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Vail Daily Trail Talk: Support groups that support trails

Ernest Saeger
More than 400 volunteers in 2016 contributed more than 1,300 hours of labor to repair 29 local trails. This year's effort will expand to 40 trails, including trails connecting neighborhoods to popular U.S. Forest Service trails.

Supporting the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association is a means to support the maintenance and construction of new soft surface trails in Eagle County. Whether you are hiking, mountain biking, trail running or horseback riding, we want to increase your access to trails and improve your experience in our beautiful home of Eagle County. So please, help us help you. There are so many ways that you, as a trail user, can support the trails you are able to enjoy.

The first and most effective way you can help is to get your hands dirty by picking up a McLeod, pick or shovel and joining the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association on one of our Trail Crew nights. We have a professionally trained and dedicated crew that meets every Wednesday through May 31 and every other Wednesday thereafter.

You’ll never see a trail the same way

These evening sessions will teach you how to maintain trails, reroute potential water run-off and, hopefully, how to build new trail. The satisfaction that comes from working on a trail you recreate on is second to none. You will never see a trail the same way after you’ve gotten your hands dirty and experience how and why a trail is built a certain way.

The first and most effective way you can help is to get your hands dirty by picking up a McLeod, pick or shovel and joining the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association on one of our Trail Crew nights. We have a professionally trained and dedicated crew that meets every Wednesday through May 31 and every other Wednesday thereafter.

Plus, if you’re lucky, then our Trail Crew may happen to have some food grilled up for all to enjoy afterwards. For more info on Trail Crew schedule please check the events calendar at http://www.vvmba.org.

Other opportunities

Can’t make the Wednesday night Trail Crew? We have plenty of other opportunities for you to support local trails. On Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association will have its annual Spring Kick Off event at Vail Brewing Co. in Eagle-Vail. This is a great way to socialize with other trail users, learn about our initiatives, win some sweet raffle prizes, sign up for volunteer opportunities and, of course, enjoy some delicious craft beers. One lucky winner will leave the event with a trip for two to Park City including two nights lodging, bike rentals, lift tickets and more.

We want to engage our community through programs such as Adopt A Trail and even through programs such as our “BIKE Vail Valley” magazine cover photo contest. We need volunteers at events that support us, including the Vail Craft Beer Classic, which we are excited to be the beneficiary. The Vail Craft Beer Classic is in Vail June 16 through 18. By volunteering at this event with the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association, you are supporting our local trails.

There are many indirect ways you can support the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association and our local trails. These simple tasks include staying off muddy trails, using and teaching proper trail etiquette and picking up any waste on the trail. All of these actions help us help you. So please, if you are a trail user, then consider giving back to the trails that you know and love. We definitely appreciate the support.

The Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and community of diverse participants that vigorously supports the maintenance and construction of sustainable mountain biking and hiking trails throughout Eagle County. We coordinate volunteer trail work, organize events, train volunteer trail crew leaders, and contribute its talents, guidance and time to support local land managers in various soft surface trail initiatives. Find more information on our website, http://www.vvmba.org or give us a follow on Facebook.


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