Another resort which claims the title of the world’s most extensive snowmaking facility, but in truth among Killington’s extensive complement of superlatives their snowmaking operation is huge. It is also set on the East’s biggest mountain, with the East’s biggest vertical drop, longest runs, and biggest grooming fleet. Certainly the whole mountain area is well covered with snowmaking, but the East’s biggest ski area needs it. Skiing and boarding terrain is plentiful and varied but the weather is nowhere near as reliable as Colorado or California, either in terms of overhead or snowfall. Killington’s skiing and boarding is spread out over six different mountains, and the accommodation, entertainment and retail facilities are just as spread out. The shuttle bus service around the resort is essential, even to get from some lodging centres and village hubs. A car might be considered a worthwhile asset. The nightlife is vibrant and varied. Killington has built a reputation for being as much fun off the slopes as it is on. The Snowshed slopeside building complex and its Killington Grand Hotel are probably the closest there is to a village centre, but the elongated ribbon development makes for a very widespread layout. There are plentiful lodges, inns, condos and apartment to stay in, and the Likkington prides itself in its very competitive all inclusive deals. Killington has a great choice of eating and entertainment options, which starts typically with late afternoon drinks through the full range of eating options, to late night clubs annd bars. For the families there are cinemas, leisure centres, bowling alleys, skating rinks.
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Killington’s offers a great number of trails and miles and miles of skiing and boarding but that does not necessarily equate to variety. Most of it is glade and forest lined pistes which are generally kept in good shape, although some can be prone to hard pack and icy stretches when the
temperature changes swing to the extremes.
Killington’s claim to having the East’s of the USA’s longest run in Juggernaut (6.6 miles) which meanders from the top of Killington Peak but in places is barely steep enough to keep moving. Ram’s Head is mainly gentle intermediate terrain, while Bear Mountain is more for experts and
advanced skiers. Four unprepared fusion zones were created a few years ago where the trees have been thinned out to provide the closest thing there is to powder fields.
With so many runs crammed into a comparitively compact area, the guided
tour is well worth it as a vacation starter.
There are six main base stations and three off the end of Killington Road. Snowshed and Ram’s Head are adjacent to each other and serve Rams Head, Snowdon and Killington Peak. Killington base is slightly further up the road. Bear Mountain is off Route 4, and the other two main base stations are at Skyeship Base and Sunrise. Best option for the earliest beginners is the Snowshed area which has a variery of easy terrain and a few decent lifts of various slow speeds to
find your feet with. The Rams Head double chair accesses some luxurious easy cruising runs. As confidence builds there are the Caper, Great Bear and Vale runs and then
move onwards and upwards. Intermediates can jump on the two stage Skyeship up on to Skye Peak and carefully choose a route from there. There are long greens and tougher
blacks – experts and good intermediates will appreciate Ovation, Superstar and and Skye Lark. On Bear Mountain, and also between Snowdon and Killington Peak are some of
the areas of tougher terrain. Lower level intermediates are well advised not drop below the Skye Burst on to the main Bear Mountain quad as the accessible terrain is quite tough. Indeed it is under the Bear Mountain Quad that the renowned Outer Limits
bump run drops directly in a knee and thigh troubling double black diamond bumpathon, while over on Killington Peak the Double Dipper, Cascade, Escapade and Downdraft are double black diamonds served by the Canyon Quad Chair. Advanced skiers and boarders will also enjoy seeking out the
aforemention fusion zones on Snowdon and Skye peaks.
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Usual dichotomy prevails with a well spread resort such as this – choose more expensive accomodation nearer the slopes or near the main facilities or save a bit and rely on the transport network For upmarket types the four star Inn of the Six Mountains is luxurious, self contained and offers ready access to the nightlife and is just one
mile from the Snowshed base lodge, and has a shuttle bus from the door. Otherwise the 6 miles of Killington Road are lined with hotels, restaurants, condos, apartments, ski shops and nightclubs. Killington village offers a good cmpromise with a little bit of everything. The choice for eating out is enormous and will cover everything from free
chicken wings to lure vicitors from the slopes at 3pm to full sit down fayre at the highly regarded Hemingway’s, The Summit, Jason’s, The Cortina, or the Vermont Inn.