Killington Resort, VT, Announces Opening Day For 2023/24 Season

Gregg Frantz | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Superstar Glacier at Killington, VT. Photo Credit: VermontBiz

Killington Resort in Vermont just announced it will open on Friday, November 3, at 10:00 a.m. for pass holders and be the first major ski resort in the East to open this season. Killington is traditionally the first ski resort to open each season in the East and that is due to its geographical location in the Northeast and its incredible snowmaking capabilities. “The Beast in the East” usually opens in mid-November but has opened in the past in October when Mother Nature has been gracious. The push to be the first to open not only in the East but in the country is magnified by the Stifel World Cup that is hosted by Killington during the Thanksgiving Weekend. It attracts the largest crowds of any women’s race in the world and normally attracts 20-30 thousand spectators throughout the event. Conditions must be approved by the Federation of International Skiing (FIS) before the races can commence.

In a press release Killington posted on social media, the resort wrote:

Hooray! The Beast will officially be kicking off the 2023-24 winter season Friday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m. with a passholder appreciation day!  After opening day, the K-1 Express Gondola will spin from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (last ride up at 3:00 p.m.) and North Ridge Quad will spin from 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. every day. We’ll use the Peak Walkway to get to and from the North Ridge Area for skiing and snowboarding – yes walking is required. All skiers and riders will download the K-1 Gondola at the end of the day. Skiing and snowboarding will be on advanced terrain only, with a Woodward Mountain Park in the North Ridge area on Reason.  

This year in lieu of an opening day gift we are giving our day one guests the opportunity to make a $10 donation to one of three charities in their honor, Burton Chill, Yes Kids and The Snow Angel Foundation. The team carefully selected these charities that support our snow sports community and align with our Play Forever initiatives. We know guests look forward to the opening day gift but hope you’ll see this gesture as a positive way to give back.  

We’ve also been busy making snow on Superstar from top to bottom in anticipation for the Stifel Killington Cup.   

Ticket Window Hours 

Lift tickets for Saturday and beyond will be available for purchase online beginning Thursday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m. After opening day, all tickets and rentals must be purchased online and be picked up from a Ticket Kiosk. Season Passes can be picked up from any kiosk with the barcode you received and Snowshed Lodge tickets will be open Thursday, November 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for pass assistance.  Ticket windows at K-1 are available for guest assistance with ticket pickup, which will open 30 minutes before lifts starting Friday.  

Lift tickets must be purchased online, including on the day of. The earlier you buy, the more you save. Guests can pick up active One Pass RFID cards at any ticket kiosk. Rental equipment should be reserved online and will be available for pick up at the K-1 Lodge. 

Mountain Services 

The food court at the K-1 Lodge will be open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. daily and for lunch from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily. The Peak Lodge grill will be open from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily with the lodge itself opening at 9:00 a.m. daily. The Subie Shack by the base of the North Ridge Quad will be open Fri. – Sun. from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  

Killington has gone cashless. We accept all major credit cards as well as Apple, Google and Samsung pay.  

Open Lodges: 

K-1 Lodge — Open: tickets, food court, guest services, retail and rentals 

Peak Lodge – Open: food court 

Snowshed Lodge – Closed. Tickets open Thursday, Nov. 2nd only from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  

Camping at the Vale lot is closed for the season. 

Uphill Travel: 

All uphill travel is closed until further notice. 

Killington Road is currently closed to thru traffic beyond Vale Road. Please use Vale Road to access the K-1 base area at this time.  

Activities and Events 

Upcoming Events 

Operating Day: 1

For more information visit Killington’s website.

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