Switching Gears

Switching Gears
May 31, 2016

Killington Ski Club hosts New England’s largest bike swap

KILLINGTON — The first annual Beast of a Bike Swap is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend at Killington Resort’s Snowshed Lodge during a three-day stretch, May 27-29.

Scheduled to coincide with the long-standing Killington Stage Race and opening weekend of the Killington Mountain Bike Park, these…

Switching Gears
September 10, 2015

Ride of the week: 12 miles on the 12th

By Tony Accurso

On Saturday, Sept. 12 the Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield will be putting on a 12-mile counter-clockwise lap without course crossings and will integrate the tougher “Bubba Trail,” which was previously featured in July. There is a very shallow river crossing with each lap that…

Switching Gears
September 10, 2015

Trail etiquette

Most trails systems in Vermont including the Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield, request that mountain bikers, follow the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Rules of the Trail:

Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are…

Trail of the week: War Man
Switching Gears
September 8, 2015

Trail of the week: War Man

By Tony Accurso

War Man is a fun trail in the Green Mountain Trails system in Pittsfield.  This trail consists of 20 switchbacks in less than half a mile, and was improved by trail builders Sinuosity in 2010. Volunteers organized by Jason Hayden worked with…

Switching Gears
September 8, 2015

Locals rediscover Killington bike trails

By Polly Lynn

Mountain biking at the Beast offers a different experience this year, and riders of all abilities have taken notev with rider numbers doubling over last year on many weekends.

No longer does learning to ride mean embarking on a (sometimes frightful) descent…

Trail of the week: The Outback
Switching Gears
August 27, 2015

Trail of the week: The Outback

The Outback, shown here in yellow, is a black diamond trail from the top of Killington Resort.

By Tony Accurso

The Outback, also known as trail 11, is a 2.7 mile machine built black diamond trail at Killington Resort. This trail consists of narrow,…

Switching Gears
August 27, 2015

Building a bike park

Killington Resort’s terrain park supervisor and head excavator gives an insight into the process

By Polly Lynn

Killington Resort is in its second year of a five-year build-out of its mountain bike park, which it is building in partnership with Gravity Logic, a design/build company…

Switching Gears
August 21, 2015

Bike park offers thrills for all skills

Progression of terrain designed for beginner and intermediate riders

By Polly Lynn

It may not be quite as tame as a “sidewalk in the woods” as Jay ‘Rosey’ Rosenbaum, the Terrain Parks Supervisor and Mountain Bike Trails and Will Conroy head bike park excavator for…

New bike park attracks beginner riders
Switching Gears
August 21, 2015

New bike park attracks beginner riders

Killington’s new bike trails on the expanded Snowshed bike park have attracted beginner and intermediate riders looking to give the sport a try or improve their skills. The “flow ride” design offers a natural progression for learning.  See page 22.