Words from the Guide: “Dirt is the New Snow”

“Dirt is the New Snow”

Welcome back to the summer season at Mount Snow, filled with hiking, biking and lots of new features to keep your adrenaline pumping. I am excited to roll into summer here in Vermont, having officially kicked off our mountain bike season last weekend with an exciting Eastern States Cup Downhill race! Thanks to all the racers for coming out and shredding up some of our classic New England race lines and I hope you all enjoyed Mount Snow’s legendary terrain.  Check out our video from the race weekend, here!


A rider from last weekends Eastern States Cup rips down Yard Sale. Thank you riders!


Anyway, my name is Allen Gallup and I am the Head Mountain Bike Guide here at Mount Snow.  I have been teaching mountain bike clinics since 2005 and have been an avid cross country and downhill rider ever since. This is my third summer working for Mount Snow’s mountain bike program and I have enjoyed teaching a wide variety of clients ranging from 6 to 60 years of age! I look forward to getting folks out on our classic and brand new terrain as the sport of mountain biking is always progressing.

That's me, Allen, testing out the trails on Opening Day in May.

That’s me, Allen, testing out the trails on Opening Day in May.

Now that the trails have finally begun to dry out after a rainy spring, our trail crew has been able to get down to business and rebuild Trail 9 with some new additions including this new ladder drop!


If you’ve ever wondered what our Carinthia Parks Crew does in the “off-season,” it’s not too different from winter! Here is Park Builder Kyle, working the dirt with some other Carinthia Rangers.


New ladder drop on Trail 9

Riders will find the same type of fluid jump lines and smooth transitions on trail 9 as they would in our Carinthia Parks in the wintertime at Mount Snow. The builders who work on the trails are also avid downhill riders and love to test all the new work on the hill to ensure a quality product!

top of trail 9

Birds eye view of the top of Trail 9.

Now that our trails are dialed and ready for you to shred I am excited about our additional days and expanded hours for riding. I’m also pumped to see a bunch of new riders on the trails thanks to our Introductory Downhill Trail where you can get your skills down before taking on the rest of the mountain.

When testing out the new features on Trail 9 I had the opportunity to boost a few jumps and lean into the fresh berms on one of our brand new Devinci Wilson XP demos, which was a true highlight of my week. As our summer continues I look forward to seeing you guys out on the hill with your smiling, muddy faces!

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