Killington, Vermont: Rank 2 East, 1997

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Killington is nothing if not persistent. For the 36th consecutive year, the Vermont giant (212 trails, 33 lifts and 3,150 vertical feet) boasted the longest season in the East. There's quality with that quantity. Killington, up from No. 3 in the East last year, wins golds for Challenge (favorite body busters are Outer Limits and Superstar), Snow Quality, Lifts and Grooming. The resort doesn't mind fooling Mother Nature by pumping out mountains of manmade snow each season so it can laugh at the inevitable February thaws. Killington also earns kudos for its diversity¿with 1,000 skiable acres, it's big enough to please the entire family. For some skiers, success has its price. "Too big and crowded for its own good," a reader snipes. Killington's nightlife ranks second only to wicked Aspen. With more than 60 bars and restaurants, there's no excuse not to join in. The Pickle Barrel and the Wobbly Barn are living legends. If you prefer wholesome fun, try Killington's slew of off-hill activities, including ice skating, snowmobiling and power shopping. "Best in the East," a reader says simply.

What's New Two year, $50 million plan includes: gondola to Killington Peak; Grand Hotel and Crown Club; double snowmaking capacity; Killington-Pico interconnect.
A Good Deal Gobbler Package: four days skiing, four nights lodging and a turkey dinner, Nov. 26-30, Whiffletree condos, $253/person; (800) 621-MTNS.
Medals Gold Snow Quality, Grooming, Terrain, Challenge, Lifts, Lodging, Après-Ski; Silver Off-Hill Activities.
High/Low Rank Après-Ski (2); Value (60).
Don't Miss The singles après-ski feeding frenzy at the Wobbly Barn.
Reader Remarks "Good all-around vacation¿variedterrain, great nightlife." "Way too crowded."