Powder Ridge opens up mountain biking trails - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Powder Ridge opens up mountain biking trails

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MIDDLEFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

They are trading skis for bikes at Powder Ridge this summer.

The mountain is launching the first lift-accessed downhill mountain biking trails in Connecticut starting this weekend.

"We are developing the first lift service downhill mountain biking trail system in the state of Connecticut,” said Sean Hayes, Powder Ridge CEO.

Three to five trails will be open on Sunday, ranging from expert to beginner.

They plan to work on more throughout the summer, eventually building up to 14 to 20 trails over the next two years.

"Big features, it's really cool,” said Jack Levine, who is a mountain biker.

Ryland Parker used to drive up to New Hampshire to ride the mountains there, but now he is working to develop the trails in Connecticut.

"Every kids dream, if you grow up biking, is to build and ride downhill,” Parker said.

They want to make the trails accessible to everyone, including beginners who are just trying to figure it out.

"If you haven't done it, there is a way to introduce it. We will have a skills park on property so you're learning the skills that you need to be safe coming down the mountain,” Hayes said.

Starting on Sunday, passes will be $28 per day, but they will be cut to half price for at least the first month.

The downhill mountain biking kicks off with the Breakaway Benefit on Sunday, benefiting the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program. It will feature a road ride, cross country, and a downhill ride which will begin at 9 a.m.

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