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Know Where to Go

The Beast of the East gets its name for a reason: it’s big. Each base area has its own unique vibe and purpose. Be sure to pick the one that fits you best, but we recommend exploring them all throughout your stay.

Here's a tip for finding your car at the end of the day: every base lodge area has its own color. You’ll see it at the lodge, the lift and parking lot. Your lift ticket even comes with a color-coded ticket tie that matches the lodge where you start your day.

K-1 :: Blue

  • Home of the K-1 Express Gondola to Killington Peak and access to all mountain areas. Find live music, a full host of food options, Guest Services, Killington Sports, and the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars just steps away.

SNOWSHED :: Green

  • The starting point for adult lesson programs, direct access to all of our learning terrain, the food court with the most variety, great après and live music, rental shop and private lesson desk.

RAMSHEAD :: Purple

  • Family central – children’s lessons and learning terrain, child care and a kid-friendly food court, with lifts and trails to Snowdon Mountain, too. If you've got kids in tow, this is the place to start your day.

SKYESHIP :: Orange

  • Conveniently located on Route 4, Skyeship Lodge is the place to go for easy parking and quick access to all the action. Catch the Skyeship Express Gondola to Skye Peak in just 11 minutes. Finish your day with a peak-to-creek run, cocktails at Skyebar and hot food at the food court; bar and food court open weekends and peak periods only.

BEAR MOUNTAIN :: Red

  • Home of the longest, steepest mogul trail in the East and convenient parking and all mountain access via Skye Peak Express Quad. Steeps, bumps, trees, a halfpipe and three terrain parks await, not to mention the Bear Mountain Burger Bar and deck.

Meet the Mountains

Our Mountain Ambassadors can help you find everything from the best slopes to the best restaurants. Look for them in red jackets emblazoned with the international information sign.

The Ambassador team is also on hand for Meet the Mountains Tours taking place daily at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Meet your friendly tour guide in the courtyard at Snowshed Base Lodge and hit the slopes for a 75-90 minute tour of Killington Resort. Appropriate for experienced novice and higher ability levels (blue square terrain may be included).

We also offer a Mountain Orientation from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily at the large trail guide sign at the top of the K-1 Express Gondola. Ask questions, find out what's going on and more.


Parking

  • All base lodge parking lots offer free public parking and convenient drop-off and pick-up areas - so drop your passengers and gear, then go park the car. Your friends and back will thank you for it.
    • On weekend and peak days we also offer preferred parking at K-1 and Snowshed Base Lodges for a nominal fee.
  • All Kids Programs take place at Ramshead Base Lodge where you'll find all-terrain wagons to cart your gear from your car to the snow.
  • All Adult Lesson Programs meet at Snowshed, which is connected to Ramshead by tunnels for quick, easy access.
  • Skyeship and Bear Mountain Lodges are typically less crowded - so if you're not signed up for lessons, head to one of these lodges to start your day.
  • Once our main lots are full, we offer slopeside parking at Vale Lot where you can suit up at the car and ski to the nearest lodge for tickets or take the shuttle to the lodge of your choice.
  • Resort shuttles run a loop between all open base lodges and parking areas beginning 30 minutes before the lifts open until 5:00 p.m. to get you from one area to another.

Dress for Success

  • 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.
  • Make sure you eat a good breakfast and are well hydrated throughout the day.
  • Don’t push it. Take breaks if you get cold or tired so you enjoy your time on the snow.

What Terrain is Right for You

Killington is big, so we’ve got some insider tips on how to conquer The Beast no matter your ability level.

  • First, be advised that a Green Circle, Blue Square, Black Diamond or Double Black Diamond trail at Killington is not necessarily the same as a similarly rated trail at other resorts. Skiers and snowboarders should work their way up, beginning with easier trails, no matter their ability level, until familiar with the trails at Killington. Also, be aware that gradients and difficulty vary within each trail; changing snow conditions, visibility, and the number of skiers and snowboarders on a trail can make it more challenging.  
  • For most new skiers and riders, the learning slopes at Ramshead and Snowshed serviced by ground lifts called a magic carpet are an ideal place to start; a gentle green circle pitch provides the opportunity to gain sureness sliding and stopping on the snow.
  • Progress to the Snowshed Express Quad and link your way down Snowshed Slope, Yodeler, Idler, and Highlander. These trails provide longer runs, more variety in gradients and an ideal place for green circle skiers and snowboarders to gain more confidence linking turns, stopping and navigating more diverse green circle terrain.
  • Once skiers and snowboarders feel ready to move off the Snowshed area, Ramshead is the next step to progression. Here you’ll load the Ramshead Express Quad to the peak of this mountain area, complete with the sweeping long-range views. Ramhead offers green circle and blue square trails longer and with more gradient and terrain variety than Snowshed. Additionally, you’ll find freestyle terrain, gladed trails and trails that connect to Snowdon and K-1 mountain areas.

Grab a trail guide, get to know the mountain layout, progress from easier terrain, and ski and snowboard responsibly to make the most out of your day on the slopes here at Killington.


Lessons aren't just for Beginners

No one knows The Beast better than our topnotch crew of instructors. They'll give you tips to make your day on the slopes better - from improving your form, to picking appropriate terrain and getting around the resort like a pro.

  • Arrive at the Sales Center early for registration.
    • At the Sales Center you may be asked to complete registration forms, you'll receive lift tickets and equipment rental vouchers if needed. 
    • Plan on registration taking up to 30 minutes per person on your first day. 
    • Sales Centers and Rental Shops are open by 7:30 a.m. weekends and peak dates and 8:30 a.m. midweek.
  • Killington Resort requires all Snow Sports School participants ages 17 and under to wear a snow sports helmet while in a lesson.
    • Helmets are included with rental packages for this age group and will be provided when you arrive at the Rental Shop.

Please remember, Private Lessons are a premium service and cancellation policies are strictly enforced. Cancellations received prior to arrival date receive a 90% refund or 100% credit towards future purchase made prior to April 5; same day cancellations and no-shows are non-refundable. For more information, please call 800-923-9444.


Rental Equipment

  • Rental shops carrying state-of-the-art equipment and a large range of sizes are located at all of our base areas (except Skyeship Base Lodge) for maximum convenience. 
  • Getting your gear from a Killington Resort Base Lodge means less schlepping and more time on the slopes.
  • Plus, if you need a quick adjustment during the day, just head into any of our shops, tune-up and you're back on the slopes in minutes.

Lift tickets

Everyone wishing to access our lifts and trails is required to have a lift ticket valid for that day. Children ages 6 and younger and seniors ages 80 and older ski free, however a lift ticket is still required. Stop by any ticket window to grab your complimentary ticket.

  • Our Learn To Programs include a Learning Area Lift Ticket, which includes access to magic carpets and Snowshed lifts only.
  • Lift ticket windows are located at every open base lodge and open 30 minutes prior to lift opening.
  • Indoor sales centers are located at Ramshead and Snowshed base lodges.

Store Your Stuff

  • All of our base lodges offer bag checks and lockers to store and secure your belongings.
  • We recommend traveling light as snow sports gear alone is a lot to manage.

Stay the Night

  • After a long day on the slopes, you're going to need a good rest. The Killington region offers hundreds of lodging options, from a full-service hotel, to charming country inns, condominiums and motels. 
  • Call Killington Central Reservations at 800-621-6867 to make your reservation today.

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