PRESENTED BY: Sierra Eastside Mountian Biking Association (SEMBA)


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Newly initiated SEMBA (Sierra Eastside Mountain Bike Association), a chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association, will be taking questions and offering an informational presentation on the development and rise of fat biking across the US, with a special emphasis on the future of winter riding on packed and groomed snow in the Mammoth Lakes region.

From SEMBA:  "We are excited to expose folks to this fantastic recreation experience and collaborate with land managers and other user groups to offer suitable and safe opportunities to ride fat bikes on snow.  We'll give a brief historical overview of fat biking, a descriptive "show and tell" of a bike, and explain how it "floats on snow".  Then we'll discuss the growth in popularity across the country at nordic resorts, public groomed trails, and more recently at alpine ski/snowboard resorts.  Next, we'll touch on the growth and potential in Mammoth, hurdles we need to overcome, and where we see fat biking factoring into the Winter Recreation spectrum.  Finally we'll open up a Q&A to further engage and educate attendees."

Preceeding this presentation a fat bike demo event was scheduled on Saturday morning from 7:30 -11:30 am at the Sierra Star Golf Course. For more about the demo see "Try it! Winter Fat Biking Demos".

IMBA's Responsible Fat Bike Use Guidelines

Check out IMBA's responsible fat bike use guidelines on their as outlined on their website.

Harriman State Park, Idaho - Website

Harriman State Park in Idaho opens 24 miles of nordic trails to fat bikes!

Fat Bike Guidelines on the Hahns Peak / Bears Ears District - Routt National Forest, Colorado

Routt National Forest (Steamboat Springs, CO) - a great example of fat bikes allowed on USFS groomed trail network - sharing trails with nordic skiers and snowmobiles.

Fat Biking at Methow Valley Nordic Center in Winthrop, Washington - Website

Methow Valley Nordic Center (largest nordic center in the U.S.) - an example of one of the countless nordic centers now allowing fat bikes to share groomed trails.

Crested Butte Resort - Fat Biking After Hours

Article on Crested Butte Mountain Resort allowing fat biking before and after ski hours.

Inyo National Forest - OSV, Bicycle, and X Country Ski Trail Use Restrictions

Download and review Inyo National Forest orders restricting the use of OSVs (12/10/1992), bicycle travel (9/25/1992), and cross country ski trails (3/5/1993). Includes exhibits.