Killington Ski Resort located near Killington, Vermont is the largest ski area in eastern USA with approximately 17,000 skiers/tourits a day . Killington was opened December 13, 1958.
Located in central Vermont, Killington has 141 trails and 33 lifts, extending across six interconnected mountain peaks. A seventh, Pico Mountain, was purchased by Killington in 1996, but it currently operates as a separate resort. It has 7 mountains with more terrain, snow, and lifts than anywhere else in eastern North America. Killington peak, at 4,215 feet (1,285 m) , the second highest in Vermont and the second greatest vertical drop in the east (3,050 feet, 930 m) , can be reached in only 6 minutes .
Killington enjoys a long ski season, from November and running until May. During the season the area receives 250 inches (635 cm) of natural snowfall per year but is also home to the largest snowmaking system in North America offering the longest skiing season in eastern North America, typically lasting from October to May.
Killington Ski Resort is a big ski area catering to all standards of skier with the biggest mountain of all the East Coast resorts.
- Beginner – Roughly a third of the area is designated novice but beginners can go anywhere they wish at Killington.
- Intermediate – Start off perhaps at Snowdon Mountain and warm up on more difficult trails such as Bunny Buster, Mouse Trap or Vagabond, then head over to Rams Head Mountain later in the morning for some more enjoyable cruising.
- Advanced – The best skiing for advanced or expert is in the Canyon area off Killington Peak or at Bear Mountain, with the toughest skiing on Outer Limits—the steepest mogul slope in the East, covering 1,200 feet (365 m) of vertical in half a mile (0.8 km).
- Snowshed is serviced by three lifts and is devoted to beginners.
- Rams Head has beginner and intermediate trails serviced by an express quad lift.
- Snowdon Mountain provides a variety of beginner, intermediate and expert trails.
- Killington Peak has the steepest part of the mountain named Canyon Area. There are many double black diamond trails including: Cascade, Downdraft, Double Dipper, and the Big Dipper Glade.
- Skye Peak has all types of terrain.
- Bear Mountain its home to Outer Limits, a very steep double black diamond mogul run, and Devil’s Fiddle
- Sunrise Mountain has beginner terrain.
- Pico Mountain is located on a separate mountain away from the main resort. It has 50 trails covering 17 miles (27 km), all serviced by 6 lifts. Popular runs include: The Pike, 49er, Summit Glades, Upper KA, Giant Killer, and Sunset 71.
There are approximately 120 inns, lodges and condos at Killington, with more than 40 restaurants, pubs, taverns, clubs and hotel dining rooms. The Killington Grand Hotel is accessible by foot from the Snowshed Base area, and is the Killington Resort’s flagship luxury hotel. The mountain’s summit has an indoor restaurant.
Killington is big on après ski with plenty of action late into the night, but it is a resort devoted to skiing and partying, catering mainly to day and weekend visitors from the East Coast cities and with very little to interest or amuse non-skiers. Killington is lively and commercial. There are bars and cabarets and discos and plenty of good restaurants.
As the largest and highest ski resort in the East , Killington is a major ski resort destination for big East Coast skiers and tourists .