- Overall Rating 2
- Family Friendly 1
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 2
- Nightlife 1
Pros: Size and diversity
Cons: Current Ownership
Recommended For: Singles
Date Visited: Mar 1, 2009
Killington is under new ownership as of two seasons ago and is suffering through significant changes that have resulted in a serious loss of quality skiing. Many lifts don't run midweek and most lodges are basically closed (bathrooms and tickets only). The season has been shortened from the expected 7 month season to a mere 5 month season ending in mid April. This means earlier trail closures in the spring and less snow making all winter long (since it doesn't have to last till June). Businesses on the access road are hurting for late season business and closing earlier and earlier. The once mighty nightlife is dwindling. Skier visits are now sub 500,000 a year down from a peak of 1.3 millionish just a few years ago. People are moving on to longer seasons with better skiing at other resorts in Vermont... We own property and are upset with the way the new owners are running the mountain. Season passes are up over 200% in the last couple years. We are ready to move on, but must sell the condo first. Beware, the once mighty Killington is no more.
1.) 3000 vertical feet. Well kinda, the only way to ski 3000 feet is on beginner trails.
2.) 7 giant peaks. Well kinda, Killington Peak, Snowdon Peak, Bear Mountain, Sky Peak, Rams Head, and Pico (and Sunrise?). But Rams Head lift doesn't go to the top of that peak and the peak is 'closed'. You can't even get to Pico and back from Killington on skis. The rest of the giant peaks top out at 1000'-1500' of vertical at best, 1/3 to 1/2 the size Killington touts.
3.) 6 great lodges. Well kinda, Peak lodge (which I expected to be the cool spot to hang out) was closed 90% of the time. Food at Bear Mtn Lodge and Killington Lodge was nothing short of gross. Never made it to Ramshead, Snowshed had better food options, but you had to deal with skiing with all the beginners to get in and out of there. Skyship base wasn't much more than a convenience store. And you can't get to Pico from Killington.
4.) Largest snowmaking system on the planet. Well I guess so. we never saw it operate during our two week holiday.
5.) Most chairlift capacity in New England? Could be, except we never saw half of them run. More ran on Saturdays, but some never ran the whole time we were there.
6.) Best nightlife in NE ski country? God I hope not. The bars remind me of Bourbon St in New Orleans the week after Mardi Gras. Dirty, dingy, run down, stinking of old beer (or was that urine) and don't even bother if it's not Friday or Saturday nights. Week day nights are quiet. Venturing into the city of Rutland was scary, at least at the nudie clubs.
Overall, I give Killington a 4 out of 10. There is some good skiing, but it's not what they claim. If you are there for anything other than the skiing, you have made a mistake.