Deep Powder Weekend at Killington Mountain Resort

Glades at Killington Mountain Resort
This past weekend we made a trip up to Killington Mountain Resort to cash in on the nearly 40 inches of snow they were gifted by mother nature over the week. And The Beast, as they call it, definitely exceeded its reputation!

We arrived Friday evening at the Killington Grand Hotel. The drive was a little over three hours from Boston. The Grand hotel comes with all the amenities you would look for in a slopeside resort plus a few added bonuses. Our rooms was spacious with a porch overlooking the winter landscape and also had a large flat screen television. There was complimentary ski/board check as soon as you arrive so they are waiting for you by the door when you are ready to hit the slopes. An added bonus was the amazing breakfast buffet that had all staples, plus an omelette station, and fresh made donuts.

The skiing on Saturday was a day to remember.  Killington had gotten nearly forty inches of snow that week, across its 155 trails and over 1,500 skiable acres.  It made for a DEEP powder day, especially in the glades. 

 We started our day off taking the Snowshed Express Quad right outside of the Grand Hotel. It brings you up to the base area, where you can access a bunch of other lifts to the peaks. From there we took the Gondola to Killington Peak (Killington's highest peak) and skied a challenging double black diamond, Big Dipper, for the first run of the day. Big Dipper dumps you out at the Canyon Quad.

If you are an advanced skier, we recommend repeating a few runs off the Canyon Quad, as it only services advanced terrain and lift lines tend to be minimal. If you love glade skiing give The Throne and Chop Chop a try off this lift.

From there we headed over to Ramshead Mountain all the way over to lookers right which features great terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers. We eventually made our way back to the top of the gondola for one of our most memorable runs of the day. We took Bear Trax to Bear Cub which was a long, windy, and scenic run dumping you off at the Bear Mountain base.

Bear Mountain features some of the most challenging terrain in New England. For a leg burner that stands up to any in the Northeast, try the double black diamond, Growler. After a couple more memorable runs, we finally concluded an epic day at The Beast and hit the beautiful heated pool and hot tubs at The Grand.

Last Trail of the Day

On Sunday we made our way to Pico Mountain which is located just 10 minutes from Killington Mountain.  Pico is also part of Killington Resort and your lift tickets are valid at both mountains. Pico Mountain boasts 57 trails and an elevation of 4,000 feet. This gives Pico its signature big mountain skiing, with small mountain charm. For a challenging run, check out Upper Giant Killer. For a fun beginner run, try Bushwacker to Swinger. 

What a weekend it was at Killington! We hope to be back soon to keep exploring this amazing mountain. 

Travel the East ©
Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering                                                      

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