Fat Biking on the Naughton Trails - Winter 2017
- Last Updated on Sunday, 19 February 2017 14:21
Fat Bike Trail Conditions - What are the trail condition in Naughton?
Fat Bike Facebook Group - Find out who wants to ride and where.
Setting Your Tire Pressure - Thanks to the Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition
Fat Biking Etiquette - How to behave on the ski trails
After a trial in 2016, for the winter of 2017, the WCCFC is allowing Fat Biking on its groomed skate trails at specific times. Skiing events at the trails may close to the system to Fat Biking, so check the website before heading out to the Chalet. The Club is still testing this arrangement with Fat Bikers to see if it is all workable. A large component of the test is to determine how difficult it is to manage around the weather and interactions between the various trail users.
What are Fat Bikes?
You can only your ride fat bikes on the trails, so leave your mountain bike at home. Fat Bikes have special frames to accommodate tires 3.7” and wider. Tire pressure is also a very low at 2-8 psi, providing a large contact patch on the snow, good traction and preventing the tire from sinking into the ski trail.
The Weather Factor
Cold weather will create a firm trail and this is key to making fat biking a low impact sport on ski trails. Check the Ski Club website for information indicating if the trails are suitable for Fat Biking. Just because ski trails are open, does not mean bike trails are too. Recent snow may create soft trail conditions.
Fat Bike Group Ride Dates
Group Rides will be scheduled one or two times per week when the weather and trail conditions line up to allow for bike biking. Follow the Facebook FatBike Group or keep an eye on the website for this information.
Where can I Ride?
The trails will be marked to indicate which trails are open and closed to Fat Biking.
Subject to suitable conditions for riding, ski trails that will be considered for fat biking include the 1 & 3 km loops, upper loop, western loop and eastern loop (the 5 & 9 km loops). Before you pack-up and leave for the trails, check with the WCCFC website and at the Chalet to find out which trails are open for riding.
When can I Ride?
Check the WCCFC website for specific ride times and times the Chalet is open. Trail will be closed to riding when the Ski Club has other programs and events planned. A tentative list of Closed Times is below:
- Monday-Friday 9am - 3pm - Mullock’s Lane - 3 km trail - School programs
- Tuesday 5pm - 9pm – Programs & Races (Dec 5 to Mar 14)
- Wednesday 3pm - 5pm – After School Program (Jan 4 to Mar 15)
- Saturday 9am - 2pm – Programs (Jan 7 to Mar 11)
- Sunday 11am - 3pm – Usually lots of skiers when is it warmer
- Saturday Jan 21, 2pm and all night – prep for Wooly Hippo Race
- Sunday Jan 22, all day ‘til 2pm – Wooly Hippo Race
- Monday Feb 20, 9am - 3pm – Family Day
The Ski Club grooms the trails and skiers buy a membership or day pass, so you can’t ride for free.
Day Ride Fees
WCCFC Members - Free
All Others - $15
Night Ride Fees
WCCFC Members - Free
All Others - $12
6-Pack Trail Passes
If you are a 2017 WMBC member, the 6-Pack Pass allows you to pay once and leave your cash at home.
The pass is good for six day or evening trail passes and costs $70.