2. Melt Your Middle Fat Biking in Vermont
No need to park your bike in the winter anymore when you can swap skinny tires for fatties—3.7 to 5-inch-thick wheels on a sturdy mountain bike-like frame—that roll over any terrain, including fresh powder, all-year-round. Embracing one of the fastest-growing trends in cycling is Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont, where a new fat-tire biking program makes its debut this season. With 11 adult bikes in various sizes and four kid’s bikes available to rent, guests can hit the beautifully-groomed 22 km multi-use trails (share ’em with cross-country skiers and snowshoers) with or without a guide. Once you’ve mastered shifting gears, braking, mounting and dismounting the bike in snow, enter Woodstock’s eight-mile fat bike race with Vermont Overland on February 20. The event will draw more than 100 riders of all ages and abilities.
(3- to 5-mile tours and lessons cost $55 an hour per person; $45 an hour per person for small groups; hotel rates start at $250 midweek and $300 on weekends)
Essential Gear: Stand out on the trail, regardless of the conditions, in Specialized’s Deflect Reflect Hybrid Jacket ($400). Not only will this wind-and-waterproof piece protect you from the elements, but also it will make you highly visible thanks to a reflective laminate that shines in low-light. Throw this on over a thermal, like the HH Warm Freeze 1/2 Zip Graphic made of non-itch merino wool ($95), to help regulate your body temps on chilly days.
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