DOVER -- When it was announced to the local downhill bike community that there would be an extension of lift services at the end of the month at Mount Snow, there was generally a lot of excitement.
"Hip, hip, hurray! For a week of riding!" exclaimed local rider and racer Sloan Forstrom, of East Dover. "It will be nice to ride during the week again. A lot of nice weather, trails and friends will make it a fun filled and good week off from racing."
From Sept. 21 to 29, the lifts will be spinning for bikers and those who want a view of the mountains during foliage season. Normally, the lifts are closed during the week unless otherwise noted.
This extension of lift operations will offer an opportunity for people to have more access to the mountain.
"Every year, we try to identify a time frame in advance that will hopefully be in peak foliage to give folks a view of the area's legendary fall colors," said Mount Snow Communications Manager Dave Meeker. "Next week was one we figured, based upon history, that we have a pretty good shot at capturing that."
Meeker said that the leaves are changing perfectly and it's one of the best starts that the mountain has had.
"If it keeps going, we'll have some pretty breath-taking views," Meeker added.
The lifts will also be opened during the portion of the local Wine and Harvest Festival being held at Mount Snow.
Mount Snow Mountain Bike Director and Retail Operations Manager J. Knox Hongell told the Reformer that he was hopeful that more downhill riders would try to take advantage of the lift services being available for nine days straight. Other mountains have begun to limit lift operations as the cold weather comes on.
For Columbus Day weekend, which will be the last days of downhill mountain biking, the lifts will spin from Saturday to Monday. Lift rides for non-bicycle riders will also be available during that time.
Hongell said that some of the existing trails had been re-surfaced and updated to make it the best for riders at the mountain. In reference to that work, he specifically mentioned the very top of the introductory downhill mountain bike trail and a re-route by the snow-making pipes.
Local racer Chris Frink, of West Dover, told the Reformer that he was looking forward to utilizing the week to film and spend time riding portions of trails used in a POC Race Series event held at the mountain earlier in the year.
The Mount Snow Trail Crew and other employees will also be filming for another episode of the Gravity Feed. Previous episodes are available to watch at MountSnow.com.
When asked about the condition of the mountain for bikers, Meeker said there have been no complaints.
"Obviously, we had some really cool nights, which is nice, but the summer was unusually wet early on and we recovered very early on from that," he said. "It looks like we'll be in great shape."
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