KILLINGTON RESORT REVIEW
Images courtesy of Killington Ski Resort
Killington Resort Review
***Killington will require lift tickets to be puchased online and we highly recommend buying tickets ahead of time. A limited number of lift tickets are available for purchase each day and while there may be tickets available for day-of purchase, it is not guaranteed. All guests will be required to reserve parking ahead of visiting the resort. Guests will be expected to boot up in their cars, rather than in the base lodges. For the latest on Killington's covid operating guidelines check their Winter 2020-21 Winter Experience Page.
Killington lives up to its title "The Beast of the East" — it's the only Eastern resort to host an Alpine World Cup event, the second highest peak in the Northeast and has the most skiable acres. With an average annual snowfall of 250+ inches, and snow-making covering 70% of its terrain, it's consistently one of the first in the East to open (think Thanksgiving skiing) and the last to close (typically around Memorial Day). With 7 peaks, (including Pico), 155 runs and 6 terrain parks, Killington has something for everyone. During the 2018-19 season Killington benefited from the largest single year capital-investment of the past 20 years with big upgrades to the traffic flow and lift infrastructure.
All of this is easily accessible. Killington is part of the Ikon Pass and just under three hours of driving from Boston. From New York, the trip can take over 5 hours even without traffic. Killington offers a variety of live music performances, breweries, the Billings Farm Museum and the Paramount Theatre. Young adults will be drawn to Killington for its late night après ski offerings and terrain parks, which Ski Magazine considers to be among America's best.
Snow-Making & Grooming
Extreme / Off-Piste Terrain
On Mountain Dining
Killington partners with Snow Operating to provide an amazing beginner experience called Terrain Based Learning; Beginners tend to get up and running a lot faster here
Home to some of the best ungroomed skiing and steep terrain in the East. Glades, bumps and trees, oh my!
One of the liveliest après ski scenes in Vermont — The Wobbly Barn goes until the sun comes up
College students can get a season pass for $369 — one of the best deals around
The access road is just that, an access road. There is no real town outside of Rutland 20 minutes away or Woodstock and Ludlow, both 30 minutes away
Crowds. Lift lines can be very long and some areas bottleneck (e.g., the Gondola to Killington Peak) during the holidays and on powder weekends
Lift tickets are relatively more expensive (~$115/day) than surrounding resorts. Consider the “ski and stay” packages or the Ikon Pass for greater value
The sheer size and number of trails here can be hard to navigate, especially for those just starting out. The layout makes it easy to end up at the wrong base or with a long walk
Head to Pico Mountain, a 5 minute drive or shuttle away and included within the Killington lift ticket. Crowds tend to be smaller here and you may even find fresh powder in the trees.
Avoid the K-1 and Ramshead Gondolas. Follow our Trail Guide to uncover the best slopes while minimizing wait times
The layout, with multiple base areas, can be confusing. To ensure you finish in the right spot, refer to the color of your lift ticket tie as it will match to your lodge or parking lot of origin
On busy days, head to the glades for the best conditions. Don't worry, anyone can ski the trees at Killington; glades range from greens, like Treezy, to Double Blacks, such as Devil's Den
Looking for a challenge? Bear Mountain has a good variety of steeper trails. In the spring, Killington hosts the famous Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge on Outer Limits
For an in-depth breakdown of Killington's terrain, head to our Mountain Guide. Top trails and mountain stats included.