Swain Resort's new MTB trails are built BY riders FOR riders. We have over 80 acres of lift served downhill and single-track MTB trails for the beginner to the extreme. Trails / lifts open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 7pm. We also have several features with many more to come throughout the season. Not only do we want you to ride the trails, but we'd love to have your input as well. See something on the mountain that you think we can make better, feel free to let us know.
GPS Coordinates: 42.46731 North & 77.85281 West
From Rochester take 390 South to Exit 4 in Dansville
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Posted By: JAESUN
- Mon Jun 30 10:09:16 EDT 2008
UpsideLots of potential! Please Support Swain this first year.
DownsideRain turns Swain into a mud pit. Watch the weather before heading down. Swain will close if bad weather moves into their area.
CommentReturn from Swainâ??s â??mudâ?? fest June 29th 2008. We arrived at Swain around 11AM, got our bikes ready and then hit the trails. Due to the rain the day before most of the trails had thick mashed potatoes mud, especially at the top / beginning of the runs. FYI: Swain does have a bike wash to get all the crud off your bike at the end of the day. Also, while we were there the mountain closed early due to storms that were coming into the area. There are no refunds if the mountain closes due to weather. However, they are working on a 4-hour guarantee for their lift tickets.
The terrain was a mix of single track, stone and grass trails. The â??mountain bike parkâ?? included man-made stunts, teeter-totter, and bridges. The trails were rated and marked using the typical ski mountain difficulty markers, i.e. Green Circle, Blue Square and Black Diamond(s). We saw people riding full-on downhill bikes with body armor and full-face helmet and fully ridged bikes with riders wearing blue jeans and an aggressive skate helmets. So, the riding is open to everyone and you should not feel out of place no matter what your set-up is.
The lifts at Swain were very bike friendly and you do not have to worry about your bike getting damaged. Every other lift has a place to mount your bike by the front-wheel on the back of the lift chair. At the top some nice guys take your bikes off and place them in a rack for you to retrieve. FYI: if you are sitting on the left-hand-side of the chairlift you really need to move fast when getting off so that you do not get whacked by the chair as it returns back down the mountain.
The trails were fun, but with the mud they were much more difficult then they would have been without it. So, my initial impression of Swain was that they have a great thing going this first year! Much to be developed and they are open to rider input to make the trails and stunts better. Although there seemed to be a good number of riders there the trails never seemed crowded. Our group of six riders road together and even set up a small tent at the bottom of the slope as a home base and place to cook lunch.
So, youâ??ve got to try-out Swain and support them this first year. The mountain will only get better with time and your input. Tickets at the mountain are $25 for a day pass, but if you buy them at Eastern Mountain Sports they are only $22. The ticket booth at Swain is located on the second floor of the building closest to the bike chair lift (look for signs). Swain requires all first time riders to sign a waiver.