Helmet Camera Embedded above is a compilation of helmet camera footage we captured at Killington. It shows most of what the place has to offer feature wise. Helmet cameras can be deceptive in showing scale, difficulty, and trail details so take it with a grain of salt.
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Gallery: Killington Resort
Location: Killington Resort 4763 Killington Road Killington, VT 05751
The mountain bike park at Killington has a very expansive set of trails. A total of over 45 miles worth of trails stretches across numerous mountain areas. The total elevation from the bottom of the high speed gondola to the top is 1300ft. The high amount of elevation coupled with the layout of the mountain lends itself to some very long runs. Times can stretch from 15 minutes to at least 30 minutes to complete a trip down the mountain depending on route and rest stops.
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The trail system at Killington is decently marked with numbered signs but having someone with you that knows the park helps make it more enjoyable. The trail map is very detailed and quite accurate at portraying the array of trails on the mountain. Killington’s trail system lends itself well to creative route choice and linkable trail options. It’s safe to say that you won’t find yourself getting bored very quickly finding a way down the mountain. The terrain at Killington is diverse and offers all skill levels of riders something to enjoy. More technical and difficult downhill is easy find at Killington along with less aggressive trails for those looking to take it a little more easy. The easier trails are more akin to a super D type course with some pedaling while the more difficult trails are standard natural downhill and freeride singletrack. Taking a longer travel bike is suggested (7”+ of travel).
A full on downhill bike isn’t needed but is always more fun in the rougher sections of the park. The terrain on the difficult trails at Killington offers riders lots of rocks, roots, and technical sections keeping you on your toes. The less difficult trails still offer a decent amount of technicality but with less consequences focusing more on flow while incorporating sections of roots and rocks. We found the soil to be moderately loamy and not overly dry or dusty.
We rode the trails after it had been raining for a day or two prior so there were some wet sections in flat areas but overall the mountain seems to do well with water drainage.
We’d suggest finding someone who is familiar with the trails and go with them as some of the trails are tricky to get to. The cable trail is a good trail to warm up on. The trails in the 30’s are fun as well. The full service bike shop can also help direct you to fun trails on the mountain that fit what you’re looking for.
Other notable destination info:
Killington is in the heart of lift assisted New England riding country. Mt. Snow and Sugarbush are easily the closest places to ride as they are located within Vermont to the north and south. Destinations such as Whiteface and West Mountain located in New York are about an hour and a half away to the west. To the east you have Attitash and Highland Mountain bike park in New Hampshire. Killington is a Kona “Groove Approved” mountain bike park offering riders Kona bikes to rent if you don’t have your own. Models such as the Coilair, Dawg, and Stinky are available. Various packages are available with more details on the website. Guided tours and lessons are also available for various skill levels if this is your first time at the park or want to get a good lay of the land with some help from their experienced trail guides.
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Killington has a diverse and varied array of lodging available on site. Various hotels, inns, and B&B’s are all located a short distance from the K1 Gondola. Check their website for lodging options. Killington and it’s relative Pico Mountain both offer lots of other activities to do once you’re done riding. Killington itself offers over 15 miles of hiking trails and Gondola rides. Pico Mountain has an adventure center offering a climbing wall, power jump, alpine slides, and mini golf. Snacks and drinks can be purchased in the K1 lodge but tend to be a bit pricey. We suggest traveling down to the village to visit some of the other restaurants and shops such as the Fat Italian.
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If you’re looking for more information on east coast courses check out our e.thirteen East Coast Chronicles.