Yes, the Beast of the East has a softer side. It's called summer, when even fearsome Outer Limits wears a soft coat of green. Killington has spent millions of dollars in recent years turning its popular winter resort into a year-round destination. Check in at the Killington Grand Summit Hotel (800-621-6867) and name your pleasure. The Adventure Center offers two waterslides, a skate park, mini-golf and a driving range, plus rides on the K-1 Gondola to 4,241-foot Killington Peak, where the mountains march to the horizon, green to blue to purple. From there, you join trail-wizened "through hikers" on the Long Trail, or meander down by bike. There are fat-tire clinics daily, as well as guided tours for bikers and hikers. For a more leisurely outing, step onto Killington's famously challenging golf course (note to self: bring extra balls). Play on your own, or enroll at the Original Golf School, which offers affordable two- and three-day sessions. Enjoy a four-star meal at nearby Hemingway's (802-422-3886) or hop in the car for a scenic meander along Route 100, one of the nation's loveliest drives. Special events are unending. The Killington Triathlon (ski-run-bike) takes advantage of the last strip of white on Superstar on May 28. The NORBA-sanctioned Trail 66 Series lures elite mountain bikers (July 22-23). The hills are alive with the Killington Music Festival throughout July. And summer wraps up with the Killington Stage Race (Sept. 1-2), a lung-busting showdown that attracts the best road racers in the country and beyond.
DON'T MISS A lunch or dinner of wood-fired pizza on the deck at the Outback (802-422-9885).
BEST DEAL The resort's two-day, two-night Golf and Lodging Getaways, starting at $144. Call (800) 621-6867, or visit www.killington.com