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Visitor reviews for Killington Ski Resort

Killington Ratings

Overall: 4.0. Based on 17 votes and 51 reviews. Vote

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.

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.

Off-piste: 3.9

(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.

Scenery: 4.1

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

Access: 4.0

(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.

Accommodation: 4.6

(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: 3.6

(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: 4.4

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.8

(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.

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: 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.

Crowds/Queues: 3.2

(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.

Beginners: 4.0

(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: 4.4

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

Advanced: 4.9

(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.

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: 1.9

(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: 4.0

(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: 4.9

(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.

Entertainment: 3.3

(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): 3.8

(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.

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March 20, 2012
Ski Reporter from Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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. [note from the editor: this post will remain for a short time. If you would like to submit Eyeball reports (via Twitter) to the pages for this area, please write to the Help Desk: help@snow-forecast.com ]
January 23, 2012
Rick James B* from Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 ramps...in 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 Ski United Kingdom 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 Ski United States 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! Jim
October 06, 2010
Ski Reporter from Ski United States 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...