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Women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup on Killington Mountain

The best female alpine skiers in the world will convene on Thanksgiving weekend here in snowy Killington, VT. Killington Mountain will yet again play host to the 2018 Women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup. This ultra-popular free event will be the only World Cup expo in the United States this winter. After the Northeast went 25 years without hosting a World Cup, this exciting sport returned to Killington Mountain in 2016. The professional skiers and FIS were so pleased that they almost immediately announced the city would host the World Cup again in 2017 and 2018. We’re now five weeks away from this stunning display, which entertained 30,000 onlookers a year ago.

Killington Mountain will likely see thousands more arrive to watch Mikaela Shiffrin attempt to best her second-place finish from 2017. After a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, head up to the Green Mountains for a one-of-a-kind spectacle! The Killington Group still has some availability for Thanksgiving weekend; book now before our luxurious vacation rentals quickly sell out!

Ladies’ Slalom

Ninety athletes from over 20 countries are expected to race down the Superstar trail on Killington Mountain. The event will be broadcasted to millions of people on NBC and NBCSN. Shiffrin will likely perform in both events. She finished first in the giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics, besting Ragnhild Mowinckel (Norway) and Federica Brignone (Italy). Shiffrin missed the slalom podium by 0.08 seconds at the same Olympics – a fact she hasn’t forgotten. Frida Hansdotter (Sweden), Wendy Holdener (Switzerland), and Katharina Gallhuber (Austria) all finished ahead of the two-time gold medal winner.

Live Entertainment

Not many free events feature such a diverse and talented music lineup. Lucky onlookers will have the chance to see growing Scottish superstar KT Tunstall, Boston-based Guster, reggae master Michael Franti, and the former #1 DJ in the world, Paul Oakenfold. Hopefully, we’ll get to hear Guster play “Satellite” and Franti perform “Say Hey.” You never know what Oakenfold will pull out of his hat, and Tunstall’s “Black Horse and the Cherry” will set the crowd ablaze. Teton Gravity Research will also be screening their latest film, “Far Out.”

Daily Festivities

Killington Mountain will still be open to the public, so you can spend hours skiing or snowboarding on a slightly modified course. We take alpine skiing very seriously here in the Northeast, which is why there will be fireworks, parades, autograph sessions, and so much more! This event is free, but a limited amount of enhanced viewing tickets are available.

Luxurious Killington Lodging

The Killington Group has a fleet of vacation rentals near the World Cup, so you’ll always be close to all the slalom action. You’ll also be minutes from fine restaurants, skiing hills, and craft breweries near Killington, VT. We still have properties available, ranging from two-bedroom condos to four-bedroom vacation homes. Scroll through our extensive vacation rental list here, or give us a call at 1-802-422-2300.

Best Area Attractions near Killington VT

Whether you’re visiting Killington VT for a summertime mountain biking adventure or a world-class snowy ski trip, you’re going to need one afternoon of leisurely activities to recharge your batteries. Not only is our beautiful slice of New England paradise an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, but the area is home to many popular attractions, especially for history, art, and ice cream fanatics. The Killington Group proudly offers affordable vacation rentals near Killington Mountain, the nation’s first-to-open and last-to-close ski resort. The lush countryside here in Killington VT is beginning to transform into an awe-inspiring, colorful blend, but we can practically already smell winter’s pearly white powder. Take a short break from the mountain this winter with a visit to one of these three area attractions.

Calvin Coolidge Homestead

The Calvin Coolidge Homestead in nearby Plymouth remains one of the most-visited attractions in Vermont. Take a step back in time at the childhood home of the United States’ 30th president. Calvin Coolidge, “Silent Cal,” lived in this home for 11 years before departing for historical Black River Academy in Ludlow. Coolidge was in politics for only 22 years, including his six-year term as President of the United States (1923-1929). He passed away at the age of 60 and is buried down the road inside Plymouth Notch Cemetary. Take a tour through the meticulously-preserved homestead, complete with an informative video. This must-visit attraction is only 15 minutes south of Killington VT.

Ben & Jerry’s Factory

Travel north to Waterbury VT for one of the best factory tours in the world at Ben & Jerry’s. This ice cream giant was founded in the nearby college town of Burlington 40 years ago by childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield who originally wanted to start a bagel shop. Burlington residents immediately fell in love with Ben & Jerry’s unique flavor combinations. Ice cream lovers flock to Waterbury year-round to tour the factory and stroll through the Flavor Graveyard. The factory is located 66 miles north of Killington VT.

Simon Pearce Mill

You’ll find one of New England’s hidden gems in the small but beautiful town of Quechee, 26 miles east of Killington VT. Simon Pearce is an Irish-American entrepreneur who opened his first U.S. glassblowing facility in Quechee 37 years ago. Pearce learned his craft in Ireland and now has glass and pottery stores in six states. The Quechee-based Simon Pearce Mill rests on the edge of the beautiful Ottauquechee River near a covered bridge and a dam, which powers the facility. Anyone can stop in the mill to watch professional glassblowers create genuinely stunning works of art.

Killington VT Vacation Rentals

The Killington Group has a large fleet of vacation rentals near the base of Killington Mountain. Whether you’re looking for a romantic condo for two, a family-friendly townhome, or a house that sleeps up to 24, The Killington Group has the perfect match to fit a budget of any size. Book a fall mountain biking adventure before winter arrives by dialing 1-802-422-2300 or visiting KillingtonGroup.com.

Best Autumn Mountain Biking Trails Near Killington

No season compares to colorful autumn for zealous mountain bikers here in Killington – fresh, crisp mountain air, picturesque foliage, and perfect trail conditions. Fall is the last chance for Northeastern residents before those beautiful first few flakes of snow begin to accumulate on Killington Mountain signifying the start of winter sports. The Killington Group welcomes all mountain bikers with open arms as we say goodbye to the dog days of summer and say hello to colorful autumn. Soon the Green Mountains will be painted a stunning mixture of crimson, kelly green, amber, and marigold by Mother Nature’s skillful brushstrokes. Book one of our charming Killington accommodations for a genuinely once-in-a-lifetime mountain biking excursion through the vast Vermont wilderness.

Killington Mountain

The Killington Mountain Bike Park is the premier biking option near our charming vacation homes, chalets, and condos. Consult our visitor’s guide to the mountain before visiting this fall. This world-class downhill park has over 45 miles of trails ranging from moderate to extremely difficult. Launch from Killington Peak at the height of 4,214 feet and conquer some of the lengthiest and steepest trails in Vermont. The Green Mountain valley vistas on Killington Mountain are among the best in the region.

Green Mountain Trails – Pittsfield

Travel north on VT-100 to the quaint village of Pittsfield for a full day of bunny hops, gnarls, grinders, and switchbacks on various Green Mountain Trails. A visit to Vermont isn’t complete without a cross-country trek on the “GMT Loop,” a 14.3-mile ascent into the colorful Green Mountains. Expert mountain bikers should also embark on the 5.4-mile Cascada trail, a 1,000-foot descent to the base of the mountain range. This extreme natural wonderland is only eight miles north of Killington, making it a must-visit for any earnest mountain biker.

Pine Hill Park – Rutland

Hop on US-4 and head west to Rutland for 16 miles of genuinely stunning forest trails. Pine Hill Park has a complex, winding landscape, and most mountain bikers enjoy mapping out unique journeys through the lush Green Mountains. This natural multi-purpose park has dozens of breathtaking overlooks and ideal picnic locales. Full suspension bikes are preferred at Pine Hill to handle the hits with ease and generate extra traction. Don’t skip the Stegasaurus, Strong Angel, Rembrandt’s Brush, or Svelte Tiger trails. Pine Hill Park is fun, challenging, and scenic – what more could you ask for on a beautiful fall afternoon?

Killington Accommodations

The Killington Group prides itself on offering charming, affordable, and immaculate vacation homes, chalets, and condominiums. Our Killington accommodations are conveniently located to breathtaking Killington Mountain. It’s not too late to book a mountain biking getaway with us during the annual Killington Fall Brewfest, featuring over 125 craft beer styles and live music. The first five parties to reserve a stay will receive ten percent off and two tickets to the Killington Mountain Bike Park!

Top 5 Killington Area Golf Courses to Play This Fall

It’s never too early to start looking ahead to Vermont’s beautiful fall foliage. As the calendar flips to September and the leaves begin to change color, golfers from all over North America escape to Killington for spectacular autumn golf getaways. Offering only the best Killington lodging options, The Killington Group have cozy mountainside chalets, townhomes, and newly renovated condominiums. Avoid overpriced resorts and hotels, and choose the vacation rental that perfectly suits your golf group. The Killington area is home to some of the most stunning autumn golf courses in New England. These five courses have beautiful natural surroundings, pristine landscapes, and challenging setups.

Green Mountain National Golf Course

The unanimous number one public golf course in the great state of Vermont is the Green Mountain National Golf Course, seven miles north of the Killington Ski Area. Green Mountain National features breathtaking fall foliage, dramatic tee shots, pristine bunkers, and mountainside greens. The rates are among the best in the state, despite being the most sought after round of golf in Vermont. The Killington Group is proud to offer Stay and Play packages for those hoping to swing away at Green Mountain National.

Killington Golf Course

The Killington Golf Course is steps away from many of our vacation rentals, depending on which one you choose. Every hole offers spectacular Green Mountain and Killington Peak vistas. Enhance your round by cruising through the course on the newest golf craze: a golf board. This golf course is convenient, scenic, and challenging. Keep your eyes peeled for adorable black bears, foxes, and deer as they often trek across the fairways. Save money on greens fees through our Stay and Play packages.

Rutland Country Club

No golf course in New England can match the stunningly colorful Green Mountain views at the Rutland Country Club. This semi-private country club was built in 1901 on the outskirts of the scenic valley city of Rutland. You’ll fall in love with their dramatic tee shots, immaculate greens, and colorful encircling forest. After 18 memorable holes, grab a pint and lunch on the patio at the onsite Baxter’s Restaurant. This Rutland staple is widely known for their delicious seafood, nightly dinner specials, and spectacular mountain vistas. Rutland is a scenic 15-minute drive from many of our premier Killington lodging options.

Woodstock Country Club

The valley views at Woodstock Country Club aren’t nearly as sweeping as the ones at Rutland Country Club, but Woodstock does have the best fall foliage in the Killington area. This charming country club is less than a mile south of Woodstock, a quintessential autumn Vermont town. Colorful hills and mountains entirely encircle the Woodstock Country Club. This traditional course features twisting fairways, challenging shots, and gorgeous ponds. Woodstock has the 18th best golf course conditions, according to Golf Advisor.

Okemo Valley Golf Club

The Okemo Valley Golf Club in nearby Ludlow has stunning Okemo Mountain views from nearly every angle of the course. Okemo Valley has towering tee shots, wide fairways, rolling hills, and natural ponds. This course is a cross between an English links-style course and a traditional U.S. parkland course. This heathland-style gem features challenging mounds, tall rough, and wavy greens. Okemo Valley has won many prestigious awards including the best public golf course in Vermont, according to Golf Digest.

Killington Lodging

Autumn is fast approaching, so there’s no better time than now to find the Killington area vacation rental for your Vermont fall golf getaway. We have dozens of Killington lodging options that range from 25-person ski houses to cozy one-bedroom condos for two. Call 1-802-422-2300 to book a Stay and Play package at Killington Golf Course or Green Mountain National. Don’t waste another second – our vacation rentals in September and October are filling fast!

A Visitor’s Guide to the Killington Mountain Bike Park

The Killington Mountain Bike Park features over 45 miles of lift-serviced bike trails for thrill-seekers of all skill levels. The Killington Group, home to Vermont’s premier vacation rentals, is proud to be the #1 accommodation option for visiting bicyclists. The nearby Killington Bike Park, supreme among Killington VT attractions, is the fastest growing downhill bike park in North America. Choosing a getaway to the Green Mountains is easy; now it’s time discover the very best that the Killington Bike Park has to offer.

Fastest Growing Downhill Mountain Bike Park

The Killington Mountain Bike Park has 34 unique trails and one of the highest accessible biking elevations east of the Mississippi. Launch from Killington Peak, at the height of 4,214 feet, and conquer some of the most challenging trails in New England. The Killington Bike Park hosts many professional bike events including the upcoming Fox US Open and the Maxxis Eastern State Cup. When the snow melts, all other Killington VT attractions pale in comparison to the Killington Bike Park.

Three Distinct Lift Options

The Killington Mountain Bike Park is home to three lifts with very different destinations. The Snowshed lift shuttles beginners and intermediate riders looking for easy-going dirt roads. Most riders use these trails to get the blood pumping before challenging themselves on the rugged single tracks. The Ramshead lift will take you to their signature freestyle trails for mid-level and advanced riders. Ramshead has spectacular jump trails and a Pro GRT downhill course. For the toughest, most thrilling trails in Vermont, trek up to Killington Peak. These trails are lengthy, steep, and winding.

Push Yourself with These Trails

If you’re skilled enough to brave Killington Peak, we suggest the “Off the Top” trail because it’s the lengthiest route on the mountain and offers breathtaking scenery and extreme challenges. “The Beast” is a snaking thrill-ride through rooty dirt and rock slabs. “Black Magic” at Ramshead is speedy, exhilarating, and has a lot of available airtime.

Mountain Bike Tours

Start your morning or take an afternoon recess with a guided mountain bike tour. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide each group across the mountain range. The two-hour tour is the perfect way to warm up or learn about unfrequented trails worth trying in Killington.

The Best Vacation Rentals in Killington

There are dozens of terrific Killington VT attractions, but the Killington Mountain Bike Park is an absolute must for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. The Killington Group has dozens of homes, condos, and townhomes within two miles of the Killington Bike Park. Scan through our wide selection of charming and deluxe accommodations to find the rental that’s perfect for your upcoming getaway to stunning Killington!

A Killington Mountain Biking Adventure

When the snow melts and the boards and skis get put away until next season, Killington is famous for yet another fast-paced activity: mountain biking. Find yourself with two wheels on epic trails and an exciting challenge when you hit the Killington Mountain trails. Check out these incredible Killington Vermont things to do and events while you stay with The Killington Group this spring.

Our Mountain Bike Park

Welcome to Killington, Vermont, home to the largest bike park in the East. When you’re itching to experience outdoor fun and ways to challenge your skill, our Killington Bike Park is a thrilling experience to get your feet pedaling and your heart pumping. Regardless if you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, we have trails for all levels of experience. With two newly added trails and our revamped beginners trails, your time in Killington will be the highlight of your spring!

Epic Events

Here at Killington, we realize how much our guests love the activities and our facilities. We want to keep participants engaged and the challenges rolling. Every year week we have the incredible Fox US Open, the most challenging and competitive mountain bike racing in the nation. Don’t forget about the KMBC Bike Bum Races, where you can join as a solo rider or get a group together for a race against the clock.

Another event for our biking enthusiasts is the Long Trail Century Ride. Long Trail Century Ride is an event that has options for everyone with treks ranging from 100-mile loops to a smaller 5K. This event is not only a fun journey for cyclists but is also a fundraiser for local non-profit organizations that provide sports and recreation to those with disabilities. The Long Trail Century Ride is a way to give back to a fantastic cause and give other people the chance to experience the same feeling of excitement you have when your tires hit the dirt.

Everything You Need

With all of our cycle-featured Killington Vermont things to do, it is a privilege to offer everything our guests need within minutes. When you stay with us at The Killington Group for a mountain bike adventure, remember to visit Killington’s unique bike shops: True Wheels and First Stop. These two shops have everything you need, including bikes, accessories, and gear. You can give us a call or visit our website to see all of the exciting updates and information to begin planning your very own Killington mountain biking adventure!

Killington Mountain: Even Better Than Before

Killington Mountain, everyone’s favorite Killington ski rental getaway, is getting significant upgrades, and we are beyond excited to share them with everyone! Killington Mountain has always been a popular Vermont destination for skiers, snowboarders, adventurers, travelers, and everyone in between. 2018 and 2019 are bringing some notable changes!

The Lifts

A few additions are going into our lift system to create a faster operation to get more people on the hills while also improving access. Our principal focus is usually on our challenging advanced hills, but we want to make sure families are having a good time too. We are adding a Snowdon six-person bubble chairlift to the Snowdon Peak hills. The Snowdon Quad lift is also being relocated and refurbished. The South Ridge Quad will also be moving to where the South Ridge Triple was to create easier access to the north side of the resort and hills. New gate programs will also make access easier and hands-free.

The Terrain

Many of our hills are also getting a makeover for even better experiences. Tunnels and bridges will be added to four different intersections to improve traffic flow and remove pinch points. We will also be widening trails so that there is a little more elbow room for everyone to be comfortable.

The Resort

The resorts amenities will be acquiring a few fun updates and add-ons. The Woodward WreckTangle will have an outdoor ninja obstacle course added in with nine sections for an epic obstacle adventure. There will also be a few changes made to the Adventure Center. The other attraction being modified is the Killington Mountain Bike Park with a few trail changes and new additions.

The Killington Group

Keep visiting our website for updates and be sure to join us for a bit of fun! The Killington Group has been working hard to make the largest ski and snowboard resort in North America even bigger and better. Come out and discover mountain excitement like none other in breathtaking Killington, Vermont!

Nor’Easters, A Skier’s Dream

On the east coast, there is something that many locals find to be a nuisance. However, for those who love shredding through the snow, it is a dream come true. The Nor’ Easter is a winter storm that typically brings chilly coastal winds from the northeast and buckets of snow to Vermont and surrounding states. These fierce winter storms produce some of the best powder for those staying in Vermont ski vacation rentals by The Killington Group, creating the optimal winter sports playground.

Incoming!

March has already seen over six feet of snow and it is not over yet! Travelers staying in a Killington ski rental were nothing short of thrilled to see that fresh white powder falling from the sky. This scene means the slopes are coated and ready for some fun! These heavy snow storms create layers of snow that last for the majority of the year and well into late spring. This means a long season of time in the hills kicking up some snow.

killington ski rental, vermont ski vacation rentalsLet It Snow

Being located just south of Canada, Vermont tends to receive plenty of snow to make it a winter wonderland. Snowboarders and skiers from all over come to shred through the hills and stay in Vermont ski vacation rentals for the ideal snowy vacation. Many areas of the world cannot allow nature to coat their slopes, so they end up making their own snow. Nor’ easters help cover the hills naturally for some of the best skiing and riding out there.

Experiencing The Best Of Vermont Nor’Easters

With Vermont’s incredible ski conditions, thanks to nor’ easters, spring is the perfect time to grab your gear and book a Killington ski rental by The Killington Group this spring. There are plenty of Vermont ski vacation rentals ready for your arrival and slopes that are calling your name. Are you ready to discover some of these nor’ easter’s best work? Give us a call at (802)422-2300 or visit our website to book a stay in one of our fantastic rental properties.

Vacation Rentals VS Hotels: Why To Stay In A Vacation Rental

You have your destination picked out, you have searched area activities, and you know what dates you want to make your escape, but you have not figured out where you are staying. This is common for travelers with all the choices out there. Between vacation rentals and hotels, there could be hundreds of options. Here are a few different ways a vacation rental could be a better fit and save your money on your next trip.

Privacy And The Comfort Of A Home

In hotels, guests find themselves in a room sandwiched between a hall of numerous other units that look exactly the same. You often end up needing to whisper so neighbors are not disturbed, or you can hear the couple across the hall having clear a disagreement on something. When you stay in a vacation home, you usually stay in an actual home. Whether it be a cozy cabin or a luxury house, you keep your privacy and can tell your place apart from the next by more than just a number on the door. You can put on your favorite tunes while dancing in the kitchen and cook your favorite meal and none of your neighbors will come knocking at your door to quiet down.  

Groups Space And Saving Moneyvermont ski vacation rentals

When traveling in groups, space can be a huge convenience but also a huge expense. Instead of a group of 5 or more going in on a suite or getting several rooms in a hotel and sleeping wherever there is space, you could each have your own bed or bedroom in a vacation rental. Many vacation rentals are full-sized homes and are made to accommodate everyone comfortably and can be found at affordable prices. Vacation rental properties usually sleep 6 to 14 guests so no member of the party needing to hit the hay on a carpeted floor.

You will also have more of choice in the living space available. If you are on a week-long ski trip in Vermont with 6 of your best buds, you will not want to have all of your gear in one tiny space. Vermont ski vacation rentals offer enough space for your gear and for your group to relax in living and dining areas. You will also save more money by not needing to order food for your meals as vacation rental homes have full kitchens with all of the appliances required to prepare your meals.

Which One Do You Choose?

Though hotels are fitting for some and make more sense for certain events, they are simply not for everyone. Staying in a vacation rental definitely has its advantages. When you are looking to ski, take a family vacation, or just want to get away for a while, a vacation rental like those offered by The Killington Group would be a fantastic choice. Take a look at their website to see just how comfortable and affordable their Vermont ski vacation rentals are. When planning your next getaway or Vermont ski adventure, The Killington Group’s vacation rentals could be perfect for you.