Killington Ski Resort, Vermont

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Killington Ski Resort in Vermont & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 3050ft/930m, total trails 155, closest airport 93mi/150km, lifts 22, and more. The ski resort is located near the small town of Killington in the Green Mountains of Vermont. You have the option to park your vehicle near US Route 4 and VT 100 […]

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Killington Ski Resort in Vermont & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 3050ft/930m, total trails 155, closest airport 93mi/150km, lifts 22, and more.

The ski resort is located near the small town of Killington in the Green Mountains of Vermont. You have the option to park your vehicle near US Route 4 and VT 100 Highway and take the Skyeship Gondola to get you up the mountain or follow Killington Road to the main base area.

In the late 1940’s, interest began to grow towards winter recreation throughout the Vermont region, and Preston Smith on the advice of the Perry Merrill, Vermont’s Commissioner of Forests and Parks, suggested that he look at developing Killington Peak into a ski area.

After pitching the idea of developing a ski area to several investment firms, Preston Smith received little to no interest. Then, by chance, Smith made the acquaintance of Joseph Sargent from an investment research firm and pitched his idea. On April 6, 1956, the Sherburne Corporation was formed to begin development of the ski area.

On December 13, 1958, after cutting trails and installing two Poma lifts, Killington Basin Ski Area opened to the public on Killington Peak, which is the 2nd highest peak in the state of Vermont. Killington was the first ski resort in the United States to have four Poma lifts in their first year of operation.

In 1960, Killington Ski Resort installed its first chairlift, cut trails and built a day lodge. With these enhancements, year-over-year skier visits continued to increase, and the Sherburne Corporation would witness the ski resort grow into Vermont’s largest ski area.

Killington Ski Resort has developed into a resort where skiing and snowboarding are available on six peaks, Ramshead, Showdon, Killington Peak, Skye Peak, Bear, and Sunrise Mountains. The Resort has earned a reputation that reaches far beyond the state as a place where families can visit, have a great time, and enjoy exceptional terrain. Plus, Killington generally is the first ski resort to open for the season in the east and the last to close, giving it the honour of having the longest ski and snowboard season in the Eastern United States.

On the Slopes

  • Killington Ski Resort provides a diversity of terrain that winter enthusiasts have embraced season after season. The mountain has something for everyone, wide-open groomed cruisers; narrow classic runs, moguls, steeps, and glades.
  • The K1 gondola transports skiers and snowboarders to the summit at Killington Peak where they can enjoy the scenic views before facing the challenge of expert terrain such as Double Dipper, Cascade, and Escapade.
  • The Snowshed Slope is a wide-open dedicated beginner area with two chairlifts to make everyone’s first experience skiing or snowboarding, a memorable one.
  • Killington’s terrain parks feature more than 150, jibs, rails and jumps spread throughout their six parks and they also have an 18-foot superpipe for the most skilled participants. There is also the Easy Street Progression Park for beginners.
  • The Killington Snow Sports School has a team of professional instructors to help individuals with first-timer lessons, private, group, and youth programs and Ministar for ages 4 to 6. There are also camps and seasonal programs along with adult group lessons.
  • Killington Ski Resort takes extra measures to ensure that the best possible conditions will be available for all guests. This includes having approximately 1700 snow guns covering 70% of the mountain to help out when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.

Off the Slopes

  • Killington Ski Resort features many lodging properties that are close to slopes. The Killington Grand Resort is a signature property located in the Snowshed Area of the resort. There is also the Fall Line and Highridge Condos, which are only two of the many other properties that are part of the Killington Managed Condos.
  • Off-mountain activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tours, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, ice-skating, and the always-popular Killington Tube Park where families can enjoy a day of fun together. The tube park is open under the lights until 7:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Peak Days.
  • Another fun winter activity is the Beast Mountain Coaster located near the Snowshed Lodge. This 4800ft/1463m long ride features many curves, corkscrews, and twists through the woods. It operates on weekends and peak days from 1 pm to 4 pm. Check first on the operating schedule.
  • Killington Sports stores are located in each of the base lodges and the flagship store is located at the junction of Route 4 and Killington Road. Here you will find the latest in outwear, skis and snowboards, and logo wear.
  • If you want accommodation, shopping, dining or just a place to relax, the ever-popular Killington Road has everything to help fill that day away from the slopes. With more than 100 restaurants and bars and lots of shopping options, there is something for everyone.
  • Killington Ski Resort features the Friendly Penguin Child Care for ages 12 weeks to 12 years. This is a state licensed facility with certified caregivers who are trained in infant and toddler CPR. Your child will enjoy fun with toys, games, arts and crafts, stories, and songs. Call 802-422-6222 for more info.
  • The Marble Valley Regional Transportation District operates “The Bus” throughout the Killington Resort at various stop points, to Pico Mountain and the City of Rutland. Transportation within the Killington Resort is a fare FREE zone and outside of that, there is a fee.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
3050 ft / 930 m

Base Elevation:
1191 ft / 363 m

Summit Elevation:
4241 ft / 1293 m

Skiable Area:
1509 acres

Average Snowfall:
250 in / 635 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 155

Beginner: 26 (17%)

Intermediate: 62 (40%)

Advanced: 45 (29%)

Expert: 22 (14%)

Terrain Parks: 8

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: Yes

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free and Paid

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Burlington VT , 93mi / 150km

Nearest Major City:
Rutland VT, 15mi / 24km

Nearest Town/City:
Killington VT, 2mi / 3km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 18 to May 29

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Sat-Sun & Holidays, 8:00am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 22

Gondolas: 3

Express-6 Chairs: 1

Express Quad Chairs: 5

Quad Chairs: 5

Triple Chairs: 2

Double Chairs: 1

Surface Lifts: 5


Mountainside: Yes

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Burlington Intl Airport  (BTV)
Distance: 93 mi / 150 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-621-6867

Direct Phone: 802-422-3333

Snow Phone: 802-422-3261

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Mountainside Lodging