Though it’s famous for rambunctious nightlife, knee-thrashing bump runs, and the longest season in the East (in roughly that order), Killington is actually New England’s most diverse ski resort. Credit a 200-trail, 31-lift, seven- mountain system for a skiing experience that can be whatever you make of it: steeps, glades, warp-speed groomers, and yes, bumps. The only bummer at the Big K is a kill-joy attitude toward off-piste exploring. For those willing to risk it, the OB options are as abundantly rich as the lawful lines. Uh, at least that’s what we’ve heard.
While the bump fiends wax poetic over Outer Limits, the true adrenaline junkies get their fix on the 50-degree fall-line plunge known as Ovation, located on Skye Peak.
Rising from the western flats that stretch deep into New York, Killington can create its own weather, which means it often receives more and lighter snow than mountains to the north.
The Killington access road (a.k.a. Bourbon Street North) is lined with more nightlife than the average New England city. Of particular interest is the Wobbly Barn (802-422-6171), which lives up to its name every time local bands take the stage.
“Everything about Killington is huge: the terrain, the season, the nightlife. If you get bored here, you’ve got issues.”
Vertical Drop 2,340 feet
Snowfall 155 inches