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Killington is one of the premier ski resorts in Vermont. The resort is known as ‘The Beast of the East’ as it’s the biggest, and highest, ski area of all the East Coast resorts, offering six mountains and over 1,500 acres of great terrain spread across 155 runs. The resort is renowned for its slope preparation and the immaculately groomed corduroy is perfect for advancing skiers to learn on. This is an intermediates playground with a network of terrain totalling over 70 miles of trails for you to explore!
With a fantastic snow record, and an on mountain snowmaking system that covers over 40% of the skiable acres, Killington (or the big K – as locals call it) offers one of the longest ski seasons in North America from mid-November through to the last weekend in May (and sometimes into early June).
The ski area extends across six heavily wooded mountains – Sunrise, Bear, Skye Peak, Killington, Snowdon and Rams Head and with such an extensive trail network the slopes at Killington offer something for everyone.
Roughly a third of the terrain is designated green and the resort has one of the best learning zones in the East, located on the lower slopes at the Snowshed area. In addition, learners will really enjoy the fact that there are green routes down from five of the six peaks, and runs like Great Northern and Great Eastern provide fantastic panoramic views for progressive learners.
A third of the mountain is designated ideal for intermediates. With long, quiet, tree lined trails that spread across the six peaks, Killington is a fantastic resort for intermediates to explore. Our favourite runs are on Rams Head Mountain which offers some great cruising. The resorts longest trail is called Juggernaut – a 6.2 mile trail that sweeps down the edge of the resort boundary from the top of Killington Peak.
The best skiing for advanced skiers is in the Canyons area off Killington Peak or at Bear Mountain. Bear Mountain has the toughest skiing on Outer Limits, where you’ll find the steepest mogul slope in the East. The Canyons area also offers steep skiing on runs like Double Dipper and Ovation.
With 250 inches of natural snow typically falling every season, Killington can get its fair share of powder days. When the snow rolls in, you’ll find some great powder runs in the designated tree runs and at Pico Mountain.
Your lift pass includes skiing at Pico Mountain, which is a 10 minute drive away (and can also be reached using the resort shuttle). This seventh mountain provides a further 468 acres of skiable terrain and nearly 20 miles of trails that are spread across 58 trails. Intermediates will love cruising on the trails of the Golden Express Quad, including Fool’s Gold, Prospector and Gold Rush.
In addition, your lift ticket ticket also gives you the option of skiing one of the days at the nearby ski resort of Okemo. Okemo Mountain Resort is located about a 40 minute drive away and offers a modern, quiet, family friendly resort with over 100 runs.
One of the unique aspects of Killington, is that there is no ski base village. Whilst there is a day lodge and some accommodation options that sit at the foot of the lower slopes, there is no skier village at the base of the mountain.
If you’re looking for lively nightlife, Killington will not disappoint. However, the only drawback is that all the apres ski action is located along the ski resort access road. The Killington Road is a five mile long strip which offers over a 100 bars and restaurants. The area is lively and commercial, particularly at weekends when the resort attracts weekenders from the big east coast cities. With no real focal point to the resort, we would recommend having a car to let you explore the many Cabaret clubs, discos, bars, restaurants and shops that the strip has to offer.
Killington is a great destination for your family ski holiday. It also has great late season conditions – making it the perfect choice for a family ski trip if your Easter holiday dates are fixed. Being located on the east coast of America, the resort benefits from a shorter flight time – with only a 4 hour time difference from the middle of March onwards.
As your destination airport will be on the eastern seaboard, it’s also possible to add on a City Stopover to take in the sights, activities and culture in either Boston or Montreal at the end of your ski trip.
Ski holidays to Killington are only offered on a fly-drive basis, so it makes a great destination if you’re thinking about a New England multi-resort road trip. It’s also a great option for a twin centre ski holiday combining your trip to Killington with skiing at Stowe, which is just 90 minutes away by car.