We Sing the Slopes Fantastic

VERMONT :: KILLINGTON

    Photo: courtesy, Killington Ski Resort

MOUNTAIN STATS:

SUMMIT, 4,241 feet
VERTICAL, 3,050 feet
SKIABLE ACRES, 1,182
ANNUAL SNOWFALL, 250 inches
LIFT TICKET, $67
800-621-6867, www.killington.com

KILLINGTON'S legendarily long season stretches from October through May (sometimes into June), and with seven mountains, the resort has more acreage than any place in the East. Lately, though, Killington's known as the town that tried to secede—from Vermont, not the Union—a tribute to residents' fiery, tax-evading Yankee spirit.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Behold the Beast's 200 runs—including high-altitude bumps, endless cruisers, terrain parks, and a halfpipe—which keep legions of devotees coming back thirsty.
NUMBER-ONE RUN: You don't have to be an ace to experience the hair-raisingly steep moguls of Outer Limits, on Bear Mountain—just grab a pint and watch the wipeouts from the deck of Bear Mountain Base Lodge.
HOT LODGE: Nab yourself some comfy slopeside digs: The Killington Grand Resort Hotel is well worth the substantial change you'll drop. This 200-roomer offers studios and suites—all with kitchens, many with fireplaces—and the views from the outdoor Jacuzzis and pool are unbeatable. (Doubles from $150; 877-458-4637, www.killington.com/krv/grandhotel.html)
SOUL PATCH: It may have turned 40 last year, but the Wobbly Barn still parties like a teenager. This steakhouse-cum-nightclub has a hoppin' happy hour, live music, and a serious boogie jones.

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