Slate Valley Trails, Inc. (SVT) is a volunteer community group founded in 2015. We are a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Biking Association (VMBA).
Our mission is to build, maintain and promote foot and bicycling trails in the Slate Valley region of southwestern Vermont.
Our goals are to:
Slate Valley Trails continues to build and maintain free public trails in Castleton, Poultney and Wells. With almost 40 miles of existing trails, and more than 25 new miles of trail planned for construction in 2020, we are an up-and-coming trail network in southwestern and central Vermont.
Our trails are not possible without landowner access agreements with local towns and private landowners.
Our trails also are not possible without the help of volunteers, support from membership, donors, businesses, grants, and community-wide support. Thank you to everyone that has helped us get this far! It is never too late to ask us how you can get involved!
Andy is a professor of environmental science and chemistry, as well as chair of the Natural Sciences department at Castleton University. He enjoys ultra marathon trail running, long days in the mountains, hiking with his family, and dabbling in any other outdoor endeavor that is presented.
Chuck has lived in Vermont for 16 years and has been active in SVT from its beginning. He is a gravel and road cyclist as well as a hiker and photographer.
Steve is a consultant at Synapse Energy Economics specializing in the economic and policy analysis of renewable energy resources. He is an avid mountain biker and snowboarder who has served as a volunteer Mountain Ambassador at Pico Mountain for over 20 years. He lives with his wife and teenage daughter in a super efficient solar-powered home in Middletown Springs that they had built in 2004.
Bill joined the SVT Board in 2016, and jumped right into building trails. It has been a very exciting few years for SVT and the future looks even better. He looks forward to meeting more great folks on our trails in 2020.
With a passion for outdoor recreation and nature, Alexi was instrumental in founding Slate Valley Trails, as well as SVT’s first showing at the Poultney July 4th parade in 2019. Alexi grew up in the Berkshires, resides in Boston, and enjoys spending time with her family on Lake Saint Catherine and nearby trails.
Ann Marie joined the SVT Board in 2020 is passionate about digging into the SVT mission. She teaches upper level science courses, while her husband is the owner of a local physical therapy practice. Ann Marie, her husband, and two teenagers live in Middletown Springs, where they can bike, horseback ride, snowshoe, and ski (and maple sugar) right out their doorstep.
Andy is the Trails Committee Chair, and has been a member of SVT since 2017. He brings with him a passion for outdoor recreation with his friends and family. Deeply rooted in the area as a 4th generation Vermonter and the 3rd generation to work at his family’s local slate quarries, Andy is a champion for SVT’s mission to support the amazing trail network this area has been blessed with.
Peter came to Poultney area to attend GMC in 2000 and loved Vermont so much he never left. He enjoys all the mountain biking and outdoor opportunities the region has to offer, and can often be spotted on the trails with his trusty sidekick.
Greg joined the SVT Board in 2019, and currently serves as the Events Committee Chair. He enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, especially when it involves running or riding the SVT trails. Greg is excited to play a role in supporting the SVT community and our awesome trail network.
Chris joined the board in 2019, and currently serves as the MP&F Committee chair. He lives in Middletown Springs with his wife and two boys, who all enjoy skiing and biking as much as possible.
Silvia comes to us after over ten, well- spent years working and volunteering in the trail and recreation management, non-profit, adaptive sports, gear shop, and farming worlds. Hailing from Bennington, VT, she grew up exploring nearby trails & National Forest by foot & bike.