Words of the Guide: “Crosstrain with Downhill”

Hello All,

Nearing the middle of September, I cannot believe what an epic summer we have had at Mount Snow. I have had the privilege of riding with some amazing people and showing a bunch of first timers our awesome trail network. If you haven’t biked at Mount Snow this summer there is no better time than now – the weather is sweet, the trails are dialed in thanks to our trail crew, and the season will be over before we know it (sigh).

One of our mountain bike mechanics, Josh, at the end of Trail 9

One of our mountain bike mechanics, Josh, at the end of Trail 9

Last Friday, eight local athletes who ride and race dirt bikes on super technical single-track came to Mount Snow to train on our downhill mountain bike terrain. NETRA magazine which promotes the sport of off-road motorcycling in New England and New York Region came to write an article on how downhill biking is great cross training for motocross. Mountain Biking is one of the best forms of outdoor training that can be done for motocross and Mount Snow makes for a great spot to dial in your skills.


When riding downhill you are not just simply rolling down the hill, it is an intense sport and a great training tool for boosting leg strength, stamina and cardio fitness believe it or not! When riding a bike “especially down a mountain” you help improve areas such as coordination, balance and most of all focus. If you are a novice rider or a seasoned athlete the benefits you will gain by riding your bike will greatly help you in your other athletic pursuits, plus it doesn’t feel like a workout because you are having so much fun. So stop by and take some runs, and I hope to see you all out on the trail!

Don’t forget, we’re open on weekends from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and every day September 23-27 during peak foliage season.  We’ve got some great deals going on during that week including 20% off mountain bike rentals and demos and 20% off private mountain bike clinics!

Also, check out the latest episode of our Mountain Biking video series “Gravity Feed” below!

Allen Gallup

Head MTB Guide

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