Killington 101 :: MLK Weekend 2017
Posted by The Beast on January 12, 2017
In the spirit of maximum fun and minimum stress, check out these tips for making the most of your mountain adventure.
1. STAY CONNECTED.
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 and share your memories using #beastwinter.
Find the Interactive Trail Guide on killington.com to get acquainted before leaving the warmth of your home.
Once you’ve arrived, be aware of base lodge TVs scrolling important information including open lifts and trails. Grab Today’s Report printout and a Trail Guide from any guest services location or from a Mountain Ambassador to put in your pocket.
2. START SMART.
K-1: A popular destination for those not needing lessons and for skiers and snowboarders looking for direct access to intermediate and advanced terrain. K-1 has lift tickets, equipment rentals, Killington Sports retail shops, food courts and bars with live après-ski entertainment.
SNOWSHED: Home to our adult learning center, Beast Mountain Coaster, Skyeride and a host of other fun family activities. Free and valet parking, indoor ticket sales center, equipment rentals, Killington Sports retail shop, expansive food court, Long Trail Pub, and ice cream Scoop Shop await you. Snowshed offers access to our signature beginner slope and learning area, and connects to all upper mountain terrain via the Snowshed Express Quad. *Note: The Snowshed rental shop will be open until 7:00 p.m. on Friday the 13th, so grab your weekend equipment the night before to avoid the morning rush!
RAMSHEAD: An ideal starting place if you’re traveling with kids, Ramshead offers a childcare center, youth lesson programs and access to upper mountain areas via the Ramshead Express Quad. Here you’ll find convenient free parking, lift tickets, equipment rentals, Killington Sports retail shop and a family friendly food court.
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.
BEAR: Conveniently located off East Mountain Road, Bear Lodge offers access to all mountain areas via the Skye Peak Express Quad. You’ll find a lift tickets center, equipment rentals, Killington Sports retail shops, food courts and bars with live après-ski entertainment at Bear. Like K-1, Bear is suitable for those who do not need lessons and want direct access to challenging terrain.
*Tip: Bear is not as busy as K-1; park here to avoid the crowds.
SKYESHIP: Located on Route 4, Skyeship offers free parking and 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.
If you're renting equipment, check out our newest rental shop located at Killington Sports on the corner of Killington Road and Route 4. This is a great location to get rental equipment on your way to the mountain or the evening before to avoid the morning rush. Plus as an added bonus for renting at this location, receive 10% off a retail purchase in the Killington Sports Store.
3. EXPLORE MORE.
Key terrain is freshly groomed for early morning corduroy tracks and key lifts open at 8:00 a.m.; so arrive early. Get to know our upper-mountain lifts and terrain to avoid base area congestion.
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, you can also use your Killington pass or lift ticket to ski and ride Pico Mountain, just seven miles down the road on Route 4.
4. BE ADVENTUROUS.
The weekend is stacked with events on-snow and off, including the Chelsea Marshall Youth Race Camp and Mini Shred Madness both taking place on January 14th plus live music and more. Check the events calendar for more information, plan accordingly, and don’t miss out.
In celebration of NSAA National Safety Month, Creation Stations will be set up in Ramshead base lodge offering interactive areas where kids can learn about mountain safety through creative projects. Enter to win a helmet and other prizes in the raffle!
Searching for more adventure? Try the Beast Mountain Coaster or Skyeride, or a scenic K-1 Express Gondola ride to 4,241’ and tempt your palate at the Peak Lodge Restaurant. The ever-popular lift-serviced Tubing Park is up and running at the Clubhouse, across from the Grand Hotel. Snow-cat drawn sleigh rides, fat biking and guided snowshoe tours afford another exciting way to explore the Resort.
5. FUEL UP AT ONE OF OUR FAVORITE SPOTS
Eat a big breakfast, grab a snack for your pocket and ski and ride through the midday lunch rush. You’ll have more time on the snow and you’ll get to enjoy the lull in on-hill crowds while everyone else is inside eating. 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 on East Mountain Road).
Check out one of the ski-in, ski-out hideaways, the Ledgewood Yurt. Located just off Snowshed’s Northbrook trail, this one-of-a-kind lunch will start with friendly greetings from staff, a warm wood burning stove, and the relaxing mountain atmosphere of the Yurt. Check out the menu.
Of course, all of our lodges will be serving up delicious lunches too, just be prepared to share your meal break with other hungry skiers and riders. If base lodge dining is your jam, you may have a better chance of avoiding the crowds at Skyeship.
6. KILLINGTON SPORTS HAS YOU COVERED.
Get your winter gear shopping done at Killington Sports Route 4. Here you’ll find the biggest selection of Killington logo wear and all the name brands under one roof. Did you forget your extra pair of gloves at home? No problem! Killington Sports has everything you need to fully enjoy your day on the hill.
To celebrate National Safety Month, Killington Sports is offering a deal you can’t refuse; purchase a helmet at any Killington Sports location or online at www.killingtonsports.com from January 14-27, 2017 and you'll receive a voucher for a free lift ticket, valid any day starting January 28, 2017 through the end of the 2016-17 season.
7. CATCH A RIDE.
“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.
Stay busy, and make your vacation memorable.