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Killington

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Trail Map
Trail Map
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Conditions
249 inches average annual snowfall 
Exposure is mainly north and east

 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

Burlington International Airport

 

JETBlue, US Airways, Continental, United and Delta.
Major car rental agencies are available at the airport.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
 
Killington Resort is located in central Vermont at the junction of US 4 and VT 100 North in Killington, 11 miles east of Rutland. From the Killington sign on Route 4 (across from Bill's Country Store) drive 3.6 miles up the Killington Road to Snowshed Base Area on left. Most of the group ticket sales outlets and related services are located in the Snowshed area.
 
Additional Base Areas include Bear Mountain, Skye Ship Gondola Base, Killington Base Lodge, and Ramshead Base Lodge.  Ramshead is located directly across the access road from Snowshed and there is a short pedestrian/ski tunnel under the access road.  Ramshead is the home to all the kid's programs.
 
The Killington Base Lodge is 1 mile up the access road from Snowshed and Ramshead.  Think of this as a day lodge.
 
Skyeship Gondola Base is right on US 4 a few miles before the access road if you are driving from Woodstock.  For day trips with your own skis, this is a convenient parking location saving you the drive up the access road.
 
Bear Mountain Base is located up the mountain from the Skye Ship Base Area.  Bear Mountain Base provides quick access to the rest of the mountain via the Skye Peak Express Quad.
 
For those with GPS technology, Killington's Latitude is 43.6775, Latitude DMS is 43 deg 40' 39N. Longitude is -72.7803, Longitude DMS 72 deg 46' 49W.
 

 

Lodging
Lodging
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Killington managed properties

 

Studios to 3 bedroom suites. 10

$135

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$1356

The Vermont Inn
69 Route 4
Mendon, Vermont 05701

 


Bed and Breakfast with Parlor and lounge with fireplaces, Award-winning restaurant, Reading room, Hot tub, Sauna, Fireplace rooms, Masseuse by appointment, Game room with air hockey, pool, and ping-pong, Discounted day passes to Pico's full service Fitness Center for all Vermont Inn guests. Includes access to their indoor heated lap pool, hot tubs, nautilus equipment, and weight training machines, Free Wi-Fi on the first floor and many areas of the Inn, Breakfast included - Full country breakfast from a Menu with a daily pancake and omellete special
4

$145

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$240

Killington Motel
1946 Rt 4
Killington, VT 05751

Standard rooms include extra-long double beds or one queen bed with sofa. Family Suites available. Our Hillside rooms include 2 queen size beds includes Complimentary breakfast, All rooms non-smoking, Direct-dial phone, Cable TV, Wi-Fi Internet, In-room refrigerators, Children's playground, Picnic areas, Deli, gift shops, and post office in walking distance. Children 12 and under stay free.
NA

$86

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$258

Turn of the River Lodge
5672 US Route 4
Killington, Vermont 05751
Private rooms-some with shared bath, Ski dorm bunk rooms, private cabin, continental breakfast, wi-fi, great room, shared refrigerator and microwave, game room and tuning room. 11

$20

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$145

Birch Ridge Inn

37 Butler Road

Killington, Vermont

05751

A true country inn, refined not rustic, the Birch Ridge Inn features 10 individually decorated rooms. Six guest rooms feature fireplaces with four fireplace rooms having whirlpool tubs for two. All guest rooms at the Birch Ridge Inn are nicely appointed with amenities discerning travelers have come to expect.    

 

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Dining
Killington Road has many restaurants suitable for families as well as for those occasions when you may want to leave the kids at home.  The following link is the Killington Chamber of Commerce web site where you can find a restaurant to suit your tastes.  My personal favorites are Birch Ridge Inn, Sushi Yoshi, and Charitys.
 
 

 

REAL ESTATE
 
 
 
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WHAT'S NEW
 
 
 
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SERVICES

 

Snowsports School

 

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COMING SOON - HOW TO SKI & RIDE KILLINGTON
 
 

 

Killington
Description:

Killington Resort posts the longest season in the eastern United States (October to June) and offers a tremendous variety of terrain on 7 mountains. The ski area is huge by the standards of eastern North America, covering 1,200 acres and the Big K also takes the biscuit for apres-ski options. The Killington access road features more than 100 restaurants, nightspots with live music and dancing, along with quiet bistros and inns. Bigger isn't always better and opinions about Killington run from burning hot to freezing cold. But for diversity and options, both on and off the mountain, few resorts can match what Killington offers.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent80%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet3
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad5
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola2
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts22
Lifts-Total lift capacity38,315 rides/hr.
Trails-1-Beginner28%
Trails-2-Intermediate33%
Trails-3-Advanced39%
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park5
Trails-6-Half pipe1
Trails-Total140
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run
General-Base elevation1165'
General-Vertical drop3050'
General-OwnerPWDR
General-Mountain rangeGreen Moutains
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds752 acres
General-Snow making coverage600 acres
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Quality terrain, great park

Cons: Still Killington

 I was a pass holder for a couple of years during the ASC years. With the new ownership and them not honoring the lifetime pass holders, I chose to boycott the Big K. After 3 seasons I went back. I did notice the place was much cleaner than the past but there was still the lousy mentality in seeing how people attacked the lift lines. The snowmaking and grooming was supposed to be improved, but after skiing Okemo the previous 2 days, they still aren't up to them. The new terrain park "The Stash" was cool in concept but I think the jumps were too big for the proximity to other features and the traffic that comes though the park. 

 

I won't be going back any time soon, I will either go south of there to Okemo or north to MRG/Bush. But I will not pay now for future development. 

Posted

Pros: big terrain

Cons: poor use of all the space; awkward layout

I went last spring right after a big dump, and I've got nothing bad to say about the snow or the grooming or the employees.


But, what struck me was how few runs there were considering it's the biggest area in VT.  LOTS of bumps, so if you're into that, good news.  But it seemed like you sometimes had to negotiate a bump run to get to a groomer -- and that seemed really odd and wrong.  I'm a strong advanced skier who doesn't want to do long bump runs at my age, and I felt limited.  For example, if you didn't want to do Superstar again for the 5th time, you really only had a choice of Ovation, which was steeply bumped up.  When you get off the K-1, it seems like you can only go double diamond or green.  What about a choice in the middle of the spectrum?
 

It's possible that I needed a local guide -- or that I needed to drop into the woods (I was alone, so I wasn't going adventuring too much).  But I skied the entire enchilada -- from Snowdon to Bear Mountain -- and I felt like I ran out of interesting and worthwhile terrain/trail choices.

 

For all the hoopla Killingtonites make, I was underwhelmed.

Posted

Pros: Variety of Terrain, Great Tree Skiing, Renewed Emphasis on Snowmaking, Big Improvements in Customer Service

Cons: Still need to know how move around the mountain, Ski it with someone who knows the mountain, older base facilities

The 2012 - 2013 winter was very good to Killington.  With abundant snow, consistent weather, the mountain was the first to open and the last to close in the East.  The Beast of the East, King of Spring, whatever you want to call Killington was back.  A new GM with a focus on snowmaking, operations, and customer service has begun to win back Killington diehards who thought the "mountain" had lost it's way.  The new Peak lodge is scheduled to open by the end of 2013 and after two seasons of no Peak lodge, it will be a welcome addition and the first completely "new" lodge since the opening of the Bear Mountain base area in 1980 (the now defunct Sunrise Base Lodge not withstanding).  There has been significant infrastructure expenditures over the past few years devoted to upgrading snowmaking pipes and guns.  This summer there is some necessary pruning and cleaning of deadwood from the many of the gladed areas within the area ski boundary.

 

While daily ticket window prices are high, there is ample opportunity to buy tickets on-line from Killington via "Express Cards" and K-tickets and you can save about 20% or more off the ticket window price.

Posted

Pros: Great beginner Trail - Jauggernaut

Cons: stays open even if not enough snow, not safety wise; overcrowded, overpriced and over rated

I will make this short - Killington used to be good top to bottom for beginners - with the 10mile Jauggernaut trail, but there was and still is the problem of out of control skiers, long lift lines, ridiculous waiting times for restaurants, and the high prices for everything and anything. There are no great deals and it is overcrowded. I used to like it at KILLINGTON, but I am tired of the mountain's non-concern for its patrons safety. If you want a great skiing experience, I suggest Stratton. Here the snow is always courderoy, grooming is usual, lift lines move quickly, food and nightlife is affordable and fun, you can get some really good deals early, late, and midweek - try Lift Line Lodge on the Mountain which is steps away. There are many amenties to choose from and they do not tolerate skiers/riders out of control - even if u are a season passholder. Everyone is knowledgeable, helpful, and respectful - you will receive excellent service all around from the time you book to the minute you leave. GREAT DEAL - GREAT SKIING - GREAT SERVICE !!!

Posted

Pros: Varied terrain, lots of snowmaking

Cons: a bit bland in terms of resort personality

 

Killington has a massively distributed set of runs for a Northeastern resort, and has tremendous snowmaking capabilities.  Generally there’s a good park.  I’ve been going here for the past 7 years, and it’s a fairly decent option.  The gold nugget that I like here is the run called Julio, but there has only been enough good snow for me to hit this run once in about 30 visits to the mountain.  It’s a steep gladed run that breaks off the side of Launchpad and winds its way down some great terrain, with twists and turns and enough incline to keep you really on your toes.  Sadly, the snow rarely hits this aspect well enough to give good coverage, and I scraped my base a couple times on rocks beneath the snow.  The facing wall also has some decent glades, without as much peril to your base.

 

There are good facilities and great bars/restaurants.  It’s the biggest ski experience in the northeast, so it has tons of high-priced infrastructure to go with the mountain.  Lifts are much faster than the average northeastern hill, but lines can get long, and there is a heavy contingent from NJ that seems to feel heavy drinking and skiing are the perfect pairing.  Overall, it’s a great hill, with lots of beginner terrain, some solid groomers and lots and lots of snowmaking.


Why do I prefer Jay Peak?  Mostly snow quality and the glades, but Killington’s much more easily accessible, and is rarely a miss for a good overall ski experience.

Posted

Pros: Huge Variety, Great Nightlife, Central Location, Demanding Terrain

Cons: Can be overcrowded sometimes. Needs upgrades--on and off mountain

I grew up skiing this mountain and it's still one of my absolute favorites. The combination of terrain and nightlife make it literally the Beast of the East. I'll break this review down into two categories....on and off mountain.

On Mountain: Killington continues to offer the best skiing variety in the East. From classic trails such as the Jug and Roundabout, to steeps like Outer Limits and Ovation, to long cruisers like Great Eastern--Killington offers something for everyone.  The layout has stayed the same for the past 20 so years, but they have done a great job of cutting trees and glading almost everything within bounds. This was a huge step for the mountain and has attracted many people who previously would have gone up to Jay Peak to do some tree skiing.  Bottom line is that whatever you are looking for, be it steeps, trees, cruisers, bumps, or flat/beginner trails, Killington provide it all.  They could use some lift upgrades--particularly the triple chairs at South Ridge and Snowdon--but what mountains couldn't use lift upgrades? Until everything is a high speed detachable, I don't think I'll ever be satisfied. 

Off Mountain:  Killington remains the go to spot for apre ski and nightlife. The Wobbly Barn and the Pickle Barrel continue to attract national acts (See Snoop Dogg a few weekends ago). The only complaint I have is that the quality of food on and off the mountain has not really changed too much--it's mediocre at best.  The base lodges could also use a serious facelift. I keep hearing rumors about ownership building a mountain community at the Killington Base, but who knows how long that will take. If they develop the lodges and try to improve the quality of food (which obviously would take a collective effort from all the restaurants and owners), I think they would see results. 

Off Mountain.

All in all Killington is as good as it gets in the East. Let's be honest here. When you think of skiing in the East, you think of Killington.   

Posted

Pros: Large vertical, long season, some actual challenging terrain

Cons: Often crowded, expensive, hubris

Pros:  Unlike its neighbors to the south (save Magic of course), Killington boasts some legitimate steeps and challenging terrain.  Outer Limits gets the most attention, but I skiing it, I thought Lower Ovation felt steeper.  Both are first class bump runs if they have good snow.  The woods off of the Bear Mountain Quad also proved exciting and had more natural terrain features than someone who imagines Killington as over-manicured might expect.  I also really enjoyed The Jug/Jug Handle. 

 

Cons: It's expensive and can be super crowded on the weekends.  I skied on a Sunday after snow and it was elbow to elbow at some points.  And the members of my group who had been there yesterday told me that it was WAY better than it had been on Saturday.  This is compounded by the fact that Killington doesn't seem to attract the most laidback clientele. 

 

Bottomline: If I lived in southern-central Vermont and was wealthy, I'd ski Killington Tuesday-Thursday when there'd be few people there and Magic would be closed.

 

Posted

Pros: huge, steep, middle of nowhere, great ride up.

Cons: gotta have the local knowledge for the good stuff

I love Killington.  Been taking the 3 hour trip up there for a while now.  They have plenty to offer for everyone.  The trip up is always scenic through the small Vermont towns.  The mountain itself is huge and gets a good amount of snow.  I park at Bear mountain which I recommend because its out of the way from the busy K1 area.  Then from there we have access to the entire mountain and there is plenty to choose from.  They have a sweet terrain park (Stash) and some awesome trails that even on the busiest days seem to be quiet (Needles Eye).  Also if you wanna do the overnight trip there is at least one good place to stay right down the road for cheap (like 55 bucks) and there are plenty of good places to eat at right on the main road.  Also Long Trail Brewery is down the road so it makes for something else to do if you get tired of skiiing.

 

The downside of the mountain is the expensive tickets so look for the deals before you go Groupon sometimes has deals or you can buy the Killington express card (they call it something new each year) and this will cut your ticket prices down but you have to plan on using it a few times.  

 

Its always a good time at Killington there is so much available if your willing to explore the mountain...but you might need a few days to do it! 

 

 

Have fun...