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We won't get the grant unless you vote. Voting starts May 5. Only one East Coast winner. Project with the most votes gets the whole thing. Loser gets nothing. Vote!!!
First, the 5-cent summary of what this is all about.
- Bell Helmets is giving away $33K to build a new trail.
- WNYMBA submitted a killer application and now we are one of four east coast finalists!
- If we win, Holiday Valley will kick in some funds to make this 2-mile trail even better. The trail will always be open to the public to ride for free.
- WNYMBA put together a video to describe the project and why everyone should vote for us!
- The trail is a 2-mile downhill flow trail from Spruce Lake to the ski lodge. It will be full of berms, rollers, switchbacks and other fun stuff, that takes machines and money to build.
- This trail will kick start a much larger trail system at Holiday Valley. It's not just about this 2-mile trail.
- The winner is determined by popular vote alone!
Here's how the voting works:
Bell is doing the voting in three stages. First was the West Coast, then the central states.
Finally, there is voting for the East Coast on May 5 - May 18 ! This is when you must vote.
You vote by going to bellhelmets.com/bellbuilt
You vote by e-mail address. It's simple. Here are the steps at the above website:
- Select "Holiday Valley Trail"
- Enter your email address
- Enter the blurry verification code they use to keep out robots
- Go to your inbox and open the confirmation email
- Click the confirmation link
Note, if you don't get the confirmation link e-mail, check your spam or trash. I voted for Santa Cruz Soquel Demonstration Forest Flow Trail in the west coast voting and found the confirmation e-mail in my spam.In other words, enter your e-mail, then go to your e-mail and click the link. Simple as pie.
As video star Dennis has told you, getting this grant will allow us and Holiday Valley to kick start a much larger trail building program at the resort. Without this grant, this program may never get off the ground.
So, what is the big plan? Take a look at the map below:
The proposed Bell Built trail is highlighted in Red. Perhaps we may even have enough money (because remember, HV is kicking in some assistance as well) to complete the purple trail. The purple trail will provide a way to get up to the top of the switchbacks by riding first up the cat track to the Mardi Gras lift, then taking this new single track up higher.
Then there is also those three other fainter red dashed lines.
- The first will allow us to start using the singletrack traverse rather than the double track up to the top of Cindy's. That isn't used any more since it ends in a hellish climb up to the wall chairlift. We'd instead contour around to the start of the XC road.
- The next one would go from the purple trail to the top of Eagle lift. This would allow another way to climb to the top all on singletrack.
- The last is another route along the top. By building this loop, Dennis has some great ideas on how to set up a new longer race loop.
While I was riding in Ellicottville a week ago, I struck up a conversation with a man hiking out on Big Merlin. Seems he had just retired, and decided to up and move from Cleveland to Ellicottville. He said that he moved here because he said it had some of the best hiking around. I told him about WNYMBA and he thanked us for all the work we have done on the trails.
Most hikers share this perspective. They believe in shared use trails, and enjoy what can be achieved when different user groups work together. To most hikers, the shared use trail network in Ellicottville is wonderful.
However, there is a minority of the hiking community that doesn’t believe in shared use trails. They believe in single use, segregated trails. This minority includes some, but not all, of the leadership of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference. The Finger Lakes Trail, also known as the White Trail in Ellicottville, is also part of the North Country Trail, a national scenic trail. This minority wants a single use trail through the state forests in Ellicottville.