Flow: Like water rolling over stone, it’s that light, loose feeling where you’re challenged, yet firmly in control and just letting your bike do the work.
Vermont’s Killington Resort recently enlisted Gravity Logic — one of the largest trail-building companies in North America, famous for their flow trails — to expand the mountain’s terrain in a way that hooks riders of all ages and abilities.
That decision tips the resort firmly in the favor of families looking to book an adventure vacation everyone can enjoy together.
“[Killington] is actively trying to cater their trails toward a wider ridership, not just people with giant downhill bikes,” local rider Louise “Weeze” Lintilhac says. As for the flowy berms, those carved-out turns, “they’re all over the place. You don’t have to brake; you can push through a turn like you’re on skis or a snowboard.”
Gravity Logic is three years into a five year expansion plan, helping Killington’s Bike Park add to the 27 miles of biking trails for first-timers and experienced riders, making the resort an ideal destination for adventurous parents who want to introduce their kids to the magic of mountain biking. They also added obstacles appropriate for all skill levels: dirt tabletops and jumps (to hop or ride over), plus a pump track and a skills park.
For the youngest riders, Killington recently added a Strider Bike park. Strider Bikes are small bikes constructed without pedals designed to encourage young kids to develop balance and coordination on two wheels, so even the youngest in your brood can feel the flow.
Bike lessons and mountain tours are available for riders of all levels. The mountain’s Learn to Ride Package provides all the basics for first-timers, from beginner bike-handling skills to learning how to carefully navigate the terrain — ideal for making sure your little ones fall in love with the sport safely.
The instructors start riders at the base to make sure they’re comfortable — especially helpful for riders with little experience on full-suspension bikes and bikes with disc brakes — before heading up the Snowshed Express Quad for the guided-trail experience.
Killington’s new fleet of rental bikes features over 100 cross-country and downhill mountain bikes from Scott, plus demo bikes from Norco and Devinci. For the younger riders, 24 full-suspension youth-sized mountain bikes from Norco are available, as well as those new Strider Bikes.
The Green Mountain National Forest, a beautiful, massive area that’s primarily undeveloped, surrounds the top of Killington Peak at 4,241 feet, which is accessed by the K-1 Express Gondola.
From the top, it’s a 1,972-foot drop — great for experts and adventure riders to test their mettle and crank their pedals a few times to connect the steeps. The bike park, located on the lower hill, Snowshed, is faster to access by chairlift, and the trails go straight down, which means you get more rides in.
The expansive terrain on the lower hill is fast to descend and registers high on the flow meter.
Killington Mountain Bike Park boasts two lifts (a third lift accessing new terrain is slated to open the end of this month). Riders have the option to hit mellow beginner trails, intermediate terrain, switchbacks and steep technical trails as they descend the mountain’s vertical drop.
For those who like to earn their turns, there is a designated area of uphill-accessed cross-country terrain.
The trails Squiggle and Wiggle — two new beginner-level flow trails — are easily accessed from the mid-station Snowshed Express Quad. Both trails feature a smooth, beginner-friendly surface with plenty of berms geared toward riders who are building their confidence or who just want to experience the fun of flowy bike trails while controlling their speed.
This just might be the family vacation your kids will talk about for years to come …
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