Another Winter, another Woolly! Join us Saturday, February 4th for a day of lift-accessed fat biking and classic Highland Family Fun. Enjoy miles of groomed downhill and XC trails, a DH fat bike race, plenty of good food and beer, and a hearty helping of hijinks.
UPDATE AS OF 1/30: Due to the forecasted low temps for Saturday, we are considering moving the event to Sunday. Forecasts can change: we will not be making a decision until Wednesday afternoon. If we do decide to change the date, we will update the website, post to social media, and reach out to all pre-registered participants via email with your options.
UPDATE AS OF 2/1: The Winter Woolly has been postponed to Sunday, February 5th. Tickets will be available at the Welcome Center day of. Find more details here.
First time at the Woolly? Check out last year’s recap video for a taste of what we’re all getting ourselves into.
2023 All-Access Season Pass Holders are not required to purchase tickets to this event, but can still RSVP via the registration link. AASPHs can use the registration link to purchase an event ticket or register for the race.
WINTER WOOLLY SCHEDULE
- 8:00AM | Lodge & Welcome Center Open
- 8:30AM | Highland Flagship Store Opens
- 9:00AM | Lift Opens
- 9:30AM | Guided Ride
- 1:00PM | Race Starts
- 4:00PM | Lift Closes
- 4:30PM | Race Awards
- 4:30PM | Highland Flagship Store Closes
- 8:00PM | Pub Closes
This is a fat bikes only event. Tires must be 3.8” or wider. We do allow studded tires.
We will not have rentals or demos available onsite. We recommend inquiring with your local bike shop to find available rentals.
The main draw of the Winter Woolly is access to groomed DH trails in the winter. As for which trails will be open? That’s a decision that Mother Nature gets to make for us, and depending on weather we may not have a definitive list until the week of. We’ll update this page as we get closer to the event!
Our XC network will be free and open to ride. XC trails will be groomed as well!
The Winter Woolly DH Fat Bike Race is a highlight of every winter, and we don’t expect this one to be any different. Race against your friends, against the elements, against mankind’s hubris…just don’t be afraid to hit the snow.
This is an open class race, with the top three finishers taking home prizes and bragging rights. (And probably a little extra snow in their pants.) Race registration is available as a $15 add-on to your event registration. Limited to 90 participants.
Race trail is TBD (see: Mother Nature) but has traditionally been Upper NE Style to Lower Happy Hour. We’ll keep you posted.
Winter Woolly conditions have always been variable! We recommend coming prepared with multiple layers (and probably a set of dry clothes.)
The Winter Woolly is the first day of riding in 2023, which means everyone participating needs to get a new Highland waiver verified. To help our fabulous Welcome Center staff keep the line moving in the morning, fill out your waiver online in advance and have your photo ID ready when you check in!
We expect that parking will be tight, so we recommend carpooling if possible.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’m a season pass holder. Do I need to register?
If you are a 2023 All-Access Season Pass Holder, you get free access to the Winter Woolly and are not required to register in advance. (Though you’re certainly welcome to! There is a free registration open for All-Access pass holders to use if you want to RSVP. You can also use that option to purchase an event t-shirt or register to participate in the fat bike race.)
How wide do my tires have to be?
This is a fat bikes only event. Tires must be 3.8″ or wider.