Clinics & Tours

The First Lift Program – Learn to Downhill

If you are comfortable riding a bicycle and have always wanted to see what it was like to let gravity do most of the work, Mount Snow’s First Lift Program is the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of downhill mountain biking. During this 1.5 hour program, our experienced guides will take you through the ins and outs of operating a downhill mountain bike as well as tips on proper breaking, body position and safely riding the chairlift.

The Trail

That’s right, you will ride the chairlift on your first day of downhill mountain biking thanks to the East’s longest lift served introductory downhill trail, Trail 7, which made its debut during the summer of 2012. It is 3.0-miles long, at least five feet wide and follows a number of switchbacks with smooth banked turns while traveling through both open field and wooded areas with no more than a comfortable 12 percent grade the entire way down. Perfect for all ability levels, but built with the beginner in mind.

The Experience

A typical First Lift Program experience starts with getting fitted and geared up with your body armor and helmet followed by an overview of how to operate your downhill mountain bike and a brief ride around the base area to get familiar with how it functions. Then, it’s up the Canyon Express with your guide for a fun ride down Trail 7. Depending on time, you may be able to take multiple runs down Trail 7 with your guide as long as it falls within the hour time frame.

The Package

  • Bike Rental, Helmet and Body Armor
  • Lift and trail pass valid for one hour
  • An hour PLUS of instruction and rides with a guide
  • Max Ratio: 5 guests to 1 guide

The First Drop Program – Learn to corner, jump and take drops

This is the next step after The First Lift Program.  If you are comfortable riding a bicycle down groomed lift served terrain and are interested in taking it to the next level, Mount Snow’s First Drop Program is the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of cornering, jumping and taking drops  on your downhill mountain bike.  During this 2.5 hour program, our experienced guides will help you progress as quickly as you are comfortable with while taking on progressively more advanced terrain.

The Package

  • Bike Rental, Helmet and Body Armor
  • Lift and trail pass valid for 2.5 hours
  • 2.5 hours of instruction and rides with a guide
  • Max Ratio: 5 guests to 1 guide                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

    Mountain Biking Lesson Packages

    AdultYouthGroup of 5
    First Lift - 1.5 Hours$99$79$49
    First Drop - 2.5 Hours$129$99$99
    *Reservations are required. Call 802.464.6640
    **Prices subject to change

Guided Tours

With so much to explore on two wheels, having someone along with you that knows the best terrain and how to ride it is a great way to enhance your biking experience here at Mount Snow.  Guided mountain bike tours are offered out of Mount Snow Sports at the Grand with daily tours available for our cross country terrain and downhill mountain bike tours are available during lift operating hours.  You can reserve a guide for two hours, four hours or even a full day.  Our guides are all experienced, expert riders that are here to show you how much fun Mount Snow’s tremendous variety of terrain can be.

Call 802-464-6640 for more info or to book your guided tour