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  Resort Information
Season Nov - Mid April
Nearest Airport Burlington and Boston
Ski Area 260km 0r 560km for area
Ski Lifts 31
Ski Runs 160
Longest Run 8.8km
Resort Height 1060ft
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3.5 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 3.5 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 4.5 / 5
Affordability 5 / 5
Non Ski Activities 3.5 / 5

Killington—The Big K—is a big ski area catering to all standards of skier with the biggest mountain of all the East Coast resorts, an excellent lift system, and excellent nursery slopes for beginners. It considers itself a place to rival some of the top domestic and international resorts, but it is not a village resort in the European sense as it is more sprawling.

Killington enjoys a long ski season, kicking off in mid-November and runnin until mid-May. During the season the area receives 250 inches (635 cm) of natural snowfall per year; and if that isn’t sufficient, Killington is home to the largest snowmaking system in North America. In spite of a good snow record and a long season, the New England climate is changeable and inconsistent from one year to the next,just like Europe, but far friendlier!.

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.Killington is therefore known among the Alpine cognoscenti as a Party Paradise. Strong men (and women) have been carried home from the Lookout Bar and Grill after a great night out, and there is live music at the Pickle Bar, the Wobbly Barn, (great for steaks)and other points around town. You might try Bear Lodge— as described above, it really is great in spring for eating, drinking, parties, and fun in the sun and snow. Killington ranks number one in après ski in ski country and has hundreds of bars on and off the mountain, including Mahogany Ridge in the Killington Base Lodge, The Lookout Bar and Grill, Casey’s Caboose, and the Grist Mill. Unlike the Rocky Mountain states, Vermont allows older teenagers into bars (but not clubs) provided they don’t drink alcohol.

The ski area extends across seven heavily wooded mountains—Sunrise, Bear, Skye Peak, Killington, Snowdon, Rams Head, and nearby Pico—and because Killington has such a vast trail network, there is something for everyone.The base area is at 1,165 feet (355 m). Killington Peak, the second highest peak in Vermont, is 4,241 feet (1,292 m) though the highest lift serviced height is 4,215 ft (1,285 m) and overall the maximum vertical drop is 3,050 feet (930 m).

Twenty Six per cent of the 200 trails are graded “easier” (53 beginner trails), 34 percent “more difficult” (67 intermediate trails), and 40 percent “most difficult’ (80 trails). But the ski trails are tightly packed into 1,215 acres so the ski area is quite complex —averaging only 5.9 acres  and 0.4 miles per trail. All together the ski trails add up to 87 miles (140 km) with the longest trail (Juggernaut)  at 6.2 miles (10 km).

Killington is also home to the largest learning complex in eastern North America—this area is called Snowshed—and Rams Head is an ideal mountain area for families. Outer Limits, the steepest mogul slope in the East, covers 1,200 feet (365 m) of vertical in half a mile (0.8 km).

Of the seven mountains, nearby Pico is altogether much more low-key and deserves a detour for a few quiet trails and the quaint intimacy of old-time New England skiing on less-crowded slopes over 14 miles (22 km) of diverse terrain. This includes a 1,967-foot (600-m) vertical and 48 trails, plus a central base village and lodge complete with roaring log fire. Or, for a little of that 1960s-style, drop in at Suicide Six close to Woodstock.

Killington’s 19-vehicle Stealth Grooming fleet—one of the best around—is state-of-the-art and busy each night. Some trails are half-groomed, allowing bumps and terrain features to develop on the other side of the trail. Killington has thinned out some forest areas to create so-called “Fusion Zones” (the resort’s official glades) and although they get tracked quickly, they offer great rides for intermediates and above when covered in fresh powder.

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