10 Things to Do in Killington That You Shouldn't Miss

August 2, 2017 Major Galusha

Killington, at the heart of the Green Mountains, is a natural paradise all year round. During the winter, Killington is one of the world's largest and most diverse ski areas, with miles and miles of trails dedicated to downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. When the snow melts, Killington transforms into the home of two PGA golf courses, and spectacular hiking and biking trails through Northern sections of the Appalachian Trail.
Restaurants in Killington

1. Killington Resort

4763 Killington Rd, Killington, VT 05751-9746 +1 800-621-6867
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 866 reviews

Killington Resort

This Southern Vermont resort is famous for its winter skiing, and now for off-season golf.

Reviewed By Sarah C - Gorham, New Hampshire, United States

Yes this is a large mountain with decent terrain and great coverage for late March for sure, however, the customer service we experienced was ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. We've skied in a lot of places, some big and some small but for the most part the employees have been friendly and focused on the guest's experience but I cannot say the same for this mountain.

The first interaction we had at the ticket counter was okay. The gentleman printed our tickets but wasn't exactly enthusiastic or informative compared to other ticket folks I've dealt with. The woman working the ticket station next to us was abrupt and all business which I might be able to understand if the place was slammed. That being said, there were three people in line (including us) and only two folks working the counter but it wasn't like there was a swarm of people. It just doesn't take any extra time to be nice to guests...it just doesn't.

Our second interaction came while getting our lunch at the Snowshed Lodge. There were a TON of Snow School Employees getting their lunch (not their students' lunch but their own) who cut in line ahead of several full paying guests. One of the women making salads stopped making my wife's salad when a Snow School employee stepped in front of her in the line and went to make the employees salad. When the woman finally came back to making my wife's lunch she said, "what did you order again?" Appalling...serving your staff over paying guests on the mountain?!?!?!? I can't even begin to imagine what this place must treat guests like when it's a busy day during a vacation week. And it didn't end there with our lunch woes. While waiting in line to pay for our food another snow school employee attempted to cut in front of me to hand in his little slip of paper with all the food listed on it. I let him know that we were in line and he could just cool his jets and wait his turn. Unbelievable!

Lastly, while waiting in line for one of the Gondolas a lift employee stepped into a gondola with several people he knew. As the gondola went passed us he smugly looked at us and said, "this one is occupied." Again, I couldn't believe how rude yet another employee was.

I know you go to a ski mountain to ski and ride but it's a lot of money to pay and customer service should be included at no extra charge. The staff could benefit from some customer service training. Personally, I won't pay to ski here again.

2. Snowmobile Vermont

1584 Vt-100A, Plymouth, VT 05035 +1 802-422-2121
Excellent
87%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 128 reviews

Snowmobile Vermont

A fantastic ride for those who are interested in a tour through the woods on groomed ski trails.

Reviewed By Casey96 - Boston, Massachusetts

We have taken three (!) tours with them this winter, and we would never have been a repeat customer unless it was great! They are welcoming and friendly at the office, even to those who are clearly out of their element and are first-timers. They also have the staff that gauges the level of the experience to the skill and experience of the riders. I have an 18 year old teenage son who was pushed and challenged to have a thrilling ride, but within appropriate safety parameters. Riding into the national forest is stunningly beautiful and my son and husband traveled over 30 miles in the forest during their two-hour tour. Highly recommend this as a family and group activity! (And remember to tip the guides - they deserve it!)

3. Pico Mountain

73 Alpine Dr, Rutland, VT 05701-9316 800-898 (7426)
Excellent
54%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Pico Mountain

Pico Peak is family-friendly and price-conscious.

Reviewed By Kelsdog - Truckee, California

Pico Mountain is a real mountain with steep and challenging terrain that caters to the expert but also has a softer side for the family. No crowds, great restaurant and bar (Last Run) and has a true small ski area vibe that is so special that you need to try it yourself. Live music and events on almost every weekend.

4. Long Trail Brewing Company

5520 US Route 4, Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035-9600 +1 802-672-5011
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 99 reviews

Long Trail Brewing Company

Located on the banks of the Ottauquechee River, our brewery and brew pub offers a seasonally rotating menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients and beer fresh from the source. On tap we have more than a dozen beers including our year-round staples, seasonal selections and limited releases. Look for super-limited, small batch brews from our Farmhouse Ales series brewed in our farmhouse-turned-pilot-brewing facility and exclusively available in our pub & restaurant. When the weather warms up, grab a seat at our riverside deck or dip your toes in the water and go with the flow.

Reviewed By Michael I - Danbury, CT

Got to the brewery about 11:30 AM. Plenty of bar and dining seats available yet the hostess decides to sit my wife and I adjacent to the bus boy area away from any activity. This location should typically be filled last and w/ some level of apology. It seemed a bother when I asked for another of many available tables.

Regardless, our waitress was wonderful but I'd have to say that the food and beer selection was uninspiring. Most breweries offer craft beer flights as does Long Trail but the flights were predetermined so there were other offerings of interest but it was the middle of the day and we had a long drive home. It was a wet weather day so the heralded scenery was not part of the experience... Probably a good spot for après skiing from Killington or Okemo, but a long drive out of the way for what I'd describe as average food and a just OK craft brewery experience...

5. President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

3780 Rt 100A, Plymouth, VT 05056 +1 802-672-3773
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 214 reviews

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

Reviewed By Barbara M - Brooklyn, New York

We arrived at Plymouth too late to purchase a ticket to and enter Coolidge's birthplace and related buildings; but we wandered around and found the place magical. With the sun slanting the way it does at that time of day, the trees turning their yellows and reds, and the hillsides still green, the small, simple crossroads with its church, few homes, and barns told a lot about the simple man who became president. Mr. Coolidge was not perfect, but so what? Who is? I have visited Vermont many times; and this spot, newly discovered, is a highlight. A tip: Wander up the road past the sheep and apple trees, and you'll find a stone farmhouse that will knock your socks off.

6. Thundering Falls Trail

Killington, VT
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Thundering Falls Trail

Reviewed By CharleyG - Los Angeles, CA

Easy walk to impressive waterfall. Amount of water varies and is best in Spring during snow melt and at other times after rainfall. You can also climb a trail to the top of the falls. If you want more exercise, you could park at Kent’s Pond and make a 4 mile round trip hike from Kent’s Pond along The Appalachian Trail to the Falls & back.

7. Killington - Pico Adventure Center

4763 Killington Rd, Killington, VT 05751-9746 +1 800-734-9435
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Killington - Pico Adventure Center

Reviewed By cpennnh - Bedford, New Hampshire

The adventure center has something for the whole family. We even took late teen kids and they loved it. You can have lunch and enjoy half a day here for sure. Many of the rides don't look scary, but check them out and you'll change your mind. We've done all of the rides and mazes a couple of times and would highly recommend. Something to do when you're not hiking!

8. Gifford Woods State Park

Rte. 100 1/2 mi north of U.S. 4, Killington, VT +1 802-775-5354
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Gifford Woods State Park

Reviewed By LyntonC1053 - Johns Creek, Georgia

While walking on the Appalachian Trail, we walked through the park enjoying a campsite's picnic table for lunch and nearby restrooms. We were impressed at the size of and seclusion possible at many of the campsites. There are also lean-tos at the park. Good scenery and Kent Pond is very pretty.

9. Leffert's Pond

Killington, VT
Excellent
66%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Leffert's Pond

A stop along the fall foliage route where visitors can see beavers, moose and deer.

Reviewed By lvsdx

We visited in early October during the peak color season. Very relaxing and great photo opportunities.

10. McLaughlin Falls

Wheelerville Road, Killington, VT
Excellent
50%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

McLaughlin Falls

An easy, five-mile biking route takes you to picturesque water falls for fall foliage viewing.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member - Jericho, Vermont

McLaughlin Falls, which this site identifies as the Wheelerville Waterfall, is a 10 foot tall cascade into a pothole, followed by a short cascade that culminates in a 15 fool plunge into a pool. It is in a remote location, and is very photogenic.

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