I talked with Chestnut Mt. and we discussed their position on lift assisted downhill biking. They are all for bikes on their chair lifts. They will have one lift open on the weekends working double duty for bikes and their alpine slide. Bike lift ticket are $8.00 and if you want to use the alpine slide it $30.00 for the slide. If you go for the slide that same lift ticket will work for the biking as well. As for biking they will have two fast single track trials open and some service roads. They do have more single track but it's over grown and hard to find. If you do venture off be careful there are unmarked cliffs.
The history is that Chestnut back in the 90ís had a downhill program with some races and events. They made the investment to convert the lifts for bikes and all was good. As time went on the guys that were running the program moved on so the program suffered and interest was lost.
Chestnut would love to accommodate bikers and would be open to adding more trails but they need a show of interests. The more bikers the more interests the more trails and hopefully maybe a feature or a stunt. Chestnut would also be more than happy to accommodate a bike race or event. Please call or Email Chestnut to keep downhill on their mind. (800) 798-0098 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chestnut offered to have whoever is of interest and my self to come meet and they will show us the property. At that time I would like to propose a trail maintenance program collaborated with all the surrounding bike clubs. I strongly believe in built for the riders by the riders. Having a life assisted downhill play ground a couple of hours from are homes would be a great step forward for mountain biking in the Midwest. The best part about lift assisted mountain biking is going down.
I will let you all know the date to meet Chestnut so we can make this happen.