Snowboarders love a powder day at Killington.

Ski the Beast: Vermont's Killington Resort

By Dan Mathers; Photography courtesy of Killington Resort

New England skiers often refer to Killington Resort in Killington, Vermont, as “The Beast.” Spend a weekend skiing its trails and you’ll quickly see why.

Killington is the largest ski resort in the east, with nearly 2,000 skiable acres spread over seven peaks, including Killington Peak, the second‐highest mountain in Vermont at 4,241 feet, and Pico Peak, at 3,957 feet. The resort features 212 ski trails totaling an astounding 92 miles. It also usually boasts the region’s longest ski season, beginning in October and often lasting until around Memorial Day.

 

A skier tears it up below the gondolas.

In addition to its ski trails, the resort is also home to Woodward Mountain Park, an innovative, exciting terrain park comprising a network of featured zones for all ages and abilities. The park features base area learning zones, large freestyle zones, and everything in between. 

 

Killington offers everything from beginner trails to double black diamond.

During winter, Killington hosts exciting ski and snowboard events, including the highest profile event in New England skiing. The Homelight Killington Cup is a stop on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour, bringing some of the fastest female skiers in the world to Killington’s slopes each year.

The Killington area offers plenty of lodging options, including the Killington Grand Hotel, which offers comfortable rooms, easy access to the slopes, a spa, several onsite restaurants, and even a 75-foot outdoor heated pool and two hot tubs. Many other lodging options can be found nearby in the form of condominiums, inns, and lodges.

A party atmosphere prevails during the spring ski season.

After working up an appetite from a day on the slopes, you can dine at the Jerk Jamaican Mountain Grill, Preston’s or Peak Lodge. Also nearby are the Long Trail Pub and the Wobbly Barn Steakhouse.

If you have young children, Killington can provide a little parental downtime. The resort’s child care facility features toys, games, and creative activities to entertain your kids while you ski, dine, or just unwind for a bit.