How to make the most of the holidays at Killington
Posted by The Beast on December 22, 2017
There’s always lots to do at Killington, but during the holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s, the resort and the surrounding area are bustling with winter activities of all kinds. Like what? Well, we’re glad you asked. But first let us give you some tips and tricks to avoid the crowds:
- Pick up your rentals the day before or even the night before at Killington Sports located on Route 4.
- Arrive early to get through ticketing.
- Eat lunch early or late.
- Try lunch at Preston's or Killiington House of Pizza for a little get-a-way from the norm.
Now on to those activities!
Skiing/Riding: Mother Nature has been kind to winter lovers this year, and Killington’s snowmakers have worked tirelessly to blanket the trails in snow. That means Killington will have more than 100 runs open for the holiday week, including much of our signature Natural Woods Terrain, which translates into 500-plus acres of skiing on Killington’s six mountains. Throw in 45 trails and 250 acres at Pico, and there’s no better place to slide in the east. Don’t forget to check the conditions report first thing in the morning to help plan your day.
Ski Bikes!: Killington now offers Ski Bike rentals at Snowshed. Explore the Snowshed and Ramshead terrain from a whole new vantage point: behind the handlebars of a bike made to rip turns on snow. It’s easy to learn and tons of fun.
No Skis, No Problem: Want to feel the wind on your face as you cruise down the mountain, but you don’t ski or ride? Then check out the Tubing Park at the Clubhouse on East Mountain Road, which is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For a similar rush, but off the snow, try the one and only Beast Coaster. Find it running at Snowshed every day during the holiday week, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Farm-to-Yurt Dining: Just off the Northbrook trail there’s a unique dining experience waiting for you in the warm, wood-stove-heated Ledgewood Yurt. Ski in for lunch or get a lift in a snowcat for a very special family dinner. The menu features farm-to-table fare created by Killington’s executive chef.
Snowmobile Tours: Take a break from the slopes and go for a snowmobile ride through Vermont’s beautiful woods. Snowmobile Vermont, the state’s oldest, largest, and most experienced snowmobile tour company, offers mountain and backcountry tours, and even has small snowmobiles for kids. Tours come with helmet and boot rentals. Book your tour here.
Say Goodbye to 2017: People all over Killington will be celebrating the new year in different ways. There’s a torchlight parade at Snowshed. Preston’s restaurant, at the Grand Hotel, will feature a holiday dinner followed by live music. As usual, the Wobbly Barn New Year’s Eve party will kick off at 10:00 p.m. You can also skate into 2018 at the Foundry at Summit Pond, which features food and drink and, weather permitting, an ice skating pond.
Kill That Hangover: Drink a lot of water, then grab yourself a fully loaded Bloody Mary at the Peak Lodge—the nutrients in the bacon, shrimp and lobster will power you up for an invigorating day of shredding the Beast.