Killington Resort

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Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke
Pros
  • Biggest ski area in the East with 1,509 ac of skiable terrain!
  • Challenging glades and tons of trails with moguls
  • Best ski resort in Vermont for nightlife
  • Handy local shuttle bus means parking and getting on the slopes is simple
Cons
  • Confusing trail layout
  • Crowded slopes on powder days
  • Difficult for beginners to navigate between ski areas
  • Expensive lift tickets
  • On-mountain dining options aren't that great
Overall
4.5

Nicknamed the Beast of the East, Killington is not only the biggest in Vermont but also eastern North America. A wide variety of terrain spreads across seven peaks and extensive snowmaking makes it a great option for skiers and snowboarders. Being big isn't its only drawcard, the resort also has the longest ski season in Vermont, often from October to May!

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

Mid-January to Mid-March

Killington in January is generally colder while February and early March serve up the best chance of the great snow.

FLY TO

Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport

DRIVE TO

Killington Resort (30 minutes)

Killington (1-5 mi)

  • Most accommodation along Killington Road
  • Most convenient location to slopes and dining and nightlife options
  • Some lodging close to slopes but most a short bus ride away

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Pico Mountain (Walk)

  • Condos and hotels close to Pico Mountain lifts
  • Cheaper lodging than Killington
  • A bus ride away from Killington slopes

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Rutland (10-15 mi)

  • Affordable lodging compared to Killington and Pico Mountain
  • 25 minute drive to Killington Resort
  • Variety of grocery stores and shopping

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Woodstock (15-20 mi)

  • 35 minutes drive away
  • Range of local shops and charming atmosphere
  • Ideal for couples

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For beginners

Beginners will have plenty to choose from with green trails across the whole resort. For never-evers, the Snowshed and Ramshead are beginner areas are perfect for learning on. Our favorite for beginners though is Great Eastern. It has the most vertical here (2,552 ft) winding from the top of Skye Peak all the way down to the Skyeship base!

For intermediates

With blue trails running everywhere, intermediates are quite spoilt for choice at Killington. Snowdon Mountain has quite a few good intermediate runs while Skyelark to High Road and onto Bittersweet is our top run! Our ultimate ski area for intermediates though is at Pico Mountain. There are less crowds, longer trails and the terrain is more suitable for intermediates.

For experts

Advanced and Experts won't have any problems finding fun and challenging runs here! Head up to Killington Peak and the top of K-1 Express for some of the best expert terrain including steep bowl which has trees. Our favorite trails though include The Jug, Jug Handle and Breakway. These black diamonds see less traffic as it's in a relatively secluded section of the mountain, plus the snow here is better!

Find freshies

As the saying in the East goes "The goods are in the woods". Freshies are usually found in glades such as Big Dipper and Julio where the wind blows the powder into the trees. Glades are usually rated for advanced and experts so they don't get tracked out as quickly, plus the snow usually stays fresh even days after a storm.

Ditch the crowds

Unless it's very early or very late it's best to avoid the long lift queues at the K-1 Express and the Ramshead Express Quad on busy weekends. Instead of the K-1 Express, take the Snowdon Triple, ski down Killink and then hop aboard the North Ridge Triple, It'll get you close to the slopes off K-1 Express.

Non skiers

The Beast of the East is well known for its fantastic skiing but other than that, non-skiers might find themselves quite bored here. Besides the few winter activities here (snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling etc), there isn't much for non-skiers to do at Killington.

Families

The beginner terrain at the connected Snowshed and Ramshead base areas are the best spots for families. Ramshead is also the base for ski lessons and child care. There are also fun winter activities for the whole family to enjoy such as tubing and riding the Beast Mountain Coaster.

Killington Resort vs
Killington ResortJay Peak
beginner28 %20 %
intermediate33 %40 %
advanced24 %40 %
expert15 %-
total runs155 78
ski area1,509ac 385ac
summit elevation4,241ft 3,968ft
total lifts21 9
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$115 $64
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall88″ 226″

Killington Resort Reviews

Very Good 4.2 / 5
based on 55 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Very Good!4 / 5Aug 07, 2008
JJohn
Killington has a wide variety of terrain but it is a bit more tedious to travers about the mountain than is Vail.
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 22, 2007
PPerle
Being from Switzerland it is hard to compare anything to it, but now living in New York, its the closest snow area that I can recommend in the area! For NY area and surrounding, its the only place that I can recommend worth while traveling to. Enjoy!
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 26, 2007
JJennifer
It has good a variety of expert terrain and is a managaeble weekend drive from NYC.
Superb!5 / 5Sep 03, 2007
CCarol
The setup of the resort allowed up to be first of the lift many mornings so that we could enjoy the perfect conditions.
Average!3 / 5Apr 12, 2006
BBill
The main drag in Kilington is a nice place for diversity. A decent nightlife outside of the ski resort. Pretty close to some home breweries too.

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