Killington ski resort, also known as Killington Mountain Resort and Ski Area, is one of the larger ski resorts in eastern North America. The resort is in Killington, Vermont and services 17,000 skiers daily.
About Killington Ski Resort
Perry H. Merrill, who was a Vermont State land lease officer, encouraged the development of a ski resort on Killington Peak. In 1954, he and Preston Leete Smith worked together to develop the region of Killington Peak, the second highest mountain in the state. In the 1960's, the owners invested in snowmaking equipment, which was a technology above other ski resorts. The ski resort changed ownership several times since then and is now owned by Powdr Corporation and SP Land Company.
Killington Mountain Resort and Ski Area is known for its diverse terrain. Beginners through advanced skiers will find trails ideal for their particular needs. The mountain offers 140 trails with 22 lifts. The location gets an average of 250 inches of snowfall annually and has a 600-acre snowmaking system to ensure quality powder is always available.
The mountain offers ski conditions ideal for snowboarders, cross country skiers and freeskiers as well. The ski area contains five terrain parks. There is also a 500-foot superpipe available to visitors. In addition, snowmobiling, rock climbing and snowshoeing expeditions occur nearby. Dog sledding is another area attraction. The mountain offers the following features:
- The summit is at 4241 feet.
- The base elevation is 1165 feet and is referred to as Skyeship.
- The vertical drop is 3050 feet.
- There are 71 miles of trails along 140 different trails.
- The ski area consists of 752 skiable acres.
- Of the trails, 28 percent are beginner, 33 percent are moderate and 39 percent are advanced trails.
The ski area is open from early November through early May each year. Weather conditions may close the ski area.
Killington Mountain Resort manages The Killington Grand Hotel and Spa which is the resort's flagship luxury hotel. The company also manages several local condominium units alongside the base of the mountain. Some of the condominiums offer midseason access to the slopes using a chairlift.
Nearby, there are about 120 area inns, condominiums, hotels and cabins available to visitors. The region also offers numerous restaurants, clubs, spas and bars.
More to Do at the Resort
The Killington ski resort is a full service facility. Visitors can enjoy any of the numerous events that take place throughout the year. The facility offers festivals, bands and snowmobile tours. During the holiday season, the resort offers sleigh rides.
The resort offers ski lessons for children and adults. The resort's children's programs have no more than three to five children in them so that children get the instructor's focus during the training. Children can enroll in programs designed for their age group, starting at two years old. Beginner and intermediate skiers can also take instruction courses here. You can also book private lessons with instructors.
Killington offers full service day care for children. It features an onsite rental shop featuring gear for all types of outdoor adventures.
The resort is also available during the summer months. Book a luxury stay and spa treatment at the hotel. Come for the fall foliage tours. Go rock climbing or hiking up the mountain.
Planning a Trip
If you are planning a trip, start by visiting the Killington Mountain Resort and Ski Area website. Groups may be eligible for discounts. The resort also hosts weddings throughout the year at the hotel. Host your corporate event, reunion or conference at Killington. To do so, plan in advance. Contact the ski group planner for more information.
Give yourself enough time to enjoy the ski slopes and all that the area has to offer. You may also find discounts and specials available if you t plan to stay onsite for your trip.