There’s nothing like a road trip to New England in the Fall. The leaves are turning a beautiful shade of red and yellow, fresh maple syrup is on the farmer’s stands and of course it’s the last chance to ride the great resorts of the East Coast.
Last weekend we headed up to Killington
for a shred of their mountain bike park. I haven’t been to Killington in a few years, but have heard lots of great things from folks who had been there recently.
First off, Killington is a world-class mountain. The accommodations and restaurants on-mountain are second to none. I was highly impressed with our stay at the Trail Creek Condominiums arranged through Killington.com
. It was a two bedroom with an awesome kitchen, living room and even a fireplace!
There are two great bike shops at Killington as well. We stopped in at True Wheels and Killington Mountain Resort’s bike shop to check out their programs. True Wheels sells and rents Specialized and the Resort has a massive fleet of Kona’s. The resort has an awesome special for beginners, which includes a lesson. Make sure you ask for our man Jon Lamb for instruction.
Vin and Jason
Vin Quenneville and Jason DiDomenico from True Wheels hooked us up with two local shredders, Luen Proft and Matt Lareau, to show us around the mountain. Lu and Matt know the mountain like the back of their hand and are super dialed on the techy race lines.
“Killington has two faces,” Matt explained as we hopped in the gondola. “One side of the mountain is more for trail bikes and is super flowy. The other side has the super gnarly terrain.” “We like that side!” Lu exclaimed!
We started off with a few mellow runs and I was very impressed with the trails. The resort has started the beginning of an excavator trail that has lots of cool little hits on it. “The resort has the excavator for a month next summer,” Matt explained as we ripped the trail. “Next year they will expand the jump trail even more.”
The trails were definitely nice on that side of the mountain- very flowy, perfect for a 5 or 6-inch trail bike. There are lots of man-made berms as well as some great natural features.
After a quick bite of lunch, we were back on the gondola heading to the gnarlier side of the mountain. “We’ll take you to the race course first,” Lu offered.
This past summer Killington hosted a Gravity East Race
to rave reviews. The course is extremely fun, yet challenging. There are plenty of rock gardens, big berms and of course some classic East Coast off-camber root sections.
Lu and Matt knew all the hot lines, so we followed them as tightly as we could. It was awesome tailing them as they drifted corners, blasted the rock sections and hit all the jumps perfectly.
Before the last run, we took the time to check out the amazing views from the top. There were tourists from all over the world who had come to Killington
just for the terrific foliage. For me it was mostly a red and yellow blur as we slashed down the trails.Words and pics, Robert Rebholz