Getting through the three grey months of winter can definitely become a drag. If you’re looking to combat that with a sunny and rejuvenating winter getaway on the East Coast, try Killington Mountain. Located in central Vermont, Killington Mountain goes by the nickname “The Beast of the East” thanks to its 150+ trails spread over five connected mountain peaks.
If you call yourself a skier, Killington is the mountain for you. Trail difficulty ranges from gentle beginner slopes, to double-black diamonds with deeply carved moguls. The mountain also boasts a variety of terrain parks, also ranging from beginner to expert. Another perk is that the resort partners up with Pico Mountain right down the road, so that means that you get admission to two ski resorts for the price of one.
Don’t ski? Don’t worry – Killington has an expansive resort area with many other winter activities, athletic and non-athletic alike.
Find Snowmobile Vermont offering a variety of guided mountain tours. They’re safe, scenic, and they offer a kids’ tour, too, on kid-sized snowmobiles.
Sleigh Rides with a Twist
A one-horse open sleigh, you’ve been there, done that. Snowmobiling too. Try Killington’s snowcat-drawn sleigh rides for a beautiful evening view of the ski slopes and a new twist to a favorite apres activity.
Winter Alpine Slide
Dubbed the “Beast Coaster,” Killington opened its own alpine slide designed for year-round use. The coaster’s path makes its way down Snowshed mountain, throughout the woods and under the lift. The sheer speed, twists, and turns in the snow make this a unique and thrilling experience for both those who ski, and those that do not.
The town itself boasts a huge variety of dining options, from casual to classy. Swing by the Phat Italian for a world-class deli sandwich, or sit down at Sushi Yoshi for a chic, upscale bite. For a more homey feel, try Back Country Cafe, The Foundry at Summit Pond, or Red Clover Inn & Restaurant. You will not run out of options with these choices.
Brews and Nightlife
Long Trail Brewing company is an established name in craft beer, located right along the Ottoquechee River. They serve their fresh local beers, as well as delicious food, and free popcorn. For a traditional bar and game hall, Moguls Sports Pub is perfect, with its TVs, pool tables, game machines, and a variety of bar foods. Both the Wobbly Barn and the Pickle Barrel Nightclub feature a variety of musical acts, both nationally acclaimed and local favorites.
When the winter weather seems to drag on forever, break it up with a visit to Killington. With so many unique amenities and diversions, it is sure to brighten up your season.