Killington Ski Resort

Known to locals as “The Beast”, Killington is one of the top resorts on the east coast of the USA and is home to arguably its most diverse terrain.

Although the Vermont weather can be fickle at times, near 100% snowmaking coverage ensures that the pistes of Killington are snow-covered all winter. Be prepared for bitterly cold weather, but if you don’t mind wrapping up warm, you’ll be rewarded with excellent tree-lined pistes, great glade skiing and a friendly welcome. Much of the accommodation is in well-appointed condo blocks and with a much shorter flight from the UK, this is a good option for an alternative family break.

Our Killington Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Tree-lined slopes with a lot of variety

Extremely comprehensive snowmaking and good lift system

Good variety of condominium accommodation

Cons

Accommodation is spread out along the resort access road

Vermont weather can be very fickle and bitter cold can be a problem

Not a great deal of off piste terrain due to thick forests

Killington Skiing and Snowboarding

With 155 trails to choose from, many of which are covered by a powerful snowmaking system, there is something for everyone at Killington. Snowshed provides one of the northeast’s best beginner zones and progression on the longer greens at Ramshead is excellent. Keen intermediates will be able to ski the entire area, with laps on the new Snowdon Express 6-pack recommended along with a quiet cruise down Solitude off the back of the summit.

Fans of park skiing or riding are incredibly well catered for here. There is an 18 foot superpipe over at Bear Mountain and six terrain parks – which when open are home to an astonishing 150 features. Those keener to stick to the pistes will love the long blacks below the K-1 Express Gondola and the Superstar trail below the chair of the same name – which hosts annual World Cup races each December. The off piste is relatively limited, but after fresh snowfall, the gladed runs and trees become a fun powder playground.

  • Total Pistes: 1509 acres
  • Beginner: 28%
  • Intermediate: 33%
  • Advanced: 39%
  • Lifts: 20
  • Altitude: 355m – 1285m

Killington Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Killington Resort

Accommodation on the hill can be found at the Snowshed base, but also across at Sunrise where ski-in-ski-out condos are the order of the day. There are however few restaurants and bars to visit – it can be very quiet in the week in particular as many of the visitors come up from Boston or New York at the weekends.

Most people come and stay in condos or in lodges and B&Bs on the 5km access road up to the ski area from Highway 4. This is also where numerous restaurants and bars can be found. A bus service runs frequently to connect these locations, but having a car certainly makes getting around easier.

How to get to Killington

Boston is the closest major international hub at around three hours away from the slopes. To help get over the jetlag we’d recommend staying here for a couple of days and exploring one of the east coast’s most vibrant cities. New York is another option, but the drive is over four hours.

  • Boston airport: 3 hours
  • New York airport: 4.5 hours

Killington Contact Details

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