Holiday Valley starts construction of the Flow Trail!
As you know, we were bummed when we came so close last year but lost in the competition for money to build a 2+ Flow Trail at Holiday Valley. However, the effort was not in vain. The huge interest generated by this project piqued Holiday Valley's interest in building trails at the resort. As you know, there currently isn't much riding at Holiday Valley - the great riding is all in the adjacent 6000 acres of state forest. There's a few wide access trails and race promoters scratched out a fall line descent to make a loop for doing races, but not a lot to appeal to the general public.
So this spring, WNYMBA submitted a New Trails Proposal which included the Bell Built trail as well as other options. This provided a range of possible options for Holiday Valley to consider.
They responded favorably, but we didn't get a chance to meet with them until August 29th. But man were we pleasantly surprised when they told us they were ready to start building the trail we proposed for the Bell Built trail! As in right away. Jim Allen and I went out the next day and flagged the route (check out the map of the route at this link), and a mini excavator is rented for the month and out there now as I type scratching out the tread! This is very exciting news. WNYMBA is spot checking the work but it seems we have a very good operator out there. We will be responsible to fine tuning the trail this fall during our trail work schedule.
Holiday valley's vision for these new trails is to provide some easier trails for their clientele to enjoy biking on their property. This trail, along with others we hope to get built, will be somewhat easier than the ones we built in the state forests. A very common complaint that we get is that our trails are too hard, so this will provide a good compliment to the rest of the trails we have in the area.
A big thank you to Holiday Valley for stepping up with this work!