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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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August 15, 2018
Dan E from Ski United States 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...
February 21, 2013
Roger from Ski United States 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!
June 18, 2013
Ski Reporter from Ski United States 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.
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!
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
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 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.
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...
June 12, 2018
Rob K from Ski United States 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!
November 08, 2018
Alan from Ski United States United States
Construction still has things up in the air at Killington this season. Well, that and the rainy weather. Weather delays has construction behind schedule, with lifts and ski tunnels not yet complete with ski season upon us. Killington is operating the gondola and an upper mountain lift with no top to bottom skiing. TTB route is in flux due to ongoing construction and it's yet to be seen what Killington will do as a work around. World Cup skiing arrives in 2 weeks, with Superstar not yet in race condition and no top to bottom skiing. Has Killington backed itself between a rock and a hard place? Pretty poor planning if you ask me...