We're breaking ground on some rad new trails on June 26 and we're so freakin' psyched! The goal of the project is to create approximately 1 mile of new machine-built trail with jumps and skills features, offering easy options for novice and intermediate riders, and more challenging options for advanced riders. The new trails are inside the loop formed by the "Back Nine" and "19th Hole" trails and will create fun new link-ups in Craig Wood (and satisfy your burning hunger for more gravity trails in Lake Placid). No dig, no ride...make sure to sign-up for our July 9 volunteer day to help with finishing work on these new tracks!
The main trail will be approximately 0.5 mile long and is designed to be inclusive of riders of all skill levels with numerous features including table-top jumps, berms and rollers to practice on. The secondary trail provides a more challenging option for advanced riders with mandatory jumps and drops, and will be constructed adjacent to the main trail.
Construction will be done by Backslope Trail Building, a professional trail building company based in Vermont and the Adirondacks. Backslope is owned and operated by Max Van Wie, an Adirondack native who completed work on the new Harrietstown Bike Park and pump track in 2022 in coordination with SLICK. Grant funds from the North Elba LEAF program and grassroots donations will support 4-6 weeks of work by Backslope Trail Building and BETA's staff.
We'd like to share an update on our search for a new Executive Director following the planned departure of Josh Wilson at the end of this trail season.
The hiring committee of the Board of Directors carefully considered and interviewed several candidates for the ED position over the past month, but has decided to continue the search process. This is a unique position we are seeking to fill, and the Board anticipated that it may take time and more than one round to find the right candidate.
Josh Wilson continues to serve as Executive Director in a full time capacity until Labor Day, at which time he will assume an interim leadership role with support from the Board. BETA's capacity will remain strong into the fall and beyond to the new year thanks to the generosity and commitment of our donors and volunteers, and the hard work and strong organization knowledge of Jamie McGiver, Outreach Coordinator, and Dusty Grant, Trails Coordinator. We are well positioned to implement several major projects this summer while preserving BETA's momentum and direction over the long term.
The hiring committee is accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis with an anticipated fall start.
Please help us get the word out about this exciting professional opportunity in the Adirondacks.