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Memorial Day Fun At Killington Resort

Memorial Day Fun At Killington Resort

Skiing, Golf, and Biking In The Same Weekend!

Are you skiing Killington Resort this Memorial Day weekend?  Well, a couple of us did first thing Friday morning and the snow was continuous top to bottom.  You do need to carry your skis/snowboard on and off the lift though but once you get over  the headwall there is still a lot of snow to be had. The weather being so hot and humid (in the 80’s) the next few days will be a big factor on long we can ski/ride.   We’ve got some jam packed goodies in store for you.

 

Memorial Day Fun At Killington Resort
Spread The Stoke This Memorial Day

 

Here’s Why Memorial Day Fun At Killington Resort Will Be Epic

 

Memorial Day Fun At Killington Resort

 

It’s called the Beast of A Bike Swap and it conveniently coincides with the opening of Killington’s Mountain Bike Park. Like Killington’s winter Ski Swaps the Bike Swap is expected to be big, real big. We’ll talk about the Beastly Bike Swap more in a bit, but let’s not forget the other events going on too. More Events?! That’s right more, more, more!

The Killington Stage Race is something that’s been happening in Killington for years. Pro’s from all over the country, even the world come to our little mountain town to test their endurance on our rugged roads. The stage race runs 3 days, with two days being long road days with one monster climb up east mountain road and a time trial. The cool part is the race for Saturday ends up by Snowshed, where road cyclist (if they wanted to) could hop on the mountain bike and take a few laps on the mountain bike trails.

So we’ve got skiing, Road bike races, golf, biking and killer deals. Seems like a jam packed weekend that’s not worth missing. You should probably be rethinking those weekend plans right about now.

 

 Beast Of A Bike Swap

 

Memorial Day Fun At Killington Resort

 

Think ski swap but with bikes and way more stoke. Think free demos, food, drinks and high fives. If you’ve never immersed yourself in the bike community now would be the time. We can often be a rowdy bunch but we’re all family and all share the same love for the sport whether it be road biking or mountain biking.

And there will be plenty of bikes. Whether you’re looking for something new, something used or something different there will be something for everyone. We’ve got plenty of hardtail mountain bikes, full suspension mountain bikes, downhill bikes, road bikes and lifestyle/ hybrid bikes.

The best part by far is the free swag we’ll be giving away. Stickers, Water bottles, Gift Certificates and much much more! Hours of the swap are Friday the 27th from 4-8PM though you can drop of your consignment bike sooner.  Then we’ll be rocking the lodge all day Saturday from 9-7 but you can also catch us out on the hill just look for our True Wheels Jerseys. If you saw something you liked but didn’t buy it you have until 2pm Sunday to change your mind. We’ll be back Sunday from 9-2 selling off the last of our bikes.

We’ll have the knowledge to back up our product, comfy chairs and wicked sweet high fives so you better stop by, because why not? Lifts spin Sat, Sun and Monday for Memorial Day from 10:00-4:30 and there is a lot of excited people ready to ride. We’re stoked to see this happen and hopefully will see you there.


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What Do Ski Town Locals Do In The Off- Season

What Do Ski Town Locals Do In The Off- Season To Reduce Boredom

Hint: We Still Shred, it just might not be white

 

What Do Ski Town Locals Do In The Off- Season

 

Ah, the off season. It’s an interesting time in a ski town. Instead of the constant stream of cars heading up the road to shred the white wave, you see a car maybe every five minutes, maybe longer. But we ski town locals know better than to twiddle our thumbs and wait for winter to come back around, oh no. We’ve got something different planned.

There’s typically two types of die-hard ski town locals. The super athletic outdoorsy types and the good times, live in the moment partiers. If there’s one sport that both can agree they enjoy most besides skiing is absolutely Mountain Biking. Mountain Biking for some is what they do while waiting for winter. Once upon a time, I was one of those people too but no more. Nowadays skiing is what I do while I wait for summer.  It’s not always biking either, though it’s growing in popularity many locals will hike, kayak and fish. I just prefer Mountain Biking, or cycling of any sort. You could almost call it a healthy addiction too, but I won’t go into details on it. If you’re a cyclist, well you should understand.

 

So Why Mountain Bike?

Killington has made big steps to expand upon its Mountain Bike terrain. With major investments last year the resort continues on its five year plan to increase Mountain Bike terrain in the area. This year $375,000 will be invested into Ramshead adding 6 new trails, one being a Downhill, race specific trail for more advanced biking events. Things like beginner friendly and intro to bike trails were also in that investment and should be added to the network this year. So young, old, advanced to beginner there’s something for everyone and in this day and age you shouldn’t be afraid of trying the sport out.

But that’s just summarizing Killington Resort’s plans for expansion. The newly formed Killington Mountain Bike Club also plans to build trails of its own. With a grant to build more cross- country trails you can expect a wide variety of trail option available in the near future.

 

What Do Ski Town Locals Do In The Off- Season

The Filler

We can all agree why we like mountain biking. It for one gets you outside and two, gets you to meet and interact with people you’d maybe not see otherwise. I for one have friends who are big avid skiers but I’ve only ever mountain biked with them. It’s also sort of a comradery at least for the women. Since there aren’t many of us we’ve gotten to know one another and had probably ridden together at least once. If you’re a girl or a guy I highly recommend trying it, you’re bound to make a friend or two.

If you’re thinking of trying it but don’t know where to go or maybe you want a tour guide, reach out. Our summer staff is made up of Mountain Bikers. Those who’ve we’ve added to the summer staff this year who weren’t previously cyclist’ are probably going to be hooked by the end of the season. We really enjoy spreading our stoke for the sport. We even have weekly group rides every Tuesday that will get underway soon. They leave out of the Basin Complex once lifts start spinning. So don’t be shy, give it a try and enjoy the off season in a whole new light!

Be sure to check Facebook for up to date going’s on’s in the Killington Community


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Summer Events Calendar: Full Events List

Summer Events Calendar: Summer Events in Rutland County

The master list of summer events in Rutland County focusing on the local Killington Area. Some of the dates in this calendar are tentative and may change.

Legend:

Green= Golf

Blue= Concert

Red= Race

Orange= Bike

Yellow= Festival

Aqua= Kid’s Event

 

PanoVia Snowshed

Nor’Beaster: May Day Slalom

Superstar at Killington Resort

May 1st

This is a timed, FREE race, open to anyone with a valid Killington Season Pass or Lift Ticket

Green Mountain Trails: Muddy’s Pizza Oven Rebuild

Green Mountain Trails, Pittsfield, VT

April 30th, 9AM

This hidden gem is always looking to promote the local Bike community. Join them for an outdoor oven rebuild, enjoy farm fresh food and some of the best singletrack in Vermont.

Women’s and Men’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinics

Pine Hill Park, Rutland, VT 05701

May 7th– May 8th

Beginner/ Intermediate Clinics for Men and Women to advance those Mountain Bike Skills and Finishing pointers for the advanced riders.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

May 12th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

May 19th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

Green Mountain National Golf Course: RRCC Golf Tournament

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

May 20th

A free Golf tournament at GMNGC

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

May 26th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

Beast Of A Bike Swap

Snowshed Lodge at Killington Resort

May 27th

Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Killington! Join us for a fun bike festival with bike racing, riding, and incredible deals for the whole family.

Killington Stage Race

Killington, VT

May 28th

Watch world class cyclist battle it out in this intense road race.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

June 2nd

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

GMGC: VVSA Golf Tournament

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

June 3rd

The VT Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society (VVSA) and the Summit Lodge in Killington, Vermont will host our 4th Annual Golf Tournament at the Green Mountain National Golf Course.

Green Mountain Trails: Trail Making/ Pizza Baking on International Trail Day

Muddy’s Hut (GMT) Pittsfield, VT

June 4th

Enjoy farm fresh pizza, trail side while developing new trails and riding epic singletrack.

GMGC: Shriners Golf Classic

Green Mountain National Golf Course

June 5th

More Info Coming Soon!

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

June 9th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

GMGC: Goombay Golf Classic

Green Mountain National Golf Course

June 16th

Thursday, June 16th The Foundry at Summit Pond will be hosting the Goombay Golf Classic at Green Mountain National Golf Course with proceeds benefiting The Ted Bridges Hospitality Scholarship Fund!

Downhill Throwdown

East Mountain Road, Killington, VT

June 16th-18th

Riders from all over the world will gather at Killington to ride 2 miles of the fastest course east of the Mississippi.  Reaching speeds of over 60 mph, gravity lovers have a new reason to visit Killington in the summer.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

June 16th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

June 23rd

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

Long Trail Century Ride

Bridgewater Corners, Vermont

June 25th

Join us again for the 6th annual Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive. All rides start and finish at Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners, VT. Three rides, including a century ride, 60 miler and a 20-mile loop for those looking for a shorter ride or for adaptive riders, will take you in and around the beautiful Killington region. Plus we have a family and adaptive friendly 5K ride as well.

Junior Golf Camp

Green Mountain National Golf Course

June 27th-29th

$99 per player includes, fun golf instruction from the GMNGC professional golf staff, on-course play, games & skill challenges and lunch each day in the clubhouse.

Killington Kid Olympic Games

Shelburne Memorial Library

June 29th

Vittoria Eastern States Cup

Killington Resort

July 1st

Top mountain bikers across the country converge to compete in Enduro and Downhill races.

Foundry Fireworks

The Foundry Restaurant

July 3rd

Get to the Foundry after dark for some 4th of July style fireworks!

AJGA- Killington Junior Golf Championships

Green Mountain Golf Course

July 3rd-7th

Join us as 144 of the best junior golfers in the world challenge “Vermont’s Favorite Golf Course” Green Mountain National! The AJGA is a non-profit organization that helps young golfers receive college scholarships. AJGA Alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Paula Creamer & many more.

Killington Town 4th Of July Celebration

Killington Rec Center

July 4th

Join Killington on River Road for a town parade, followed by a day of fun-filled activities at the Town Recreation Center with a BBQ to benefit the Volunteer Fire Department.  Fireworks to follow after dark.

Bike Safety With Peter Burns

Sherburne Memorial Library

July 6th

Learn proper trail etiquette and technique while biking.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

July 7th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

River Road Concert Series

River Road Rec Center

July 7th

Join us for a concert every Thursday evening on River Road in Killington!  Schedule coming soon!

Dirty Girl Mud Run

Killington Resort

July 9th

Dirty Girl is an obstacle course run for women of all ages and athletic abilities.

Green Mountain National Family Night

Green Mountain National Golf Course

July 13th

Family nights happen at Green Mountain National Golf Course every Wednesday night from 7/13 to 8/24.

Jeep Jamboree

Killington Resort

July 14th

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

July 14th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

10th Annual Rutland Summer Evening Bridal Show

Killington Grand Resort Hotel

July 14th

Join us for the celebration as we showcase the best wedding professionals in the area!

River Road Concert Series

River Road Rec Center

July 14th

Join us for a concert every Thursday evening on River Road in Killington!  Schedule coming soon!

Killington Wine Festival

Killington Resort

July 15th

This year’s Wine Festival toasts 15 years of tasting events in the heart of the Green Mountains

Cooler In The Mountains Concert Series #1

Killington Resort

July 16th

Top names from the national music scene will be taking the stage for eight FREE outdoor shows as the “Cooler in the Mountains” summer concert series returns. Stay Tuned For More Details.

Farm To Fork Fondo

Riverside Farm, Pittsfield, VT

July 16th– July 17th

Yes, the 2015 Farm to Fork Fondo – Vermont was awesome! Guess what?? We have even more updates and amenities for 2016, including:

  • Bigger festival, more farms, more aid stations, and more treats
  • Free local micro-brew beer for all finishers (21 & over)
  • 2 Brand spankin’ new Bianchi bikes to give away
  • Updated gravel-free Piccolo Fondo course
  • More merchandise including the official 2016 Farm to Fork Fondo kit
  • Earlier start time and longer barbecue hours
  • More money for local farms through the New Holland Volunteer Competition

Green Mountain National Family Night

Green Mountain National Golf Course

July 20th

Family nights happen at Green Mountain National Golf Course every Wednesday night from 7/13 to 8/24.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

July 21st

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

River Road Concert Series

River Road Rec Center

July 21st

Join us for a concert every Thursday evening on River Road in Killington!  Schedule coming soon!

Cooler In The Mountains Concert Series #2

Killington Resort

July 23rd

Top names from the national music scene will be taking the stage for eight FREE outdoor shows as the “Cooler in the Mountains” summer concert series returns. Stay Tuned For More Details.

Junior Golf Camp

Green Mountain National Golf Course

July 25th– 27th

$99 per player includes, fun golf instruction from the GMNGC professional golf staff, on-course play, games & skill challenges and lunch each day in the clubhouse.

Falconry with VINS

Sherburne Memorial Library

July 27th

Green Mountain National Family Night

Green Mountain National Golf Course

July 27th

Family nights happen at Green Mountain National Golf Course every Wednesday night from 7/13 to 8/24.

Killington Chili Cook- Off

Sherburne Memorial Library

July 28th

The 3rd Annual Killington Fundraising Chili Cook-Off is sure to produce the best tasting chili in town! Join the competition and bring your finest chili to compete for the title of Best Chili in Killington, or stop by the Cook-Off to taste the competitors creations. Live music by Chad Hollister.

Beast of The East Pro GRT

Killington Resort

July 28th

The USA Cycling Pro Gravity Tour will be stopping at the Killington Bike Park for a Downhill event.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

July 28th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

River Road Concert Series

River Road Rec Center

July 28th

Join us for a concert every Thursday evening on River Road in Killington!  Schedule coming soon!

Burton Chill Golf Tournament

Killington Golf Course

July 29th

Proceeds from the event will support the Chill Burlington site and the youth-development opportunities we offer at-risk and under-served youth in Vermont.

Cooler In The Mountains Concert Series #3

Killington Resort

July 30th

Top names from the national music scene will be taking the stage for eight FREE outdoor shows as the “Cooler in the Mountains” summer concert series returns. Stay Tuned For More Details.

Green Mountain National Golf Course Championships

GMNGC

July 31st

  • Open to all GMNGC Members and Employees.
  • $40 per player due at registration.
  • 36 hole stroke-play event – Gross & Net prizes.
  • Round 1 will begin Sunday afternoon starting at 12:00pm and Round 2 will begin Monday morning starting at 7:30am.

Green Mountain National Family Night

Green Mountain National Golf Course

August 3rd

Family nights happen at Green Mountain National Golf Course every Wednesday night from 7/13 to 8/24.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

August 4th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

River Road Concert Series

River Road Rec Center

August 4th

Join us for a concert every Thursday evening on River Road in Killington!  Schedule coming soon!

Cooler In The Mountains Concert Series #4

Killington Resort

August 6th

Top names from the national music scene will be taking the stage for eight FREE outdoor shows as the “Cooler in the Mountains” summer concert series returns. Stay Tuned For More Details.

The VSWGA Vermont State Women’s Amateur Championship

Green Mountain National

August 8th-10th

Green Mountain National Family Night

Green Mountain National Golf Course

August 10th

Family nights happen at Green Mountain National Golf Course every Wednesday night from 7/13 to 8/24.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

August 11th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

River Road Concert Series

River Road Rec Center

August 11th

Join us for a concert every Thursday evening on River Road in Killington!  Schedule coming soon!

Killington Dualthlon

River Road Rec Center

August 13th

Second Annual Duathlon for adults and kids at Killington Town Recreation facilities on River Road. Two levels of swimming and running. Medals awarded.

100 on 100

Vermont

August 13th

The 100 on 100 Relay is a 100-mile team running relay race through the Heart of Vermont. Runners from across the country converge on the Green Mountain state each August for this long distance relay along scenic Route 100.

Magic With Tom Joyce

Sherburne Memorial Library

August 13th

Cooler In The Mountains Concert Series #5

Killington Resort

August 13th

Top names from the national music scene will be taking the stage for eight FREE outdoor shows as the “Cooler in the Mountains” summer concert series returns. Stay Tuned For More Details.

Junior Golf Camp

Green Mountain National Golf Course

August 15th-17th

$99 per player includes, fun golf instruction from the GMNGC professional golf staff, on-course play, games & skill challenges and lunch each day in the clubhouse.

Green Mountain National Family Night

Green Mountain National Golf Course

August 16th

Family nights happen at Green Mountain National Golf Course every Wednesday night from 7/13 to 8/24.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

August 17th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

River Road Concert Series

River Road Rec Center

August 18th

Join us for a concert every Thursday evening on River Road in Killington!  Schedule coming soon!

Cooler In The Mountains Concert Series #6

Killington Resort

August 20th

Top names from the national music scene will be taking the stage for eight FREE outdoor shows as the “Cooler in the Mountains” summer concert series returns. Stay Tuned For More Details.

Killington Boot Camp Race To The Peak 5K

Killington Resort

August 20th

The 2nd Annual Killington Boot Camp Race to the Peak is a challenging & fun 5K

Green Mountain National Family Night

Green Mountain National Golf Course

August 24th

Family nights happen at Green Mountain National Golf Course every Wednesday night from 7/13 to 8/24.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

August 25th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

Cooler In The Mountains Concert Series #7

Killington Resort

August 27th

Top names from the national music scene will be taking the stage for eight FREE outdoor shows as the “Cooler in the Mountains” summer concert series returns. Stay Tuned For More Details.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

September 1st

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

Cooler In The Mountains Concert Series #8

Killington Resort

September 3rd

Top names from the national music scene will be taking the stage for eight FREE outdoor shows as the “Cooler in the Mountains” summer concert series returns. Stay Tuned For More Details.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

September 8th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

Eastern States Cup Championships

Killington Resort

September 10th

Top mountain bikers across the country converge to compete in the Regional Enduro Championship Series Finals.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

September 15th

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

Spartan Race

Killington Resort

September 17th

Home of the 2014 Spartan World Championship, this course is brutal.

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

September 22nd

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

Boot Campers Against Breast Cancer

River Road Rec Center

September 25th

  • THIRD ANNUAL
  • BOOTCAMPERS AGAINST
  • BREAST CANCER 5K
  • RUN OR WALK THE FLAT AND FAST RIVER RD 5K
  • CRACK OF NOON START TIME
  • BENEFIT FUNDRAISER BBQ STARTS
  • AT 4 AT CHARITY’S

Green Mountain National Golf Course: Twilight League

Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, VT

September 29th h

Twilight League is a fun, relaxed 5 person “blind draw” scramble and beginners are always welcome to attend! $15 for members / $25 for non-members includes golf, cart, prizes and a light dinner. (The BEST deal in GOLF!)

Killington Brewfest

Snowshed & Ramshead Lodges: Killington Resort

October 1st

Wet your whistle with a backdrop of 4,241′ of Vermont’s finest autumn foliage and enjoy live music, a plethora of fabulous food offerings and over 100 of the finest craft beers in the region.

Oktoberfest

Killington Resort

October 8th-9th

Up & Downhill Roll

Killington Resort

October 9th

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Summer Events Calendar: Bike Events In Rutland County

Summer Events Calendar: Bike Events In Rutland County

A preview of Summer Events Calendar: Bike Events In Rutland County. This schedule is tentative and bound to be changed and updated.

Summer Events Calendar

Green Mountain Trails: Muddy’s Pizza Oven Rebuild

Green Mountain Trails, Pittsfield, VT

April 30th, 9AM

This hidden gem is always looking to promote the local Bike community. Join them for an outdoor oven rebuild, enjoy farm fresh food and some of the best singletrack in Vermont.

Women’s and Men’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinics

Pine Hill Park, Rutland, VT 05701

May 7th– May 8th

Beginner/ Intermediate Clinics for Men and Women to advance those Mountain Bike Skills and Finishing pointers for the advanced riders.

Beast Of A Bike Swap

Snowshed Lodge, Killington, VT

May 27th

Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Killington! Join us for a fun bike festival with bike racing, riding, and incredible deals for the whole family.

Green Mountain Trails: Trail Making/ Pizza Baking on International Trail Day

Muddy’s Hut (GMT) Pittsfield, VT

June 4th

Enjoy farm fresh pizza, trail side while developing new trails and riding epic singletrack.

Eastern States Cup

Killington Resort

July 1st

Top mountain bikers across the country converge to compete in Enduro and Downhill races.

Beast Of The East Pro GRT

Killington Resort

July 28-31, 2016

Watch professional Downhill Mountain Bikers conquer Killington’s newest Downhill Bike Trail.

Eastern States Cup Championship

Killington Resort

September 10th

Top mountain bikers across the country converge to compete in the Regional Enduro Championship Series Finals


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The Seven Things To Know When Buying A New Mountain Bike

The Seven Things To Know When Buying A New Mountain Bike

 

The Seven Things To Know When Buying A New Mountain Bike
Team Rider, Jordan Newth slays some early season turns.

 

It’s hard to describe Mountain Biking as a sport because there is literally nothing like it. Once you try Mountain Biking and have the basic skill set established you really start to enjoy yourself. Enough so that it becomes an addiction. As I sit here, writing my opening statements I’m thinking about my transformation into the world of Mountain Biking. In fact I’m getting a little giddy too! As someone whose deeply invested in the Mountain Bike Community and has worked in numerous bike shops over the years makes me a great wealth of knowledge, especially when talking about bikes. My whole life has been about biking in some form or another. As a teenager I raced cross- country and was actively involved in the sport. Then I graduated and moved off to college. There I got the ski bug and did that as much as possible, with Mountain Biking becoming an afterthought. It wasn’t until after college that I started to get back into it which brings me to the opening statement on the Seven Things To Know When Buying A New Mountain Bike.

 

Know Where You’re Riding

 

The Seven Things To Know When Buying A New Mountain Bike

 

 

For me I’m lucky, I live in Vermont. I’m lucky because my parents bought a house on Darling Hill Road in Burke, Vermont surrounded by Kingdom Trails (KT), one of the most talked about East Coast trail networks in the country. I work in Killington, Vermont. Home of a nice mixture of Lift access Mountain Biking. But KT is radically different than Killington. KT is sandy, and loamy and has almost no technical riding. Just a lot of fast berms and drops. Killington is split into two sections. The upper mountain, accessed by the Gondola has long gravel access roads and slabby, knubby rock trails making for technical riding. The lower mountain is the bike park and has flow trails and jump lines. A perfect mixture if you ask me.

So I needed a bike that could accommodate flowy smooth trails but could climb well. Then it needed to have enough suspension to navigate the more technical upper mountain terrain. I settled on a bike that has 6X6 suspension (6 inches in the front and rear). This bike isn’t pure freeride but isn’t strictly cross country either it’s a happy mixture of both.

 

Fit Is Everything

 

The Seven Things To Know When Buying A New Mountain Bike

 

Fit is EVERYTHING. If you ask any bike mechanic, they will caution you from buying a bike off the internet. A good fitting bike will make or break a season of riding. I was lucky, because I work in the bike industry so I got to sit on multiple bikes and get a feel for them. Find a shop you trust, and go try out a few bikes. Comfort is everything and if the bike doesn’t feel right then it’s not for you. And ladies, you don’t need to be on a women’s specific bike either. I’m a great example of that where many women’s specific bikes fit me poorly and I now ride a “men’s” mountain bike (her name is Janis after the Rock & Roll Queen, Janis Joplin).

 

Don’t Get Hung Up on Wheel Size

 

The Seven Things To Know When Buying A New Mountain Bike

 

There are three major wheel sizes, 26”, 27.5” (650B) and 29”. Each wheel size has a cult following and each member of each wheel size will hate on the other wheel sizes, It seems to be how the Mountain Bike Industry is rolling. But it doesn’t matter. Scientific studies have been done that prove the theory on a larger wheel size is faster is mostly false (If you want to learn more about it click here). Granted, it’s hard to come by a 26” standard bike these days unless it’s a hard tail dirt jumper. The point is, ride what feels most comfortable, not what people say is best. The bike industry standard doesn’t have to be your standard, ride what feels best for you.

 

Buy Nice Or Buy Twice

 

The Seven Things To Know When Buying A New Mountain Bike

 

If you’re serious about getting into mountain biking and plan to do it for a while don’t buy a base model build. I repeat, don’t buy a crap Walmart Bike. If you do, be prepared to put a grand or more in parts into it. The bike industry is absolutely an industry that you get what you pay for. If you buy a $1000 Mountain Bike, you’re going to get maybe A season of solid riding before it needs some loving. Buying the middle range priced Mountain Bike means you get quality parts, a quality ride and you’re not taking out a second mortgage on your house. Bikes are expensive so be prepared to pay 2,800-4,000 on a decent ride. I tend to buy a bike with solid parts, ride it for a season then upgrade what I want. For example, I’m buying new wheels, hubs, and upgrading my drive train to be more conducive to lift access riding this year. That about 1K in parts. Be prepared to treat your bike like a child. You wouldn’t leave your kid out in the pouring rain, covered in mud would you? Buy Nice, or Buy Twice.

 

Function Trumps Fancy

 

The Seven Things To Know When Buying A New Mountain Bike

 

How nice is too nice? You don’t need to buy the top of the line 10,000 dollar Mountain Bike to have fun on trail. In fact most top of the line bikes are for pro level racers. As a recreational rider a middle range ride will work just fine for most. Research your parts, understand the difference between low end components and high end components and don’t read into forums too much. The Mountain Bike Community is extremely opinionated when it comes to each individual ride. So find a reliable source and research parts.

 

Be Ready To Learn Basic Maintenance

 

The Seven Things To Know When Buying A New Mountain Bike

 

This goes back to my comment about how you wouldn’t leave your kid out in the rain covered in mud. Treat your bike like a child and be ready to learn how to take care of it. Most bike shop mechanics will be willing to show you basic bike maintenance or offer classes after hours. Being able to change a flat tire, adjust a derailleur, and do basic checks will go a long way in the longevity of your Mountain Bike.

 

Ask For Help

 

The Seven Things To Know When Buying A New Mountain Bike

 

We may be an opinionated bunch but we’re close knit and we’re all about involving more people in the sport. If you don’t know ask, and ask more than one person. Our wealth of knowledge is large and many bike shops are willing to just talk, especially if you’re interesting in learning more about the industry. Don’t be afraid to reach out, we don’t bite back much.


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The 2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B: A Review

The 2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B, It’s not just another Mountain Bike, Designed By Women for Women

 

2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B
Designed by Women for Women, the 2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B is making mountain biking accessible to everyone at an affordable price.

 

In the past few years the Mountain Bike Industry has exploded and its popularity has increased especially in the women’s department. Women’s specific bikes exist to cater to the female demographic and the Rhyme hits the nail on the head when combining durability and quality in an affordable package. Women’s bikes have come a long way in the last few years too. When the trend of making women’s specific bikes first arose, often quality control was an issue with women’s bikes not being produced at the same quality of its male counterparts. The Rhyme, especially the 2016 model doesn’t skimp on the details when it comes to quality and has produced a bike for the ladies who love to rip, aren’t afraid to get a little mud on their legs and want to ride trail.

 

2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B
The Frame is women’s specific but doesn’t loose any integrity when it comes to quality control. You’re going to get a reliable ride that’s rugged and durable. (Aluminum Version Shown)

 

So what makes the 2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B Mountain Bike so special? First off you’re getting an aluminum frame, comparable to the male complimenting model, the Stumpjumper. This means one major thing, durability. The proprietary M5 Trail aluminum mold by Specialized is designed to be rugged. If a Mountain Bike were classified as delicate we’d be in trouble right? Well that’s not a worry here. Besides the Aluminum frame the Rhyme is designed in a women specific mold. This is not an integrity issue but more so an accommodation thing, especially for the shorter gals out there. The top tube is slightly slacker than the Stumpy and attaches to the downtube at a lower point. It allows for ladies to stand over the bike comfortably and not have to precariously tip toe over the top tube to mount up.

 

The other major part of this bike is the 650B wheelset. 650B or 27.5” has taken the industry by storm and I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. 650B is performing so well that most major bike companies no longer offer a 26” wheel option. It just doesn’t exist anymore for most modern trail bikes. So why is it so great? Unlike the 29er it climbs well but then excels on the downhill ascents. As someone whose ridden all three popular wheel sizes, 26, 27.5 and 29 I can agree when I see the trend of 650B (27.5) growing in popularity. Yes, climbing on a 29 inch wheel was incredibly easy but, it sucked on the descent of techy east coast trails. So yes, you get a 650B wheelset with the Rhyme Comp but, can get the 29er version too.

 

2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR 650B SWAT Door
The higher end Rhyme comes with a SWAT Door, used for storing bike equipment without destroying the carbon frame. (Carbon Models Only)

 

Moving on, let’s talk suspension. The 2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B comes built with a RockShox Revelation RC3 fork. It’s similar to the RockShox Pike but has narrower stachions and includes dual position air only (Pike offers dual or solo) for smoother uphill travel. This fork is more trail/ cross country focused while the Pike is more enduro/ all-mountain. The Pike is favored on more technical descents where the charger damper system comes into play. The RockShox Revelation RC3 Fork also has multiple position adjusting and a Motion Control Dampening system for a more precise ride. This fork is set at 150mm of travel but can adjust to 140, and 130mm as well.

 

The rear shock is a Custom Fox Float Evolution CTD with the proprietary Women’s trail tune which a fancy way of saying it’s adjustable and easy to set-up. Auto-sag is the big thing that makes the shock “customizable”. Basically you over pressurize the shock, have the rider sit on the bike and then let air out until it stops releasing air. That’s the best way I can describe that process, I’m sure there’s a more technical write up of this process but, that’s the gist of it.

 

2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B
The Rhyme has 150mm of travel with an adjustable fork so it can handle a multitude of terrain.

 

The other major part for suspension is how the 6-Pack U-link integrates into the frame. The Rhyme is almost identical in design to the stumpy when talking about the 6-pack linkage integration but with the top tube lowered. This makes the stand over height lower so you’re straddling the bike you’re not rubbing the top tube (a big issue for ladies 5’5” and under).

 

If you pull up a spec sheet against the Rhyme and the stumpy the components list is almost identical, which is a good thing.  Like Santa Cruz/ Juliana Specialized want’s to offer a reliable women’s specific bike, so it would seem smart to put similar components on both.  The biggest thing I noticed when looking at the two side by side is that the Rhyme comes with Shimano Deore Hydraulic disc, Ice- Tech resin pads with fins. The Stumpy doesn’t have the fins in their brake system which puzzles me.  The fins allow the brakes to cool off faster and the Ice-tech offers better stopping power but takes longer to warm up. Shifter wise you get the SRAM X7 10 speed shifter system. This bike is a 2X10 shifting set-up meaning you have two chain rings in the front and 10 in the rear. The dropper command post is also nice, but most bikes nowadays come built with one, and it’s pretty straight forward, you don’t have to get off the bike to adjust the seat.

 


 

To summarize the 2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B is a reliable, durable trail bike for all ladies. The FSR Comp is a great option for women who are really starting to get into the sport and don’t want to spend a ton of money. This bike allows for women to have fun and get a good quality ride. It also allows for modifications overtime, so if you want to change things like wheels or bars you totally can.

If I’ve really gained your interest you can give us a call, we have this bike in stock in XS-M (As Of Feb 27) and would love to see more women enjoying the sport of Mountain Biking.

Now Get Out and Ride!

 

2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B
The 2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B Is A Great Progression Mountain Bike.

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The Five Essentials Of Mountain Biking

Five Must Have Accessories For Your Next Mountain Bike Adventure

The Five Essentials Of Mountain Biking are the five most important things to have with you while out on trail. There’s nothing more exhilarating than flying down a narrow path, surrounded by trees, tall grass and hardly any sounds except for the chirping of birds and the humming of your hubs. This combination of peacefulness and exhilaration in the same place is hard to find. But to insure you make the most out of your next ride on trail I’ve compiled the five essentials of mountain biking to ensure you have the best time on the bike.

 

 

Multi-Use Tool Kit/ Flat Fix Kit

 

The Five Essentials of Mountain Biking starts with a Multi- Use tool Kit and Flat Fix Kit. This one seems like an obvious kit and can make or break a decent day on trail. A Multi- Use Tool Kit is like the Swiss Army Knife for cyclists. It will generally have a 5-10 piece Allen driver set and a regular flathead and Phillips head screwdriver integrated into its design. These tools are extra handy for quick fixes, especially in this day and age when 1X11 drivetrains are the norm. Regardless, sometimes you’ll crash and twist your headset or need to adjust your seat (if it’s locking) and need that Allen set to make the adjustments.

The other important part of your kit is the Flat Fix Kit which pretty much goes hand in hand with your Allen tool kit. A typical patch kit includes, patches, patch cement, a spare tub, tire levers and a pump of some sort. Most bike shops sell patch kits which includes patches and cement and sometimes levers but you generally have to buy those separate. If you’re in a tubeless setup it’s often good practice to carry a tube just in case but we’ll get more into tubeless set-ups in a bit. The next part of your flat fix kit is a pump. You can buy a small hand pump or, get a CO2 pump. CO2 pumps are more popular due to their smaller size and variety of sizes. They come in laced and unlaced versions with multiple adapter types, typically they will have a universal adapter. I personally own the smallest CO2 adapter available, for space saving. It’s a single hinge system. First, you screw your adapter head into your valve. Next, you screw on your CO2 cartridge, the pump breaks the canisters seal and inflates the tire. Quick, simple and can really save a ride.

Tubeless setups are a little different and require one extra part. Having a small tube of tubeless goo, stans tubeless goo is the most popular can be used for tubeless setups. Since you don’t have a tube between your tire and rim, when you puncture your tire you’ll immediately get a flat. Sometimes you can just add your goo, roll the wheel so the goo coats the wheel then add air and you can ride out the rest of the trail. Sometimes this doesn’t work and you’ll need to utilize that spare tube to make it out. Better to be safe than sorry right?

Having the right tool and flat repair kit on trail can make or break a good ride. Be prepared before you hit the trail and remember it’s better to be over prepared than underprepared.

 

 

Five Essentials Of Mountain Biking
The parts of a flat fix kit include a patch kit, spare tube, CO2 cartridge, Allen Wrench set and Sealant for tubeless setups.

 

 

Camelback

Unless I’m road riding I’ll always choose a camelback over a water bottle. I can store water, and my crap so it makes sense to me. Unless I’m on the road bike I’m not a member of the Mountain Bike Spandex army, I prefer comfy clothing and am less worried about my aerodynamic efficiency. For short day rides I opt into a small camel back that can carry 1.5 to 2 liters of water and has a small compartment for my flat kit, cell phone and car keys.  Most camelbacks nowadays have a venting system so you don’t have to worry about back sweat. Camelbacks are pretty straight forward and I won’t go into much detail about them but they’re absolutely and essential part of Mountain Biking.

 

 

Five Essentials Of Mountain Biking
Camelbacks are great for storing water, food and accessories like phones and car keys.

 

 

Gloves

I don’t understand why some people opt to not wear gloves while riding. I for one experience extreme cramping when riding without gloves. There are gel/padded glove options or unpadded gloves. For Mountain Biking I prefer full finger unpadded gloves. It helps with my gripping ability. My gloves of choice are generally mesh material of some sort for venting with plastic knuckle protection for when I involuntarily decide to punch the ground (crash). I’d describe the process of losing skin off your hands and how incredibly painful that can be but I think you’ve gotten the general idea.

Five Essentials Of Mountain Biking
Padded or unpadded? Fingerless or full finger? Knuckle Protection or Breathability?

 

Helmet

Some people ride without helmets, I wouldn’t recommend it. If you enjoy your pretty face and making full coherent sentences, wear a helmet. But, be prepared to buy a new helmet after you crash. Helmets are good for one crash and one only. The foam used in helmets is designed to absorb the impact vibrations and dissipate them evenly so that your head doesn’t turn into a soupy mess. The downside of this foam is that it only works once and won’t guarantee head safety after the first impact and can in fact increase your chances of brain injury if you continue to use the helmet after the first crash.

 

 

Five Essentials Of Mountain Biking
Use protection, protect your noggin!

 

 

Shoes

To Clip or not to clip, now that’s a question. I grew up into clipped in systems. It was all that I knew for mountain biking. But I never felt comfortable with the fact that I had to twist my heel to unclip and that in the split second of a possible crash I often couldn’t release.  And then I learned about stealth rubber and my entire world changed. I’m not a flat pedal mountain biker and will NEVER go back. What’s stealth rubber you ask? Stealth rubber is a technology invented by the geniuses over at Five Ten. They created a rubber that sticks to flat pedals very well but allows you to step of the pedal when you want. No fancy twisting, no falling over and doing a scorpion, just simple stepping off. A set of Five Ten Mountain Bike Shoes combined with a set of studded flat pedals has revolutionized how I ride a mountain bike. If you don’t like the idea of Clipped in systems look into Five Ten, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

Five Essentials Of Mountain Biking
Five Ten just released a new Sam Hill flat pedal specific mountain bike shoe.

 

 

Takeaway

The Five Essentials Of Mountain Biking are meant to offer ways to enjoy your time on trail. These things are meant to be obvious but with reasons to back them and offer a perspective from someone deeply rooted in the sport. These are things that I’ve learned to have from bad experiences and want to encourage more people to have fun than have no fun. Is it really worth it? Yes, yes it is.

 


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Mountain Biking Vermont- A Year Round Occurrence

A story on Mountain Biking Vermont in October and November

Mountain Biking Vermont- A Year Round Occurrence
The West Branch River.
Mountain Biking is tricky for non- bikers to understand. It’s not just riding a bike, it’s in fact nothing like riding down the street, or through town and you don’t have to be a young kid to enjoy it. This is something everyone can partake in. In Killington, it’s particularly hard to get people interested in Mountain Biking.  This is mainly a result of the fact that Killington caters to skiers and snowboarders way more than they do to mountain bikers. And it’s been this way for years. But in the last five years, Mountain Biking has increased in popularity drastically. This is a result of better technology overall allowing for easy, fun year round riding.

So how do you explain to someone who’s not an avid cyclist why riding at the end of October and into November is incredibly fun.  Though this trip had been planned months in advance it ironically coincided with the unfortunate closing of Killington Resort due to a warm weather front. So we packed up and headed to the Kingdom for their closing week of riding.

Kingdom Trails

The Kingdom is considered a destination trail network and has been named the best Mountain Bike trail network on the east coast year after year.  Despite that, it’s within a few hours drive of most New England cities, but is a place that you can’t ride everything in a day.  So staying up there for a week makes since.  We were graced with warm temps for the end of October and didn’t get snowed in (It’s happened before) so riding on long single track was plentiful.

The Ride

Mountain Biking Vermont- A Year Round Occurrence

October is one of those months where most people have packed up their bikes for the season and are transitioning into ski season- not me.  I prefer to overlap my seasons often Mountain Biking and Skiing in the same day. Hitting trail at the end of October means, cool, crisp temps and empty trails.  In the Kingdom empty trails is a rare thing. Being deep in the woods, with no other people around, no cars, no trucks, no screaming kids- it’s amazing. We got rained out one day but were able to get in some solid days of riding.

The Dirt

The Kingdom is backed by a small group locals who work to maintain the vast trail network and keep it in shape after thousands of riders pedal through it (50,000 visits last year). The dirt in the Kingdom, in particular the Darling Hill section is a sandy mix creating dirt that dries incredibly quickly.  This keeps trails fast, tight and smooth.

The Trails

A premier trail like Troll Stroll or Sidewinder show the real flow side of the trails.  Then there’s trails like Pound Cake and Coronary Bypass that offer more technical off camber riding. You can make it a 5 mile ride or a 50 mile ride, without running into a single person, because that’s the Kingdom closing week, calm and quiet.

The Point

Mountain Biking Vermont- A Year Round Occurrence

If you’re looking to try the sport out and understand our insane, slightly crazy passion for this sport then ride at the end of the season.  And it doesn’t have to be the Kingdom (though we highly recommend visiting), places like Pine Hill Park offer great terrain for first timers.

I ride with young kids my age, who are all about, “hucking their man-meat” as I’ve coined it- to guys in their 50-60’s looking to get mileage in and have a good time. Mountain Biking doesn’t discriminate, is addicting and is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make, from a personal wellness standpoint.

About Us

True Wheels Bike Shop is operated year round in Basin Sports on the hill below Killington Resort in Killington, Vermont. We don’t just Mountain Bike either, we road ride, fatbike and cycloross.  We’re all skiers, riders, rock climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts of every form.  We do what we do because we’re addicted to it, it’s seriously the best drug I’ve ever gotten hooked on, and it has health benefits. We live, breath and love what we do and just want to share it with others.

We mainly carry Specialized and Santa Cruz bicycles and have Specialized Fatbike Fatboy Trails for sale this winter, but are not going to stop you from drilling some wood screws into your regular Mountain Bike Tires if it means you’re riding year round.  Don’t be afraid to call us just to talk bikes, even if we don’t carry them, we just love to share the passion and spread the stoke.


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Basin Blast: We’re Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

We’re going to let you in on a secret…

Basin Blast: We’re Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

We're Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

IT’S ON!

Season Pass holders and Express Card holders, join us Sunday, October 18, 2015, to kick off the winter season right. The first runs of the 2015-16 season are yours and yours alone. No day tickets will be sold. It’s not too late to join the club.

For the rest of you snow-deprived wanderers, winter begins Monday, October 19, 2015, and we hope to be skiing and riding until the warm spring sun sends us away. As always, Mother Nature calls the shots, but she’s been good to us so far.

Get the full details, the current conditions, and for the love of winter get that gear ready. We’ll see you on the hill. (Killington Resort)

We're Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

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