Catamount Family Center - Trail, Williston, Vermont

Catamount Family Center - Trail, Williston, Vermont

DESCRIPTION

Something for everyone(except the hardcore DH monster),Catamount offers some great technical singletrack, relaxing rolling hills, and grassy meadows. Great for the moderate level biker and a great place for beginners too. Friendly staff, detailed maps, well maintained, and weekly summer races.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 15, 2008]
mhalahan
Cross Country Rider

Catamount is not epic but fun none the least. I found it easy to navigate and there was good flow. Resist the urge to take just nay trail. Once I gave in and just followed the black arrow the ride got much better.

Customer Service

Follow the black arrow on the opposite side of the road from the house. Finish 1.5-2hrs later on the house/cross course side. Then, take a piture with Jim the owner.

Similar Products Used:

Combine Sleepy Hollow with Hinesburg Town Forest for a 4hr epic.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 02, 2008]
benInMA
Cross Country Rider

I rode this in late august 2008 after a relative recommended it. They don't MTB but had gone X/C Skiing at CFC.

This was the first time I'd paid to bike anywhere other then a race or large event. My only real disappointment was expecting that paying to ride would mean a better experience then riding free trails.

Major complaint, worst trail signage/blazing/map I have ever experienced. They'd have been better off not signing any of the trails and not bothering to give anyone a map. The trails are marked with color coded arrows. However there are many trails with the same color arrows which cross at intersections, so it is impossible to stay on a given loop or tell where you are at intersections. Black was listed as advanced, so I followed that. Then I would get to an fork in the trail and neither fork had a black arrow, so I had no idea which way to go to stay on the same trail. On top of this they have barriers left up from previous races which can be hard to distinguish from trail closure barriers, making it even more confusing. Finally some trails are supposed to be closed in the summer, but it's almost impossible to tell which ones as you can't match a trail on the map to where you actually are.

Technically the trails seems to vary from extremely easy to moderate. The hardest trails are generally still very easy, they just twist and turn more, with the occasional (10-20ft) section of rocks on the black trails. All trails are heavily buffed, including removal of fallen trees, which would have added some nice extra difficulty. I consider myself mediocre as a technical rider, and there was nothing here that I could not clear on my second try, and only a few sections I didn't clear on my first run through.

The trails on the hillside behind the house/barn may actually be better then the larger wooded complex. The black trail on that side was overall very easy, but had fast sections that flowed into short more technical sections, as opposed to everything being fairly slow.

I suspect this place must be quite excellent for cross races.. some of their trails seemed ideal for that. But for straight X/C style riding this place just doesn't have the normal New England vibe.. it's much faster then normal, much less rocky, and much more heavily buffed. It's also extremely flat for Vermont.. I spent most of the day in the big ring.

Customer Service

Can't recommend any, the only option here is to keep riding until you start recognizing intersections and figure out how to find your way back out.

The biggest improvement they could make is to fix the signage..

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 26, 2007]
crawford
Downhiller

this is not really a review for a trail, but one for the entire center. its great. i love it there. they have lots of singletrack, xc, dj's, and even some 4x. i mostly do the jumps and drops. they have some big kickers and drops ranging from 3 ft to 10 ft. great. goes from very easy (1) to pretty hard where the jusps and drops are (4 maybe)

Customer Service

Jump and drop park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 21, 2006]
Medeco
Cross Country Rider

I thought that I would give a recent review since it has not had one in a while.

I traveled to Burlington for work and was able to ride this trail about an hour and a half before they closed it at 6pm. The Chose to follow the black trail out of the parking lot. This trail had good single and double track with a few technical sections consisting mainly of roots and some rocks. Most of the time it had good flow and the signage was better than average to keep you moving and knowing your taking the right turns. The entire faclity is very nice and the people working it were helpful. Id say the black trail was one the easy side for XC riding with a few climbs that were on the tough side. Its worth checking out if your near down town Burlington.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 14, 2004]
Lquidwater9
Cross Country Rider

they got every thing the people are nice and you can ride lots of trails they have nice veiws it just awsom

Customer Service

any

Similar Products Used:

Sleepy hollow

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 18, 2003]
RoleOver
Racer

new mountain cross course and freeride park rule! a must ride.

Customer Service

just head up behind the inn and do the freeride and mountain cross.

Similar Products Used:

BHS, circumsision highway, jims woods if you live close, sleepy hollow, Bromont (in canada. It WILL kick you a*s) and killington.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 15, 2003]
andrew bloch
Racer

This isa great place to go. It has color-coded difficulty levels so you know what you're getting into. Green trails are 5-10min rides that dont challenge you a lot, but are great for beginners or short rides. Then there are 45 minute red trails that are both steep and technical, which make for a great challenge. I havn't even tried the blacks yet... The trails are fun and varied. The price is great, 4$ for an unlimited day at Catamount, and 65$ for a season's pass. the weekend races are fun and provide a push to get you to work harder!

Customer Service

I personally prefer the blues at first, and then slowly get into reds by the middle of my ride, and then come back to blues for the end.

Similar Products Used:

Mob's Valley is a great ride found on Fit Simmon's road in Jericho. It has very well-maintained trails, lots of challenging terrain, and also some asier stuff. It is more technical than steep, so if you're like me, you'll like it even more... Plus it has the greatest swimming hole in all of Northern VT as far as I'm concerned. To top it all off... IT'S FREE!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 12, 2003]
mc14850
Weekend Warrior

Catamount is a great place. Yes, some of the trails lack a bit of serious challange for the freeride crowd, but there is lots of really well maintained singletrack. This includes smooth fast swooping turns in open fields as well as tight twisty runs in the woods with bits of exposed ledge here and there. I see that they are building a biker-cross track, if we can talk them into adding some log bridges, teeter-totters and skinnies to the edge of some of the trails in the woods I will become a regular when I move to VT soon.

Customer Service

Tell the staff at the check-in what you are after and they will be glad to help. As others have said, they are super nice. I for one am happy to pay a couple bucks to support a cool group doing some good for our sport!

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I am new to the area but trails are everywhere!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 08, 1999]
Steve Hadeka

The folks at Catamount have really got this whole mountain biking thing fugured out. The five dollar admission fee is well worth it for the serious enthusiast. The trails are well maintained and well marked. There is also a good variety of terrain. It is the kind of place you could bring your mother to on one day, and totally wear yourself out the next. There is definately some great technical riding on the, I think it's east, side of the facility. You'll know it when you get there. If you are coming to Vermont and you are into big downhills, go to a ski area like Mt. Snow or Killington, if you are an XC kinda person, Catamount is definately worth the trip. Happy riding to all...

Customer Service

Calamount provides a detailed map. Though all the routes are fun, I would recommend skipping over the area behind the facility unless you are only out for a cruise and don't want any technical stuff.

Similar Products Used:

Killington, Mt. Snow, Smugglers Notch, Stowe, the list goes on...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 26, 1999]
tc

well, i suppose if you want a nice little package, sort of a carnival cruise line thing for the bike, then this is for you. plus you can PAY TO RIDE, what a concept if you just want to ride however, i recommend going to your l.b.s. and asking for trails that suit your temperment

Similar Products Used:

if you like to pay, stay at catamount

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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