way up, but the trip down is the real grin-getter. Anyone up for some Chittenden county fat biking, let me know - usually ride solo, but would be cool to hit some trails with some other folks.

    I'm thinking Sunny Hollow in Colchester would be pretty good for snowbiking too, but haven't taken a ride there with the pugs yet. Any one riding fat in Essex or Williston? I was hoping we could use Catamount but I don't think they want fat bikes mucking with the xc ski business.


    ***Edited to add pic from Carse Hill lookout in Hinesburg last year, not much snow last year but when there was I was riding out there.
    there are a few of us in BTV area.
    i ride the intervale often. haven't since we had the big snow dump, was skiing there a few days ago. i ride in the highschool woods, intervale, ethan allen, and north beach. out across the winooski bridge in delta park is fun to explore once the marshy areas freeze up.

    i believe catamount is opening some trails for fatbikes. haven't been out there yet.

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    And......it's (almost) gone.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattgVT View Post
    And......it's (almost) gone.....
    Yeah. Sorry, I doomed us. I bought some new BC skis last week.

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    Making the best of it. Glad I took the Fargo with the studs, but the Pugs would have been nice, although I would have been waiting fro Greg on certain portions. The walking wasn't too bad, fun, beautiful out up there. Views to Mt. Hunger.

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    When the skiing and even snowmobiling are cr*p, the biking is excellent.
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    Millstone?

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    ^^Yep, VAST through Millstone (after the snomo bridge). The new winter bike trails are riding great too.

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    Catamount has opened all of their trails to fat bikes this year! Marc who does their trail work has been riding regularly. They would love to see more bikers out when conditions are firm like they are now.

    MattG, that's cool that you're getting out on Carse. The VAST trail down to Hollow Rd is a fun climb and descent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikesOnSnow View Post
    Catamount has opened all of their trails to fat bikes this year! Marc who does their trail work has been riding regularly. They would love to see more bikers out when conditions are firm like they are now.

    MattG, that's cool that you're getting out on Carse. The VAST trail down to Hollow Rd is a fun climb and descent.

    'tis the season!
    All closed, as of the meltdown, according to their website.
    Would be great if they put info on fatbiking on their site.
    Lots in BTV that would head out there to ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurkeVT View Post
    Yup. Despite 3 miles of 2 guys snowshoe-packing singletrack, conditions are still pretty soft at KT. The stuff that is covered by the spruces is riding well, as is the heavily trafficked stuff. Riverwood is the best, followed by Beat Bog and Kitchel/Herbs. I'm hoping the cold sets things up, or perhaps a freak freeze/thaw in the not too distant future.
    Hi Chris, how are the conditions looking up there? Thinking about a ride Saturday a.m. possibly.

    We got about 3" powder overnight at Millstone, it rode great this morning.

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    Anywhere around Burlington in decent condition to ride a 2.3/2.4 big studs fs bike tomorrow ? Do you think Sunny Hollow Park would be rideable ?

    I'm coming down in the Burlington area tomorrow and I'd like to squeeze in an hour or so of riding at least. So I gotta know if I bring my bike down or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Anywhere around Burlington in decent condition to ride a 2.3/2.4 big studs fs bike tomorrow ? Do you think Sunny Hollow Park would be rideable ?

    I'm coming down in the Burlington area tomorrow and I'd like to squeeze in an hour or so of riding at least. So I gotta know if I bring my bike down or not.

    Thanks !
    looks like just a dusting today, at least from where i sit outside my window. damned cold though, and dropping. should be able to ride sunny hollow on studs. the big stuff all melted away - but i haven't been there since late fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike View Post
    looks like just a dusting today, at least from where i sit outside my window. damned cold though, and dropping. should be able to ride sunny hollow on studs. the big stuff all melted away - but i haven't been there since late fall.
    Sweet. I just got home from a little 15 minutes commute and yes it's cold at -15C and heavy wind here. As long as it's rideable without sinking in snow or walking most of it, I'll check the weather and try to give it a go.

    Is this rig will do the job ? 3/16" long studs, 216 in front and 140 in rear

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Hi Chris, how are the conditions looking up there? Thinking about a ride Saturday a.m. possibly.

    We got about 3" powder overnight at Millstone, it rode great this morning.
    Hey Barb,
    Just got back from a night ride about an hour ago. Six of us were out there and the trails are riding fast. There is good coverage, it's tacky, and trails are well tracked. You can ride just about anything. Herbs, Beat Bog, Riverwood, East Branch, Connector, Magill and Pines make for a nice 2 hour ride (With some doubling up) at a pretty good clip.

    Based on the forecast, Saturday morning should be beautiful, with a bit of fresh powder dusting some nice hard-packed trails.

    Hope to see you out there.
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    The BHS woods and Ethan Allen Park in BTV were solid yesterday afternoon. Good to go with studs. My guess is Sunny Hollow is good but haven't been over there.

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    Unfortunately I wasn't able to haul the bike down, we were too tight in the schedule to drop me there and pick me up later. Sad coz it was beautiful outside Friday.

    I should move to VT at some point haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurkeVT View Post
    Hey Barb,
    Just got back from a night ride about an hour ago. Six of us were out there and the trails are riding fast. There is good coverage, it's tacky, and trails are well tracked. You can ride just about anything. Herbs, Beat Bog, Riverwood, East Branch, Connector, Magill and Pines make for a nice 2 hour ride (With some doubling up) at a pretty good clip.

    Based on the forecast, Saturday morning should be beautiful, with a bit of fresh powder dusting some nice hard-packed trails.

    Hope to see you out there.
    Thanks, Chris. I didn't end up there until today, and it was Fantastic! Crazy traction except for a few icy corners on BeatBog to keep you honest, and even those were fun. On the way back to the car I stayed on East Branch a little too far west and got a bit tuckered coming out at the top of Rim, and bypassed Connector, but hit all the rest of the packed trails. Saw a couple fatbikers heading up Heaven's Bench but didn't cross paths. Then picked up my year round pass at Dashney - so Worth It even though I only got over a few times summer & winter. Anyone within a reasonable drive should check out the snowy KT singletrack. Now!

    I managed a self timer shot, but 10 secs in pretty skimpy to sprint to the bike, hop on, and smile!
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    ^^ Great timer shot. I'm not sure that I could have timed it better.
    I wish I could have been out there today too. Conditions must have been great. The single track has really come into it this year, with more and more traffic keeping things packed out. A couple of our locals are riding 5-6 times a week at this point, with several others doing weekends and the occasional night ride. We've gotten to the point where we have enough riders to keep our 7 mile loop well packed without making the task of packing too onerous, as it was when there were only a couple of us out there. Tim from KTA has also been snomo packing the wider stuff whenever he gets the chance, keeping the doubletrack and some of the more open terrain fast tracking.
    It sounds like the two guys you saw were breaking some new ground up on Heaven's Bench. I imagine they probably rode Ridge too. THAT trail is a blast once it's packed.
    Come on down folks! If you don't have a fatbike yet, Village Sport Shop and East Burke Sports are renting them. More riders on the trails inevitably means more miles of ridable terrain.
    Hope to see you out there.
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    Conditions have been great at KTA. Had a posse of seven out this afternoon. Trails are hard and pretty wide with all of the traffic.
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    Man it looks nice up there at KTA! Can't wait for this year's WinterBike!

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    Snow!

    Conditions are once again settling in at KTA. While the trails haven't seen much traffic since the last winter storm, I was nonetheless able to ride 90%+ of Darling Hill this morning. The snow is dense, snowman snow, and immediately set up firm as soon as my rear tire weighted it. All of the usual east side stuff is rideable. It should get more so with tonight's cold temps and a bit more traffic.
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    I went out on KT last night after work and it was surprisingly good considering we had a couple of inches of new wet snow. Everything I attempted was rideable. Do you know if there are there any fat bike group rides going on? I've only been riding solo.

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    Conditions are once again settling in at KTA. While the trails haven't seen much traffic since the last winter storm, I was nonetheless able to ride 90%+ of Darling Hill this morning. The snow is dense, snowman snow, and immediately set up firm as soon as my rear tire weighted it. All of the usual east side stuff is rideable. It should get more so with tonight's cold temps and a bit more traffic.
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    Yes, conditions are getting better and better. I went out yesterday morning and enjoyed some hard pack riding, then went to Burke for an afternoon at the J-bar with my 3yo son- a perfect February day! The new snow was pretty dense, and not too deep, so I figured it would easily integrate into the existing base. Glad you packed it in!
    There are a number of us who ride together on occasion. Nothing official- no weekly group ride or anything, though we try to hook up on the weekends when conditions permit. I'll pm you...
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    I went out on KT last night after work and it was surprisingly good considering we had a couple of inches of new wet snow. Everything I attempted was rideable. Do you know if there are there any fat bike group rides going on? I've only been riding solo.
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