Killington 101 :: MLK Weekend Tips and Tricks
Posted by The Beast on January 14, 2016
In the spirit of maximum fun and minimum stress this holiday, check out these tips and make the most of your mountain adventure.
1. Keep in Touch.
There's a lot to know, but don't worry - we've got you covered. Check the conditions report from your computer or smartphone and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for real time news and updates, then show off your photos with #beast365.
Use the interactive trail guide to get acquainted and plan your attack before leaving the warmth of your living room.
Once you've arrived, be aware of base lodge TVs scrolling important information like open lifts and trails. Grab Today's Report printout and a Trail Guide from a guest service location or from a Mountain Ambassador to put in your pocket.
2. Start Strong.
The Beast gets its name for a reason: it's big. Four of our five base areas, including Bear Mountain, will be open this holiday weekend (sorry, no Skyeship Lodge yet). All base lodge parking lots offer convenient drop-off and pick-up areas, so drop your passengers and gear, then go park; your friends (and back) will thank you for it.
New to Killington, or winter sports in general?
You’ll also find the Beast Mountain Coaster, Skyeride, and a host of other fun family activities. Choose from preferred parking or free parking, then enjoy an indoor ticket sales center, equipment rentals, Killington Sports retail shop, expansive food court, and the Long Trail Pub with light fare and après-ski entertainment.
Traveling with kids in tow?
Ramshead Family Center is an ideal starting place offering a childcare, youth lesson programs and access to upper mountain areas via the Ramshead Express Quad. You’ll also find Jeep preferred parking, 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 dedicated magic carpet surface lift and access to the Ramshead Express Quad to Caper Trail, which leads you to the base of Snowdon Mountain or right back to Ramshead base. Caper is designated as a green circle trail, but due to current conditions we recommend it for intermediate and above skiers and snowboarders.
Ready for the Peak?
K-1 is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders looking for direct access to intermediate and advanced terrain. If you fit this description, take a tip from us – park at Bear Mountain Lodge. It is conveniently located off East Mountain Road between Route 4 and Killington Road, offers access to all mountain areas via the Skye Peak Express Quad and comes with bonus incentive this weekend! Just for parking here Saturday and Sunday (January 16-17, 2016), we’ll welcome you with complementary hot and cold beverages in the Bear Mountain base lodge from 7-10 a.m.
K-1 and Bear base lodges both offer lift tickets, equipment rentals, Killington Sports retail shops, food courts and bars with live après-ski entertainment. Terrain accessible from these areas is suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.
3. Bus a Move!
“The Bus” runs daily between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. up and down the Killington Road and to many lodging accommodations. Leave your car behind, hop aboard and enjoy the ride to Snowshed Base Lodge to start your day off right.
Base Area Transportation Shuttles (BATS) connect the open base lodges, parking areas and Grand Hotel from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. No matter where the trails take you, BATS (the stout white buses) will get you back.
Many restaurants have evening shuttle services too, so you won’t have to worry about driving home. Save these numbers in your cell phone: Wobbly Barn and Preston’s (800.VIP.BARN), Pickle Barrel (802.422.RIDE), Lookout (802.422.LOOK).
“The Bus” also runs nightly routes – stop by a Guest Service location to grab a schedule.
4. Explore More.
Most open terrain is typically freshly groomed for early morning corduroy tracks once key lifts open at 8:00 a.m.; so get here early, make your turns, and then hit the town. If you're set on spending the full day on the slopes, get to know our upper-mountain lifts and trails to avoid base area congestion.
We love the K-1 Express Gondola, Snowdon Quad, Superstar and Skye Peak Express Quads, 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 and Needle’s Eye Quad.
5. Eat and be Merry.
Let's face it, eating is awesome and we want you to enjoy every bit. Eat a big breakfast, grab a snack for your pocket and ski and ride through the mid-day lunch rush. Trust us, you’ll have more time on the snow if you opt to stop in the lodges after the lunch rush has passed.
If you’re dead set on lunch at noon, get off the beaten path and check out Preston’s at the Grand Hotel; we'll warm up your ski and snowboard boots while you relax in a comfy pair of slippers enjoying our brand new menu (season pass holder discounts apply). Or check out our ski-in, ski-out hideaway at the Ledgewood Yurt just off the Northbrook trail. Of course, all of our lodges will be serving up delicious lunchtime meals too, but just be prepared to share your lunch break with the famished masses.
6. Be Adventurous.
The weekend is stacked with events on and off snow, including Mini Shred Madness, Dos Equis Snowflake Scavenger Hunt, Jeep gear giveaways, live music and more. Check the events calendar for what's going on at the resort while you're here, don’t miss out!
Give your legs a rest and take a ride on the Beast Mountain Coaster or Skyeride, or try a scenic K-1 Express Gondola ride to 4,241' and tempt your palate at the Peak Lodge restaurant. And snow-cat drawn sleigh rides and guided snowshoe tours offer more ways to explore the mountain.
Stock up on the winter gear you need at Killington Sports Route 4; here you'll find the biggest selection and all the name brands under one roof. Plus, current special offers include a free lift ticket with a helmet purchase and a voucher for a free pair of Spy sunglasses with a Spy goggle purchase.
7. Savor the evenings.
Many restaurants along the road offer pick-up service, which means dinner in sweatpants, please and thank you. But if you insist on wearing real clothes, Preston’s at the Grand Hotel is now accepting dinner reservations, complimentary valet service or shuttle service from the Killington area.
As you trek down the Access Road, hit restaurants like the Wobbly Barn Steakhouse early, then head back to your room and recharge during the prime dinner hours. The night, whether full of sleep or dancing, will be yours for the taking.
Families staying at the Killington Grand Hotel or a Killington Resort Lodging property can drop kids ages 2 and older off for Night Care featuring arts and crafts, ski/snowboard related indoor activities and movies while mom and dad hit the town. Space is limited and reservations are recommended.
The Beast awaits your arrival – what are you waiting for?