All Trails are closed for the season. Please respect the closures to best protect the trails, our landowner agreements and your safety during hunting season. ( Muzzle loading season ends 12/15)
Conditions permitting, the system will open for Fatbikes and Nordic sports on Monday, December 16th.
We are excited to announce that our Nordic Center will be now located on Darling Hill across from the Wildflower Inn.
Toutes les sentiers sont FERMES
Here is a video made by our friends at the Mountain Report that gives a good introduction to Kingdom Trails
Out of respect for the landowners and the Association that makes the trail network possible, please remember that you need to have your Day pass or Year Round Membership visibly placed on your bike while you use the Kingdom Trail network. We work hard to provide world class trails for you to enjoy.
To purchase your membership or day pass, come to the Kingdom Trails Welcome Center in East Burke village. Our hours of operation are;
Join us online through our store……..or send check to Kingdom Trails, PO Box 204 East Burke, Vermont 05832
Please help us to maintain and manage this wonderful year-round trail system by making a charitable donation* or purchasing items at our online store. With your help we can continue to keep prices affordable, build more trails, conserve the natural resource, maintain landowner relations, host great events and offer programs.
*Kingdom Trail Association is a 501 (c) 3 Not- for-Profit organization and your generous gift is tax deductible allowable by the IRS.
Call us at 802.626.0737 for information
Join Burke Mountain Academy for these free training sessions, all winter long!
Head Coach Kate Barton and BMA Nordic will host free training sessions for any local thlete who is interested in getting in an extra cardio session during the winter, learning some Nordic technique, or experiencing BMA Nordic training firsthand. These Sessions will include the Alpine Junior Weekday program athletes. Everyone is welcome!
When: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30/5pm
Where: BMA Soccer Field
Who: Middle and High School Athletes
What: Nordic Skiing, for all Ability Levels
Trails Manager CJ Scott orders the charge.
Local yokels Max Shredly, Jarod Ogden, Isaac Allare, and Dylan Conte head to the start of stage one.
Miles Trainer rides like a set of lungs on legs. He looked strong on Roly Grail… sadly that was before a mechanical took him out of contention.
Mid way down stage two’s rocky descent, riders passed by clanging, huffing and puffing. Mavic/Giant rider Jeff Lenosky’s experience was apparent as he glided by without a sound.
Some of the trees on stage two were tight as a fat lady in a cat suit. Watch those wide bars!
100% pure Vermont maple jungle.
Stage three included some of the most picturesque singletrack this side of British Columbia.
Kelly Dolan looked strong through one of the last pedaly sections of the course. Note to self, all that lush green underbrush is stinging nettles.
Sculptural awards courtesy of Harken Books
Vermont’s favorite lady-racer queen Ali Zimmer models her new KT Enduro Crown!
Congrats to all the competitors for surviving those climbs. And big ups to the victors:
1st – Adam Snyder
2nd – Seamus Powell
3rd – Tom Sampson
1st – Alison Zimmer
2nd – Kelly Dolan
3rd – Susan Haywood
Full results can be found here
Special thanks go out to series sponsors:
Local thanks to:
East Burke Sports
Village Sport shop
See ya’ll at The King of the Mountain race at Mountain Creek for the Triple Crown Enduro race two!
Epic Adventure ***Leaves Dashney Nordic Center at 8:00 AM***
Leaders; Chris and Jeff
Level; Advanced Fitness
Ride Time; 4 hrs
Singletrack*** Meet at Dashney Nordic Center at 8:00 AM- Follow the leaders by car to departure point on Darling Hill***
Leaders; Orion, Knight, Kurt and Mike
Level; Advanced Fitness and Bike Handling Skills
Ride Time; 2-3 hrs
Ride with the Girls
Leaders; Carrie, Sacha and Annie
Level; Moderate to advanced fitness
Ride Time; 2 hrs plus aid station hangout time
Leaders; Harry, Chief, Matt, Tim and Steve
Level; Moderate to advanced fitness
Ride Time; 2 hrs plus aid station hang out time
Self-guided and on-going
****Kingdom Trails staff will be available with maps and route suggestions for everyone all day****
The forecast is calling for rising daytime temperatures throughout the week, which will settle the fresh snow and- if all goes well- let it set up for ideal Winter biking conditions!!! Last year, Winterbike was fabulous because the conditions were absolutely ideal for any type of bike. It was also a wonderful event because of the great group of people that attended and made it awesome.
At this point, it is looking like the weather could once again cooperate and there will definitely be a super fun group of people… no matter what, we’ll have a great line-up of activities. This will be a day to get out, get your legs spinning- and soak up some VT Mountain Biking Culture.
Winterbike 2013 Schedule of Events
Registration/ Check in at the Kingdom Trails Dashney Farm Nordic Center
Cider Doughnut Consumption
Warm-ups with Skye Nacel of Mocean 365
Group Rides Disperse
Fat Bike demos start
On trail Aid Station opens… VT libations, snacks and entertainment around a fire on the trail
Market Café opens at the Nordic Center
Sugar on Snow at the Nordic Center
12-28 (Friday) BKL Family Ski at the Mt. Hor Hop… Details below
1-5 Dashney Nordic Center at Kingdom Trails
1-12 Burke Mountain Academy (1st Time Trials)
3-9 BMA (2nd Time Trials, Potluck & Games)
Northeast Kingdom Nordic Club Bill Koch League Families!
Please come join us for a family ski day to kick off our NEK BKL season on Friday morning, December 28th at the Mt. Hor Hop, a high school Nordic (cross-country) ski race overlooking beautiful Lake Willoughby. This is an opportunity for your child skier to:
- See what a high school Nordic ski race looks like
- Hang out with and maybe even ski with the racers and their coaches
- Do some meaningful yet informal volunteering with your child to assist the race officials (optional)
- Meet area high school Nordic ski coaches
- It will be helpful to know how many parents and children can attend, so please contact Kathleen Haines at 748-8056 or Tiaan van der Linde at 535-2358 by December 7th if you plan to join us at this exciting event!
Details: The race venue is located at the Mt. Hor parking area on the left side of Route 5A (about 6 miles north of West Burke) just before the highway descends to Lake Willoughby. You’ll see the ski team buses parked there. Plan to meet at the parking area by 9:00 AM, and we will walk/ski/snowshoe to the start/finish area as a group. Please note that it may take as much as ½ hour to get up there, so towed sleds, Chariots, or other conveyances will make it easier for younger children to reach the crowds at the race.
MTBVT’s Green Mountain Showdown
To Introduce the Inaugural eMBie Awards
October 5, 2012 –Mountain Bike Vermont (MTBVT.com) has announced its second annual Green Mountain Showdown event will be held Friday, October 19th, 2012, at the Opera House in Hyde Park and will include the inaugural eMBies, the People’s Choice Awards for all things mountain biking in the state.
The eMBie Awards will be based on votes submitted by Vermont mountain bikers on MTBVT.com and VMBA.org sites and will include such categories as “best bike mechanic,” “strongest new rider,” “best trail builder” and “best photographer.” (People have the opportunity to vote until October 18.) And, according to event organizer Ryan Thibault, the eMBie winners will “definitely be receiving the coolest looking trophies in the state.”
This year’s Green Mountain Showdown is sponsored by the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, MTBVT.com, and The Moceanproject and, aside from the eMBies, the event will also include a multimedia expo dedicated to all facets of mountain biking, from singletrack to downhill to jumping. Presentations by Northeastern writers, photographers and videographers, such as Brian Mohr, Berne Broudy, Aaron Rohde and Henry Miles to name a few, will showcase slideshows and videos about everything from the 2012 downhill race season to mini-documentaries about bike trips abroad.
“Our goal is to elevate Vermont’s status as the heart of mountain biking in the Eastern United States,” says Thibault. “The Green Mountain Showdown is a chance to celebrate our State’s huge recreational drive and it gives our local talent the opportunity to celebrate their skill. It’s going to make for a fantastic show!”
The evening gala will begin at 7:30pm at the Hyde Park Opera House and riders and enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to gather for an evening of great pictures, videos, writings and eMBie award presentations. Tickets are $15 and partial proceeds will go to youth oriented programs administrated by VMBA. There are only 240 available seats in the Opera House so MTBVT encourages people to book early.
For more information about Green Mountain Showdown and the eMBie Awards, contact Ryan Thibault at 802-585-5495 or log on to www.mtbvt.com.
All right people, are we all in better moods now? The “winter” that failed to produce much of anything in terms of snow is well behind us. We’ve been treated with a pretty nice spring to get us out on our bikes and pedal the past winter’s bogus snowfall into a distant memory.
Summer is just approaching and now more than ever is the time to get our legs and minds primed for an epic season of killer riding… Lung busting XC rides, sick dirt jumping sessions, all mountain assaults, and glorious bike park shredding are all on our horizons, and it couldn’t have come any sooner!
Last summer here at Kingdom Trails was so flippin’ sweet, I was wondering how in the world were we going to top it? Was it going to be possible? Well my friends, we did top it and you may want to sit down if you aren’t already, take a deep breath, and give thanks that you’re a mountain biker because what I’m about to tell you may blow your mind…
Let’s start with the trails shall we? Every year we get the same question, “Are there any new trails going in this summer?” We always have some new trails up our sleeves and will be out cutting, shaping, buffing, and fine-tuning new trails on both Darling Hill and the mountainside. With the addition of Troll Stroll and Jester last summer, we feel as though we set the bar pretty high! True, they are two amazing trails, but we’ve got some extraordinary trail builders that will be put to the test to one up last year’s performance. Rest assured that we will have something new for you to check out EVERY time you come to ride here, be it a new trail, re-furbished bench cut, newly constructed bridge, or a freshly manicured section of old trail. We are here for YOU, the rider, to provide the best riding experience you can get, and it all starts with the trails!
Now, give this a thought… imagine if you will, nothing but pure mountain biking nirvana for 3 days. Numerous group rides, the chance to meet the legendary Gary Fischer, tons of great food, vendors of all your favorite bike companies, live music, camping with your buddies, and doing it all on Kingdom Trails on a blue bird, picture perfect weekend. Well, that last part we have no control over so let’s just keep our finger crossed, but everything else is no daydream folks. This summer we are hosting NEMBAfest, June 22nd-24th and are expecting a huge turnout and one great weekend of riding!! Pre-register at NEMBA.org and get ready for what is sure to be an absolute can’t miss event.
I could ramble on and on about how awesome this place is and what you can expect, but figure that the best way to find out what’s really going on is to just get up here and RIDE!! See you all on the trails!
WinterBike began as a simple idea: Let’s put together an event to celebrate our biking community…on snow! When we threw the concept out there and received a resounding “Yes!” from all parties, we knew it was a go. And before long people were contacting Kingdom Trails and Mountain Bike Vermont to find out more information. The question remained, however: if we build it, would they come?
At 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 10th, we watched the line of cars trundle up a frozen dirt road in East Burke, Vermont – bikes swayed on roof racks, toothy grins gleamed from behind steering wheels and license plates announced visitors from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario. Riders had indeed answered our call to assembly!
And what an assembly it was. Nearly 100 riders joined us for the 8-hour event that included group rides on the famous Kingdom Trails, music, food, fire, beer, revelry, and a race that’s sure to become an annual fixture in Vermont – the IdeRide 6X, a six-man, snow-cross competition on a course designed by the state’s freeride ambassador Knight Ide.
There are many people and parties we need to thank but the first shout-out goes to Ol’ Man Winter. He’s been a fickle character this season but for WinterBike 2012 he delivered one of his best performances to date: perfectly packed snow under partly cloudy skies and a balmy 28 degrees. Long live Ullr!
Secondly, we have to thank our loyal biking brethren – the support you all show grassroots events such as this one is overwhelming. You guys rock! (And a very special thanks goes to Sean Ralph who drove the five hours from Ottawa, solo, and arrived early. Simply inspiring dude!)
Of course, all of this would not be possible without our sponsors. A huge thanks to Long Trail Brewery for their ongoing support. What would mountain biking be without beer? Road biking? Ryan, thanks for the vote of confidence in MTBVT. Jason, thanks for making the trip out.
To Vermont Smoke and Cure, thank you for the delicious sausages. They were a crowd favorite. And thanks to the Market Cafe and Catering for the other amazing local eats.
Howie and Tim over at Green Mountain Distillers, your Maple Liquor received a resounding “Mmmmmmm!” followed by “Just one more before we head out on another loop.” Thanks guys! And Dan at Trout River, you’ll be pleased to know your keg was drained first. Evidently bikers like liquid lunches. Thank you much!
It was difficult not to hoard all the socks Tom at Darn Tough Vermont donated. They’re so good! Everyone loves them. Darn Tough? Damn straight! And to our other clothing sponsors, Louis Garneau and The North Face, thanks for keeping us warm and looking runway ready.
High five to Jay Knecht at Scott Bikes. Not only did he give us some shwag for the event but he also provided the entertainment in the form of an epic bail during the IdeRide 6X.
Other donators included East Burke Sports, Onion River Sports, Earl’s Cyclery, Five Hills Bikes, and Iride. Thank you for keeping us moving forward in mechanical bliss. And an extra special thanks to Carrie, Chris and Chief at the Village Sports Shop for going above and beyond, donating schwag, sponsoring the T’s and leading rides. Right on!
Speaking of the ride leaders, you guys kick ass! You also kicked some of our asses. (Ahem, Ron Murray.)
Thanks to all our supporters in and around Burke including the private land owners, Burke Mountain, Burke Mountain Academy and the volunteers they provided, The Inn at Mountain View Farm, The Wildflower Inn, Lynburke Motel, East Burke Market and Junipers Restaurant. We are grateful for your generous contributions.
To the competitors in the IdeRide 6X, Hells yeah guys! That was some scary racing at times! Congrats to Brooke Scatchard for destroying all the conformists and taking away $300 and schwag. Brooke won every round by a long shot, on a Pugsley he modified with a lefty fork and swept handlebars that, rumor has it, he fabricated himself. Knight Ide and Ryan McEvoy came in 2nd and 3rd respectively and we have to thank Knight again for dreaming up the 6X in the first place. Thanks for keeping us on our toes by constantly pushing the envelope.
To Dale and Darcy, we thank you for providing the acoustic music by the fire. Your tunes are catchy and enthusiasm contagious. And to the Nordic skiers, thanks for letting a bunch of two wheeling dirt bags tour around your territory. Feel free to skate ski our dirt trails any time.
Finally, a big high five goes out to the Kingdom Trails/MTBVT combo. Tim, Lilias, Ryan and crew, we truly go together like PB&J. Thanks for the awesome cooperation.
See you on the trails!