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Visitor reviews for Killington Ski Resort

  • February 19, 2015
    Ski Reporter from United States

    Killington is in full rock star mode as every aspect of the mountain is open with wall to wall snow and stellar mountain conditions. Woods, steeps, nats, groomers, moguls, parks, cliffs...are all in prime condition. February has served up 4 feet of snow, so far, with more in the forecast. East coast skiing doesn't get much better than Killington, and it doesn't get any better than it is right now! The time to play is now. Get here if you can.

  • Killington Ratings

    Based on 14 votes. Vote

    Access: 3.8

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Killington.

    Public Transport: 4.1

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Killington, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.2

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.7

    (1) No places to stay in/near Killington, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.7

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 3.5

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Killington.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.3

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 4.5

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Killington, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.8

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Killington is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 4.9

    (1) Killington relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.5

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Killington, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Killington are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 4.1

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Killington is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 2.8

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Killington, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.8

    (1) Killington usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 3.9

    (1) The staff at Killington are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Killington are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.4

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 3.9

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.5

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 4.8

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Killington has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 4.1

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.6

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Killington, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.8

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 4.4

    (1) Not even a kicker at Killington, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 3.8

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 2.9

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Killington, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 2.1

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Killington has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 4.2

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 4.1

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 5.0

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 3.3

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 3.5

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 2.8

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 4.0

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 3.9

    (1) Overall, Killington is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 4.0

    (1) Overall, Killington is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

  • June 18, 2013
    Ski Reporter from United States

    Killington is succeeding in it's return to the top of the east with it's commitment to an early opening, late spring skiing, snowmaking, and customer service. First to open, last to close, with snowguns roaring through March. Makes skiers and riders very happy.

  • March 19, 2013
    Peter lyle from United States

    Killington now has got the Wow factor back no more negative comments on the lifts, just warm and fuzzy banter. Thank you, to another reviewer, for your foresight. The good news will spread and Killington will be King of the East again.

  • March 13, 2013
    Ski Reporter from United States

    Is spring skiing on your schedule? Killington will be blowing snow all week. Yes it's mid-March. In preparation for a long spring skiing season well into May. Base depths are deep on Superstar, so make sure your sunscreen is stocked up and wax up those mogul skis. If you love the bumps, the next 2 months + is game on at Killington. Lets start working on those goggle tans!

  • February 21, 2013
    Roger from United States

    Killington has got its mojo back under new President, Mike Solimano. He and his team have been delivering on promises to return Killington to what made it the "Beast of the East". Snow making has been relentless, grooming superb, and there's a new vibe to the place. BMMC will return with a vengeance in April, and they are currently planning to stay open into May after being the first to open in the East last October. Killington is back!

  • February 11, 2013
    Ski Reporter from United States

    Hi folks, chiming in to spread the good word about Killington this season. The new management is blowing the doors off the old with very agressive snowmaking and customer satisfaction program. Skiers are in charge of the mountain now and skiers are thrilled about it. Killington is returning to it's glory of 'Beast of the East'. The Superstar glacier is growing, expect it to make it well into May this season (if not June for those who don't mind hiking for turns). Come get some! Killington rocks!

  • October 16, 2012
    Ski Reporter from United States

    Hold on to your socks folks, this one is going to blow you away. Killington Ski Resort opened for skiing and riding October 13th! The earliest opening in recent memory. The new president of Killington, Mike Solimano, is single handedly changing the corporate philosophy. He's local to the area and knows what eastern skiing is all about. If you're thinking about coming to Killington this season, I think this one might be special.

    I've got two great days of skiing in so far,...could be a big year! And after last season, we need it.

  • March 20, 2012
    Ski Reporter from United States

    This season will likely go down as one of the worst in the history of Killington in terms of season length and snowfall. Reduced snowmaking budgets have finally shown their ugly side as the mountain is in full shut down mode. Lifts and trails are closing rapidly. With a warm spring and no signs of cold temperatures, the snowpack is disappearing, and fast! I expect the mountain to be down to a single lift within a week or two, and wouldn't be surprised to see them close up all together by April 1st. If you have long range plans at Killington, be prepared for an early closure, or extremely limited terrain. Choose your trips wisely, Killington may not be worth it the rest of this season.

  • February 10, 2012
    Ski Reporter from United States

    Hi folks, checking in from sunny Killington. Things have been fast and furious the last few weeks with lots on sun and hardpack. No significant snow in a while, and not much on the horizon. About half the mountain is open, all that being snowmaking terrain. The natural stuff hasn't faired so well... There is enough icy base everywhere. 12" and the moutain is 100% open. Do those snow dances folks, your friends at Killington need it. With only 85 inches of snow so far this season, KIllington needs over 150 inches in the next two months to reach its seasonal average.

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  • January 23, 2012
    Rick James B* from United States

    Well folks, the season is on. .. or as good as it gets. ... the Killington snow staff are fighting a valiant fight. I myself managed to catch 3 consecutive days of powder on and in the area, for a total of 18" ... no less than five a day. Pay attention to this page. .. pay attention to the systems out West, make your best guess, .. pull the triggerrrrr. Find your own freshies!

  • December 15, 2011
    Roger from United States

    Killington opened for the season in October, and struggled early just to stay open, due to unseasonably warm weather. However, the cooler temperatures have finally allowed them to rapidly expand terrain. Like every area in the NE, they are in catch-up mode, but have lead the pack all season with number of lifts, number of trails, and total acres open. The just opened Umbrella bar right at the base of Superstar is sweet place to meet for an apres-ski drink.

  • December 08, 2011
    Ski Reporter from United States

    Well, the skiing so far this season in the Northeast sux... Killington has been the only resort in the east to survive the warm weather without having to close since opening in October. Cold snap for the next few days, but it looks like warm weather again towards the middle of the month. Could be quite the crappy Christmas this year in terms of skiing. Less than 10% of the mountain is open right now. Old man winter needs to show his face soon!

  • November 21, 2011
    Ski Reporter from United States

    Killington is putting on a show this fall, as they have been the only game in town so far this season. The upper peak walkway has allowed nearly a month of skiing before the resort could blow snow down to the base lodge. As the holiday approaches, K is expanding as fast as they can with snowmaking down to K1 base. Expect 3 mountain areas for Thanksgiving. Gobble gobble, get some!

  • February 13, 2011
    jimsoutside from United States

    Almost 6 weeks and more than three feet of snow since our last period of above-freezing weather, and there are some wonderful snow conditions at Killington. Virtually everything is open and there are tracks leading into the woods seemingly everywhere you look. Snow is being stockpiled...for the first time in years, the snow level on superstar is above the lift towers in places. The Mtn Dew event left Bear Mountain with amazing snow levels (where the slopestyle was held on Bearclaw, they redistributed the 4-story takeoff and landing spots the snow must be 20 feet deep) and the pipe is still in perfect shape.
    It is awesome skiing and riding, some of the best in years!
    Come on up!

  • February 13, 2011
    The Jays from United Kingdom

    Many many years at Killington now - sadly only a couple of week long trips a year. Here's the good: Large, western-size area to ski; challenging blacks and nice long cruisers; lots of night time options with friendly people; many good/great chefs appear on the mountain; many many options for lodging. The not so good: Weekends with the rushed and rude crowds; hotdog skiers and snowboarders; changing services. We still love it though.

  • February 02, 2011
    Jimsoutside from United States

    Hot diggity, we are going to have a couple of be-yoo-ti-ful days here at Killington.
    Major, I say major, snowstorm headed our way, with anywhere from 11 inches to 2 feet forecast all day Wednesday and a total powder day Thursday (Pico, too (they're closed Wednesday)). And sunshine forecast for Friday!
    Life is indeed good!
    If you come, bring your fatties!
    See ya!

  • October 06, 2010
    Ski Reporter from United States

    It's a shame when the mountain closes early with snow top to bottom on 3-4 runs. They had the snow, the forecast of a rainy weekend was their reason for closing a week earlier than promised. I ski in the rain, I ski in May, and I ski in October.

    Killington seems to be making a push to get back to first to open, last to close. The new peak walkway will allow for upper mountain skiing, when they can't blow snow to the bottom.

    Stay tuned to see if Killington returns to the top or if they continue to fumble around trying to figure out how to please their customers...

  • June 18, 2010
    RB from United States

    I hear you, Ski Reporter. But in fairness to Killington, March and April were the warmest on record in the Northeast, so there frankly wasn't much snow left to ski. Besides, who wants to ski in May? Time to pull out the golf clubs.

  • April 27, 2010
    Ski Reporter from United States

    Guess what folks, powder did it again. After marketing a closing date of May 2nd, and selling spring passes touting that fact, they decide to wrap up shop a week early, leaving their pass holders high and dry for skiing in May. Buying that season pass for next year? They may say skiing into May, but will you, really? Save those pennies folks. Other mountains still open in the Northeast... Where's the Beast?

  • January 17, 2010
    Former Kfan from United States

    Sometimes, the truth hurts. There hasn't been an untrue word uttered in any of the comments posted below. I skied Killington religiously for 30 years before exploring what else was out there. Just open your eyes.

  • January 13, 2010
    MJLSKIER from United States

    It is great to see all of these Killington haters on this site. Just make sure to go to all of those "other better" mountains. This way there will be more of Killington for me to ski! Killington will be a far better place without all of the nay sayers!

    Good Riddens!

  • December 26, 2009
    MARK from United States

    This site seems to have alot of Killington haters. They have the best night life around. The new ownership has nade great improvements.

  • November 25, 2009
    Buster Highman from United States

    Killington is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday for the first time since its inception. So much for the world's most extensive snowmaking system! Doesn't work so well when you don't turn it on...

  • October 27, 2009
    Picopicker from United States

    We had heard that Killington was the best of the best in New England, but as we continue to explore the northeast, our eyes have been opened. It's amazing to me that this place could ever be considered the best of anything.

    1.) They are no longer the first ski area to open on the East coast.
    2.) They are no longer the last ski area to close on the East coast.
    3.) Their "greatest snowmaking on the planet" sits idle while other resorts are blowing and open for skiing and riding.
    4.) They have one of the highest day ticket rates in New England.
    5.) The food in the 'on mountain' restaurants and cafeterias is absolutely horrible and way overpriced. We got sick more than once eating there.
    6.) The price of alcohol and beer is outrageous. $7 for a draft beer? You can get a quality six-pack for that price.
    7.) Get this, two mountains in the northeast opened for skiing and riding this season before Killington even mailed out its season passes.
    8.) The Vermont State Police use the Killington access road to further their careers. Makes it tough to go out to the bars, when cops follow you out of the parking lots to nab you for DUI. Even as a designated driver, you get hauled out of your car, harrassed, and forced to take sobriety tests or get arrested. They want to search your car for alcohol and drugs, and will hold anything they can over your heads to get you to submit to it. It's best to walk to the bars if you go out, which suxs when its -20 degrees out. Or save your money and ski somewhere more under the radar.
    9.) Killington has changed its boundary policy. You now risk losing your lift ticket for skiing beyond resort boundaries.
    10.) 3000' of vertical is a farse. Its only possible on beginner terrain. The absolute most you can get in black terrain is 1500'.
    11.) Killington closes all kinds of lifts, lodges, and terrain from Monday-Friday. Makes it nicer for the folks on the weekends, but if you come during the week, expect a bare bones operation.

    I could keep going, but I thing y'all get the point.

  • October 21, 2009
    Ski Reporter from United States

    Killington continues to downfall in the face of other New England ski resorts. Sunday River, in Maine, opened first in the northeast this season on October 13th. Mount Snow, VT, over two hours south of Killington and 1000' lower in elevation also opened before Killington this season, this past weekend on October 17th. Killington's new marketing slogan, Beast of the East, (actually an old slogan) may be tough to live up to if they can't get their act together and get the mountain open for skiing and riding. I wouldn't plan any Thanksgiving holidays just yet.

  • April 22, 2009
    Heywood Giblomi from United Kingdom

    Just returned from Killington; first time visitor. Next time, if I ever go back, I will try to return sometime earlier in the season. We were there for a week this April and found 80-90% of the mountain was closed (but still covered in snow). Killington doesn't seem interested in catering to late season skiers and riders.

    Go in February or early March, April is way too late.

  • April 08, 2009
    RB from United States

    Negative reviews of Killington from the U.K. visitors are spot on. (But why in the world would anyone travel from the U.K. go to New England to ski?) That's like someone from New York going to Scotland on a ski vacation. Instead of giving up on the U.S. you should travel futher west and visit the Rockies. There you will find the destination resorts you hoped Killington would be. Skiing will be better than the Alps (better weather, better snow, fewer crowds, more trees and therefore variety of terrain, and fewer obnoxious people cutting lift lines). The areas aren't quite as expansive and verticals aren't quite as great, but the areas are still plenty big enough. Leave Killington to us day trippers who live in New England.

  • March 16, 2009
    SirBubbsAlot from United Kingdom

    Just returned from a two week journey to Killington, USA. In a nutshell: big mountain, bad experience.

    1.) 3000 vertical feet. Well kinda, the only way to ski 3000 feet is on beginner trails.

    2.) 7 giant peaks. Well kinda, Killington Peak, Snowdon Peak, Bear Mountain, Sky Peak, Rams Head, and Pico. But Rams Head lift doesn't go to the top of that peak and the peak is 'closed'. You can't even get to Pico from Killington on skis. The rest of the giant peaks top out at 1000'-1500' of vertical at best, 1/3 to 1/2 the size Killington touts.

    3.) 6 great lodges. Well kinda, Peak lodge (which I expected to be the cool spot to hang out) was closed 90% of the time. Food at Bear Mtn Lodge and Killington Lodge was nothing short of gross. Never made it to Ramshead, Snowshed had better food options, but you had to deal with skiing with all the beginners to get in and out of there. Skyship base wasn't much more than a convenience store. And you can't get to Pico from Killington.

    4.) Largest snowmaking system on the planet. Well I guess so. we never saw it operate during our two week holiday.

    5.) Most chairlift capacity in New England? Could be, except we never saw half of them run. More ran on Saturdays, but some never ran the whole time we were there.

    6.) Best nightlife in NE ski country? God I hope not. The bars remind me of Bourbon St in New Orleans the week after Mardi Gras. Dirty, dingy, run down, stinking of old beer (or was that urine) and don't even bother if it's not Friday or Saturday nights. Week day nights are quiet. Venturing into the city of Rutland was scary, at least at the nudie clubs.

    Overall, I give Killington a 4 out of 10. There is some good skiing, but it's not what they claim. If you are there for anything other than the skiing, you have made a mistake.

  • January 23, 2009
    suncity from United Kingdom

    The skiing in Killington may well be worth the trip; a reasonable range of runs with some great challenges. However, that is where it ends. Prices are sky high for anything and service is virtually non-existent.
    The resort is not geared in any way for visitors so a car is strongly recommended should you wish to get anywhere. The new owners may well have cut back in many areas; lodges for food are shabby and the food is gruelingly predictable, the lifts and gondolas are closed on an ongoing basis which limits runs and access.
    The whole area has a sad and rundown feel to it with little vibe or excitement.
    Will stick to Canada and Europe in future.

  • January 22, 2009
    RB from United States

    Killington is a first-class Eastern resort. Terrain variety is impressive. It is the Southern-most Vermont area with legitimate steep skiing (Okemo Mountain, Mt Snow, and Stratton Mountain are really just cruiser mountains.) Newly added gladed skiing greatly enhances the experience.

    The biggest drawback, aside from the sketchy snow conditions shared by all Eastern resorts, is the crowds. During peak periods or weekends, it is a zoo. There is really too much lift capacity for the skiable acreage. The least crowded (and therefore most enjoyable skiing) is either on Snowdon Mountain or the South Ridge (when open). Bear Mountain is like Grand Central Station; avoid it.