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Panorama of a ski slope in Killington, VT.

The Beast of the East: Our Guide To Skiing at Killington Ski Resort

Killington, Vermont, is perfect for those tired of overly hot, overly humid climates and seeking a true retreat from the usual escapes. The top elevation is this lovely ski-friendly spot of Vermont stands at 4,229 ft (1,289 m), and this area gets about 250 inches (640 cm) of snow each year.

Anyone looking for new Killington winter activities will not be disappointed by what they find here! Killington Ski Resort is a favorite destination of locals and visitors, located nearby our Killington condo rentals. 

About Killington Resort

Man at Killington Ski Resort doing a jump while skiing

Anyone who loves winter sports will love coming out to this resort, as it’s in the perfect area for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and so much else. It’s a true paradise for those who love the cold! The resort opens its doors daily to all from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. During the winter, hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. They offer 155 different trails you can help yourself to at any time. If you genuinely feel like taking on a new level of risk, try to hit the max vertical limit of approximately 3,050 ft (930 m). Better yet, capture the whole experience with your phone and a selfie stick to make it last forever!

To get a lift to these trails, keep in mind the resort’s got an excellent, no-cost gondola system that transports multiple families every half hour. Its lift capacity is 37,535 pounds per hour. That’s plenty of weight and tons of people to take at once! So, hop on any time.

This unique Killington, Vermont ski resort is known for its friendliness to outsiders. Bring your whole crew along, even pets! They’ll all be treated like family here.

Operating Schedule

If you’re wondering when the shuttle operates (or what daily schedule it runs on), you’ll be pleased to know that all operations run from late spring and early summer to mid-to-late fall each year. Activities can vary based on what you’d like to do while you’re up and about the resort. For instance, there’s the mountain bike park, typically open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and the Adventure Center, which runs during those typical hours (all based on season, weather, and with some holiday closure exceptions), too.

The KI Gondola, offering scenic roads throughout the area, runs during those same hours. It goes from June 23 through September 5 and runs once more from September 8 to October 10. Keep in mind their last daily gondola runs just half an hour before the final 5 p.m. closing time, so try to get there before then and sit back, relax, and see the town from above. It’s a visual sight for the senses, sure to wow anyone in any age group. Bring the whole family! 

Base Lodges

If you ever want to hit the slopes, or even tailgate at the Killington slopes, start by checking out the resort’s base area, where you can see all the amenities for yourself, pick a favorite, and then plan out the rest your long and activity-filled week. There are three base lodges where you can get your bearings: the K1 Lodge, the Snowshed Lodge, and the Ramshead Lodge. If you have any questions about any spots on the map, specific landmarks nearby, or even the best ways to trail by foot or bike, ask any friendly associate at the kiosks of any lodge, and they’ll be more than happy to help. 


If you pick up a trail map at any of the lodges (or at the resort’s front desk), you can see the 155+ trails on a marked sheet with information and symbols. Now don’t get confused — it’s a lot to take in at once. Just start by highlighting or marking one area at a time, and always be sure to mark your starting and ending points before beginning on any trail. Remember that the central map they give you marks out all the easier routes with a green circle, so it’s best to start there. 

Woodward Mountain Park

It’s time to hit the slopes at Woodward Mountain Park, freestyle! You will see on many local ads that they call this the “Best Terrain Park in the East” for a reason. It’s even been featured in Snowboarder Magazine for its fantastic ski and snowboard tours and paths (some courses with obstacles and some without, to give you some variety). They have beginner slopes, intermediate slopes, and advanced slopes. There are many learning zones throughout, as well, featuring insight from proven pros in these sports, and all are fully hike-accessible, too. Take your time finding the best starting point for you. 

Skier on a ski slope in Killington, VT.

Lessons & Rentals

For kids, the MiniStars lesson is the best way to begin. This lesson is designed for four-to six-year-olds and will show all the basics of skiing techniques and safety. Anyone seven to 15 years old ought to take on the Youth Group lesson. Those in that age range, or those just a bit older, can try the Youth Learn To lesson if they’ve never done this before and are a bit shyer to learn. Of course, anyone 16 and older are allowed to take the Adult Group lesson, and beginner or novice adults can join the one, and only Adult Learn To lesson.

Plan Your Visit!

Ready to experience skiing at the Killington Ski Resort? Book your Killington, VT vacation rental today and prepare for the thrills!

Tickets & Passes

If it’s your first time skiing or snowboarding as an adult and you’d like to take advantage of a 2-day learning pass that is specialized to help you learn faster, then you might like the 2-Day Snowboarding Discovery Program. Anyone who wants a group pass with their small group, for those aged two or older, can try any basic private tickets or passes. For a full yearly pass, try the Beast 365 Pass, which provides unlimited access to all perks, including 12 free tickets letting you bring a friend along for just half price. 

Hopefully, you’ve discovered at least a few things to do in Killington, VT, to start with. For more ideas, contact our rental experts, who can give you more information about the area. Plus, they can tell you about the stellar Killington rentals on the shuttle route, allowing you to get to the slopes whenever you please. 

Our Killington condo rentals are not only conveniently located near the trails but are also incredible places to call home after a long day outdoors. Enjoy spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, complimentary WiFi, fully stocked kitchens, flat-screen TVs, and more. Once you’ve spent your day exploring, you can return to your rental to relax, unwind, and relive memories of the slopes with the ones you love most. 

Don’t wait another day to start planning your next trip to Killington. Our team is ready and waiting to help you find the perfect accommodations for your group!

Where To Stay

Our Killington rentals are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable summer getaway. You’ll find fully stocked kitchens, high-speed internet, fireplaces, cable TV, and more! Our properties, with easy access to activities in Killington, Vermont, provide the perfect retreat for those who want a relaxing, cozy haven to return to after a day of exploring the beautiful surroundings. At our Killington, Vermont resort, we offer a range of activities and rentals to cater to all outdoor enthusiasts. Get in touch with us today to reserve your next adventure!