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post #1 of 24
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Hey all,

I am trying to plan a trip out to Killington mid March. I am currently in Baltimore, and have never ventured out to Vermont. So I wanted to ask those of you who have been to Killington from mid Atlantic region, what the best way of traveling would be. Our group will be about 5-6 people. We are open to driving or flying, but we just don't knwo where to fly into, and wheather we need to rent car when we land, and so forth.

For lodging, we will probably just get the cheaper end of the deal from Killington's own resort search. (unless you know of any good (budget) motels or inns near by!!)

thank you in advance for your help!

Dan.
post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by volklmania View Post
Hey all,

I am trying to plan a trip out to Killington mid March. I am currently in Baltimore, and have never ventured out to Vermont. So I wanted to ask those of you who have been to Killington from mid Atlantic region, what the best way of traveling would be. Our group will be about 5-6 people. We are open to driving or flying, but we just don't knwo where to fly into, and wheather we need to rent car when we land, and so forth.

For lodging, we will probably just get the cheaper end of the deal from Killington's own resort search. (unless you know of any good (budget) motels or inns near by!!)

thank you in advance for your help!


Dan.
Don't waste your time at Killington.

Fly into Burlington and ski at Stowe. Prices are virtually the same, skiing is mucho better......
post #3 of 24
Uh, that's not a bad idea.

You can drive to Northern VT in about 6-7 hours. How long and how much is the flight and rental car or transport ?
post #4 of 24
WOW one tip for you is that there is no cheap way to stay on Killington. You're looking at several thousand for that many people... The clear water inn on VT100 about 6 miles past the access road has $50 per night rooms if you want to go cheap. Driving there will take more like 8-9 if the weather/traffic is decent (I used to drive to Baltimore all the time from here and it usually took 6 hours, and it's all of 2+ hours from here to Killington) so if you can find a cheap flight from BWI to Burlington, that may be a good idea. Those combined, you should be able to have a cheap and easy trip.
post #5 of 24
I'm headed there M-F of next week. K'tn sells e-tickets from their website that offers discounted rates. Midweek 5 day is $280. We are staying at the Inn of the 6 Mountains which is on access rd and has shuttle service. ONe of our group is a travel agent and he got a good deal for us.
You didn't say how long or weekend/weekday.
Driving's about 6 from Philly via NY thruway.
K'tn offers much terrain for all levels and good apre. I don't agree with the total diss of it.
post #6 of 24
I like Killington too, esp at that time of year when you should have lots of elbow room. Nice variety of terrain at the int-adv level. With the size and budget of your group you should drive. The money you save on airfare will pay for a condo for a week. I believe the nearest airports are a couple hours away anyway. Nonstop drive from Charm City would be about 9hrs.
post #7 of 24
Killington is a nice mountain especially during the week. I would personally drive up rather than fly and then rent a car and travel some more by road to get the Killington. It would also allow you to maybe go down to charming Woodstock, VT for one evening or not-so-charming Rutland, VT.

There is one cheap place to stay in Killington, but I can't recall the name. It's on Route 4, a mile or so down from Skyeship Express Gondola. If you search the archive, you should be able to find the name. But it's something like $40 for a room and even less for a bed in the dorm.
post #8 of 24
With 5-6 people. driving is the way to go. Just price airfare and rental car for that many and it will be obvious. Will take at least 8-9 hours from Baltimore.

Check out packages (lodging and tickets) on the Killington website. Cheaper than doing each separately. You should be able to find a nice condo plus lift tickets for around $100/day/person midweek. There are also some good midweek rates (less than $100/night for a double) at some of the inns and motels along the access road and Route 4.
post #9 of 24
Amen to driving. You need a car when you're there anyway.

Lodging: http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/vermont#4558

Never skied Stowe but having skied Killington and also skied Sugarbush / Mad River - and read enough about Stowe / Smuggs, I would NOT head for Killington again - it would be Sugarbush/MRG for sure, or maybe Stowe/Smuggs if I wanted to spend the extra drive time. Whatever the stats are in terms of trail count, acreage, etc., SB/MRG area is, in my mind, just a nicer place to be.

Now to duck and cover...
post #10 of 24
don't stay anywhere on the access rd unless you are going to party party party. There are cheap motels on rt 4 and in Rutand. $50-60 now plus tax
I know someone who just paid $65 w. tax at Kill/ Pico motor lodge on Rt 4.
I have never been there but it's old.

I recommend the Rodeway Inn on N Main St.(rt 7) in Rutland. It's about $50 plus rip off Vt tax. ..little more on weekends. The beds are good, control your own elctric heat. bathrooms have been renovated and excellent housekeeping..all the other cheap places suck.

and don't forget to give Pico a try, your Killington ticket works there. Nice place to get away from crowds and snow keeps better there. Nothing too hairy like at Kill but they have blacks.
post #11 of 24
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and don't forget to give Pico a try, your Killington ticket works there. Nice place to get away from crowds and snow keeps better there. Nothing too hairy like at Kill but they have blacks.
The lift ticket price at Pico is also much lower. They're on a 5-day operating schedule so you're out of luck on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

There aren't many Killington lift ticket deals out there this year. Unless you know an employee who can get you their family and friends discount or somebody who gets vouchers for volunteer work like race crew, you're stuck paying a premium price for your lift tickets. Their direct to lift product saves a little so you should take a glance at their web site to balance it against just buying a multi-day lift ticket. You should also see if Killington has any ski + stay promotions going on.

You can also keep an eye on eBay. As we get into March, the price will be dropping for vouchers people received for turning in their day ticket in the first hour. Recently, they were going for something north of $60.00 including shipping.
post #12 of 24
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K'tn sells e-tickets from their website that offers discounted rates. Midweek 5 day is $280.
K'tn offers much terrain for all levels and good apre. I don't agree with the total diss of it.
I guess you don't. 5 days?? - there are other places to visit. Get out of the suburbs, head up to Sugarbush or MRG.
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
Everyone, you guys have been very helpful with your responses. They made my trip planning much smoother, although now I am torn between Stowe and Killington. I think the budget is the first thing, then the actually resort, slopes and snow itself.

Hm... so I found out that lodging with the killingtons own vacation package will cost 4 of us about 700 dollars for 4 nights. this gets us at Killington Accomodations Condo, 1 Bedroom with Queen bed, Kitchen, livingroom with queen size sofa bed, bbq grill, Tv, DVD all that. so i think that is a pretty good deal. I have not looked into Stowe or other places, but you guys really think if I were to ski 3 days, Killington's isn't the best place?

We will be skiing from March 19th through 21st.
post #14 of 24
Skip K-mart, go to the other places suggested.
post #15 of 24
Killington is great! Was there last week and had a blast. Lots of good challenging runs, Killington lodging is great, especially the ski in/ski out on bear mountain. I think it's the best mountain in the East.
post #16 of 24
I will be at my Killington condo from March 9 through 21. I have been putting 20-40 days in at Killington for the last 10 years and not bored yet. For 4 days between Killington and Pico, you will have more than enough variety to keep you happy. As was noted above, Pico is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Note tickets there are $49 vs. $76 at Killington, so it doesn't make sense to use a multi-day Killington ticket there.
post #17 of 24
killington is about an hour and a half south of stowe by way or i89 ((a little more so if you shoot straight up rte 100)) so if k-town isn't to your liking then it's a pretty reasonable and scenic drive north.

one advantage to stowe is it's a 45 minute drive into burlington, our bustling metropolis ((not to say rut-vegas doesn't hold a special place in my heart )) b-town is an extra hour from killington. if you chose to fly in, you'd come to the burlington international airport so the drive to your destination would vary.

if you do get into burlington for dinner i highly recommend A Single Pebble - hands down best gourmet chinese food i've ever had. if you're in stowe try Hana for hibachi-style fun or if your party needs a apres-ski brew try The Shed and try their mountain ale.

either way, you can't go wrong with vermont!
post #18 of 24
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Killington is great! Lots of good challenging runs, I think it's the best mountain in the East.
: 4 posts. What's the Epic equivilent of JONG? From NYC no less. Perfect.

No doubt the best mountain in the East. :
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Iminuit View Post
Killington is great! Was there last week and had a blast. Lots of good challenging runs, Killington lodging is great, especially the ski in/ski out on bear mountain. I think it's the best mountain in the East.
Where else have you been? MRG, Stwoe and Sugarbush would a trip like this one over the top. 5 days at Killington - he's not part of the British Invasion
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by volklmania View Post
I have not looked into Stowe or other places, but you guys really think if I were to ski 3 days, Killington's isn't the best place?

We will be skiing from March 19th through 21st.
$700 is pretty cheap. Does that include lift tickets? Check Stowe out but don't sweat it too much. You and your crew will enjoy Killington just fine.

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Driving probably makes the most sense. You might need a car anyway. Though, if you could figure out a way to get to the Killington condo, you might not need a car once you are there. The drive from Burlington to Killington is probably 2 hours. If you want to fly and are going to Killington, you could fly into Albany, NY and drive a rental car to Killington.

If you are going to fly into Burlington, look at Jay Peak, which is 1 h north. I think there are economical deals there.

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either way, you can't go wrong with vermont!
Very true.
post #21 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,
I just want you all to know how helpful you have been.

So we decided to take the plane because none of us have a big car, and we don't want to take more than 1 car.

The plane ticket from baltimore to albany NY cost us 130 each from southwest. Then we are gonna rent a full sized SUV from National for 3 days at 300 bucks, so 75 bucks per person (4 person trip)

We booked 3 nights at Trail Creek Condo (which was rated very high on TripAdvisor Traveler Rating), and got ski 3/4 days lift ticket for 1500 for 4 people---> 375 bucks per person.

then Gas, Food, Beer for about 150 bucks a person for 3nights 4 days.

So we are spending 730 bucks per person to fly to albany, rent car to drive to killington, eat and drink, ski 3 days, and stay at a condo for 3 nights.

I think it's a good deal.
It all happened quickly due to all of your help.
THanks,

See you in Vermont!
post #22 of 24
I think you'll have a great time and it looks to be a pretty good year for spring skiing in Vermont.
Maybe this would have fouled up your package deal on lodging/tickets etc. and maybe I'm just more of a road warrior, but I would have rented a car from Balt and driven up to avoid air travel costs/hassles. Travelocity query returned a minivan to/from BWI for 3/18-22 at $203 total.
post #23 of 24
I think you've got a decent deal there. Killington is plenty big enough with the terrain and challenge for everyone. If you get bored with it then drive an hour up to Sugarbush. (Or MRG if you're all bump/tree skiers.)
post #24 of 24
Trail Creek is a nice complex. Nice sized units and very close to the mountain (shuttle out, ski back). I think you will be pleased.
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