Just because winter is here, doesn’t mean you need to write off biking for the season. If you’re looking to explore winter trails in a new way, fat tire bikes can take you where a normal bike can’t. On snow!
What are Fat Tire Bikes?
Fat Tire bicycles are used for riding over the soft and unstable surfaces, like snow. They are designed with over sized tires and wider rims, allowing the tire to grip the ground with extra width and enable the rider to float more easily over the unstable, snowy terrain.
When is Fat Tire Biking Available?
Enjoy fat tire snow biking from November – March, depending on snow conditions.
What To Wear
Dress in lighter layers than you would wear skiing, because you are working harder! Comfortable winter clothes, layers, hat, gloves, eye protection, sunscreen and water are a must. Don’t worry if you are new to the sport, lessons and rentals are available!
The Vail Nordic Center
The best place to start is at the Vail Nordic Center (the Vail Golf Course in the summer) where there are groomed trails specifically for fat tire snow bikes. Vail’s Nordic Center offers 13k (8 miles) of groomed fat biking, including 2.5k of fat biking only groomed trails and on-site fat bike rentals. Bike rentals and lessons are available. If you have your own fat tire bike, the trails can be accessed for a small fee.
Fat-tire bikes are allowed on all trails that allow bicycles (mountain bikes included) and are open in the winter. Check with the Nordic Center or any local bike shop for tips on other locations throughout Vail.