Killington Ski Vacation Guide

You would consider 10 miles to be a fairly long run or a good, long ride on your bicycle. What would you say to a ski run at a virtually endless ski marathon of 54,000 feet? And all this atop 250 inches of marvelous dry Vermont powder, which is one of the deepest packs in the Northeastern United States!

Ski Levels

This truly mind boggling run can only be found at Killinton where experts will revel in the extreme levels of discipline and skill required to reach the bottom of Cascade, Downdraft, Ovation, Superstar, Outer Limits, Giant Killer, Skyelark, Bittersweet, Devil's Fiddle, Double Dipper, and Big Dipper Glade in one piece. Intermediates love the runs that are specially suited for mid level skills such as Fortyniner, Chute, Conclusion, Highline, Cruise Control, Caper, and Bunny Buster. Killington features Snowshed which is what could easily be the ultimate learner's area but watch out for hot dogs swooping through at Mach II. Bonanza over on Pico is much less trafficked and more isolated.

Killington’s advanced level Terrain Park is situated on Bear Mountain and features hits, rails and boxes on Bear Trap and Wildfire. Just when you thought that was more than challenging enough, you can then proceed onto the 425-foot-long superpipe with 18-foot walls. This park has two differently sized approaches, eight jumps, six rails, and plenty of exciting expert level features. Timberline Terrain Park, at Rams Head, is the intermediate's park with table tops, rails, hits and boxes that are appropriate for the skill level but still maintain that adrenalin level up. Reason Terrain Park is a good beginner level park with a Reason-able selection of rails, boxes and some hits that are perfect for the neophyte. Easy Street is primarily a children’s' Terrain Park with features to suit their size and skills. Killington Ski School uses the modern and effective Perfect Turn training process, which gets amazing results with skiers at all discipline levels. The First Timer Package is great for kids or adults getting their first experience with skiing. The instructors will also provide master lessons for experienced and expert level skiers.

Après Ski

Killington has truly amazing restaurants right by the slopes. When you want to celebrate your promotion to Executive Vice President, take the whole family to Hemingway's, the Red Clover Inn, Maxwell's Restaurant at The Summit, or the Vermont Inn. It will cost as much as a new plasma TV to feed the gang but it will be worth it. If you're a little less extravagant with your dining budget, some excellent family friendly choices include Outback Pizza, Pizza Jerks, Johnny Boys Pancake House, Sun Up Bakery, and Wally's All American Diner which serves what could be the biggest and most affordable breakfast in New England.

The Killington area, like the rest of the astounding state of Vermont, is a wintertime paradise that needs to be experienced in all its snowy beauty, and one of the best ways to see the far backcountry is by renting a snowmobile from Killington Snowmobile Tours. They have hot sports models and bigger, more comfortable sleds if you want to give the kids a real thrilling ride through the meadows and valleys.

Killington Snowboard Vacation Guide

Rider’s Guide

Killington is a Vermont ski resort that makes a lot of the other resorts in the region look like kiddy toboggan hills. Killington is an absolutely enormous, six mountain resort with more than 20 lifts, including hi-speed quads and gondolas that take visitors to their more than 140 trails. The resort averages about 250 inches of powder annually and also has snowmaking abilities for 600 acres. The 140+ trails are evenly distributed between all ability levels and riders and freestyle skiers of all skill levels are well represented. Killington proudly houses an impressive grooming fleet that grooms 50% to 80% of open terrain nightly. They also leave numerous runs untouched specifically for mogul enthusiasts, including Outer Limits one of the steepest, longest mogul slopes in all of the East Coast.

Parks and Pipes

Killington’s massive superpipe boasts 22 foot walls, is 500’ long and regularly maintained and cut by a top-of-the-line Zaugg cutter. The resort also houses four terrain parks. The Stash takes full advantage of natural terrain, local trees and incorporates all the creative elements the mountain has to offer, The Stash uses a variety of natural lines and features from natural wood wall rides and rainbow logs to log rides, hidden powder stashes and more. The Dream Maker is a medium sized terrain park that features more than 30 hits, rails and boxes, the flow of the park is almost, well, dreamlike. Timberline is the resorts beginner-to-intermediate park, with more than 20 smaller features that cater to novices and apprehensive intermediate boarders and freestyle skiers. Killington boasts an early season terrain park called Mouse Run which features a dynamic set of features to ride.

Out of Bounds

The Killington area, like the incredible state of Vermont, is a winter wonderland that is full of fun activities to discover. Choose from an absolutely magnificent number of thrilling outdoor activities such as ice skating, four-wheeling and off-roading, snowcatting, rock and ice climbing, cross country skiing, hot air ballooning, sledding, horseback riding, snow tubing, and snowmobiling with Killington Snowmobile Tours.

Hangout & Hookup

For après ski right at the slopes guests head to the Long Trail Brew Pub at Snowshed, Mahogany Ridge at the Killington Base Lodge, or the Bear Mountain Lounge at the Bear Mountain Base Lodge. In town, The Wobbly Barn is a popular choice amongst locals, or head to the Pickle Barrel Nightclub which boasts great live music and entertainment. There are also many other options in the surrounding towns that are guaranteed to provide everything from a mellow and relaxing après ski environment to a rowdy and raucous night out on the town.

The Deal

The closest airport is Logan International in Boston, MA and Killington resort can arrange a shuttle to pick passengers up from the airport to take them to the ski area. By Car, 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 drive 3.5 miles up Killington Road to the Snowshed Base Area on the left.