Killington Resort

Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke
  • Biggest ski area in the East with 611 ha of skiable terrain!
  • Challenging glades and tons of trails with moguls
  • Best ski resort in Vermont for nightlife
  • Handy local shuttle bus means parking and getting on the slopes is simple
  • Confusing trail layout
  • Crowded slopes on powder days
  • Difficult for beginners to navigate between ski areas
  • Expensive lift tickets
  • On-mountain dining options aren't that great

Killington Resort Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Comfort Inn Trolley Square
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
20% off $559
Hillside Inn at Killington
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
20% off $594
Chalet Killington
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
19% off $679

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Nicknamed the Beast of the East, Killington is not only the biggest in Vermont but also eastern North America. A wide variety of terrain spreads across seven peaks and extensive snowmaking makes it a great option for skiers and snowboarders. Being big isn't its only drawcard, the resort also has the longest ski season in Vermont, often from October to May!

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

Mid-January to Mid-March

Killington in January is generally colder while February and early March serve up the best chance of the great snow.


Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport


Killington Resort (30 minutes)

Killington (2-8 km)

  • Most accommodation along Killington Road
  • Most convenient location to slopes and dining and nightlife options
  • Some lodging close to slopes but most a short bus ride away

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Pico Mountain (Walk)

  • Condos and hotels close to Pico Mountain lifts
  • Cheaper lodging than Killington
  • A bus ride away from Killington slopes

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Rutland (16-24 km)

  • Affordable lodging compared to Killington and Pico Mountain
  • 25 minute drive to Killington Resort
  • Variety of grocery stores and shopping

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Woodstock (24-32 km)

  • 35 minutes drive away
  • Range of local shops and charming atmosphere
  • Ideal for couples

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For beginners

Beginners will have plenty to choose from with green trails across the whole resort. For never-evers, the Snowshed and Ramshead are beginner areas are perfect for learning on. Our favourite for beginners though is Great Eastern. It has the most vertical here (778 m) winding from the top of Skye Peak all the way down to the Skyeship base!

For intermediates

With blue trails running everywhere, intermediates are quite spoilt for choice at Killington. Snowdon Mountain has quite a few good intermediate runs while Skyelark to High Road and onto Bittersweet is our top run! Our ultimate ski area for intermediates though is at Pico Mountain. There are less crowds, longer trails and the terrain is more suitable for intermediates.

For experts

Advanced and Experts won't have any problems finding fun and challenging runs here! Head up to Killington Peak and the top of K-1 Express for some of the best expert terrain including steep bowl which has trees. Our favourite trails though include The Jug, Jug Handle and Breakway. These black diamonds see less traffic as it's in a relatively secluded section of the mountain, plus the snow here is better!

Find freshies

As the saying in the East goes "The goods are in the woods". Freshies are usually found in glades such as Big Dipper and Julio where the wind blows the powder into the trees. Glades are usually rated for advanced and experts so they don't get tracked out as quickly, plus the snow usually stays fresh even days after a storm.

Ditch the crowds

Unless it's very early or very late it's best to avoid the long lift queues at the K-1 Express and the Ramshead Express Quad on busy weekends. Instead of the K-1 Express, take the Snowdon Triple, ski down Killink and then hop aboard the North Ridge Triple, It'll get you close to the slopes off K-1 Express.

Non skiers

The Beast of the East is well known for its fantastic skiing but other than that, non-skiers might find themselves quite bored here. Besides the few winter activities here (snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling etc), there isn't much for non-skiers to do at Killington.


The beginner terrain at the connected Snowshed and Ramshead base areas are the best spots for families. Ramshead is also the base for ski lessons and child care. There are also fun winter activities for the whole family to enjoy such as tubing and riding the Beast Mountain Coaster.

Killington Resort

Killington ResortJay Peak
beginner28 %20 %
intermediate33 %40 %
advanced24 %40 %
expert15 %-
total runs155 78
ski area611ha 156ha
summit elevation1,293m 1,209m
total lifts21 9
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$115 USD ($167 AUD) $64 USD ($93 AUD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall224cm 574cm

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Killington Resort Reviews

Very Good 4.2 / 5
based on 75 reviews

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Fabulous!4.4 / 5Jan 05, 2020
Killington Resort ReviewsJim O.
advanced snowboarder
The Beast is one of the best places to ride on the planet. Supreme variety of terrain, if you can't find what you want here you're just looking to complain.... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Dec 27, 2019
Killington Resort ReviewsAlex I
intermediate skier
Great variety of trails, and lots of them! All the areas could be confusing for some, for sure, but once you learn the place it is awesome! Each area has its own unique identity... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Killington Resort ReviewsSteve F.
advanced snowboarder
By far the best resort on the east coast. The terrain is varied, there is something for everyone. The nightlife on the access road cant be beat by any other resort in the US. Ski and snowboard schools are incredible... More
Good!3.8 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Killington Resort ReviewsMarina S.
intermediate skier
Great for any level from beginners to experts. Too many people on the holidays but other than that there’s no complains. Many options for lodging nearby. Highly recommended for family vacation spot!... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 13, 2019
Killington Resort ReviewsZada H.
advanced skier
Such a great resort for all levels of riding! I always start my day at Bear mt working over to sky peak to get the first tracks on my favorite warm up run, cruise control! Then working my way through each peak and of course taking great eastern far too many times! The terrain parks offer features for all riders and the glades are a must! I love... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 13, 2019
Killington Resort ReviewsJeffrey L.
advanced skier
Longest season in the east! It's true, I skied June 1st top to bottom and was back on the slopes November 10th. One of the best in the east for sure. Great terrain for beginners to experts. Tons of fun things going on all year. Get out there!... More
Good!3.8 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Killington Resort ReviewsKen L.
advanced snowboarder
Sweet gondola that takes you from the parking lot to the Mt. They have waffle Haus and a liquor bar mid way up the mountain in case you need to get your drink on or grab some munchies #420!... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Killington Resort ReviewsTory S.
expert snowboarder
Killington is a lot of fun and you will have a great time here, but it’s not the best Vermont has to offer. If you have friends who don’t ski, then this could be a great option, as there is plenty to do off the slopes. If you are really trying to shred, I suggest Stowe or Jay Peak... More
Good!3.8 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Killington Resort ReviewsAndrew S.
expert skier
Killington is a great resort and very family friendly. I've been skiing there since 1 1/2 when my mom would hold me between her legs as we went down the mountain. Very family friendly. Great variety of terrain with beginner greens, advanced blacks, and off posted for those who want a little extra and know how to avoid ski patrol. (I didn't say... More
Good!3.8 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Killington Resort ReviewsAndrew S.
expert skier
Killington is a great resort and very family friendly. I've been skiing there since 1 1/2 when my mom would hold me between her legs as we went down the mountain. Very family friendly. Great variety of terrain with beginner greens, advanced blacks, and off posted for those who want a little extra and know how to avoid ski patrol. (I didn't say... More

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