Spring News/Advocacy Update
We may be looking at an early spring this year. Warmer temps will tempt you - don't give in! Waiting until trails are open is a big deal. VMBA chapters work tirelessly to build and maintain the trails we all love. Let's be sure our riding habits mean they can spend more time building and less time repairing. Checking trail conditions is an important step especially if there has been any recent rain (trail work, blow down, hunting seasons, etc. can also close trails). TrailHub is the fastest way to check on your favorite trails and get automatic updates.
VMBA has some sweet goodies set up for members this year. The association is stoked to set members up with benefits. More importantly, your participation is a meaningful part of VMBA's ability to keep successfully advocating for riding in Vermont. Partnered closely with incredible chapters, VMBA has opened new access in Little River State Park and Gorton State Forest. New trails have been approved in Camel's Hump State Forest in partnership with VT Forests Parks & Recreation - new links for the Annual Festival (July 20-22). New trails have been approved on US Forest Service Land in Rochester and a winter resources page hosts 25 sanctioned areas for fat biking.
The Association has established strong alliances with VAST and expanded others through the RASTA chapter with CTA and the Backcountry Ski Alliance. Private landowners continue to play a key role in providing recreation to the public. VMBA is fighting hard for expanded landowner assurances in an effort to assist chapters in creating these critical relationships in every neighborhood throughout Vermont.
Riders renewing/joining in March & April will be automatically entered to win some pretty cool stuff including a free $140 Fox shock tune from the Ski Rack, free festival passes, Darn Tough Socks, Vermont Peanut Butter Company goodness and much more. The benefits package also had an upgrade this year. Members will enjoy over 80 benefits including access to paid trail networks, DH passes, ski passes and access to multiple shops.
We hope you like PINK!
Riders will be rocking neon pink this year. Riders sharing the importance and impact of participation is a big deal. Keep in mind, you're way more likely to try a new restaurant if a friend recommends it over hearing an ad on the radio. The narrative we share with each other is powerful. Want MORE TRAILS & BETTER TRAILS? Tell a friend.
Keep an eye out for Vermont Peanut Butter's "Trail Rider" a special blend for VMBA to be sold in 60+ outlets from April 1st to August 1st.