The Beast in the East Nick Laver, Product Manager

"Killington is the East’s biggest ski resort and offers amazing terrain for all levels: great long, wide green trails perfect for learning, lots of wicked blue cruisers and a host of unfeasibly tricky double black diamond bump runs. I love Killington – it’s unpretentious, is much bigger than you’d expect, the snow is guaranteed, the trails are long, and whilst the après-ski rocks it’s also a great family destination. "

Killington at a glance

Killington is located in the state of Vermont on the eastern side of the USA, close to the Canadian border. With an annual historic natural snowfall average of just over 20ft, Killington also boasts one of the world’s biggest and best snow-making operations and longest seasons, lasting well into May! Killington is the perfect location for a family ski holiday in North America, offering 155 named trails spread over six interlinked mountains and over 1500+ acres of super ski terrain. You’ll find fantastic gradients for beginners and intermediate skiers plus there's some challenging terrain to keep the experts in your party more than happy.

Killington doesn’t have a traditional ski village per se – it has a cluster of excellent hotel and condo accommodation spread around the Snowshed ski base, with all the other resort facilities you’d expect spread out over a few miles on each side of the Killington Road as it winds down the mountain to the valley floor. The regular resort shuttle links guests from lodging to dinner to shopping to après, and works very well. Expect good quality slopeside lodging, great food and après-ski to rival the very best.

A shorter transatlantic flight, great ski terrain for all abilities, guaranteed snow and super value for money keep Killington as our # 1 choice in the East. Add in a city stay in Boston for a winning combination!

Skiing in Killington

They call Killington ‘The Beast in the East’ and it’s easy to see why – six inter-connected mountains, offering over 1500+ acres of beautifully varied ski terrain which is split pretty much equally between beginner, intermediate and expert levels, a massive snowmaking capability, a 3000+ft vertical, and a longest run at a staggering 6.2 miles. Skiers and riders of all skill levels will love Killington’s progressive terrain.

First timers and learners will love the learn to ski or ride programmes at Killington taught by their award-winning snow school on an exclusive learning zone at the Snowshed base. Everything is focussed on helping you build confidence as you start to make your very first turns. After you’re ready you’ll be able to conquer three of the six peaks and gently glide down green trails to your heart’s content – a long slow slide down ‘Great Eastern’ to the Skyeship base from Skye Peak is a must!

Intermediates are really spoilt for choice – there is just so much skiing on offer here from all six peaks: fast cruising down the groomers on ‘Skyeburst’ or ‘Pipe Dream’, tighter and cheekier through ‘Vagabond’ up on Ramshead, or down through the excellently gladed stashes of ‘Squeeze Play’ or ‘Twister’. For learning and progressing, Killington is head and shoulders above the competition.

Experts need to have good knees at Killington – bumps are the main event here, and nothing does it better than ‘Outer Limits’ on Bear Mountain – a straight fall-line ‘look-at-me’ rush under the Bear Mountain quad chair that’ll have your audience cheering, or potentially laughing… Expect fast, well-groomed belters and double black diamond glades, all designed for maximum fun.

NEW for winter 2020-21 is a new re-imagined K-1 Base Lodge - bringing bigger and better facilities and unobstructed views of the slopes.

We offer a full range of discounted Killington lift tickets, ski & snowboard rentals and snow school lessons and we always recommend you book early for our very best prices.

Getting to Killington

Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying from London into Boston and Montreal and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

All of our holidays to Killington include the flexibility of a self-drive car, SUV or minivan (depending on accommodation). We offer 'Gold' option car rental which includes all the mandatory taxes & fees, extra driver fees and fuel. We can also offer vehicles with SatNav.

Important information
Season Mid November - Late April
Ski Area 1509 acres
Annual Snowfall 21ft
Number of Lifts 22
Ski Range 1,165–4,241ft
Ski Shuttle Free between slopes, hotels and restaurants.
Blue Runs 28%
Red Runs 33%
Black Runs 39%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
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Distance from airports
Boston 3hr15mins
Montreal 3hr30mins