Thursday, January 14, 2021
Midcoast Maine NEMBA is excited to announce that their project at Camden Snow Bowl has been accepted as an IMBA Dig In Project.
Support the fundraising efforts and help reach Midcoast Maine NEMBA reach their goal and also receive $2000 in matching funds!
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Grass roots trail development and maintenance has been the foundation of mountain biking in Midcoast Maine. Our trails have evolved through thousands of hours of volunteer advocacy and collaboration with community organizations to provide better riding close to home.
Our earliest and primary riding hub has been the Camden Snow Bowl, a municipally operated ski area. One of the obstacles we have faced at the Snow Bowl is offering trails that are family friendly and benefit all rider abilities. Currently the Snow Bowl only supports more experienced riders. The vision for this project is to create a location that is welcoming for beginners and can be enjoyed by everyone. We will accomplish this by developing learn to ride zones and upgrading existing trails with a focus on rider progression. This will ensure that all people will feel confident while learning to ride, as well as support those looking for more challenges. In 2008, IMBA provided support to build the original skills park at Camden Snow Bowl.
The key focus areas of this project are;
To engage and mentor local youth to help volunteer and take ownership of the trails at the Snow Bowl
Upgrade and transform existing pump track into a learn to ride zone by including additional technical trail features and upgrading the trail tread along with connecting trails below the double chairlift
Rebuild existing technical trail features along the Bitter End trail to improve safety and sustainability.
Upgrade and transform the existing Chute Loop trail into a learn to ride zone to provide a true beginner ride experience.
Harden and upgrade trail tread and drainage along existing trail connections between each learn to ride zone.
What's IMBA's Dig In Program?
IMBA’s Dig In Program, founded by Shimano, provides an avenue for raising funds for mountain bike projects nationwide. IMBA can leverage its reach and relationships to provide grant opportunities via corporate partner dollars and run a national marketing campaign. The goal is to bridge the gap between local and national fundraising efforts, and show a new audience how inspirational and vital trails are to local riders and communities. Each project will be eligible for $2,000 of matching funds from IMBA corporate partners once the project reaches $2,000 in online donations.
NEMBA is excited to partner with IMBA to bring the Dig In Program to NEMBA Chapters! During the 2021 round of projects, two NEMBA chapters were selected. Be sure to also check out Berkshire NEMBA's Bike Skills Park Project!
Not a member? Be sure to support NEMBA by joining and selecting your local chapter!