Chris Ridder and J. Knox Hongell of MTBparks headed to Okemo to get fresh tracks on the yet-to-be-named trail, and found Nate Rand, Evolution's bike park director, putting the finish touches on the trail for the trail's debut.
"The new trail is longer than all of the other trails in our bike park combined," Rand told the MTBparks crew.
Ridder and Hongell did not hesitate to take some laps.
Evolution's new flow trail drops more than 1,600 feet over 3.2 miles. | Photo: Chris Ridder
"This trail will be a great opportunity for those who have graduated from the trails in the lower park, and the view from the top of the lift truly gives you a big mountain feel," said Ridder. "These views continue as you make your way down the mountain, as the trail crosses a number of ski slopes. The highlight of the trail comes about three quarters of the way down, in a section consisting of about two-dozen head-height berms in a row that will keep everyone hooting and hollering."
The trail will open nameless, but Evolution is leaving that up to riders.
"We’re having a naming contest," said Rand. "Submit suggestions at the Evo Bike Shop at the Sugar House. Winner gets a 2018 Evo season pass."
The new flow trail can be seen in blue on the map above. | Image courtesy Evolution Bike Park
A second trail from the summit is already mapped out, visible in yellow on the map above.
In addition to the new expansion to the summit, Evolution Bike Park offers trails which are accessed from the South Ridge Quad A. The trails from the top of Quad A are flowing descents that move through open terrain and pockets of forest, while rolling across the naturally undulating terrain.
MTBparks Pass members recieve one free lift ticket and 50 percent off return visits at Evolution Bike Park at Okemo.
by Don Stefanovich with reporting by Chris Ridder and J. Knox Hongell