Mount Snow has been a leader in lift-served downhill mountain biking for years, well before the sport saw the explosion of lift-served parks. It is the premier place for downhill mountain biking in Vermont--perhaps on the entire east coast. Mt. Snow offers access to trails via its Summit Local and Canyon Express from Memorial Day to Columbus Day weekend, and has terrain geared toward beginners as well as advanced riders, including park-style riding. Overall, 45 miles of trails twist their way down Mt. Snow.
The largest ski resort in the east is also one of the east's premier downhill mountain biking destinations. Killington offers over 45 miles of trails accessed by the K-1 Gondola, with over 1,700 feet of vertical. The resort also includes a Kona mountain biking park (Kona is a worldwide leader in freeride parks). Killington's late ski season means a later mountain bike season that lasts from late-June until mid-October.
In Vermont's north, Sugarbush is the place to go for downhill mountain biking. With 18 miles of trails over nearly 1,600 feet of vertical, Sugarbush's network includes trails for all abilities. Access is provided via the Super Bravo Lift. For the past few years, Sugarbush has also continually dedicated resources to making its Freeride Park bigger and more challenging with jumps, bridges, logs and teeters. Sugarbush has also been making continual additions and improvements to its downhill network. Season runs from late-June to mid-October.
Downhill mountain biking events are held throughout the summer within various Vermont resorts. Many of Vermont's biggest mountain biking events have been located in Mount Snow. The National Off-Road Biking Association (NORBA) has held championship events at Mount Snow since 1988. Outside of Mount Snow, events like the 24 Hours of Killington take place annually.