Killington, Vermont is just 15 miles from our mountain cabin. The community is famous for the sprawling Killington Resort that stretches across seven mountain areas, including Pico Mountain, and features access to 200 trails and 33 lifts with one lift ticket.
Killington Resort offers numerous off-mountain winter activities and adventures including dog sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice skating, combined with more than 100 restaurants and bars and shopping options throughout the region. And they have plenty of outdoor activities in the warmer months as well.
Some of the many good spots for dinner include Birch Ridge Inn, Cedars Restaurant, Grist Mill, Heli's, and Hemingway's.
Killington features the highest lift-served skiing and riding in Vermont from the 4,241-foot summit of Killington Peak via the heated K-1 Express Gondola. Killington averages 250 inches of natural snow each winter complemented by the world's most extensive snowmaking system covering 814 of 1,215 skiable acres. In fact, Killington Resort has more snowmaking coverage than most eastern resorts have in total skiable terrain and guarantees remarkable conditions from mid-November through early May!
Killington is the largest resort in the Northeast and is known for its diversity of terrain and network of lifts including three heated gondolas - delivering skiers and riders of all ability levels to groomed wide-open cruisers, classic narrow New England trails, moguls, steeps, and 16 tree skiing areas. Killington offers multiple terrain features for snowboarders and freeskiers including Bear Mountain's signature terrain parks and 430-foot long Superpipe with 18-foot walls.
Killington's combined snowmaking and grooming firepower is superior to any other resort in the United States. With almost 100 miles of snowmaking pipe, 1,850 snow guns and 20 snowcats grooming 45+ miles of terrain on a nightly basis, Killington offers consistent top-to-bottom, wall-to-wall corduroy daily on a variety of trails from wide open cruisers such as Needleâ€™s Eye and Skyeburst, to steep carving terrain on Double Dipper and Cascade.
With the K-1 Lodge located at 2,500 feet above sea level, Killington's elevation advantage equals more natural snow and optimal temperatures to produce machine-made snow from October through late April. Combined with the K-1 Gondola, Killington offers more terrain, especially expert trails and terrain parks than any other eastern resort during early and late season!
During the summer months, experience Killington's 18-hole championships golf course, alpine and water slides, lift-served mountain biking and hiking via the K-1 Gondola on 50+ miles of trails. The K-1 Gondola travels 1.25 miles to the top of 4,241-foot Killington Peak, the highest point in New England reached by an aerial lift. From the summit, a breathtaking panoramic view of five states (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, New York) and Canada can be seen.
Geoffrey Cornish designed the 18-hole golf course to take full advantage of the awe-inspiring mountain terrain. Killington's rushing snowmelt streams and elevation changes make for an exciting and strategic long game. Their generous greens allow you to attack the flag with confidence. This 6,186-yard, par 72 course presents a refreshing round for any golfer, no matter what skill level or handicap. The Killington Golf Course features a full practice facility, including 14-station driving range, a 12,000 square-foot putting green and practice bunker.
For the best Blueberry Pancakes, go to Johnny Boy's Pancake House in Killington (907 Killington Rd)
For a lively crowd, drinks and even dancing, head to the Wobbly Barn in Killington.