The Winter Woolly is back and better than ever! Join us Saturday, February 5th for a day of lift-accessed fat biking and classic Highland Family Fun. Enjoy miles of groomed downhill and XC trails, a DH fat bike race, beer tasting, and plenty of opportunities to become one with the snow.
You’ll find all of the details on this page. Check out last year’s event recap to revisit the chaos and the glory of the 2021 Woolly, and get ready to do it all over again. We’ll see you out there!
WINTER WOOLLY SCHEDULE
Weather Date: Sunday, February 6
- 8:00AM | Lodge & Welcome Center Open
- 8:30AM | Highland Flagship Store Opens
- 9:00AM | Lift Opens
- 9:30AM | Guided Ride
- 1:00PM | Race Starts
- 4:00PM | Lift Closes
- 4:30PM | Race Awards
- 4:30PM | Highland Flagship Store Closes
- 8:00PM | Pub Closes
This is a fat bikes only event. Tires must be 3.8” or wider. We do allow studded tires.
At this time, we do not have any rentals or demos confirmed to be onsite. We’ll let you know if that changes, but if you need a fat bike for the day we highly recommend checking in with your local bike shop sooner rather than later.
The main draw of the Winter Woolly is access to groomed DH trails in the winter. As for which trails will be open? That’s a decision that Mother Nature gets to make for us. Anticipated trails are as follows:
- Freedom Trail
- Meadows End
- Cat Scratch
- Cats Paw
- Upper NE Style
- Lower Happy Hour
Our XC network will be free and open to ride. Again, stay tuned for which specific trails will be groomed. (Top of our list will be 820 — we’re looking forward to showing off the progress that Trail Crew has made on the new extension.)
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The Highland Pub will be open and serving up your favorites from 8am to 8pm. Visit the Exit 19 bar in the backyard all afternoon for beverages and sampling from our friends at — get this — Fat Tire Brewing.
The Winter Woolly DH Fat Bike Race is a highlight of every winter, and we don’t expect this one to be any different. Race against your friends, against the elements, against mankind’s hubris…just don’t be afraid to hit the snow.
This is an open class race, with the top three finishers taking home prizes and bragging rights. (And probably a little extra snow in their pants.) Race registration is available as a $15 add-on to your event registration. Limited to 80 participants. SOLD OUT
Race trail is TBD (see: Mother Nature) but has traditionally been Upper NE Style to Lower Happy Hour. We’ll keep you posted.
Winter Woolly conditions have always been variable! We recommend coming prepared with multiple layers (and probably a set of dry clothes.)
The Winter Woolly is the first day of riding in 2022, which means everyone participating needs to get a new Highland waiver verified. To help our fabulous Welcome Center staff keep the line moving in the morning, fill out your waiver online in advance and have your photo ID ready when you check in!
MORE FAT BIKING
What’s better than one fat biking event? How about three fat biking events? Keep an eye on MTBVT for all of the details about Uberwintern (Jan 22) and Winterbike (Mar 5), coming soon!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’m a season pass holder. Do I need to register?
If you are a 2022 All-Access Season Pass Holder, you get free access to the Winter Woolly and are not required to register in advance. (Though you’re certainly welcome to! There is a free registration open for All-Access pass holders to use if you want to RSVP. You can also use that option to purchase an event t-shirt or register to participate in the fat bike race.)
How wide do my tires have to be?
This is a fat bikes only event. Tires must be 3.8″ or wider.