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Mountain Biking - Frequently Asked Questions

All of your mountain biking questions … Answered!

Q: How many miles of trails are there?
A: We have approximately 8 miles of single track and 20 miles (32 kilometers) of double track.

Q: What is single track versus double track?
A1. Single track is a trail typically about twelve inches wide that travels through nature’s obstacles. Depending on the terrain this type of trail can vary in difficulty from advanced beginner to expert.
A2. Double track is a trail typically located on ski trails or old logging roads and usually measures eight feet or more in width. Trails of this type have few to no obstacles and are technically less demanding than single track. 
Q: Will I be able to ride your trails?
A: Whether it’s your first day on a mountain bike or you’ve been riding for decades, we have something for you. Please refer to our detailed trail map and ask for specific trail recommendations for your ability at the mountain bike shop.

Q: I am not staying at the Trapp Family Lodge, am I allowed to use your trails for hiking and/or biking?
A: Yes, it will be $10/day for day guests to hike or bike on the trails.  Note that a liability waiver will be signed once each season.

Q: Is there any additional riding nearby that I can access from the Outdoor Center trail network?
A: Depending on conditions; we may be able to recommend some longer rides that include other trail networks in the area.  Please ask in the bike shop for further information and also about the availability of guided tours on and off Trapp Family Lodge property. 

Q: Can I use my own bike?
A: Yes, you can use your own bike.

Q: Does the bike shop rent bikes?
A: Yes, we have a large rental fleet of over 50 Giant bikes including kids 16” through 24” mountain bikes, adult hard tail mountain bikes and adult full suspension mountain bikes all with 27.5” wheels and disk brakes. We also have women’s specific mountain bikes. 

Q: What pedals are on Trapp’s rental bikes?
A:  Our bikes are equipped with platform pedals. We also have Shimano, Time, and Crank Bros. clipless pedals for those who have their own shoes.

Q: Can I use my own clipless shoes and/or pedals on your rental bikes. 
A: Yes bring your own pedals and shoes and we will gladly install them on our rental bike.

Q: Are mountain bike lessons offered?  If so, when?
A: Yes, we will be offering private mountain bike lessons starting June 1st.  Please call the Bike Shop to reserve space at (802) 253-5755. 

Q: Are guided tours offered?
A: We do guided tours on and off property. There are 8 miles of single track on Trapp Family Lodge's property and well over 50 miles of single track riding in and around Stowe. Guided tours are $120 dollars for up to 2 hours and for groups up to 6 people. Mountain Bike Guided Tours are dependent on trail conditions. Please call the Bike Shop (802) 253-5755 ahead of time for availability.

Q: I have a (fill in the blank) bike that needs some work/parts, can you help me out?
A: Our bike shop techs have 20 years of experience fixing any and all types of bikes and will certainly find a way to fix your bike.

Q: Does the bike shop sell bikes?
A: Yes we do sell our used rental bikes at the beginning and end of our season for a substantially reduced price compared to a new bike. Our bikes are professionally maintained by our own mechanics and parts are replaced when they get worn.

Q: When are the trails open?
A: We work very hard to maintain the highest quality standards on our mountain bike trails and running them when they are wet damages both the trails and the surrounding environment by causing undue erosion.  In addition, the Outdoor Center website and phone line will be updated with conditions and closures when conditions change.  Trail surface condition and not weather conditions determine the opening/closing of trails.

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