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Killington Resort Resort Reviews

by: powdahskiah - 21st February 2007

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
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  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 2Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

After skiing Killington for about 30 years, I've learned to "take the good with the bad" and accept it for what it really is; a mega-resort that does as little as possible to make a buck! Eventhough ASC just sold "lock, stock & barrel" to POWDR of Park City, Utah, many long overdue improvments are still a year or two down the road, if at all. That said, there's still plenty of good qualities about K that make it stand out. First of all, when the other mountains are closed or barely operating, K is pumping out tons of snow and opening as much terrain as possible. This year for instance, when most of Vermont was either down or running at 25% or less, K had ALL six mountains, plus Pico up with at least 40% skiable terrain open. And though I've never been a fan of their grooming in the past, this year they really stepped up and turned what could have been a bummer into a stunner of a January & February romp! They even groomed a "bail-out" lane for the steep mogul wannabes on Outer Limits, finally! Yeah, their mountain stats and snow reports are all inflated, their indoor staff is generally incompetent or rude, the parking can be a mess, and don't get me started on the food! But, the lift staff, mountain ambassadors, ticket and info agents are all superb. And, the Ski Patrol is second to none in the northeast! Most of their bad history seems to be improving (trail signs, rest rooms, ski school, etc.). Just don't go there expecting the royal treatment, Disneyland it ain't. Never rent gear on the mountain (the shops down the access road are about 50% cheaper & more knowledgable), ask some locals about where to ski & park on weekends & holidays, take a "Meet the Mountain Tour" or a ski/snowboard lesson (best ways to beat long lift lines), don't try to ski all six peaks in one day, and watch RSN Channel 14 locally for insider skiiing and dinning tips. Oh yeah, pickup plenty of trail maps and ski within yourself or your group's ability. And though they don't really advertise it, you can get a "Snow Guarantee" voucher for another day if you don't like the conditions! Just one more thing; Ice, thin cover and narrow trails are common to ALL of the northeast, learn how to handle them either thru a friend or a pro. 'Cause if you can learn to ski or ride every mountain at Killington, you can ski or ride anywhere in the world!

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