The BASICS • 6 peaks ranging from 2,456ft – 4,231ft • 141 Trails • 23 chair lifts • 3 heated gondolas • 88 miles of trails • 250 inches (635 cm) Annual Snowfall • 10 on snow restaurants / eateries
Killington is one of the few Vermont resorts that really offer a wide variety of ski trails for all levels and abilities. You can find everything from well-maintained terrain parks, to meticulously groomed beginner trails, to invigorating double black diamonds – it’s the perfect blend for a family-friendly resort.
To get you started: the K1 gondola services Escape, Cascade, and a host of double black diamond and gladed runs from Killington Peak. If groomed trails strike your fancy, definitely take Juggernaut or Great Northern down the mountain. Like many East Coast resorts, Killington also has a strong mogul following. If you fall into this group, some of the best mogul runs to check out are: Upper Vertigo, Outer Limits, Superstar, and Devil’s Fiddle.
Depending on where you ski, each peak at Killington Resort offers a different experience. At Bear Peak, skiers are primarily mogul enthusiasts. Sunrise and Ramshead Peaks are the beginner areas with a host of easier groomed trails. And at the K1 gondola on Killington Peak, you will find the crowds – as this is a main area where people congregate. If you’re mostly interested in avoiding crowds overall, definitely try skiing Killington on a weekday during the non-holiday season. Because of its wide-ranging terrain options (backcountry is limited), its central location, and the number of skiable acres, Killington tends to draw a large amount of day-trippers and weekenders (especially families).
If you do decide to enjoy it on a weekend take this tip: Killington offers preferred parking at the base of the K1 gondola as well as valet parking at Snowshed Peak. Rather than wasting time in the cold, you can call the valet after a long day of skiing and your vehicle will be waiting for you, warm and snow-free.
Although Killington attracts many tourists and weekend visitors from cities throughout the North East, the mountain definitely has a tight knit local population. Along with creating a very personable experience in the lodges and on the chair lifts, the locals invigorate the nightlife, ski shops, and restaurants around town – which there are many.
Rather than having a village at the bottom of the mountain, the majority of ski shops, restaurants, bars, and lodging options are located along the access road to the mountain. If fine dining is what you are looking for, head over to The Birch Ridge Inn & Restaurant. For the best pizza, you can’t get better than Pizza Jerks, and for the best live music and après ski you should check out the Wobbly Barn Steak House – The dinner entrées, appetizers, and excellent list of price point wines make it a local favorite. For bars and nightlife, stop in Moguls (a local hang out with a sports bar vibe) and the Pickle Barrel, which is known for live reggae and hip hop for the younger crowds. For East Coast skiing, Killington definitely has a bigger ski destination feel than most.
*all photos courtesy of Killington
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Killington Resort is located in central Vermont at the junction of U.S.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. 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.
Schedule Shuttle Busses run seven days-a-week. Click here for a schedule.
$2.00 Per Ride and complimentary tickets are available from each of the "Friends of the Bus" sponsor businesses. Pico Mountain, Snowshed Base Lodge, Killington Base Lodge and properties along East Mountain Road are fare free zones. No ticket or fare is needed to board busses at these points. A ride ticket or $2.00 is required outside of the fare free zone.
Snowshed Base Lodge is the transfer point for all routes, no additional fare is required to transfer busses.
Killington's shuttle busses provide service directly to each of the businesses. Drivers will only stop to pick up riders waiting at curbside signs or drop off riders who notifying driver of their intended stop. Riders wishing to stop along Killington road can board any of the shuttle busses heading up or down the access road and must notify driver of their intended stop.