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Loon, Stratton Mountain Bike Park Grand Openings

Stratton Mountain is close to announcing the grand opening of its new Mountain Bike Park. (Stratton/Facebook)

Two of New England’s premier mountain resorts are ready to open for the season – mountain bike season that is!

New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain Resort will celebrate the grand opening of its new downhill mountain biking trail network on Saturday, September 7 at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, Vermont’s Stratton Mountain Resort is close to announcing the opening day for its new mountain bike park.

At Loon Mountain opening day will feature three miles of lift-serviced downhill mountain biking on three trails: including two freeride trails and one technical trail. Lift service will be offered via the Seven Brothers Triple from 10 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Opening day lift tickets are $29 online and $32 if purchased at the resort ticket window; mountain biking season passes are $75. Lift-serviced downhill mountain biking will be offered at Loon on weekends and holidays through October 14, except September 20–22.

“We’re ecstatic to offer downhill mountain biking to our guests,” said Jay Scambio, Loon’s president and general manager. “These trails are built to cutting-edge standards, and they’re the first step toward our goal of making Loon a major mountain biking destination for riders of all ages and abilities."

Designed and built in conjunction with Highland Trails LLC, of the industry-leading Highland Mountain Bike Park, the new trails are the first stage in a multi-phase project to build more than 15 miles of downhill mountain biking trails at Loon. In subsequent phases of construction, the resort will build freeride and technical trails for more advanced riders – and add bike rentals and lessons, a bike shop, a learn-to-ride area, and lift service via the Kancamagus Express Quad. Once all phases of construction are complete, Loon will offer more than 21 miles of downhill and cross-country biking trails, the largest combined network in the White Mountains.

Stratton’s new lift-served mountain biking is slated to open to the public in late August. Serviced by the American Express six-passenger lift to mid-mountain, the terrain in Phase 1 will be family-friendly, offering 4.6 miles of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. Vermont-based Sinuosity has designed the layout with a focus on hand-building trails, a technique used by the company to minimize the environmental impact as much as possible. Phase one of the project will have eight open trails on the lower mountain area.

For more details on downhill mountain biking at Loon, visit Loonmtn.com/MTB. For more information on Stratton’s mountain bike park grand opening, visit Stratton.com.


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