New England is home to some of America’s finest ski resorts and among the most popular is the town of Killington, nestled in the Green Mountains of central Vermont. As well as featuring the largest ski resort in the region, the town also offers a whole host of other outdoor activities including mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking, not to mention a vibrant nightlife scene, all helping to attract large numbers of visitors from across the US and beyond each year.
Whether it’s adrenaline-fuelled adventure sports, gentle pottering, or buzzing nightspots you’re seeking, there’s something in Killington to satisfy every predilection. If you’d like to plan a visit and want some ideas for your itinerary, we’ve picked out 10 of the best and most memorable things to see and do here.
1. Killington Ski Resort
For skiing enthusiasts visiting Killington, the first port of call is often Killington Ski Resort, the region’s largest ski resort and home to some 116 kilometres of slopes stretching across seven mountain, along with a top class winter sports area. First opened in the late 1950s, the resort has grown into something of a skiing mecca, and is suitable for skiers of all skill levels. Besides hitting the slopes, a whole range of winter activities can be enjoyed here, including a 4,800-foot-long roller coaster that dips and dives through the woods and snowmobile tours through the vast mountains.
2. Killington Tubing Park
If you’d like to experience the thrills of hurtling down a snowy mountain but don’t quite have skiing skills to do so in the more traditional way, then Killington Tubing Park is the place to go. Sitting aboard an inflatable snow tube, you’ll feel the rush of icy air against your skin as you’re propelled down a mountain, giving you an adrenaline-pumping experience amid some of the region’s most beautiful natural scenery.
3. Long Trail Brewing Company
At the vanguard of Vermont’s craft beer brewing scene for thirty years, The Long Trail Brewing Company is nestled alongside the Ottauquechee River and specialises in experimental, small-batch recipes developed in its farmhouse-turned-pilot-brewery. Highlights include Vermont classics such as the Long Trail Ale, crafted via the brewery’s wild fermented ales program, and hoppy offerings like the VT IPA. Beer lovers can come and sample such home brewed delights seven days a week, with scenic riverside seating and live music every Thursday during the summer months.
4. Vermontology Guided Tours
There is no better way to get under the skin of a town or city than by joining an organised tour in the company of knowledgeable locals. Vermontology Guided Tours is an acclaimed tour guide company hosted by world traveller Natalia Ferens-Hommel that runs themed small-group tours across Vermont. In groups of 6 people or fewer, guests can pick from Scenic Day Tours that invite you to explore scenic roadways, charming villages, and historical locations; Brewery & Spirits Tours that take in renowned regional breweries, distilleries and cideries; and extended 5 –Day Tours that allow you to enjoy a leisurely odyssey around the area’s finest attractions, landmarks and places of interest. Hotel pick up and drop off are included in the price.
5. Vermont Brewers Festival
Celebrating Vermont’s rich beer brewing heritage each year is the Vermont Brewers Festival , featuring more than 100 beers and 30 exclusive brews for visitors to sample at their leisure. Held entirely outdoors, the popular event takes place at the base area of Bear Mountain at Killington Resort and attracts beer lovers from far and wide, all keen to enjoy some of the region’s best brews surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery.
6. The Foundry at Summit Pond
Situated in the heart of Killington along the banks of the Summit Pond, there are few more scenic dining spots than The Foundry. Offering a distinctive take on the traditional American Supper Club, the relaxed and welcoming eatery offers a large menu of mouth-watering dishes, including the finest cuts of meat, homemade pasta, fresh seafood and more, all in a warm and inviting setting.
7. Killington Adventure Center
A recent addition to the town’s recreation landscape, Killington Adventure Center is a fun-filled play space featuring a whole host of rides and attractions. Among the most popular are the Beast Mountain Coaster that rockets passengers through verdant foliage, a 2-seater zipline that gives thrill-seekers amazing aerial views of the lush green mountains, and a Skye Ropes Course standing 4 stories above the ground and presenting some 42 obstacles to clear.
By Paul Joseph