Killington Resort – Dare to drop from the Heights
The celebration season of the year has arrived. It’s about time that we all looked back upon our actions and all the time we spent snooping around doing goofy stuff, getting emotional and all the celebrations we had. Well, we have the biggest celebration coming up, it's Christmas time! Time for some surprises and trips along with some adventures. Everybody spending hours of time thinking what to get for their loved ones, and the ones on the receiving end can barely contain their angst. The holiday mood overtakes all the stress one had to face during the entire year.
If you are planning on a grand trip, then Killington Resort is the best place to visit. Located in Killington, Vermont within the Greek Mountains, it is one of the best ski destinations in the East. It has an incredibly diverse range of trails with many profound and steep slopes to offer. The Mountain prides itself of a 4241 ft summit with a base of 1165 ft and a vertical drop of 3050 ft. The skiing area I so famous that it has played host to international events such as world cup events. Blessed with almost 250 inches of fresh snow from Mother Nature, this Mountain is a classic attraction for people with a passion for snow sports. It is one of the most visited ski resorts in the region and attracts a large number of tourists every year.
The Resort has an experience at hospitality for over half a century and has garnered world recognition. It is open for almost 200 days per year starting in September. The Resort consists of a total of 21 lifts, 5 Terrain Parks, and 155 runs. The Resort comes with a skiable terrain of 1509 acres along with 500 acres of snowmaking to ensure that guests enjoy their snow sports even when Mother Nature doesn’t bless them with some.
Base Elevation: 1,165 ft
Summit Elevation: 4,229 ft
Vertical Drop: 3,050 ft
Killington Resort consists of 1509 acres of skiable terrain. It has a diverse range of trails of 155 trails 28% are beginner level, 33% are intermediate level trails, 24% are advanced, and the remaining 15% are for expert level. The longest run is 6 miles long. These trails range from gentle groomers, learning areas to steep mogul runs and glade trails, as well as some of the most amazing terrain parks in the northeast. The area is so big that one would require at least a guide or a map for directions.
For ages 19 and above are considered adults, ages 18 and under are considered youth. Per day it costs $ 55 for an adult and a youth $ 39. Performance rental add on cost $ 5 and helmet costs $ 15. They have additional offers like 20% discount on pre-purchase of rental packs.
The tubing park is located right near the East Mountain road across the grand resort and is a multi-lane lift serviced sport. One tubing session for an adult costs about $ 25, and for youth, it costs $ 20. On Vermonter Thursdays with valid ID, passes for an adult and youth cost $ 15, the season pass is $ 59 regardless of age.
Tubing sessions are 90 minutes long. The above rates include park access, rental and lift service. Groups of 20 or more can save by availing discounts on pre-purchase. All tubing participants must be at minimum 42 inches height to qualify for the ride.
Snowshoe and Snowmobile
Bear Trax Adventures offers a wide range of snowshoe tours to explore the region on foot. They use trails on and off the mountain for exploring. Tours are available Friday through Sundays; all group tours must be pre-booked. All the equipment is provided without any additional charges. Private Tours must be booked directly with the Bear Trax Adventures.
There are various options for tours. Thereis a Classic Killington Tour which accommodates up to 12 guests each at the cost of $ 45 for adult and $ 35 for youth. One- hour tour for beginner families which accommodates a maximum of 15 guests charged $ 35 for adults and $ 25 for youth. Top of the snow shed tour including lunch at Yurt which accommodates up to 10 guests and charged $ 55 per guest. Moonlight in Vermont tour accommodates a maximum of 12 guests at $ 55 per head.
Experience snowmobiles with the oldest, largest and most experienced tour company Snowmobile Vermont. The tours include a guide, helmet, snowmobiles, and boots. There are three tours to choose from. The mountain tour is a one-hour tour through groomed trails. The kid’s tour is set on a new Polaris vehicle which makes the kids go crazy. Both these tours meet at 170 Rt. 100 South, Bridgewater Corners VT 05035. The backcountry tour is a 2-hour 25-mile journey which you can challenge yourself with the varied terrain; these tours meet at 1584 Rt. 100A Plymouth VT 05056.
Killington Resort consists of a total of 21 lifts of which 5 are high-speed quads, four quad chairs, one double chair, three triple chairs, and six surface lifts. A prior 24 hours reservation can get you big discounts. Multi-day packages come with more perks. A booking of 2 or more days get you turns and good night sleep with ski and stay package. Booking of 3 or more days with built-in day offs with tickets valid for 3 of four days with bonus Okemo Mountain Resort Day can be availed as well. With 5 or more days booking you get free Sunday afternoon on snow.
One day tickets for an adult start from $ 45 and ranges to $ 85 depending on the day of the visit. Adult 2-day tickets range from $ 80 to $ 166 depending on the day. Adult 3 of 4 days ticket cost ranges from $ 120 to $ 240. Adult 4 of 5 days ticket costs from $ 155 to $ 304. Adult 5 of 6 days pack ranges from $ 162 to $ 320. Adult 6 0f 7 days ranges from $ 190 to $ 380. Adult 7 of 8 days package ranges from $ 230 to $ 450.
Single and multi-day tickets can be purchased upon arrival. Kids age 6 and under and Seniors age 80+ ski free and college students with ID cards avail a discount of 5% off the adult window lift ticket. The tickets are available for snow guarantee vouchers at adults charged at $ 105, seniors (65-79) charged $ 89 and youth charged $ 81.
A seasonal pass allows you access to the terrain for the entire season including Pico Mountain. Unlimited passes are charged according to the age. Adult (aged 30 – 64) cost $ 1,389, senior (aged 64-79) cost $ 939, ages 19 to 29 cost $ 759, youth (aged 7 to 18) cost $ 699 super seniors and children under age of 6 are charged $ 59. Blackout passes for all ages is $ 939, this pass is for those who don’t visit during peak periods. Midweek pass excludes the 17 blackout dates cost $ 619 for all ages. Vermont student pass allows access to Pico Mountain with proof of eligibility, and K-12 Grades costs $ 319. College graduates and undergraduates with eligible proofs get access to four resorts - Killington, Pico and Okemo in Vermont and Mount Sunapee at a cost of $ 379. These passes are subject to 7% local taxes.
Killington Resort is a fun place for family and friends. It offers a large variety of terrains and events to keep one entertained. The Mountain is well suited for experienced and professional skiers. The mountain has large enterprises like GoPro and Coca-Cola backing it. It has a lot of recognition for its steep slopes and has become the host of various world ski events. With so many fun things to do, Killington Resort is the best place where you can spend time with family and friends, and enjoy every moment spent there. So, go ahead, pack your bags and visit Killington Resort this winter and make the most of this season of snow!