White Mountains NEMBA
Fat Biking – ’tis the season and with the huge proliferation of fat bikes the local Nordic areas are taking note.
The Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation is allowing fat bike use in Whitaker Woods; check the daily grooming report if conditions are suitable for biking but as users we need to carefully monitor our own use. Some board members at MWV Ski Touring are in favor of expanding bike use to their full network if WW works out OK. Other board members are skeptical so let’s show them we are responsible users who are respectful of the work they do to groom.
Great Glen Trails is opening their network to fat bikes on two Sunday afternoons per month in January, February and March – see GGT’s web site for details.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation has done research and believes bikes are a compatible use – they need to go through their landowner agreements before changing their policies so stay tuned. Friendly inquiries to show interest are not a bad idea!
Waterville Valley Nordic has opened 15 km to bikes and the Franconia Inn Nordic trails will have trails open to ride. Big Ring Bob’s White Mountain Bike Shop at the Inn has rentals and rides every Sunday at noon.
A typical list of Nordic ski area “conditions of use” include:
• Riders need to purchase a trail pass to use the area’s trails and tell the ticket vendor that they are planning on fat biking.
• Trail access is dependent on conditions and they should check the daily grooming report for detailed trail access information. Be aware of changing weather conditions; frozen surfaces can quickly give way to warm temps and softening snow so plan your ride times accordingly.
• Purpose built snow bikes required! Both tires should be wider than 3.5 inches and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi.
• Bikes should yield to all other users. Stay to right side of trail at all times, stay out of the classic ski tracks, and give skate skiers a wide berth.
• Stay off trails with more than 3 inches of new snow.
• If you are leaving a rut deeper than an inch, having a hard time riding in a straight line, or pushing your bike, the snow is too soft and you absolutely should not be biking on the trails.
• Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, and we’ll all have a good time this winter.
• Stay on trails designated for Fat Biking.
Trail Stewards – We are always looking for volunteer stewards to be responsible for basic maintenance (primarily drainage work, pruning and small blowdown removal). Please consider adopting your favorite trail or one close to home. You will not be tasked with doing everything – if a trail warrants a full trail day or a Tuesday night tweak we can schedule it in.
Our mission is to advocate for mountain biking opportunities and create & maintain trails in the eastern White Mountains of New Hampshire. Our accomplishments so far are significant and speak for themselves. We rely on a group effort to get things done and to make our activities and events successful.
The chapter has a schedule of activities including weekly trail work and rides to suit all levels. Check the links on the right for descriptions of planned rides, meeting notes, a group calendar and other events. To be notified of activity on one of the postings, be sure to subscribe to the post.
While you are out enjoying the local trails, keep in mind that a dedicated group of people spend much of their spare time caring for them. Your input and involvement is critical to our continued success; we can’t fulfill your needs unless we know what you want. Please join NEMBA today and identify WMNEMBA as your local chapter. Your assistance will make a difference.
If you have any other suggestions to improve our trails, our communication, or our membership please let us know!