Killington 101 :: 10 Tips to Tame The Beast this Presidents Week
Posted by The Beast on February 16, 2017
There's always MORE at Killington, and we've got 10 Insider tips to make your visit extra special.
1. Stay informed
From snow totals to trail counts to activities to events, there’s a lot to know, but don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. Check the Conditions Report and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for real time updates. Take a peek at the interactive Trail Guide on to get acquainted before leaving the warmth of your home. Once you’ve arrived, be aware of base lodge televisions scrolling important information including open lifts and trails. Grab Today’s Report printout and a Trail Guide from a guest services location or from a Mountain Ambassador to put in your pocket.
2. You can’t over-prepare
Dress appropriately by wearing layers. A good moisture wicking base layer, followed by a fleece mid-layer and finally a waterproof and windproof outer layer are recommended. One pair of long socks is all you need, preferably synthetic winter fabric. Try to avoid cotton as it tends to retain moisture which will make you feel cold. We strongly recommend goggles and a face mask or gaiter to protect your face. If you do not own goggles, a pair of sunglasses with light lenses are better than nothing. Warm, waterproof gloves or mittens are a must. If planning on a full day on the slopes, an extra pair for the afternoon is a good idea. If you’re planning to rent equipment, we recommend picking it up the night before your first day if you can. The Snowshed rental shop will be open until 7:00 p.m. on Friday February 17th.
3. Not all base lodges are created equal – choose the one that best fits your needs
The Beast gets its name for a reason: it’s big. All base lodges have parking, restrooms, food courts, guest services, rentals* and tickets. Snowshed Lodge is home to our adult learning center, Beast Mountain Coaster and a host of other fun family activities. Snowshed offers access to our signature beginner slope and learning area, and connects to all upper mountain terrain via the Snowshed Express Quad. Traveling with kids? Ramshead Lodge is an ideal starting place offering a childcare center, youth lesson programs and access to upper mountain areas via the Ramshead Express Quad. Terrain at Ramshead includes our kid-focused learning area with a magic carpet and Easy Street trail. Caper trail, off the Ramshead peak, will bring you to Snowdon and K-1 base areas, or all the way back to Ramshead base area via lower Great Northern trail. K-1 Lodge is a popular destination for those not needing lessons or for skiers and snowboarders looking for direct access to intermediate and advanced terrain. Bear also provides direct access to intermediate and advanced terrain and is conveniently located off East Mountain Road. K-1 and Bear both offer access to all mountain areas, but the crowds will be milder at Bear. Skyeship Lodge, located on Route 4, offers direct access to the Skyeship Express Gondola, transporting you to the top of green circle favorite, Great Eastern. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, find Cruise Control, Needle’s Eye, or Superstar when you step off the gondola. Skyeship offers tickets, but no rentals*. Grab southwestern style comfort food at the SkyeCafe or try the hot special of the day and a micro brew at the SkyeBar.
4. Get to know the upper mountain and avoid congested base areas
Key terrain is typically freshly groomed for early morning corduroy tracks and lifts open at 8:00 a.m.; so arrive early and get to know our upper-mountain lifts and terrain to avoid base area congestion. We love the K-1 Gondola, Snowdon Quad, Superstar Quad and Skye Peak Express Quad, but Killington’s lift network is vast for a reason; enjoy more time on the slopes and less time in lift lines by riding the North Ridge Triple, Canyon Quad, Bear Mountain Quad and Needle’s Eye Express Quad. Remember, your Killington pass and lift ticket are also good at Pico Mountain, just down the road on Route 4.
5. Enjoy culinary eccentricities across the mountain
Eat a big breakfast, grab a snack for your pocket and ski and ride through the mid-day lunch rush. You’ll have more time on the snow and the trails will be far less busy. If you’re dead set on lunch at noon, veer off the beaten path and visit Preston’s at the Grand Hotel, offering comfy slippers in place of your ski and snowboard boots, and Vermont-infused culinary creations (season pass holder discounts apply) or the Clubhouse, across from the Grand Hotel. Check out one of the ski-in, ski-out hideaways, the Ledgewood Yurt off of Northbrook trail on weekends, the Vista Deck off of Great Eastern trail, or the brand new Jerk Jamaican Mountain Grill, at Skyeship Express Gondola midstation.
6. It’s not too late to become a passholder
It’s not too late to become a pass holder this season - the Nor’Beaster Spring Pass is now on sale! Visit a guest services location or ticket sales center to purchase yours. Nor’beaster pass holders get unlimited soft spring turns plus 20% off select Killington lodging through the end of the winter season. Do you still have unused K-tickets? You may apply the value of up to two K-tickets toward your spring pass and pay the difference.
7. The parks are incredible right now
Check out Dream Maker Park, home to 20 features including The Beast's biggest jump line. Killington encompasses 6 distinct terrain parks, dotted with 148 features for all riding levels. Groms and those new to park riding should head for the Easy Street and the Lil' Stash progression parks on Ramshead, while more experienced riders take on newly rebuilt Timberline, including a Minipipe, Neffland, The Stash and Dream Maker.
8. You don’t have to fight for a parking spot, you know. Try one of these alternative modes of transportation
“The Bus” runs daily between 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. up and down the Killington Road and to many lodging accommodations. Leave your car behind, hop on and enjoy the ride to K-1 or Snowshed Base Lodges to start your day off right. Stop by guest services or visit thebus.com for a detailed schedule. Base Area Transportation Shuttles (BATS) connect the base lodges, parking areas and the Grand Hotel from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. No matter where the trails take you, BATS can get you back. Many restaurants have evening shuttle service, too, so you don’t have to worry about driving home. Wobbly Barn and Preston’s (800.VIP.BARN), Pickle Barrel and JAX (802.422.RIDE), and Lookout (802.422.LOOK) are some of our favorites.
9. Impress your friends by knowing the stacked events schedule on and off-snow
The week is stacked with activities on-snow and off, including Rutland’s week-long Winter Fest VT, base lodge movie screenings on the 18th and 19th, and specialty snowsports camps on the 25th. Catch the Vermont Institute of Science Raptor Encounter exhibit at the Grand Hotel on Feb. 20th, The Go Green Scavenger Hunt on Feb. 20th, and Mini Shred Madness at Pico Mountain on Feb. 25th. Check out the events calendar for more information, plan accordingly, and don’t miss out. Searching for a thrilling adventure? Take a spin on the Beast Mountain Coaster or a scenic K-1 Express Gondola ride to 4,241’ and tempt your palate at the Peak Lodge Restaurant. The lift-serviced Tubing Park will be open 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. all week for an adventure the entire family can enjoy. Snow-cat drawn sleigh rides, fat biking and guided snowshoe tours offer yet another exciting way to explore the Resort.
10. Look ahead, there’s always MORE at Killington
Spring is on its way, but that doesn’t mean the Beast is winding down. The Nor’beaster spring event line-up is full to the brim with excitement in the parks, on the moguls and surrounded by great food and live music. Get all the details on the events calendar.
- April 1st – Hibernation Park Jam :: Soft landings, good vibes, goggle tans and a BBQ are all on the agenda. Come shred with us, take home some prizes and send Killington Parks out in style!
- April 8th – Dos Equis Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge :: Amateur bumpers take to the slopes of Outer Limits to battle for a place in the finals. The top 32 men and 16 women will compete in a head-to-head competition for the mogul challenge cup.
- April 15th – Pond Skimming :: A wacky rite of spring, skim the pond or watch while others try.
- April 22nd – Dazed and Defrosted Festival :: Enjoy the warm days and soft bumps in Killington with live music & on-snow demos.
- April 29th - Killington Triathlon :: Ski, bike, run – that’s the type of triathlon that Killington knows.
- May 1st – May Day Slalom :: This is a timed, FREE race, open to anyone with a valid Killington Season Pass or Lift Ticket
- June 1 :: Will we still be skiing? Stay tuned!