East Coast ski resorts might lack the sheer size and breadth of their Western counterparts, but gravity is gravity no matter which side of the country you ski on. Vermont’s Killington, with 1,509 skiable acres, is one of the bigger resorts in the East, and offers up its share of expert terrain. We’re sure you’ve heard of some of these—Superstar is the site of the women’s World Cup, after all—but hopefully there’s a gem or three in here to add to your must-ski list this winter.
8 Sleeper Steeps at Killington Resort
Outer Limits is the Killington double-black that everyone knows, but its next-door neighbor, Devil’s Fiddle, though lesser-known is no less intense. With a jumble of rocks down the middle splitting the run and the remnants of an old lift, Devil’s Fiddle is visually interesting. While it’s not quite as steep as Outer Limits, an argument can be made that it’s the more technically challenging, with a daunting cliff band and massive moguls.
The steepest fall line skiing at the resort can’t be left off the list, even though its front-and-center location right off the summit of Killington Peak is hardly hidden. Regardless, Cascade is a classic, narrow Eastern steep run, sometimes groomed and sometimes bumped up. Ski it both ways to get the full experience.
Although it’s located on mostly beginner- and intermediate-focused Snowdon Mountain, Conclusion shouldn’t be dismissed. This lower-mountain double-black diamond also runs beneath a lift, the Snowdon Triple, and features a respectable pitch that funnels right down to the K-1 Lodge.
Part of Ovation’s difficulty lies in its location off of Killington Peak, right next to the Superstar lift. In other words, you’re on display, so you better not go P-Tex side up. As for the run itself, it’s steep, bumped up, and sustained, so start doing those lunges and squats now.
Anarchy, Juanita, and Julio
Killington has plenty of glades; whether they’re skiable or not depends entirely on the snow. That said, experts looking for freshies in the trees a few days after a storm should seek out this gladed trio wedged between the K-1 Gondola and the Superstar Quad. Each features tight- to medium-spaced trees on a respectable slope angle.
Home to the women’s World Cup slalom and giant slalom courses, the legendary Superstar run is an iconic Killington trail for several reasons. Because the World Cup takes place on November 27-28, Superstar gets all the snowmaking love and is the first to open—and often one of the last holdouts every spring. The run itself is a thigh-burner, just over 4,500-feet long, and boasts a 30- to 50-degree pitch across 1,200 vertical feet. It’s not the steepest or the gnarliest, but Superstar is a bucket-list trail for all Killington skiers.
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