At their monthly board meeting the directors of the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) approved a grant of $20,000 to the Vermont Mountain Bike Association to be used toward the continued construction of the Vermont Ride Center trail system in Stowe. This network of trails will include Trapp Family Lodge, Sterling Valley, Stowe Town Forest and Adams Camp connecting to neighboring trail networks in Little River State Park and the Cotton Brook area of Mt. Mansfield State Forest in Moscow. When completed, it will be one of the largest mountain biking trail systems in the Northeast.
This project has been under development for 3 years and has received financial and other support from the International Mountain Bicycling Association, the Stowe Land Trust, the Town of Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge, the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation the Stowe Area Association and the Vermont Department of Tourism. Based on studies done in other areas where mountain biking trail systems have been constructed, a very conservative estimate is that the Vermont Ride Center will bring in new tourist dollars to Lamoille County somewhere between $1 million and $2.5 million and with it many new jobs. It is not unreasonable to predict that these numbers could be 4 to 5 times higher as the venue gains national and international attention.