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Silver Level IMBA Ride Center

Photo: Rory Gallagher – Two Elk Trail, Vail, CO

Vail Valley – Silver Level IMBA Ride Center

In 2018, a true multi-year community initiative between the VVMTA, Vail Valley Trail Connection, Hardscrabble Trails Coalition, and many local businesses and municipalities partnered to receive Silver Level IMBA Ride Center designation.

IMBA Ride Centers feature extensive trail networks, masterfully designed for mountain bikers of every skill level and built by professional trail builders and local volunteers. From backcountry adventures to shuttle-served gravity trails, and from expert-only trails to family-friendly riding, mountain bikers can expect the best the sport has to offer at an IMBA Ride Center. Trails systems are integrated, well-designed, and embraced by the surrounding communities for the economic, tourism and other benefits they provide.

The Vail Valley successfully met the IMBA criteria in that it encompasses the arid landscapes of Eagle, Avon and Edwards, and the lush aspen and evergreen forests of Beaver Creek and Vail. IMBA seeks communities with something for every rider, from a variety of mountain biking experiences for locals and visitors alike, to robust local accommodations for visiting mountain bikers.  Big climbs, challenging descents and incredible alpine landscapes can be found on Vail’s most quintessential rides (both lift-served and not). Regular free bus service, several paved paths and abundant food and lodging options all supported the IMBA designation.

“We’re very proud of the county-wide effort behind our IMBA Silver-Level Ride Center designation,” said Rich Carroll, President of Vail Valley Trail Connection (the nonprofit that submitted the application in partnership with the VVMTA). “Our community is making great strides to ensure that our [natural-surface] trail network is world-class and on par with the Vail Valley’s renowned winter recreation experience.”