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Welcome to Killington


With seven peaks and 87 miles (140km) of trails, Killington is the biggest winter sports resort in the eastern United States, earning it the nickname 'the Beast of the East'. Opened in 1958, Killington has five base lodges (all colour coded for convenience) and a huge variety of terrain. The resort boasts a wide range of holiday accommodation, over 100 restaurants, plenty of nightlife and lots of après-ski activity, and attracts locals and foreigners alike.

If looking for charm and a personal touch, however, there is little to be found. A sprawling enterprise, Killington is more about skiing than architecture and is run like the huge tourist operation it is. There is also no defined centre to the resort. That said, the views are spectacular and the skiing offers something for everyone. Some visitors prefer to stay at the nearby town of Woodstock, about 20 miles (32km) away, which has more atmosphere and some impressive buildings dating back over 200 years. With 1,209 acres (469 hectares) of skiable terrain, it is easy to get lost on the various trails, and a free tour of the mountain to get orientated is highly recommended.

Information & Facts


In winter, snow-mobiling and ice-skating, indoor rock climbing, dog sledding, sleigh rides, spas, snow-shoeing and live music are available. In summer, Killington is still a popular holiday resort with two world-class golf courses, horseriding, mountain biking and hiking available. Rates usually drop drastically in summer.

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.


The novice area at Snowshed base lodge can get crowded. The terrain can be confusing, resulting in startled beginners ending up on black diamond runs, and experts whizzing down beginner slopes. Special attention should be paid to following trail signs, and first-time visitors are advised to take the free Meet the Mountain tour to get orientated. Killington resort is a popular holiday destination and gets very crowded.


The après-ski activities on offer are extensive and Killington's nightlife falls in the top 10 of ski resorts. The Wobbly Barn is an institution that has been running for over 40 years, offering live music, dancing and a popular happy hour, resulting in a rowdy crowd. The Pickle Barrel often hosts big name bands and has lots of dancing, Casey's Caboose is a locals' hangout, and McGrath's Irish Pub serves a decent Guinness. Killingtime Lounge is a laid-back bar to relax at, as is the Bear Mountain Deli & Lounge. Superstar Pub and Bullpen Sports Bar are popular with the guys, while the Outback/Nightspot disco gets everyone going. Bars on the mountain include the Long Trail Brew pub at the Snowshed base lodge, and the Mahogany Ridge at Killington Base Lodge.


There are roughly 100 restaurants at Killington, ranging from sushi to pizza. Try Johnny Boys Pancake House for breakfast, and Pasta Pot Restaurant serves authentic Italian lunch and dinner. The Lookout Bar and Grill is casual, serving drinks and good snacks, while Hemingway's is sophisticated and elegant, serving three- or four-course dinners and rating as one of New England's finest restaurants. The romantic atmosphere at the Vermont Inn is great for special occasions, and Pizza Jerks has pizzas even New Yorkers will enjoy. Cascades Restaurant has a cosy lounge to relax in, and Garlic is known for its tapas and martinis.


There are a number of shops at Killington, including gift shops and antique shops, and a host of ski equipment shops. The Shops at the Shack complex houses a group of boutiques including North Face and Nike, while Killington Sports has a wide range of sports clothing and equipment for sale. There are also shops that sell traditional Vermont specialities including maple syrup and local cheeses. Villages and towns surrounding Killington are home to country stores, antique shops and galleries, while the nearby town of Rutland has a number of gift and clothing stores on Center Street and Merchant's Row.

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