Visitor reviews for Killington Ski Resort
August 28, 2018
Ski Reporter from United States
Hey folks, quick update about operations at the Beast. Construction for winter improvements are drastically impacting summer operations. Many bike trails and lifts are being impacted by ongoing construction on the mountain. Showed up Friday night to find the gondola and Rams Head quad would be closed on Saturday. Only 1 of 3 lifts running and no access to the upper mountain trails at all, just the trails off the bunny slope.
Plan accordingly all so you aren't disappointed like we were on arrival. Good for winter sports enthusiasts, bad for summer sporters... Would have been nice to get a better heads up from management, or a pass holder discount for the inconvenience!
Overall: 4.0. Based on 16 votes and 50 reviews. Vote
(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.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(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: 3.8
(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.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Killington, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(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.
(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: 4.4
(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.
(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: 3.0
(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.
(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: 4.0
(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: 4.9
(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.
(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.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Killington, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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: 4.1
(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.
(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.
(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: 3.4
(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.
(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: 3.9
(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): 3.8
(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): 3.9
(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.
August 15, 2018
Dan E from United States
The new 365 Beast Pass described by a previous reviewer is an automatic renewal plan that auto charges your credit card monthly. That system has been overcharging customers by authorizing multiple charges per month, instead of just the one. Even after identification of the issue, additional charges continued to appear, and it's taken/taking Killington quite some time to rectify the problem. I haven't seen any more charges recently, but I'm concerned what August will bring. Be cautious about giving out financial information to this business...
June 12, 2018
Rob K from United States
Those discouraged by Killington and POWDR might be interested in checking out new pass options available from Vail Resorts next ski and snowboard season. Vail has proudly announced a new pass offering for skiers and riders in the Northeast at newly acquired Okemo Mountain, Mount Sunapee, and Stowe Mountain along with access to the other great resorts in the Vail portfolio all over the world. If that paltry 20% off ticket window rates at other POWDR held resorts doesn't excite, make the switch. You'll get more at Vail!
May 18, 2018
Arty M from United States
Killington has one trail left open. A lift ticket for one trail is $70! Powdr has zero respect for its customer base. I wouldn't give these clowns your money, never mind mine...
May 16, 2018
J Mockus from United States
I despise the corporate monster that is Killington's parent company, Powdr Corp. The bad energy that they feed into the ski industry is affecting the attitude of snow enthusiasts who ski at Killington. The happy buzz that has filled the place since management switched over is dying, if not dead. New subscription plan for mountain services vows to charge your credit card every month for ever (until you call and cancel - with plenty of harassment for trying and only after a minimum 12-month contract). I'm not looking for a new phone plan, I just want to ski. When operations decisions are made by out of towners looking for a money grab, the best interests of Killington skiers are tossed in the trash. Powdr Corp. is destroying the ski experience at Killington.
May 01, 2018
Kevin from United States
With all the snow that is still on the ground in Vermont, it is hard to believe that Killington is only running one chairlift. With good weekend weather and plenty of folks looking to continue spring skiing in shorts and t-shirts, there is no excuse in not opening available terrain. Beast of the East is getting a beat down by others in Vermont. Passholders pay to ski and Killington is waivering in it's commitment to it's most loyal skiers. No lifts, no sign of summer improvements...fail.
April 23, 2018
Jeff T from United States
Powdr makes it very difficult for Killington to compete for customers on a even keel with the rest of the ski industry. Overpriced pass offerings, overpriced family programs, top of the market lift ticket prices, lift and base lodge closures, reduced snowmaking allocations, poorly-trained, foreign staff, run down equipment. Even parking is a disaster these days.
April 19, 2018
Fred K from United Kingdom
We used to come to Killington every April for a week with a very large international group. It seems that since the new owners took over, the lifts closes earlier and earlier each year. They've once again closed down all beginner skiing before our annual trip. I've maintained contact with a few folks in the Killington area that I consider to be friends. We met skiing. They tell me the mountain is still 100% covered in snow. With groups that want to come ski, why doesn't Killington want their business? So much for being called the Beast. Feels more like the Bust.
April 19, 2018
MIke S from United States
Working under Powdr Corp is an institutional challenge. Local management works hard to overcome their shortcomings. Killington is managed as a business...it's no longer a ski resort. And the bottom line is more important than the customer.
April 19, 2018
Bubba from United States
Killington local management does the best they can, but their parent company Powdr Corp is the most deceitful, dishonest, untrustworthy, and inept group of bottom-dwellers in the ski business. Boycott Powdr!