Northern VT

NEMBA COVID-19 Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

COVID-19 Guidance for NEMBA Rides & Trail Care Sessions

 

With warm weather and the easing of Covid-19 restrictions we know that there will be an iincrease in group rides and trail work days. Please consider the guidance below, as well as the state by state guidelines, when organizing and hosting a group ride, trail care event, or other event. We all want to ride bikes, let’s just do it safely!

 

Key Takeaways:

  • All participants must sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver.

  • Email with information of any upcoming events.

  • Follow state & local guidelines (see links below as these can change frequently)

  • We strongly encourage you to maintain a list of attendees with contact info so we have a record of participation and can do outreach to non-members.  This will also help in the event contact tracing is ever necessary. 

  • Most riders prefer a smaller, more personal group ride experience. Try to keep trail groups small, 10 or less is ideal. Split larger groups if possible. 

  • Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals and others who are recreating outdoors but are still an excellent preventative measure when in close contact or when near unvaccinated or at-risk people. 

  • Respect the wishes of any volunteer or participant who requests more enhanced protocols. Every individual has their own risk tolerance.

  • Very importantly, all state and local guidelines still apply.

 

Current State Requirements: (Subject to change.) - updated June 15, 2021

Click on the State name for links to individual state COVID-19 websites

Connecticut: No outdoor mask requirements. No outdoor limit on group size.

Massachusetts: No mask requirements for fully vaccinated. No limit on outdoor group size. All State covid restrictions end on 6/15.

Maine: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size.

New Hampshire: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size. Covid restrictins end 6/12.

Rhode Island: No outdoor mask requirement. No limits on group size

Vermont: No outdoor mask requirements. No limits on group size. All Covid restrictions ended 6/15.

CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

CT DEEP, Maine Bureau of Parks, Mass DCR Guidance, NH State Parks, RI DEM Guidance, VT State Parks 

   Note: Some cities and towns may have different rules.

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NEMBA Recommendations for smaller events, rides, and trail care sessions

  • To schedule a group ride or trail care event send an email to

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver

  • Volunteers and participants should remain home if not feeling well, if they have received a positive COVID test, or if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.

  • We strongly encourage chapters to maintain a list of attendees with contact info so we have a record of participation and can do outreach to non-members. This will also help in the event contact tracing is ever necessary. This can be as simple as a sign-in list, if capacity is not a concern, or a pre-registration site such as EventBrite. 

Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the event. This is a best-practice, regardless of COVID.

NEMBA offers EventBrite registration, with a covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. This can help with capacity requirements due to limited ride guides. Eventbrite is just one option, other options are welcomed.

When riding with the same people every week, this can be waived.

  • Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a problem at some riding areas due to the influx of new trail users. If a parking area is full, find another legal place to park.

  • Try to keep groups small, 10 or less is ideal. Participants have more enjoyable times in smaller groups. Split larger groups if possible. Large groups can also cause trail conflicts and should be avoided. Have sufficient ride leaders to meet demand or create ride limits that reflect your ride leader capacity.

  • Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals and others who are recreating outdoors but are still an excellent preventative measure when in close contact or when near unvaccinated or at-risk people. 

  • Exaggerate your courtesy to other trail users. When encountering other trail users, slow down or stop and move off the trail to provide room for people to pass unless they waive you by. Always say hello and be friendly.

  • On trail care days bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Some places require providing sanitizing materials at events 

  • You are strongly encouraged to review the state and local guidelines for your area if post ride food is being offered. Bring hand sanitizer, minimize the sharing of food, and ensure social distancing is maintained.

  • Respect the wishes of any volunteer or participant who requests more enhanced protocols. Every individual has their own risk tolerance. 

  • It is up to local chapters to decide what is best for their area and the comfort level of their ride leaders.

  • Follow local, state and federal guidelines. Use the links above for up-to-date information as these change frequently. 

Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge

Date

3/19/21 (All day) to 6/19/21 (All day)

Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge

 
Challenge yourself for Charity!

While physically hosting the 11th anniversary of the Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge isn’t possible again this year due to the pandemic, we are determined to celebrate this event with the best virtual challenge possible now through June 19, 2021

 
There are many ways to participate in the Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge. Pick your choice of sport or exercise - ride a road or mountain bike, stationary bike, run, walk, horseback ride, take an exercise class, swim, and more anytime and anywhere...from your own home or neighborhood.

For all of the details, please visit: https://charityride.vermontadaptive.org

Everything we do at Vermont Adaptive comes back to ensuring our athletes have the programs, adaptive equipment and experiences they need to enjoy sports and recreation. There will be more seasons, more bike rides, more hikes and more paddling, skiing, and snowshoeing. With YOUR help, we can make that happen.


Again this year, our Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge must raise the critical $300,000 for our year-round programs and athletes. Now more than ever we must raise these funds to support added expenses incurred for running modified programs safely now, and to be ready for full programming when we return to normal. By supporting our online auction, YOU can still make an incredible impact on others while you’re at home staying safe and healthy.


For more than 30 years, Vermont Adaptive has provided adaptive sports outings statewide to people with disabilities. We are the largest non-profit in Vermont to do so, and we serve all ages and all (dis)abilities including those with physical, cognitive, emotional/behavioral, and developmental disabilities.

 Vermont Adaptive is a leader in the Adaptive Sports Industry and has more than 400 highly trained volunteer instructors, who donate more than 24,000 hours to our clients and statewide programs annually. The proceeds from this event will help provide year-round programming for those with disabilities and allow them to enjoy the outdoor activities and sports that many of us take for granted.

 
 
Please give a shout with any questions!

 
Jeff Alexander
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Sports for EveryBODY
Mail: PO Box 139  Physical: 77 Alpine Drive
Killington, VT 05751
o - 802.786.4991 Ext. 29
c - 610.761.3603

Event Leader

Jeff Alexander
partners@vermontadaptive.org

Northern VT

Catamount Outdoor Family Center

592 Governor Chittenden Rd
Williston  Vermont  05495
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Catamount Outdor Family Center has been offering mountain biking since the 80's. It later developed Nordic Ski trails. Making it one of the first areas to have both.

Of course that was long before anyone ever heard of a Fat Bike. Which now share the trails in the winter months.

The center has over 20 miles of well maintanied trails. You might think that the trails are flat.

Well, some are pretty mellow but there's a 600' hill on the property and the trails make good use of it.

No matter what the season, in you're in the area, check out Catamont. In season they offer bike rentals, lessons, rides and races.

Here's a description from their Facebook Page.

":The Catamount Outdoor Family Center​ (COFC) in Williston, Vermont, provides activities year round including mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fat biking and sledding. In addition, COFC is known for the variety of events held throughout the year including a weekly race series and a summer camp program." Read more about Catamount Outdoor Family Center

Northern VT

North Branch Park, Montpelier

500 Elm St
Montpelier  Vermont  05602
United States

Description

North Branch Park is one of the many trails initiatives undertaken by the Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Associaiton. It's a great, family friendly place to ride with an expanding trail system located right in the city.

For more information click on one of the links above.  Read more about North Branch Park, Montpelier

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Northern VT

Victory Hill

2781 Victory Hill Rd
Victory Hill  Vermont  05858
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

65%

Difficult

15%

Description

Victory Hill is a developing trail system not far from Kingdom Trails in the town of Victory.  Currently there are about 8 miles of  singletrack trails and an additional 5 miles of woods roads.

The trails are really fun. Some are challenging, but most aren't. They are aimed at enduro focused riders though an enduro or downhill bike is not required. A lot of the trails have been machine built or improved as you'll see when you ride there.

Like Kingdom Trails Victory HIll requires the purchase of a day pass or annual membership. A day pass and a waiver can be purchased and signed at Carol Easter's House, 2438 Victory Hill Road or at the trailhead if no one is at home.

You'll find more information as well as a list of events and links to seasonal trail closures on Victory Hill's Website and on their Facebook Page.

  Read more about Victory Hill

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Northern VT

Blueberry Hill Area Trails, Goshen

1245 Goshen-Ripton Rd
Goshen  Vermont  05733
United States

(802) 247-6735

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Blueberry Hill Trails are located on the 15,875 acre Moosalamoo national Recreation Area. They are managed by the Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center.

These trails are open all year long, though use during the spring's mud season is not suggested.

There's a recommended donation of $10 to use the trails and all monies raised go into trail maintenance and improvement. But, you can ride the trails for free if you don't have any money to donate.

The trails range from easy to hard in a good mix.

Expect to do some climbing and expect to return more than once as there are over 30 miles of trails here.

Moosalamoo offers many other opportunities for mountain biking in addition to Blueberry HIll.   Read more about Blueberry Hill Area Trails, Goshen

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Northern VT

Hinesburg Town Forest

299 Hayden Hil Rd E
Hinesburg  Vermont  05462
United States

Easy

15%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

25%

Description

How could 850 acres hold so much?  The Hinesburg Town Forest is an awesome place to ride.  Not overly attractive to new riders it offers challenging trials with a lot of climbing in a deep woods setting. You'll find yourself returning over and over as your skills develop. Mnay trails have features and man made obstacles to test your skills on. And if 18 miles isn't enough, you're just a half mile away from the western end of the Sleepy Hollow trails.

There are three parking areas on Hayden Hill Road which between them, turns into a dirt track. The east parking lot is the one at the top of the page. The west is here. Alternatively there is another parking area at the end of Economou Road, which is closest to the most challenging trails.

These trails, as well as others nearby, have been built and are maintained by the Fellowship of the Wheel, a great organization to be a member of if you ride in this area frequently. Read more about Hinesburg Town Forest

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Northern VT

Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center, Huntington

427 Ski Lodge Dr
Huntington  Vermont  05462
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

30%

Description

The Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center is a multi season trail destination.  Winters, of course are for Nordic skiing. But in the warmer months, about May 15th - October 24th, the place becomes a mountain bikers paridise.

Over 13 miles of intermediate - Advance mountain bike trails. Many machine built, bermed wonders in a beautiful north woods setting.

If this doesn't sound like enough, you're only about 1/2 mile from the Hinseburg Town Forest that has another 18 miles of trails.

The Sleepy Hollow Inn also has rooms and dining available.  There is a small charge for using their trails.  -  Well worth it. Read more about Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center, Huntington

Northern VT

Perry Hill, Waterbury

546 River Rd
Waterbury  Vermont  05676
United States

Easy

10%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

40%

Description

Waturbury's Perry Hill is no longer a secret. These trails are quickly getting a rep for their screaming downhills, as well as the climbs that preceed them.

Some have claimed that Perry Hill has the best downhill mountain bike trail in all of Vermont. Well . . . You'll have to decide that for yourself.

Parking is at Waterbury's Ice Center and Dog Park and the trailhead is about 100 yards before you gete there.

The trails are maintained by the Waterbury Trails Alliance, who's map is located below.

 

Read more about Perry Hill, Waterbury

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