Video: Riding Killington Bike Park's Huge Jumps & Fast Tech with Luca Cometti & Peter Jamison - First Impressions

Aug 23, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  


First Impressions: Killington Bike Park
Words: Peter Jamison // Video: Peter Jamison & Luca Cometti // Photography: Heather Young

Presented by Killington Bike Park.


When Luca asked me about going to Killington a few weeks back, the answer was a no brainer to me: yes! For one, Luca is a great friend and rider to be around, and secondly, Killington offers a different riding experience to any other East Coast mountain. Living in Massachusetts for most of my life, I have had the pleasure of spending countless days at Highland, Burke, Thunder, and Killington. What makes Killington unique is the vast size of the park. With three lifts: Snowshed, Ramshead, and the K1 Gondola, it would be an impressive feat to get bored at the mountain. Killington has done an incredible job with the design of the park amongst these various lifts. Snowshed is home to more beginner terrain, with trails like ‘Step It Up’ being the perfect stomping grounds for someone looking to learn to jump.

On the other hand, Ramshead boasts trails such as ‘Goat Skull’ and ‘Black Magic’, which cater to far more advanced athletes. Lastly, the K1 Gondola has some of the rawest East Coast tech around. Trails such as ‘Yo Vinny’ have been open at Killington for more than a decade and will most definitely keep any riders on their toes.

What Killington has ultimately accomplished with this design is a park that keeps riders at various skill levels very spread out. During our time at the park, Luca and I, when riding Black Magic, did not once catch another group of riders, and aside from one instance, we had almost no trouble on the double black tech trail “Goat Skull”, which we rode multiple times. Visiting a resort with such a large feel on the East Coast is a treat and definitely makes Killington a worthy mountain to visit.

With all of this said, just because a mountain is ‘large’, that doesn’t necessarily equate to great trails. However, Killington has done an incredible job utilizing the land they have. Being open for lift service bike riding for over 25 years, Killington has had quite a bit of time to develop its trails. A significant step forward they took was in 2016 when they broke ground on ‘Black Magic’. An aspiring professional freerider at the time, the construction of this trail is what initially drew me to the Killington Bike Park. ‘Black Magic’ is an impressively long jump trail with hits that progressively get larger in size. By the end of the trail, the jumps are steep, large, and so enjoyable. To contrast the numerous jumps found on ‘Black Magic’, Killington has no shortage of tech trails as well. ‘Goat Skull’ was the former Pro GRT race track and is now open to the public for all to enjoy. The trail isn’t particularly steep, which allows you to lay off of the brakes a bit and navigate the technical terrain at a good pace. However, if you are into steeps, take a ride up the Gondola, and you will not be disappointed.

Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021
Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021

Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021

Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021
Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021

Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021

Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021
Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021

Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021

Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021
Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021

Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021

Photos by Peter Jamison. First Impressions Killington Vermont 2021

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39 Comments

  • 23 1
 killington is a great bike park trail crew kicks ass perfect family park and prolly the best place to learn on the east. wouldn't call the jumps huge (copy and paste black gravity logic long and low jumps) but has trails for miles and miles keep it up!
  • 1 0
 the lower jumps on black magic are pretty kicky and rather large now....
  • 17 0
 Thanks for having us out Pinkbike and Killington, we had a killer time.
  • 14 1
 Enough of the Yew shit….
  • 2 1
 Haha agreed
  • 9 1
 Cable Trail 9fun drop at the entrance) to Shreddy to Snake Bite/Gambler for the rock drop to Jump Start for a little bit of everything off the top. Also, Lowrider for old school tech with a mint step thrown in in the middle of the trail is awesome too. Lots to check out there.
  • 5 0
 Such a good run!!

Blue Magic to Krusty and back (Blue Krusty) is a killer lap as well which mixes super fun jumps with blue tech and IMO the best snappy berms on the hill.
  • 2 0
 Dude you stole the words right from my finger tips. Cables is such an awesome trail Im cheesing thinking about it! Killington really does knock it out of the park for all abilities.
  • 6 0
 Killington is my top choice for East Coast park riding. They have nailed the trail diversity and still manage to be the most family friendly. Plus- you never have to worry about lift lines.
  • 4 0
 Agreed. best park on the East that I've ridden to date.
  • 16 8
 Killington is ok. Not as fun as Thunder imho.
  • 2 0
 Nice to have both so close to each other
  • 4 0
 Idk man both are pretty rad and to have the availability of three lifts is pretty prime! Thunder does have some epic runs as well, and being closer to me I will usually go there, but killy makes me smile just as hard with usually less wait in lift lines.
  • 4 0
 AGREED ..IT USED TO BE THE BEST...As someone who has Raced AND Ridden Killlington for over 20 years,I have seen the change over the years to less and less tech and more jumps and berms..Which is GREAT for others.I am NOT Bashing K'TON, But as an older dude , i guess i just miss the old days..CHANGE AND PROGRESSION HAPPENS. I DO still LOVE my good 'ol trails from the top tho !!!!! IT IS STILL GREAT BUT. THUNDER IS AMAZING... AS IS BOLTON VALLEY !!!!!
  • 2 0
 Heh, I am in Vermont and my buddy convinced me to hit Burke instead of Killington, so ofcourse Pinkbike profiles Killington and get me stoked on it. Oh well, Burkes was pretty great too. The tech trails from the top, and likely next year's EWS stages were some of the gnarliest trails I've ever ridden.
  • 2 0
 Burke is a lot of fun, imho it as one of the best runs in the east coast Upper J-bar to lower J-bar or upper J-bar to black Forrest. tech, flow, it as it all. can’t wait to go back
  • 2 0
 @fedfox: Yeah, upper J-Bar pretty much had me at the limit of my abilities, including a nice tumble. Lower J-Bar was sweet, could run that trail all day!
  • 5 0
 My hometown! So much great riding around this area!
  • 4 0
 9:09 “alright, lunch time?” They then proceeded to pay $6 for a Powerade
  • 3 0
 whats powerade? is that the pepsi version of Gatorade?
  • 2 0
 @lucacometti: that’s exactly what it is, just poking some fun at Killingtons food prices. Sick video!
  • 3 0
 @lucacometti: Powerade is a coca cola owned Gatorade competitor. Killington's food prices are also astronomical.
  • 2 0
 What restaurant is that in the last shot? Ive been to Killington 25+ times and thought I knew most places to eat but don't recognize this one.
Really great photos of the mountain!
  • 2 1
 It’s called the Distillery! Great spot.
  • 5 0
 They didn't go up on the Gondola to the top - Goat Skull is off Ramshead.
  • 2 0
 Good catch.
  • 1 0
 Been going to Snowshoe for the last few years, and only go to Killington for snowboarding. Might have to change that this upcoming summer. How does Bryce and Blue Mt compare to Snowshoe and Killington? Honestly, at 46, I just try to keep ip with my son now on the flowy jump lines, so I dont do too much black tech. So, yeah, always on the hunt for smooth flowy jump lines like Skyline.
  • 1 0
 You'll love Killy - Goat Skull is pretty beat up - plenty of fast flowy stuff.
  • 2 0
 @neimbc: rough and raw was the idea when I built it
. And this current crew is keeping it awesome
  • 1 0
 Great vid! I haven't been to Killington since maybe 2005 or so. Rode there quite a few times starting in the early 2000s and had a blast- but it was nothing like this! Probably one jump on the whole mountain. Did a race there with fun woods but a lot of open grass and huge waterbars. Good times!
  • 4 0
 Killington has so much to offer, love that place
  • 1 0
 For everyone in here commenting on lift lines. Snowshed will have some line on sunny weekends!! But love Killington for some flow in Vermont.
  • 2 0
 *Sigh* Watching this makes me miss the Gravity Logic built trails at Blue Mountain even more…
  • 3 0
 Peedah!
  • 2 0
 Love killington. Flying up there end of September
  • 2 0
 Yeah! Get sum!
  • 1 0
 Notice the "lift lines!" Noice.
  • 1 0
 Next time Luca should be in front of the gopro.
  • 1 0
 Killington is the best!

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