Overview of Killington Resort, Vermont
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Killington is affectionately called the Beast of the East, but don't let that scare you. The reality is this Vermont ski resort is the biggest in Vermont and eastern North America. Killington is big, and it boasts the longest ski season in Vermont opening as early as October and skiing till May - often Memorial Day. Killington opened first in the East 2016, on October 26! Killington is home to two high-speed heated gondolas, 12 quads and the world’s most extensive snowmaking system with 1,700 guns, 17 grooming cats and a pumping power of 12,000 gallons per minute of water. Killington has 155 trails and 22 lifts, with several base areas. Killington has a stunning new Peak Lodge at the 4,200' summit reached by the K-1 Gondola.
Killington offers skiing on six peaks, which can be confusing at first. Keep a trail map handy, and explore. For families, Ram's Head Family Center has everything you need from daycare to ski camp and its walking distance and an easy Drop Off from the Killington Grand Resort Hotel - the best slopeside hotel at Killington. Bear Mountain is home to Killington's big Terrain Parks, including the Dream Maker Terrain Park and the 22' Superpipe where Killington hosts the annual Dew Tour among other big ski and snowboard events. Killington even has an all natural feature terrain park Burton Stash - located in the woods off Killington's Bear Peak. The most classic time honored trails at Killington are off the K-1 gondola that takes you from the KBL, central base lodge, to the 4,142' summit with spectacular scenery. you can see Ascutney (which is no longer open for skiing), Okemo, Stratton and Mount Snow in the distance on a clear day, sometimes even Magic Mountain. Killington's best trails like Cascade, Flume, and East Fall have good pitch and great views of the Green Mountains beyond and the base below.
Luxury ski lodging is plentiful in Killington, from ski in ski out condos at Sunrise to the Killington Grand Resort Hotel Killington - which has a huge outdoor heated pool with a view of the slopes. Many inns, condos, and hotels line the Killington Access Road and are located throughout the valley, In Mendon, The Red Clover Inn is charming, romantic and serves delicious skier breakfast and cozy fireside dinners in a beautiful Vermont setting.
If après ski and resort entertainment is a big priority, then Killington offers the best après ski party scene in New England. Along Killington's Access Road you will find après ski at The Foundry, Pickle Barrel, Wobbly Barn, Casey's Caboose or slopeside at Killington's Umbrella Bars - which are very European in design and popular on a sunny spring ski day.
Killington is owned and operated by Powdr Corp along with Copper Mountain in Colorado, Mt Bachelor in Oregon, Park City Mountain Resort in Utah and Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Killington and Powdr Corp. have brought big changes and big events like the Women's World Cup to the Big K - along with improved snowmaking, lodging, and the new Peak Lodge.
If you like quieter skiing then visit nearby sister ski resort Pico Peak - where you will find no lift lines, just pleasant Vermonters. Your Killington lift ticket is valid at Pico until the two ski resorts connect via trails and lifts you do need to drive the 10 minutes. Pico Resort offers ski condo lodging as well. Also, nearby Rutland offers several affordable chain hotels, motels, inns, and BnBs - but nothing too fancy.
Killington is The Beast of the East! I am not a great mogul skier, so when I had the chance to go down both a groomed Superstar and Outer Limits my first time here I was hooked! Cannot wait to head to Killington again this season.
Close to Boston and no long drive from the Interstate. Good selection of runs and no switching to Black Diamonds Knees can not handle them any more, All in all a Pleasurable event. Never disappoints