Killington Resort

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.

Elevation

Base
1165 feet
Base
Summit
4241 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
3076 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

Gondola & Trams
2
Gondola & Trams
High Speed Quads
5
High Speed Quads
Quad Chairs
4
Quad Chairs
Triple Chairs
3
Triple Chairs
Double Chair
1
Double Chair
Surface Lifts
6
Surface Lifts

Terrain

Beginner Runs
28 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
33 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
24 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
15 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
155
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
5
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
6 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
1509 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
500 acres
Snowmaking Area

Opening and closing dates

Season Open Date Close Date
2017/2018 11/09/2017 05/28/2018 (estimated)
2016/2017 10/25/2016 06/01/2017
2015/2016 10/18/2015 05/28/2016
2014/2015 11/03/2014 05/24/2015

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 19 - 64 $115
Child 6 & under Free
Child 7 - 18 $89
Senior 65 - 79 $98
Season Pass
(Unlimited Pass)
$1,179

Overall Rating

4.3 / 5 based on 45 reviews
Donald Ferraioli Jr

Make a trip or 2 up there every year. If I would win this pass I would be up there way more often. Great mountain, has everything I need to ride and great shops. People are well trained and very nice

Posted on Nov 11, 2017
Kenan Brijlall

Killington is an amazing resort for those in the tri-state looking to escape and hit some gorgeous groomers.

Snow making is the name of the game on the East coast and Killington sports the finest. They get their guns started early,and go well in to April. The grounds crew does a phenomenal job keeping the mountain in pristine shape all season long.

Killington's parks accommodate all skill levels, and probably has the only full half pipe on the East coast.

Great park for riders of all levels, but Killington does have some challenging terrian. If you're on the East, hit the Beast - you wont regret it.

Posted on Nov 08, 2017
Funzie Cioffi Jr

Varied terrain for all ability levels. Good food and apres ski for all ages, individuals,groups,families. Long season with good grooming.Good tree skiing without much snow - really good with lots of snow

Posted on Nov 07, 2017
Adam

Killington is a great mountain for the East. Living on Long Island it is the best major ski area within a reasonable driving distance. True Expert runs Great Woods and when they do get hit with snow
It can be almost as good as out west.
Great places on access road.
If they build a real village that would be a huge plus. Only negative weekends are a little too crowded although if you know the mountain you can escape.

Posted on Nov 07, 2017
Bob zazzera

Best place to ski in the Eastern United States.
(Best Variety, Snow product,Best Grooming, Best Recovery from bad weather conditions, By far the best place to ski Mid-Week, Best Night life)

Posted on Nov 06, 2017
Jusheng wang

Very excited for coming season! I saw the first day LIVE in killington resort, that was remarkable! Can’t wait to go to snowboard there! Looking for ward to spending time in the snow heaven!

Posted on Nov 09, 2017
Vlad Kuzmin

Killington is excellent for early season and late season and everything in between. Guys are doing a very good job making and maintaining snow in difficult north eastern conditions. Always a good time apres skiing too.

Posted on Nov 07, 2017
Jonathan Steinmann

With the ultimate variety of terrain, you’ll never get bored of the beast of the east. It’s a must visit location for all east coast skiers. From miles and miles of greens to wild double black diamonds, this place has it all while boasting the longest season in the region. Check it out!

Posted on Nov 07, 2017
Darin

Wow, what an amazing place to ski and ride. Unbelievable amount of terrain to ride for an east coast mountain. Staff is amazing and local. So is the BEER!!! Chat with the locals and get the scoop on the “unspoken” spots to ride on the mountain.

Posted on Nov 06, 2017
Taylor aguirre

Killington is great overall for the east coast. Great place to learn to ski and can quickly advance. Also great for beginners in park terrain if that is something that interests you.

Posted on Nov 06, 2017