Located in central Vermont, 11 miles east of Rutland with a summit elevation reaching 4,235 feet, and affectionately known as “The Beast of the East,” Killington, the second tallest mountain in Vermont, opened for skiing on December 13, 1958, and remains the largest ski area in the eastern section of the United States.
Frequented by as many as 17,000 visitors a day during the extremely popular ski season, Killington offers approximately 200 ski trails ranging from gentle to expert, including the 6.2 mile long Juggernaut, the longest ski trail in the eastern part of the United States, and Outer Limits, the steepest double black diamond mogul trail in New England that is meant to be skied by the most experienced skiers only.
One of Killington’s largest half-pipes, Bear Mountain, offers trail parks, a superpipe, Outer Limits and Devil’s Fiddle, which is rarely open due to rock covers and sheer ice.
Snowshed Mountain is devoted to beginning skiers, and offers an open slope, several condominiums, the Killington Grand Hotel and the Adult Ski School.
Rams Head Mountain has beginner and intermediate ski trails, an express quad chairlift, wide open gaps, Squeeze Play Trail to learn tree skiing, and the Children and Teenagers Ski School.
Snowden Mountain provides beginner, intermediate and expert-rated ski trails, including the double black diamond Conclusion, two chairlifts and a Poma.
Killington Peak offers the Canyon area and steepest part of the mountain, which provide many double black diamond ski trails, including Big Dipper Glade, Cascade, Double Dipper and Downdraft. Rime and Reason are shorter runs that can also be found on Killington Peak.
Skye Peak contains varied terrain, including Ovation, the steepest trail on the mountain, the heavy snows of Superstar, and several beginner and intermediate trails.
Sunrise is all beginner trail skiing, with low elevations and few skiers.
With 50 trails, 17 miles of skiing and six chairlifts, Pico Mountain offers Summit Glades, Upper KA, 49er, The Pike, Sunset 71 and Giant Killer.
Killington has approximately 120 condominiums, chalets, motels, hotels, lodges and inns, including the Mountain Green Resort Hotel, the North Star Lodge, the Cascades Lodge, the Inn of the Six Mountains and the luxurious Killington Grand Hotel. The ski area also has about 40 assorted restaurants.
One-day adult tickets during peak season range from about $77 to $82, with several discount options available for skiers who bring friends and can receive half off. Other discount ticket offers include Vermonter Days discounts, and reduced prices for members of the armed forces. Young adult tickets range from about $61 to $65, and juniors tickets are about $53 to $55.
The Beast of the East offers several ski packages, ranging from their two to seven-day Killington Ski and Stay Package for about $87 per person per night for early and late season, and about $113 per person per night for mid-season, non-peak times. Other special offers include their five-day Ski Week Package, from Sunday through Friday, that averages about $62 to $81 for mid-week skiing, and their Presidents Week Bash Package, from February 15 to 21, 2010, for about $122 per person per night.
All paid, regular price, full- and multiple-day ticket-holders who are not satisfied with the snow surface conditions at Killington are allowed to exchange their tickets for a voucher valid on a return visit during the remainder of the current ski season.
Killington Ski Resort
4763 Killington Road
Killington, Vermont 05751
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