On August 10, 2016

On ode to the trail builders

By Ariel Kent
KILLINGTON—A trail builder is someone who has dedicated his or her time to creating a network of mountain bike trails that he or she can enjoy but, more importantly, that others can enjoy. The hard work of a trail builder often goes unnoticed, many not even realizing the hard work and time it takes to build a small section of trail, whether it be technical singletrack or wide flowy bermed trails. Trail builders are everywhere but the crew at Killington is a special bunch.
Most of the guys on the Killington trail crew have been working to maintain and develop the resort trails for years. Some are newer, bringing fresh ideas to the table and together creating a spectacular variety of downhill trails. In the past three years we’ve seen more trail development in the Killington area than we have since the trails were first built about 25 years ago. This small group of trail builders are waking up early, often hiking up the mountain to their gear and working through heat, bugs, blood, sweat and mud to build trail. This work takes dedication, sacrifice and passion.
Putting in so much hard work and with the help of Gravity Logic we have seen investments in summer attractions starting to pay off and the hard work, by the seemingly unnoticed trail crew, gaining recognition. It’s no easy job being a trail builder and it requires a great deal of passion to do what they do. It actually doesn’t go unnoticed. I think all of us who ride at Killington and even at surrounding networks in the area appreciate the work of trail builders, truly!  We locals, as a community, as a network of riders recognize the investment you’ve put into an undeveloped area and appreciate it.
Maintaining such a vast trail network is no easy feat. And with increased usage it’s becoming harder and harder to keep up with the vastness of the trails. A special thank you to Rosey, Will, Ian and everyone else in the trail crew. You guys deserve an ice cold beer or two.

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Skiing Superstar

June 5, 2024
By Victoria Gaither-From first chair to last chair, crowds of dedicated skiers and riders flocked to Superstar at Killington Resort to ski June 1. It was the third year in a row that the resort has offered skiing in June. Those who got first chair arrived at 4 a.m. and the lift line at one…

Killington Resort to open June 1 for the last day of skiing and riding 

May 31, 2024
 Killington Resort announced Thursday that it would indeed be opening June 1 for skiing and riding on Superstar; it'll be the 196th operating day of the season. This is the third year in a row Killington’s season has lasted into June on Superstar, the same trail which will host the Stifel Killington Cup over Thanksgiving…

Piper takes on 10 marathons in 10 days, for charity

May 22, 2024
By John Flowers Salisbury’s Chip Piper will have run more during the next 10 days than most of us will run in a year. And he’ll be doing it for an important cause. Piper on Thursday, May 16, began running the first of 10 consecutive marathons in 10 days — a staggering 262 miles —…

Stockbridge resident makes World MastersFly Fishing team

May 15, 2024
U.S. team of five will compete in the Czech Republic May 19-24 By Katy Savage A Stockbridge resident is casting up to test his fishing skills at the 2024 World Masters Fly Fishing Championships. Matt Stedina is one of five people who made the U.S. team. He’s currently in the Czech Republic preparing for the…