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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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June 18, 2010
RB from Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United States 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 Ski United Kingdom 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 Ski United States 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.