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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 16, 2009
SirBubbsAlot from Ski United Kingdom 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 Ski United Kingdom 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 Ski United States 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.
October 22, 2008
Stu Pedaso from Ski United States United States
Don't waste your money at this place.
September 12, 2008
Johnson from Ski United States United States
I recently found this site, and I read what K Skier wrote. There is general agreement the new owners could have done a better job on a number of fronts. There is also agreement that this past season was one of the best we've had in a while. There are fewer skiers, and it means the slopes aren't crowded. We're getting a brand new lift this season, and we're hearing that the cross-overs are being reduced. This means more non-stop top to bottom skiing. Everything changes, and for now Killington continues to be one of the best resorts in all of New England.
September 12, 2008
K Refugee from Ski United States United States
Agree with K skier. We've moved on to another great resort in Vermont.
September 03, 2008
K Skier from Ski United States United States
Killington is under new ownership as of last season and is suffering through significant changes that have resulted in a serious loss of quality skiing. Many lifts don't run midweek and most lodges are basically closed (bathrooms and tickets only). The season has been shortened from the expected 7 month season to a mere 5 month season ending in mid April. This means earlier trail closures in the spring and less snow making all winter long (since it doesn't have to last till June). Businesses on the access road are hurting for late season business and closing earlier and earlier. The once mighty nightlife is dwindling. Skier visits are now sub 500,000 a year down from a peak of 1.3 millionish just a few years ago. People are moving on to longer seasons with better skiing at other resorts in Vermont... We own property and are upset with the way the new owners are running the mountain. Season passes are up over 200% in the last couple years. We are ready to move on, but must sell the condo first. Beware, the once mighty Killington is no more. www.killingtonzone.com
February 27, 2008
Andy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great skiing, great snow and the accommodation was ok as were the restaurants and bars which line the Killington access road. The only way to have a night out is to either drive, catch a bus (which means standing in the freezing cold after a night out drinking/eating) or walking. I found the locals to be very friendly but some of the bar/restaurant owners particularly at the “famous” wobbly barn to be more interested in my money rather than looking after us. Avoid! I will be going again, I will go self catering and make sure I have a hire car.
December 25, 2005
Tom Travis from Ski United States United States
Killington is a huge area with 212 trails dropping down six distinct peaks and can hold one's interest for a week of skiing. It makes loads of snow and conditions generally are very good. However, the lower 1300 feet (or so) of Killington's much advertised 3,000 foot vertical can only be fully accessed from a long, easy, tedious trail or two; otherwsie its verticals from Skye and Killington peaks are a much more modest 1600-1750 feet, and less from the other summits. Also, accessing the trails from the top of Killington and Skye peaks can be confusing and Killington can get very crowded. I actually prefer skiing at its sister resort, Pico Peak, which has six wonderful trails winding down from its summit.
March 18, 2005
dave c from Ski United States United States
Killington is the one for skiing and partying in central vermont. For those in the uk, wait until late january to come out to enjoy the mountain. This season (04/05), conditions didn't get right until February.