With greater snowfall than some Rocky Mountain resorts and a vertical drop that incites envy, you’d be well advised to take this Vermont ski area seriously. Nicknamed “The Beast of the East,” the mountain has all the east-coast ski staples: moguls, tight trees and terrain parks. But arrive thinking that is all it offers and you’ll get served — with 250” of freshies each season, grin-inducing glades, and 1,500 acres spanning six peaks.
Welcome to Killington — hope you brought your big boy skis.
Address: 4763 Killington Rd, Killington, VT 05751
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Vertical Feet: 3,050
Base elevation: 1,165 feet
Number of Trails: 155 named trails (28% beginner, 33% intermediate, 39% expert)
Number of Lifts: 22 – (2) high-speed gondolas, (5) detachable quad chairlifts, (4) fixed-grip quad chairlifts, (3) triple chairlift, (2) double chairlift, (3) surface lifts (3) magic carpets
Parks & pipe: 6 parks — including Burton’s “The Stash” which has more than 50 mountain-inspired features, and 1 to 2 pipes, with the super pipe dependent on the season
Average Snow: 250″
Snow making: 600 acres
Ticket prices at the window: Adult: $89, Youth: $69, Senior: $76, Unlimited season pass: $1099 (adult). View Liftopia deals.
This year’s improvements – what’s new?
The Peak Lodge, built in the 1960s, was replaced with a new, $7 million, 15,000 square-foot facility. From it, up to 300 folks can enjoy views of five states (and Canada!) from Vermont’s highest structure (4,100’) while eating food served fresh from local farms, grabbing a drink from the full bar or getting cozy in the lounge areas’ leather couches. Cool factor: The building makes use of Killington’s Cow Power Program which converts manure from local Vermont farms into electricity.
Resort Trivia/Random Facts: The ticket wicket (metal wire guests thread through pant loop or zipper, then attach ski ticket to) was invented by a Killington Resort employee.
Ski School Offerings (click for more info):
- Youth Programs
- Adult programs
- Private Lessons
Activities Other than Downhill Skiing: Cross-country skiing, dog sledding, lift-serviced tubing, sleigh rides drawn by snowcat, snowmobile tours, snowshoeing, spa services, shopping
Year-round Offerings: 18-hole championship golf course, 45 miles of mountain biking, 15 miles of hiking trails, scenic gondola rides, Summerfest activities, disc golf, spa, dining
Average On-Mountain Lunch Price (winter): Sandwiches run about $10
You can’t do better than local knowledge when it comes to getting the goods. Here’s what two locals, Merisa and Michael, claim are the “Best of” at Killington:
Best Place to Park:
Skyeship Base Lodge: Warmest place to be on a cold morning, there are no screaming children waiting for lessons, and your last run is a nice long one down Great Eastern (and you’ll be the last one off the mountain). -Merisa
First Chair/Run You Should Ski:
Highline: If the Killington Mountain School isn’t here yet, make sure you get this run in before they set up. -Merisa
Snowdon Quad, K-1 Express Gondola, and the Superstar Express Quad are reliable favorites for first chair from the main base areas on a powder day. Some of the best first-tracks runs are Conclusion or Chute (from Snowdon), Cascade (from K-1) and Superstar and Ovation (from Superstar). –Michael
What time to be first tracks on a pow day:
5:30am: Take advantage of Killington’s new Uphill Travel Policy and earn that first run of pure, quiet powder instead of stressing out in the lift line. -Merisa
Best Powder Stashes:
There are many, but our gladed trails such as Julio, Juanita, Somewhere, Nowhere, Lowrider, and Big Dipper are all local favorites. Historically, powder fills in the “canyon” area serviced by the Canyon Quad and North Ridge Triple so runs like Double Dipper, East Fall (especially the steep lower section), Rime and Reason are all great powder runs. -Michael
Best Tree Runs:
Squeeze Play on Ramshead: Honestly. The trees are wide, the soft is usually wicked good; kind of like our own little version of Steamboat. -Merisa
Lowrider is one of my personal favorites, but Devil’s Den is a fantastic rock garden that is one of our steepest runs at Killington. It needs a lot of natural snow to open, so powder hounds flock there when ski patrol drops the rope. -Michael
Secret Hike-To Spots:
Top of the Bear mountain quad: Take advantage of lift closures and hike up to the top of Bear Mountain from the top of Bear Claw. You’re guaranteed some personal time with the world famous Outer Limits and Devil’s Fiddle trails. -Meris.
The summit of Ramshead Mountain is not serviced by the lift, so a quick 15-minute hike to summit from the top of the chair provides access to untouched powder on storm days. –Michael
Having lived here her whole life, Merisa is the go-to girl when finding out what to do around Killington.
Most Convenient Airports: Burlington
Best Place for Apres: The Killington Access Road: Drive down the road and find a place that has a good looking sign and start drinking. Proceed to the next bar down the road and repeat — the party will follow you!
Best Nightlife: Thursday nights at the Pickle Barrel: Original bands like Twiddle and Rustic Overtones draw out the locals.
Best Place to Eat: Birch Ridge Inn: A great meal in an elegant Vermont atmosphere. Eight tables, a beautiful bar and great room lounge. It’s like walking into the movie White Christmas (minus Bing Crosby).
Best Value Play for Food & Drinks: Baja Burrito: Half price burritos from 3-5. You will definitely see the young local crowd chowing down on Margarita Mondays.
Most Interesting Place to Eat: Sushi Yoshi: Chinese, Japanese and Hibachi should find something fun for everyone — and who would have thought to get great sushi in Vermont? Try the Mika Roll; because you can’t go wrong with kiwi and mango sauce. They also have a sweet lunch special.
Best Place to Recover: Killington Yoga at Base Camp Outfitters: Run by a PSIA Telemark Examiner & certified Yoga Instructor Karen Dalury, Killington Yoga will help your body recover so you can ski the next day.