KT Trail Update

April 15, 2014  

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The Kingdom Trails Nordic Adventure Center is closed.  We are now back at the Summer time Welcome Center in East Burke Village. During the month of April our hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8AM-4PM until we open for the summer season.

The goal is to open for the summer season on May 1st – However… with the amount of snow that we have as of now, we will probably not open til later in May.  We will update as we can.

Nordic Ski, Snowshoe and Fatbike trails are CLOSED  

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 while you use the Kingdom Trail network.  We work hard to provide world class trails for you to enjoy.

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. You can make a donation through our store……..or send check to Kingdom Trails, PO Box 204 East Burke, Vermont 05832

 Call us at 802.626.0737 for information

Winterbike 2014 Video Recap

March 11, 2014  

 Winterbike 2014 was a blast!  Check out the video recap…

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Ski Vermont Reciprocal Nordic Program

December 22, 2013  

Ski Vermont Reciprocal Nordic Program

Kingdom Trails will be participating in the Ski Vermont Reciprocal Nordic Program again this year.

 

The program offers season pass holders from any participating Nordic area a one-time, complimentary trail pass for a single day of Nordic skiing or snowshoeing at any other participating Ski Vermont Nordic ski area.  Restrictions apply at some areas and season pass holders should all be encouraged to contact the Nordic resort they intend to visit for specific restrictions.

The following Nordic areas are participating in the Reciprocal program this year:

  • Blueberry Hill
  • Blueberry Lake XC
  • Bolton Valley Nordic Center
  • Brattleboro Outing Club
  • Kingdom Trails
  • Catamount Family Center
  • Craftsbury Outdoor Center
  • Grafton Ponds Nordic Center
  • Hazen’s Notch Association
  • Hildene Ski Touring Center
  • Jay Peak Nordic Center
  • Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation
  • Morse Farm Ski Touring Center
  • Mountain Meadows XC Center
  • Mountain Top Inn and Resort
  • Okemo Valley Nordic Center
  • Ole’s Cross Country Center
  • Rikert Nordic Center
  • Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski and Bike Center
  • Smugglers’ Notch Nordic Center
  • Stowe/Mt. Mansfield XC Center
  • Strafford Nordic Center
  • Stratton Mountain Nordic Center
  • Timber Creek XC Ski Center
  • Trapp Family Lodge
  • Viking Nordic Centre
  • Wild Wings Ski Touring Center
  • Woodstock Ski Touring Center

You may use your current Kingdom Trails Membership card as proof of KTA membership.  If you are wondering when your membership expires, you will find the expiration date on the back of your card in small print under the line where your name was written in at the time of purchase.

Burke Mountain Academy Nordic Midweek Training

November 21, 2013  

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

Winterbike 2013 Ride info

March 6, 2013  

 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

 

Nordic Tour

Leaders; Harry, Chief, Matt, Tim and Steve

Level; Moderate to advanced fitness

Ride Time; 2 hrs plus aid station hang out time

 

Beginner Tours

Self-guided and on-going

****Kingdom Trails staff will be available with maps and route suggestions for everyone all day****

Winterbike 2013 Schedule of Events

March 4, 2013  

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

8:00

  • Registration/ Check in at the Kingdom Trails Dashney Farm Nordic Center

  • Cider Doughnut Consumption

  • Warm-ups with Skye Nacel of Mocean 365

9:00

  • Group Rides Disperse

  • Fat Bike demos start

10:00

  • On trail Aid Station opens…  VT libations, snacks and entertainment around a fire on the trail

11:30

  • Market Café opens at the Nordic Center

1:00

  • Sugar on Snow at the Nordic Center

2:00

  • 6X Race

4:00

  • Awards PARTY!!!

 

2013 Bill Koch League Schedule

December 12, 2012  

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)

1-19 KT

1-26 BMA

2-2 KT

2-9 BMA

2-16 KT

2-23 BMA

3-2 KT

3-9 BMA (2nd Time Trials, Potluck & Games)

NEKNC Bill Koch League Kick-off Event!

December 12, 2012  

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.

 

 

The Green Mountain Showdown!!!

October 8, 2012  

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.

tickets: http://greenmountainshowdown2012.eventbrite.com/
info: http://mtbvt.com/calendar/green-mountain-showdown-2012
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/288672454572625/?ref=ts

 

NOTE from the KTA Trails Manager, CJ SCOTT – May 2012

May 9, 2012  

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!