KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A network of trails in the Green Mountain National Forest will stay open this winter to give people more to do during the coronavirus pandemic, a Killington town official said.

Sherburne Trails are in the Green Mountain National Forest. The town of Killington has an operating agreement with the GMNF and works with the Killington Mountain Bike Club to keep the multi-use trails maintained, the Rutland Herald reported. The trails normally shut down between December and May. The one-year trial will keep them open all winter.

“People, as soon as it snowed, got right out there,” said Sarah Newell, recreation director for the town, noting that she saw numerous snowshoe and cross-country ski tracks, and footprints left by hikers in her last outing.

The trails may close during wet, muddy periods.

The town will later evaluate with its partners at Green Mountain National Forest how the winter went and what would be best for next winter, Newell said.

“If it works well, then we’ll hopefully continue it for the following year,” she said.