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HV set to do MB-2 Trail updates with excvator

bermWNYMBA met with Holiday Valley to discuss needed improvements in the MB-2 Trail (formerly known as the flow trail) due to the wet summer.  Updates to newly built trails are usually needed after the first year of use.

Holiday Valley will be renting an excavator for the next month to shore up areas with poor drainage, including the seep area on Champaign.  Also where needed, rock and boardwalk will be installed in other seep areas.  Additionally, some bermed turns will be reconfigured for better flow.

Holiday Valley did an amazing job getting this trail built quickly last year, installing many culverts and moving a lot of dirt.  At this point, we want to assist their crew in the repairs to make sure updates are made from the rider's perspective - to test ride the work and make sure things flow.  The plan is to have riders assist in the work by being present during much of the activities.

The work will be performed 7 to 3:30 each weekday, Of course most of us are at work then and won't be able to help out, but we are looking for volunteers who may have the time.

Dennis, from Bike and Bean will try to make it out most mornings before his shop opens which will cover a lot of ground.  If others who have some time, like maybe school teachers light on work in the summer ;-) are also welcome to assist HV in the repairs.  If you can help, please contact WNYMBA.

Holiday Valley Timber Harvest Operations

Holiday Valley LogoHoliday Valley asks us to get the word out that  they will be performing some logging for the next several months and portions of the trails will be closed for the riders safety.

The goal is to keep bike trails open as much as possible but we may need to close sections from time to time. They will put signs up in those location warning the riders.

The goal is to be done by end of June.

The good news correlary to this is they plan on converting one of the logging trails to singletrack once they are done, and this will add about a mile or so of new trail connecting to MB-1.  We thank Holiday Valley for being such a strong supporter of Mountain Biking.

Holiday Valley Substantially Competes Construction of the "Flow Trail"

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HV reports to us "We finished up all the work on the new section with the mini excavator today only some hand work to do and the trail is basically done. We also are putting in the old log n bog trail back in that starts at the top of morning star and will connect into the new trail near peppermint lane, this will give us an easy way from the top of the hill to the new trail without going to Tannenbaum. Still some hand work to do but excited to start using the new trail"

This is awesome news. I got out today after the rain to get some pictures below. As they say, there is still some hand work to follow up behind the machine work, but it is looking awesome. HV has already started putting in new trail beyond this with the re-establishment of the old log-n-bog trail.

This is the trail that we tried to get the Bell Built grant for, but lost in a close contest.  Hats off to HV for going out an building it for us withouth the grant.

DEC building new Snowmobile Trail in E-ville

newsmThe Snowmobile trail that DEC built several years ago has proven too steep and with too shart switchbacks for the gromming machines, and so DEC is building a new trail from the Eagle Lot up to East McCarty Hill Road.  The route is shown on the map to the left.  It will cross Rain Trail at the top, in a similar fashion as when the then-new trail crossed Rain over near where it turns into Sidewinder.  Construction on that portion of the trail has already started.  The lower part will start near where the Eagle Singletrack starts.  We have been in significant communication with DEC about this intersection and plan to meet with them this coming Friday to discuss the route so that is doesn't harsh the flow.

We of course support multi-use of the state forests and thus support this effort as well.  Of course, snowmobile trails are much wider than singletrack, so many trees are being removed for its construction, but this is consistent with the role of state forests as a supply of timber.  This trail will be finished sometime this summer.  East McCarty Hill Road may be closed temporarily for a while while the pull out the timber.

New Ellicottville Map sent to printers

mapsnippetAnd it will soon be for sale at your local map dealer.  We had to update it because of the closing of the white trail, but we had some other updates to make, including the changes happening over by Holimont.  Check out the preview. This time around, we have many sponsors helping out with the printing costs.  Check out their awesome ads on the back side, and bring your bike and outdoor business to these local retailers helping to make the local riding scene even better!   

Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.

Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.