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Killington is the largest ski resort in the eastern United States. With over 1200 skiable acres, Killington rival many resorts in the Rockies when it comes to size.
Killington is located in central Vermont near the town of Rutland. The resort can be reached by either car, plane (Jet Blue and codeshare partner Cape Air provide daily flights between Boston's Logan International Airport and Rutland), and train (Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express provides daily service between Rutland and New York City's Pennsylvania Station). Killington is approximately 3 hours from Boston, 5 hours from NYC, 3.5 hours from Montreal (all by car).
Unlike other resorts in Vermont where most activities and amenities are found at a ski village at the base of the mountain, Killington is more spread out and thus access to a car is definitely a plus. However, local buses and taxis are available to get around the area. Killington resort is made up of Sunrise Mountain, Bear Mountain, Skye Peak, Killington Peak, Snowdon Mountain, and Ramshead Mountain. The base areas are Skyeship, Bear Mountain, Snowshed, Ramshead, Pico Mountain, and K-1 Lodge (main base) and free parking is available at all of these. Valet parking is also available at Snowshed and preferred parking is available at the K-1 lodge. Having this many mountains and bases can make Killington be a little difficult to get around on, so plan ahead when the end of the day is getting close to you don't have to take a shuttle bus back to the parking lot.
When getting a ski pass, ask for a Daily Mountain Report as this will show the trails that are open that day.
The surrounding areas also offers plenty of activities such as dining, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, shopping, and R&R.
As the largest resort in the eastern United States, Killington has terrain for skiers at all levels. There are 191 trails spread out over 1215 acres are operated by 30 lifts, including 3 heated gondolas. The base elevation is 1165 feet and the highest peak is at 4241 feet giving a total of 3076 feet in vertical drop. This rivals many resorts in the Rockies.
As with most of the larger "destination" ski resorts, there are usually a good selection of trails for beginner and intermediate skiers. The easiest trails are found at either edges of the resort (Sunrise and Ramshead). These are Green trails and obviously shouldn't be a problem for anyone. There are also an abundance of intermediate (blue) trails all over the mountain. Both Blue and Green trails can be skied from the top of the summit all the way down to the base. For a nice groomed blue trail, take the "Superstar Express Quad" and ski down "Skylark" and into "High Road".
Run: "Highroad". Wide groomed trail (Starts as Skylark)
Killington has possibly the most difficult terrain of the resorts on the east coast. Most of them are found on Bear Mountain and on Killington Peak. Double Dipper is a steep double diamond trail accessed from the Killington Peak (either take the K-1 gondola or the Canyon quad). As you ski down the steepest part of Double Dipper, you will intersect with Downdraft creating a steep double fall line (therefore the name Double Dipper).
Run: "Double Dipper"
Run: "Superstar" next to the Superstar Express Quad
Run: "Cascade". Double diamond run underneath the K-1 Express gondola
Killington's signature mogul run is "Outer Limits" which is accessed from the Bear Mountain Quad is the longest and steepest mogul run in the Eastern United States. This is also where the "The Bud Light Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge" has been taken place the last 30 years.
Run: "Outer Limits"
Run: "Conclusion" under Snowdon lift.
The most difficult tree trails are Julio and Anarchy. Take any of the lifts to the Killington Peak and ski down Bear Trax and Launch Pad.
The terrain parks at Killington are among the best. Especially impressive is The Stash (Bear Mtn), an all natural terrain park new for the 2008-2009 season. It is also the location of their "Superpipe". You can get to The Stash by taking the Skye Peak Express Quad.
Killington offers many locations for grabbing a drink in-between runs and at the end of the day. The K-1 Base lodge has a large cafeteria as well as Bar area. It used to have two bar areas but during the floods created by the remnants of Hurricane Irene the end of the lodge and second bar were washed away. Killington replaced them with what is known as the Umbrella bar. Two large umbrellas that house two round bars inside. Usually walled and heated during the cold winter months the umbrellas can close down so that during the sun warming days of spring tanning is possible "inside" as well as out on the deck. During the spring Saturdays they will host bands in the afternoon. Killington just finished rebuilding it’s Peak lodge and also supports a mid mountain watering hole "Vista Deck" in the vain of the European Alps. Bear mountain Base lodge has a smaller cafeteria and bar then the K-1. Snowshed Lodge has a large bar area and usually provides Happy hour entertainment during the weekends.
Looking for a night in and just want to grab some food for home check out the Phat Itailan for Sandwhiches, The Pizza Jerks for take out pizza.
Few, if any, resorts can rival the night life in Killington. The Wobbly Barn has been voted the best ski bar in the country by various ski magazines, so if going to Killington, a visit to The Wobbly Barn is a must. It's one of the few ski bars where the ratio of women to men were in the favor of the men! This is an endorsement, not a guarantee. The Wobbly Barn is actually a steakhouse serving up both steaks and seafood.
Live entertainment at the Wobbly Barn.
Lookout Bar and Grille: This popular, peanut shell on the floor, Apres ski location is a short drive from the mountain and hard to miss with its distinctive sign. The American cuisine food is good and reasonable but getting a table on Saturday between 4 and 7 may take some time. The horseshoe Bar in the middle of the action is staffed by friendly bartenders serving house specialties Gumba Smashs and Turbos. Happy Hour (3-6pm) offers half priced wings coated in the house special wing sauce, not to be missed, as well as traditional buffalo sauce. If you want a seat at the bar get there early after skiing on Friday or Saturday as the bar does fill up quickly with snow geared skiers and riders fresh from the slopes.
Outback Pizza: This brick oven, wood fired pizza restaurant is a short drive from the mountain. In this spacious building groups come to enjoy the large selection of delicious pizzas that only a wood fired brick oven can provide. The back room is large with a wood stove in the middle and has live entertainment with one of the talented local bands. Outback has a good local beer selection and an innovative method for chilling their pint glasses at the back bar. Also look out the back windows and you may see a unicycle bear riding the high wire. Late night there is a DJ and dance floor.
On the Rocks: If you are looking for a more upscale establishment to eat at On The Rocks offers a more refined atmosphere and menu. Hosting a waterfall in the entrance and it's 30’s gangster themed décor, including an actual Tommy gun mounted over the hearth, the knowledgeable wait staff serve a nice selection of gourmet food and complementing drink.
Mogul's Sports Bar: The Sports Bar is true to form with multiply TV's, a large open floor plan, Arcade games, pool table, and a selection of typical bar food with a side of award winning BBQ sauce. The BBQ food is cooked the big iron smoker outside. If you are in town during the annual Pig Roast it is well worth it.
Pickle Barrel: Know for its club like entertainment feel this wooden two story establishment has a limited menu but is can offer the maximum fun. Open for Happy hour and late night it offers bands local and regional playing favorite covers on the main stage with a DJ mixing popular dance tunes during breaks. The second floor has an overlook of the main dance floor and hosts a second stage called the Crows Nest. Amazingly enough, the first floor main stage sound does not infiltrate the Crows Nest music and more intimate feel. There are 4 main bars two on the first and two on the second floor. Cover charge for Happy hour is usually $5 and a minimum of $20 late night. As a note if you go for happy hour don't expect to be able to avoid the late night cover just by hanging out, The Pickle Barrel closes at 8pm kicking everyone out and reopens at 9pm for late night. It does have an in house pizza oven and they are more then happy to sell you a pie as you leave the bar for the night.
Jax’s: Right next door to the Pickle Barrel it hosts many Arcade games, live entertainment, good bar food and friendly/knowledgeable bartenders. Typically busier on Friday nights as they have one of the more popular regular acts in Jamie and Aarine, Jax's is a meeting place for those coming in to town for the weekend and looking to forget the trip up. Fridays can have a cover of $5. Saturdays are more low key with local entertainment and usually no cover. Make sure to request a pickle back if you go.
The Garlic: Hanging socks of garlic cloves and a mountain of candles welcome you as you enter this popular Italian cuisine establishment. The food is excellent in this low light atmosphere. The bar area offers Tapas as well as the full menu. The Bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable. Great place to share stories from the day on the mountain.
The Foundry: Ice Slaking and Broom ball on the pond in front, with a water wheel on the side of this wooden industrial building houses one of the larger dining rooms, stages and dance floors in the area. American cuisine and live entertainment make this a fun meeting place. The middle of the room has a large bar to take in all the action.
Sushi Oshi: Sushi in Vermont…. Killington has something for everyone. So if you are in the mood break out your chopsticks get a wad of wasabi and dip that raw fish in some soy sauce saddle up to the extensive sushi bar. This well established and very popular dining spot has more than just sushi on the Asian menu and I don’t know of any other place in the area where you can get a scorpion bowl.
The "B" House: One cannot do a review of the night life and not mention the "B" house. And that is where it will end… ask around you might get invited over for after hours.
Off Access Rd:
McGrath's Irish Pub: Rt 4 towards Rutland before Pico ski slope on the right is the Long Trail in which houses McGrath's Irish Pub with an earthy feel from its half log furniture and rocks coming into the space from the floor and walls. The Sheppard's pie is worth writing home about. Usually at night they have Irish music and soccer games on the tele.
Pasta Pot: Taking Rt 4 east from the access road the pasta pot will be on the left. Genuine Italian feel and atmosphere make this a favorite for group dinners without the hassle of the access road.
Basic shelter and dining facilities are available at the base lodge.
Try shopping in some of the regional towns of Rutland, Manchester (designer outlet shopping), Woodstock (quintessential New England village) or Quechee (glass, pottery, crafts).
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