Killington 101 :: Holiday Weekend Tips and Tricks
Posted February 13, 2014
If you’re anything like us, you want to make the most of your time in Vermont – that means wall-to-wall snow, adventures and fun (after all, you did choose to come to Killington…). As you might have suspected, lots of other skiers and riders had the exact same idea. So in the spirit of maximum fun and minimum stress, check out our top ten insider tips to make the most of your time with us.
1. Stay informed.
Keep as much information as possible at your fingertips – be aware of lodge monitors and our daily social media feed for the latest updates. Pick up the daily hot sheet or Today’s Report printout for the morning’s news in your pocket, or killington.com on your smartphone for information in real time.
2. Timing is everything.
Yes, we’re all programmed to pick up lift tickets right before hopping on first chair. Resist, skiers and riders! Because we hate waiting as much as you do, our staff will be at the ready with extended hours to get your lessons, lift tickets and rentals ahead. Snowshed Sales Center and Rental Shop open early at 7:00 a.m. on February 15 and 18, 2014, and the following late night operations apply, too!
February 14, 2014
Snowshed Sales Center and Rental Shop are open until 11:00 p.m. for tickets, adult lesson sign up and rental pick up for all ages.
Killington Resort Lodging guests may pick up/purchase lift tickets and sign up for lessons/rentals at the front desk until 12:00 a.m.
February 17, 2014
Ramshead Sales Center will be open until 7:00 p.m. for tickets, youth lesson sign up and rental pick up.
Snowshed Sales Center will be open until 7:00 p.m. for tickets, adult lesson sign up and rental pick up for all ages.
Killington Resort Lodging guests may pick up/purchase lift tickets and sign up for lessons/rentals at the Grand Hotel front desk until 11:00 p.m.
3. Ask too many questions.
The Beast gets its name for a reason – it’s big! Our staff and ambassadors resort-wide will be happy to help you, whether it’s finding a scheduled event or just getting down the hill. If it’s your first time here, the team leads Meet the Mountain Tours from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. daily from the Snowshed Base Lodge.
4. Know where to start.
Part of what makes Killington unique is our diversity – from base lodges to terrain and amenities. That also can make it easier to get lost. K-1, Ramshead and Snowshed lots fill up first. Avoid the crowd and park at Skyeship or Bear. Pay attention to the colors around you too – every area has a unique color, from the parking lot, to base lodge and even the ticket tie will match the lodge where you picked up your ticket.
5. Eat well.
Eat a big breakfast (all of our lodges serve breakfast until 10:30 a.m.), 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, get off the beaten path and check out Ovations at the Grand Hotel, the Clubhouse Bar and Grill at the Killington Tubing Park, or our ski-in, ski-out hideaway at the Ledgewood Yurt. Of course, all of our lodges will be serving up delicious lunchtime meals, just know ahead of time, it will be busy.
6. Be adventurous.
We love the gondolas, Ramshead, 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 and Needle’s Eye Quads. Upper mountain lifts service fantastic trails and avoid base area congestion.
7. Give your car a rest.
“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. Hop on and enjoy the ride to Snowshed Base Lodge to start your day off right. Base Area Transportation Shuttles, commonly referred to as BATS, connect the base lodges from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. So no matter where the trails take you, a BAT can get you back if your legs are too tired.
Many restaurants have evening shuttle service as well. Call them directly at the Wobbly Barn (800.VIP.BARN), Pickle Barrel (802.422.RIDE), or Outback Shuttle (802.422.FREE) and enjoy your evening without worrying over driving home. “The Bus” also runs nightly routes on the Killington Road – be sure to stop by a Guest Service location to grab a schedule. Less time parking your car is more time enjoying the hill – plus, you’ll help us create a more earth-friendly atmosphere!
8. Savor the evenings.
Many restaurants along the road deliver, which means dinner in sweatpants, please and thank you. The Clubhouse Bar and Grill (802.422.6272) is now offering this service between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. for pizza, burgers, wings and more.
For those going out, hit the restaurants early, and take advantage of specials like kids 10 and under eat free at the Wobbly Barn between 4:00-5:00 p.m. this weekend. Then head back to your room and recharge during the prime dinner hours from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The night, whether full of sleep or dancing, will be yours for the taking.
9. Do more than make turns.
Whether it’s raptors at the Killington Grand Hotel or trekking on our uphill travel route, everyone will find a favorite adventure here. Take a slide at the tubing park, catch a new glimpse of the mountain from the Ledgewood Yurt, or soak it all in by moonlight with an uphill skin or hike. Of course, the Killington night life lives up to its reputation, too.
10. Pace yourself.
As countless coaches, moms, and alcohol education classes have told you, this is more of a marathon than a sprint. Hydrate (coffee doesn’t count), stay warm, and don’t be afraid to rest. The Killington Grand Spa can connect you with massages and hotel guests can jump in on yoga, too.
The Beast awaits.
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