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Small Town Mountains Opening Up for Bike Lift Access!

Only a few years ago, the idea that a small dual chair mountain would invest in lift access biking would seem foolish. Coupled with immense overhead, steep competition from larger resorts and what was still a very niche sport, the return on investment just wasn’t clear – and the risk for locally owned hills was potentially fatal.

But things have changed. With the explosive growth of Mountain Biking across the Green Mountain State and broader New England, small town mountains are seeing a more sold path to profitably supporting the logistics and overhead associated with digging and staffing trails.

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Comments | Posted in News Bicycling By Skirack

Skirack to Host Salomon Trivia 5K at Catamount Outdoor Family Center on September 29

Join Skirack and Salomon Running at Catamount Outdoor Family Center for a fun and challenging 5K trail race with a twist!

Teams of four run together and compete at various trivia stations. Get a time bonus for correct answers.

Raffle prizes, Giveaways, Donuts, Cider & More!

Free Salomon trail running shoe demos.

FREE Salomon Swag Bag for the first 50 registered runners.

For every registered runner, Salomon will donate $5 to the National Trail Systems Act in support of their 50 year anniversary!

In case of weather cancellation, decision will be made at 8am day of race.

Click here for more information and to sign up!

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Comments | Posted in Events Running By Skirack

Top 5 Entry Level Bikes

Sep 12, 2018 5:35:00 AM

Skirack's Top 5 Entry Level Bikes

In the great big world of cycling, new categories are constantly emerging for different riding styles. For someone who's new to bikes, this can be horribly overwhelming. There's a fear of spending too much on the wrong bike, or not spending enough and ending up with a bike that can't keep up.

We want to simplify things for beginners, lay out exactly what our favorite bikes are in some common categories, and let you as the rider decide which describes your style best. These five picks are based off of common customer types, from stories we hear every day on the bike sales floor, and the bikes we like to steer them towards.

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Join Altra Running for Free Shoe Demos & Fun Run on Thursday, September 6 at Skirack

Join Altra Running at Skirack on Thursday, September 6 for FREE demo shoes and then a fun run!

Demo shoes at 5:30 PM, Run at 6 PM

Featured running shoes will be the NEW Escalante 1.5 and Torin 3.5.

The fun run will be 5-6 miles up the bike path. Don't feel like you have to run that distance, and you can turn around at any time. You can also try more than one pair of shoes and run any distance you choose!

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Comments | Posted in Events Running By Skirack

Join Hoka One One for Free Shoe Demos & Fun Run on Thursday, August 30 at Skirack

Join Hoka One One at Skirack on Thursday, August 30
for FREE demo shoes and then a fun run!

Demo shoes at 5:30 PM, Run at 6 PM

Featured running shoes will be the NEW Bondi 6 and Clifton 5.

The fun run will be 5-6 miles up the bike path. You do not have to run that distance, and can turn around at any time. You can also try more than one pair of shoes and run any distance you choose!

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Comments | Posted in Events Running By Skirack

Top 10 Products for Obstacle Course Racing (OCR)

Spartan Races, Tough Mudders and other adventure races fall into Obstacle Course Races or OCR. Races tend to be between 3-5 miles for the Sprints, 8-10 miles for the Supers & 13+ for Beasts & Ultra Beasts. You can do anywhere between 20-50 obstacles in a single race. Obstacles include 20’ rope climbs, monkey bars, jumping over walls 3-8’ tall, carrying sandbags, Atlas Stones or Wreck Bags up and down mountains. 

Competing in OCR requires endurance, power, strength, agility and speed. During a race, you will crawl, carry, climb, jump, hang, lift, pull, push, squat and run. OCR is basically Ninja Warrior but up a mountain with 3-13 miles of running.

The right gear matters quite a bit for training and competing in OCR; without a question, the most important piece of gear you’ll purchase for OCR is shoes. We have compiled a list of what we recommend for shoes and gear that can aid you in your race. Items are available at Skirack, but subject to availability.

Interested in starting or improving Obstacle Course Racing? Check out our OCR classes at The EDGE (information is below).

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Comments | Posted in News Product Features and Reviews Expert Tips By by Caleb Vallencourt & Jamie Sheahan

On Friday, August 10th, NENSA and SKIRACK partnered for an incredible NASTAR style 100m Rollerski Sprint Challenge event! The event was held at Leddy Park in Burlington, Vermont and open to the public.

Participants were able to test their speed against Ludvig Søgnen Jensen, 100m cross country ski sprint world champion from Norway on a pair of Swenor rollerskis.

After the Rollerski Callenge, an autograph session was held at Skirack and an after party at Skinny Pancake.

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Electric Bike Me Out to the Ballgame Using Skirack's Electric Bike Lending Program

Last month in July, I had the pleasure of trying Skirack's new electric bike lending program. The program is set up for Vermont residents only where you incorporate an e-bike into your life for 3 days and to see if it is right for you. The Skirack electric bike lending program was super easy to use! I just called the store and a helpful employee set up a reservation for me.

On the day of my reservation, the e-bike was charged up and waiting for me at Skirack's bike shop! The bike (the Specialized Turbo Vado) comes with everything one would need to ride away with including: a lock, helmet, spare tube, battery charger, and panniers. I just had to fill out a waiver and drop the $100 deposit (refunded after successful return), and off I went!

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A First Hand Look at Skirack's Electric Bike Lending Program

After trying an electric bike (e-bike) demo for under a minute at the Lake Monsters Bike Me Out to the Ballgame, I knew I would have to give the 3 day demo a shot. I have a 15 mile round trip commute each day and also do lots of local commutes around Burlington. I wanted to test the e-bike on the numerous steep hills and areas where bikes don't have great options.

The reservation process was easy. I simply called Skirack and gave them my info and setup the days to demo. When I arrived I signed some simple paperwork, put down a refundable $100 deposit, got a quick tutorial on the e-bike and was on my way. The bike (which is a Specialized Turbo Vado) comes with pannier bags, repair kit, helmet and locks - you don't need to supply any equipment. It also has built in front and rear lights as well as a mirror. The bike is a little heavy and hard to maneuver through a tight doorway but you don't notice the weight when riding (the Specialized Turbo Vado comes with a “walk mode” to make it easier to push the bike).

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Comments | Posted in Product Features and Reviews Bicycling By Jason Stuffle

Rollerski Sprint Challenge with Ludvig Søgnen Jensen on August 10th

Join NENSA and SKIRACK for a NASTAR style Rollerski Sprint with Ludvig Søgnen Jensen, 100m ski sprint world champion.

Test your speed against Luddeyo on a pair of Swenor rollerskis just like Ludvig Søgnen Jensen uses!


Rollerski Sprint Challenge at Leddy Park: 3 PM - 5 PM
Skiers must bring boots, poles and helmet.
Registration and signed waiver also required.

Autograph Session at Skirack: 5:30-6:30pm

Live Music & Food at Skinny Pancake: 7pm

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