The Beast Of The East

Killington will always be what many hard-charging city-dwellers from the New York metro area consider to be the closest, best destination. Back in the day, when it was hosting more than a million skier visits a year, the Beast rightly earned a bad rap for being crowded. And worse: mobbed with joeys.

These days the resort handles a more manageable number, and frankly, a higher percentage of real skiers, giving it a more soulful feel despite its size. And nowhere in the East beats the Access Road for after-hours action. That’s partly a tribute to its wealth of fine drinking and dining establishments, but also to the party-hearty attitude of many of the passholders. Some still complain of too many out-of-control skiers, and others find it difficult to navigate from peak to peak—the flip side of the mountain’s sheer massiveness. But even the hardest-to-please of Killington regulars have to admit that management has made some great decisions in recent years. Among them: the brilliant stroke of hosting the Women’s World Cup, and a returned commitment to opening in October and closing in late May or even early June. - Joe Cutts

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APRÈS Get off the rockin’ Access Road for one night and hang with the local crowd at McGrath’s Irish Pub. Live music on the weekends. 

LOCAL FLAVOR Stop into Killington Beer Company, a new small-batch craft brewery. It’s family friendly, with a game room to boot. 

CHALLENGE Satisfy your bump cravings on Bear Mountain or go for sustained vert on Devil’s Fiddle.

LOCAL SECRET Hit Worthy Kitchen, in Woodstock, for fried-chicken sandwiches, poutine, and a rotating list of local craft brews.



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