After years of hearing about riding in the northeastern part of the United States we were excited to see what the East Coast had to offer and how their bike parks compared to what we’ve ridden so far in our Bike Park Review Tour. Stops included: Mountain Creek in New Jersey, Highland Bike Park in New Hampshire and Killington Bike Park in Vermont. Killington is the biggest park of our tour and as the moniker suggests, the Beast of the East dwarfs many of the mountains in neighboring states with a peak elevation of 4,236 feet. Before all you westerners start rolling your eyes, be warned, the East Coast does things differently and the amount, and quality of trails they pack in over here blows away anything we’ve ridden out West. Trails are stacked deep, built well and the dirt is next level. So, let’s strap up and learn about our new favorite bike park, Killington Vermont.
Located in the Green Mountains of south-central Vermont, Killington Bike Park has three distinct zones serviced by two chairlifts and one gondola. Claimed to be New England’s fastest growing downhill mountain bike park, Killington currently has over 30 miles of trails with some of the best beginner-friendly terrain to double-black tech and top notch flow trails that will entertain even the best riders out there.
LODGING AND ON-SITE AMENITIES
Killington is a bit unique in that it doesn’t have a very robust village in the traditional sense. They have a ton of summer activities to keep families busy and a couple of options for food, but for the size of the mountain and park, it’s definitely not as big as we’d expect it to be. Instead, Killington staff told us they “Rely on and incorporate the local town of Killington and their businesses,” to feed, lodge and sustain tourists. It’s a really neat concept and while the convenience factor slightly decreases, we love the fact that we can support smaller, local business owners when we come to Killington rather than exclusively buying from mega-corporations and overpriced resort meals.
The Killington Grand Resort Hotel is a nice place to stay if you’re looking for a nicer lodging option that is still walking distance from the ticket sales area and village. Plenty more options are available outside the park. We opted to stay at an Airbnb condo that was a three-minute pedal from the lift for a pretty affordable price and loved having our own kitchen and porch so close to the mountain. The condo comfortably slept our crew, had a small kitchen so we could cook up some meals, head back for lunch and help save money for more days on the mountain. If you’d like to camp, there are some options nearby and offer beautiful views of the densely treed area of Vermont.
Summer activities are plentiful at Killington if you’ve got the family in-tow or want to have some options beyond the bike park, which will be highly unlikely after you see how good these trails are. Nevertheless, if you are looking for non-biking fun rest assured that Killington can still be a great getaway destination. On-site Killington has an Adventure Center offering: the Beast Mountain Coaster, a zip line racer, sky ropes course, the Soaring Eagle, trampoline, a maze, jump tower and more. Of course, you’ve also got plenty of hiking trails and natural scenery to enjoy, a small town nearby and the Killington Resort par 72 Championship golf course. If you’re looking for other summer fun outside the resort, be sure to check out the ATV tours and rock climbing adventures hosted by nearby companies.