May 31, 2011

Burke Mountain and Kingdom Trails Announce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

East Burke, VT - Burke Mountain Ski Area & The Kingdom Trails Association will hold a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to mark the beginning of lift served mountain biking operations this summer at Burke Mountain with special guest speaker and official "ribbon cutter," Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. The ceremony will take place Saturday, June 25th at 12:00pm outside the Sherburne Base Lodge. The ceremony also marks the beginning of a special partnership between Kingdom Trails and Burke Mountain to expand spring, summer & fall outdoor recreation opportunities, create a healthy community, and boost travel and tourism in the Burke Area and surrounding communities.

Burke Mountain will open the Sherburne Express chairlift from the Base Lodge on weekends and holidays until mid October. The chair lift will access four already established, but improved and re-routed single track trails, and the new premier jump trail, Knightslayer, featuring world class table tops, step ups, step downs, rollers and sky high berms. A full service mountain bike shop offering rentals, tune-ups, and lessons will also operate out of the Sherburne Base Lodge.

Summer Activities Gearing Up at Whistler

Alpine Tubing, Glacier Skiing/Riding, Sightseeing, Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone

Whistler, BC - Winter operations may be wrapping up at Whistler Blackcomb but the summer season is just getting started. With a wide variety of activities available both on and off the mountains, summer opens up a whole new world of possibilities at Whistler Blackcomb.

“As we transition from winter to summer, it is an exciting time to experience Whistler Blackcomb’s snowy alpine experience,” says Rob McSkimming, Vice President of Business Development at Whistler Blackcomb. “With North America’s only summer tube park, glacier skiing and riding beginning June 18 and sightseeing, guests will be certain to have an unforgettable experience”.

2010.2011 has officially been named the second snowiest season ever at Whistler Blackcomb and with Mother Nature off to a slow start this spring, a winter wonderland awaits up in the alpine.

May 25, 2011

4th Annual Shawnee Celtic Festival

May 28 & 29 - Calling all Irish, Scottish and Welsh Clans!

Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA - Kicking off the festivities of the summer season on Memorial Day weekend, Shawnee Mountain is pleased to announce the return of the Shawnee Celtic Festival to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, 11am to 6pm both days, on the grounds of the popular Monroe County ski area.

This event promises two full days of the sights and sounds of the Emerald Isles and Scottish Highlands, featuring 3 stages of non-stop Celtic music with 8 bands, along with a Bagpipers Parade. Additional entertainment includes Scottish and Irish Dancers, Working Sheep Dogs, a Celtic Wizard and Irish Juggler. A variety of Irish and Scottish Craft and Gift Vendors, Celtic Food Vendors, a Wine Tent and various kids’ activities including a Celtic farm petting zoo and face painting will add to the festivities both days.

Local Celtic Entertainers will once again be well represented at the 2011 Shawnee Celtic Festival, including the Pocono Region Pipes and Drums Band, Irish Dancers from the Gallagher School of Dance and the McElligott School of Irish Dance and Scottish Dancers from the Pocono Highland School of Dance, all located in Stroudsburg, PA and the Working Sheep Dogs with Trainer Carolyn Wilki of Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm located in Bangor, PA.

The main stage musical lineup includes the Scottish born band and headliners Albannach, The Barley Boys from the Jersey Shore and Belfast Connection from Philadelphia.

Pub and Mountain stage entertainers include Michael Black, the Irish Lads, Timlin & Kane, The McManus Band, the Juggernaut String Band, Wizard Magician Stephen Christopher and Patty O’Furniture, the world’s tallest leprechaun.

The event will be held rain or shine. Advanced Festival Admission, Adults $12 and Children ages

5 – 12 $10, age 4 and under FREE, are now on sale. Plenty of FREE onsite parking is provided.

“Save the Bierstube” Renovations to Continue This Summer

Whitefish, MT - The final stage of a two-phase structural improvement project will begin this summer at the Bierstube in Whitefish Mountain Resort’s upper village. The Bierstube has been a part of the mountain’s culture since the 1950s and was named one of the “Top 10 great places for après-ski nightlife” by USA Today in February 2011. The business has been located in its present building since 1967. The building is owned by Whitefish Mountain Resort.

“The Bierstube has played a significant role in shaping the mountain culture of this resort,” Whitefish Mountain Resort President Dan Graves said. “We feel strongly, as part of our commitment to preserve the ski area’s heritage, we want to extend its life for years to come.”

Phase one was completed during the fall of 2010 before the start of the ski season after the discovery that the building was beginning to lean. Engineering analysis revealed the need to raise the building’s north east corner and pour new concrete. Phase two will focus on the south and west sides of the building where new concrete will be poured for footings and improvements to the building’s foundation. No changes will be made to the interior of the building which plans to open June 18 when Whitefish Mountain Resort summer operations begin.

“The Bierstube means a lot of things to a lot of people, we have visitors who come back every year, some who come in after 10, 20 years and thank us for being here,” said Bierstube owner and operator Scott McIntosh. “We are excited that the future of the Bierstube is solidified. Whitefish Mountain Resort has been great to work with and their commitment to the Bierstube means a lot to us.”

May 24, 2011

Loon Mountain Features New Segway Tours and an Adventure Package for an Affordable Day of Fun

Lincoln, NH - Loon Mountain Resort, featuring new Segway® tours, a zipline adventure, New Hampshire’s longest scenic gondola skyride and an affordable Adventure Package, kicks off the summer season this Saturday for a Memorial Day weekend opening. The mountain resort will be open weekends from May 28 through June 19, with daily operations beginning on June 25.

New this summer, Loon will offer area tours via Segway - a self balancing two-wheeled personal transport device that is fun and easy to ride. Participants will get a short orientation to learn how to ride a Segway and then they will glide on a guided tour of the local area, learning about the area’s history and logging heritage, and how it transformed from a logging and mill town to the popular year-round destination that it is today.

The Gondola Skyride, with access to the 2,750’ Loon Peak and Summit Adventures, will be open weekends from May 28 through June 26 then daily through October 16. In addition to spectacular White Mountain views, the summit offers glacial caves to explore, where kids can hunt for the ‘Lost Loon Gold’ and take home their own gold token. Treasure maps are available inside Loon Mountain Sports Retail & Gift Shop, where Skyride tickets are available for purchase. An interpretive self-guided nature walk, observation tower, and mountaintop playground round out the family fun available at the summit. The Summit Café offers lunch and refreshments with a scenic backdrop and families can also visit with local artisans as they practice their crafts.

Belleayre Music Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Art and Culture in the Mountains Memorial Day Weekend Fundraising Auction/BBQ Kicks Off Summer Fun

Highmount, NY - This Memorial Day Weekend the Belleayre Music Festival kicks off its 20th season with the annual BBQ Dinner Dance and Benefit Auction on Sunday, May 29. The evening will begin at 5pm with the silent auction viewing and a cocktail reception with wine and refreshments provided by the Board of Directors of the Belleayre Conservatory. The live auction will feature the dynamic duo of Belleayre’s own Tony Lanza and Kassie DePavia, country singer and star of One Life to Live. The auction will include original paintings, trips to San Francisco, St. Petersburg, Jackson Hole and the Dominican Republic, Broadway Theater and sports tickets (Giants/Mets), jewelry, antiques and collectibles plus priceless experiential lots. The live and silent auctions will also feature unique paintings and crafts of local Catskill artists and artisans. After the auction fun, the BBQ Dinner begins at 7:30pm which is followed by dancing into the night to the music of Special Delivery and Family. Don’t miss a great benefit for this treasured local organization.

The Belleayre Music Festival has finished booking the line-up of concert dates for 2011. This eclectic Music Festival begins on July 3 featuring superstar K. D. Lang. Other feature acts include Broadway star Tommy Tune, the legendary Creedence Clearwater Revisited, country star Clint Black, the smooth sounds of Mary Chapin Carpenter and more.

May 20, 2011

From Wilmington to Leadville

Leadville Qualifying Series Begins June 19 in Wilmington, N.Y.

Wilmington, NY - Baseball has its World Series, football the Super Bowl and mountain biking has the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race (LT 100). The LT 100 is legendary.

Since 1994, the 103 mile long race, set 13,000 feet up in the treacherous Colorado Rocky terrain has tested each rider’s determination, guts and even sanity. So challenging and famous is this race, the LT 100 has even tested the toughness of seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, and Levi Leipheimer, the 2006 winner of the Dauphiné Libéré, and 2005 Deutschland Tour champion.

Due to the race’s international recognition and increased demand for participation, riders traditionally gained entry into the LT 100 by means of a lottery system, making it an extremely difficult race to access. This year, Life Time Fitness, Inc. and AEG announced the creation of the Leadville Qualifying Series for the 2011 LT 100. The 2011 qualifying series will consist of three races, with each race covering approximately 100 kilometers and providing 100 entries to the LT 100. Fifty of these spots will be allocated based on age-group performance and the other fifty will be distributed by a drawing among the finishers who have met the time standard that is specific to each qualifying event.

“This series will allow the LT 100 to become more attainable to some riders whose dream it has been to get to the LT 100,” said David Weins, a six-time Leadville 100 MTB race champion. “There are a lot of bikers out there that want a taste of what the LT 100 experience is all about, yet may not necessarily have the time to train for such an intense competition. The Leadville Qualifying Series gives riders a bit of the thrill and shows them a little of what the LT 100 is all about, it’s a stepping stone for riders out there looking for some adventure, but not yet ready to move on to the next level.”

One of those qualifying races is slated to take place Sunday, June 19, in Wilmington, N.Y. The inaugural Wilmington/ Whiteface 100k presented by SRAM is expected to bring more than 300 cyclists to the area, each hoping to grab one of those 100 coveted spots into the LT 100.

“The Town of Wilmington is very excited to be hosting this event and Leadville qualifier,” noted Randy Preston, Town of Wilmington supervisor. "This is a national caliber event that’s expected to bring the best of the best from competitive mountain biking. Wilmington and the surrounding region are known world-wide for spectacular rugged landscapes and that’s definitely going to challenge these riders.”

Attitash Mountain Resort To Host Eastern States Cup Downhill Mountain Biking Weekend Event

New Hampshire State Championship Finals Scheduled for Sunday, June 19th

Bartlett, NH - Attitash Mountain Resort has announced that it will be hosting the New Hampshire State Championship Finals for the Eastern States Cup downhill mountain biking series. The Eastern States Cup (ESC) is a USA Cycling (USAC) Regional Championship Series. Within the ESC series, three separate USAC State Championships will be contested with 4 events in New York, 4 events in Vermont, and 2 events in New Hampshire including the Attitash Mountain Resort New Hampshire State Championship occurring on the weekend of Saturday, June 18th & Sunday, June 19th. The other New Hampshire ESC event will be held at Pats Peak on Saturday, June 11th & Sunday, June 12th and it is required that riders compete in both New Hampshire events to qualify for the individual state championship.

“We are pleased to hold the Eastern States Cup event here and to showcase the downhill terrain at Attitash to a visiting field of New England riders,” said Attitash Mountain Bike Programs Coordinator Nate Waterhouse. “The event should be quite an exciting race for the riders and also something to see for locals and visitors unfamiliar with downhill mountain biking.” Attitash has been offering lift-serviced, downhill, mountain biking since the late 90’s, but the sport has progressed significantly since then. The Eastern States Cup event will feature some of the best regional riders in a single run format taking the best times in age and rider level categories. For this Eastern States Cup event being held for the first time at Attitash, the course will be a mix of descending open trails and single-track sections through the woods on Attitash Mountain. These are part of a greater network of 27 designated mountain biking trails that Attitash has continued to develop and maintain for summer & fall use.

May 18, 2011

NH Fish & Game, US Forest Service & AMC Host Let’s Go Fishing Day June 18th at Wildcat Mountain

“Let’s Go Fishing” Event Celebrates Weeks Act Centennial and National Get Outdoors Day

Pinkham Notch, NH - This year's "Let's Go Fishing" event scheduled for Saturday, June 18th will be a great way to learn how to fish or develop your fishing skills. As part of the New Hampshire Fish & Game Aquatic Resources Education Program, representatives and volunteers will be joined by the U.S. Forest Service and Appalachian Mountain Club to provide a day's wealth of experience and knowledge to help the beginning angler get started.

Participants, who register on the morning of the event, will receive a “passport” outlining 5 stations that must be completed before they can begin fishing. Educational and instructional skill stations will include: Knot Tying; Fish ID; Casting; Ecology; Macro Invertebrates; and Fishing. Each station activity will take 15-20 minutes to complete and once an activity has been completed, the passport will be stamped and the aspiring angler will be one step closer to casting a line in the stocked fishing pond.

The free event, co-sponsored and thankful support in part from the White Mountain Interpretative Association, will take place from 10am - 3pm rain or shine (*registration cut-off is 12pm) and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all persons should bring proper footwear and clothing as well as personal sun protection (hat, sunglasses, spf) and bug repellent. The fishing pond at Wildcat Mountain is accessible via the “C lot” entrance located approximately a quarter mile past the main entrance on the north-bound side of Rt. 16 heading toward Gorham, New Hampshire.

The “Let’s Go Fishing” Day event at Wildcat Mountain is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial and honoring the tradition of conservation and partnerships exemplified by the act, which created Eastern National Forests. This celebration of the Weeks Act and the creation of Eastern National Forests provide an opportunity to promote increased awareness of sustainable forestry, land stewardship and citizen-based conservation. This event is also included among the National Get Outdoors Day events in June which encourages Americans, especially our youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. And Smokey the Bear is scheduled to make an appearance at the event.

May 16, 2011

Arapahoe Basin Will Reopen for the Summer Season

Arapahoe Basin, CO - Arapahoe Basin will remain open seven days a week through June 5 and will reopen for summer skiing for at least two three-day weekends – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 10, 11, and 12 and June 17, 18 and 19.

The ski area has reported over 420” of snow this season; 15” in the last week. Because of the strong snow season and current 94” base, A-Basin will be able to push the ski season into the summer. This is the first time the area will experiment being open on weekends only.

“Having our greatest season in years, ideally we would like to stay open on the weekends until the fourth of July, but it’s too early to know what the conditions will be to make that call,” said Alan Henceroth, COO of Arapahoe Basin.

During Arapahoe Basin’s Summer Season, the ski area will open at 8:30 a.m. with two lifts serving top to bottom skiing. Black Mountain Express will close at 2:00 p.m. and Lenawee Mountain Lift will close at 2:30 p.m. Lift tickets at the A-Basin ticket window will be $39 for adults, $29 for youths (ages 15-19) and $19 for children (ages 6-14) during the Summer Season. No other discount or lift ticket offer will be accepted during this period. All season passes and pre-purchased lift tickets valid at A-Basin during the regular season will be valid during this Summer Season.

A $10 barbeque lunch special will be featured on the deck at Black Mountain Lodge, the A-Frame café will be open for breakfast, and the 6th Alley bar will serve pizza and drinks. The retail and rental shops will be open with ski, snowboard and clothing rentals and sales.

May 9, 2011

Kingdom Trails and Burke Mountain Entering the World of Lift-Access Mountain Biking

East Burke, VT - Now among the hundred miles of cross country mountain bike trails, Kingdom Trails will now offer lift served mountain biking at Burke Mountain Ski Area and the addition of a new downhill bike park. Burke Mountain will open the Sherburne Express chairlift from the Base Lodge beginning mid June, on weekends and holidays until mid October. The chair lift will access four already established, but improved and re-routed single track trails, and the new premier jump trail, Knightslayer, featuring world class table tops, step ups, step downs, rollers and sky high berms. "Collaborating with Burke Mountain to offer a variety of downhill mountain bike trails for all abilities will keep us as a premier mountain bike destination." says CJ Scott, KTA Trail Manager.

A special grand opening date is tentatively set for June 25, 2011.

Kingdom Trail Association, voted the BEST TRAIL NETWORK in North America by Bike Magazine, provides recreation and education opportunities for local residents and visitors while working to conserve natural resources and create economic stimulation. KTA has permission of 50 landowners and businesses that make the 100 mile four season non-motorized trail system possible.

Party it up on Two Wheels in Wilmington

Wilmington, NY - The June 16-19 second annual Wilmington/ Whiteface Bike Fest, in Wilmington, N.Y., celebrates the bicycle. With activities and events including the Wilmington/Whiteface 100k bike race (one of three qualifiers for the Leadville 100), the Whiteface Uphill Road Race and the “Brainless Not Chainless Gravity Ride,” the four-day event promises to be a party on two wheels.

The festival kicks off Thursday, June 16, at 8 a.m., when the Wilmington Dirt Jump/Skills Park opens in the Wilmington Bike Park. Registration for the Uphill race and the “Brainless Not Chainless Gravity Ride” will also continue at the Whiteface Business and Tourism Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday also includes a “Fun Not Fear” MTB instructional clinic on the Flume trails from 4-6 p.m.

Friday’s schedule features the opening of the Whiteface Mountain bike downhill park, at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., a free dirt jump clinic with Kyle Ebbett, 5-6 p.m., a jump jam & trials exhibition, 6-9 p.m., and the “Brainless Not Chainless Gravity Ride.” The parade of bikes begins at 4 p.m. with a Mass LeMans start at Santa’s Workshop and takes the participants downhill, 1.6-miles to Route 86. Awards will be presented at the Wilmington Bike Park for the best themed bike and for best costume.

The opening of the Bike Fest Village, at Whiteface Mountain, a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Hardy Road Trail Network, at 10 a.m., and the 10th annual running of the Whiteface Uphill Bike Race highlight Saturday’s schedule. The village opens at 7 a.m. and throughout the day visitors can enjoy vendor displays, children’s event, food and entertainment. Admission is free.

The Uphill race begins at 5:30 p.m., and more than 340 cyclists are expected to climb New York State’s fifth highest peak via the Veterans Memorial Highway. The race is open to both road and mountain bicycles. The Whiteface event is the first race in the nine-race “Bike Up Mountain Points Series” (BUMPS) Series. An award ceremony and barbeque will be held at Santa’s Workshop beginning at 7 p.m.

Sunday’s Wilmington/Whiteface 100k begins at 6:30 a.m. and the festival’s village re-opens, at Whiteface at 7 a.m. More than 800 cyclists will race from Whiteface to Lewis and back to the Olympic mountain on the area’s paved and dirt roads, mountain bike trails and the Whiteface Mountain trails. It’s a test of determination, guts and even sanity for the opportunity to earn one of only 100 coveted entries into the Leadville Trail 100, mountain biking’s most prestigious race.

The weekend long festival is expected to bring 4,000 biking enthusiasts to the Wilmington region.

Thank you for making this season exceptional!

Donner Summit, CA - The 2010/11 ski season has been the longest on record at Boreal Mountain Resort. After a successful extension to an already exceptional season, Boreal will spin lifts for the final day of the 2010/11 season on Sunday, May 15, 2011. Make sure you get up to Boreal next weekend (Friday - Sunday) to enjoy the final days of skiing and riding.

For the final weekend Boreal will operate Accelerator Express Quad and Castle Peak Quad from 9am - 4pm, giving access to 28 trails and 3 terrain parks, plus Boreal’s top-rated Superpipe and the BagJump. Lift tickets on Friday will be $15 for everyone, Saturday and Sunday adult lift tickets will be discounted to $39. Playland Tubing is also available for families to enjoy; open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm and closing for the season after May 15, 2011.

May 5, 2011

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Opens for Summer June 18, 2011

New for summer 2011: Zip Line Tour; improved bike park, trails; new events

Crested Butte, CO - Springtime brings summer dreams and the news from Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) offers plenty to fuel the imagination. CBMR plans to open for the summer season on Saturday, June 18, 2011 with a new, year-round Zip Line Tour, improved on-mountain trails for downhillers and cross-country riders, additions to the Evolution Bike Park, and a host of great events.

New for the coming summer season, CBMR introduces the Crested Butte Zip Line Tour. The guided tour, which debuts in June 2011, includes five zip lines, and a series of features, such as an “Indiana Jones Bridge,” a “Burma Bridge” and a net climb. The Zip Line Tour at CBMR will be available during the summer and winter seasons; the resort will offer the only guided zip line tour at a Colorado ski resort, and one of the only winter canopy tour operations in the state.The resort’s Adventure Park and the new Zip Line Tour will open for the summer season on June 18, 2011. Attractions, including the Crested Butte Zip Line Tour, mini golf, bungee trampolines and climbing tower, are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout the summer. The Adventure Park will close for the summer season on Sept. 5, 2011, but the resort will continue to offer zip line tours on weekends through the fall for leaf-peeping opportunities.

CBMR also hopes to improve cross-country riding options, including proposed completion of Westside trail following a two-year build-out. The trail would offer a new access route to the CBMR base area and five miles of winding trail through mixed vegetation and rock with tall views of the town of Crested Butte and Paradise Divide to the north. In addition, crews would tie in Lower Meander to Meander and Gothic Road after some technical riding while overlooking East River Valley. The resort hopes to begin all new trail construction this summer pending final approval from the U.S. Forest Service.

May 3, 2011

Angel Fire Resort Revamps Mountain Bike Park to Attract Riders of All Levels

New Trails, Clinics and Special Biking Packages Offers Most Affordable Bike Park in the Country

Angel Fire, NM - Angel Fire Bike Park, has gone through an expansion and improvement this spring and starting May 26, the Park will offer over 29 miles of new and enhanced trails for riders of all abilities. In an effort to appeal to the beginner and intermediate rider, the Angel Fire Bike Park has expanded and reworked the trails so beginners will have a safe and controlled environment to learn the sport, improve their basic skills and fine-tune the right technique for difficult sections. The Bike Park also boasts the longest season in the Rockies with all trails open from May 26 - October 16. Along with the revamped terrain the resort is offering deep discounts on passes and lodging packages, creating the most affordable Bike Park in the country.

Located in Angel Fire, New Mexico, Angel Fire Bike Park is a premiere mountain bike destination in the southern Rocky Mountains. The Bike Park offers chairlift-accessed terrain for downhill, cross-country and all-mountain styles of mountain bike riding, including beginner, intermediate and advanced/ expert trails. The Bike Park is an ideal location to learn the sport as it will offer riding clinics, bike rentals and repairs, guided tours, skills parks, freestyle features, special events and bike-friendly, slopeside lodging.

"With this revamp, Angel Fire Bike Park has the perfect terrain for every skill level, from the novice to the expert," explains Hogan Koesis, Bike Park Manager, Angel Fire Resort. "We want more people to ride this mountain and we think they can do it at a lower price. Value is king in this economy and that's why we're now offering the most affordable Bike Park in the country."

Wilmington to Host Prestigious Mountain Bike Race Qualifier

Wilmington, NY - The Town of Wilmington is pleased to announce that the region will host the Wilmington/Whiteface 100k Presented by SRAM, Sunday, June 19, 2011. Wilmington will serve as one of three qualifier series race host venues for the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, the best known and most prestigious mountain bike race in North America. "The Town of Wilmington is very excited to be hosting the Wilmington/Whiteface 100k," said Randy Preston, Town of Wilmington supervisor. "As a national caliber event, it will bring the best of the best from the competitive mountain bike set to the Northeast. We are anxious to show the world what mountain biking in the Adirondacks is all about."

The event’s schedule coincides with the annual Wilmington Bike Fest, which includes the Whiteface Uphill Bike Race, which will be held on Saturday, June 18. Wilmington/Whiteface 100k participants are invited to “Warm UP” by riding in the mountain bike division that is being introduced this year; a five mile race to the top of the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway.

“The event is a perfect fit for the destination, as it supports the Whiteface Region‘s brand as a biking destination, and will increase visitor activity during the typically slower shoulder season,” said James McKenna, president of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Placid CVB. “This is another event that resulted from the cooperative partnerships that were cemented in order to successfully host the Empire State Winter Games. Kudos to the staff at the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) who facilitated the connection with the event organizers that ultimately brought this event to Wilmington.”

"Wilmington and Whiteface Mountain comprise a mecca for outdoor recreation, from skiing and riding to world class fly fishing and cycling," said Ted Blazer, ORDA president/CEO. "This event will definitely challenge the competitors, and serve to highlight some of the greatest mountain bike terrain in the Adirondacks."

Showcasing some of the best places to ride in America, the Leadville Qualifying Series races will be held in America’s great mountains with races in the Adirondacks, Sierra Nevadas and the Rockies. The other two qualifiers will be held in North Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on July 10 and Crested Butte, Colorado on July 31. Each qualifying race will provide 100 qualifying spots to the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race. The spots will be allocated partially on the basis of age-group performance and partly by lottery among finishers.