Do you really need 5 Reasons To Visit Killington More? I mean honestly, this cozy little ski town has a lot going on. Now we all see Killington as a ski town, you come here to ski and snowboard and not much else right? Though winter sports are the focus of this small Vermont town there are so many more things you could be missing.
Top of The Line Food
Pick your poison (that’s a bad metaphor). Enjoy great food at great prices for resort town standards. Whether you want white linen dining or some delicious wings and a craft brew Killington definitely has it all and the food is definitely one of the 5 Reasons To Visit Killington More. A more recent restaurant on the hill and expecting to open soon is Casey’s Caboose. A long time staple of the community that feel under hard times a few years ago. It’s since been purchased and renovated with a tentative opening date for the beginning of ski season.
Hiking/ Snowshoeing Depending On the Season
You can always get out and about regardless of the season. Killington has a great network of hiking trails to explore in the spring through fall. Once the snow falls you can enjoy the designated snowshoe trails at Killington Resort but also down at Mountain Meadows which caters to Fatbikers and Cross Country Skiers too. The stone steps at Green Mountain Trails also offers breathtaking views and the quiet serenity that people go to Vermont to enjoy in the first place.
Think of santa’s village minus it being Christmas and minus the elves. The people working in the ski shops lining the road are the bread and butter of Killington’s community. We’re the ski bums who get first laps in the morning or are splitting shifts to ski. We know the mountain like the back of our hands and can direct you towards the best food, trails and equipment to suit your needs. The one thing people working in Killington ski shops express outwardly is our passion. Our passion for our community, our mountain the excitement we get when we see people we’ve helped enjoying the Resort as much as we do.
You don’t have to be a skier, snowboarder, mountain biker to enjoy Killington. The apres enthusiasts can enjoy the many spas in the area. Killington Resort boasts their Grand Spa as the premier option but there’s plenty of spas to choose from. We’ve listed the best below.
Based On Distance From Basin Sports:
Killington Grand Spa 0.8 Miles
Back Body and Mind Spa 0.8 Miles
The Woods Resort & Spa 2 Miles
New Life Hiking Spa 8 Miles
The lodging in the area is really top notch. Whether you’re looking for high end hotels to budget lodging you’ll find both and everything in between. Undoubtedly the Killington Grand Resort and Hotel is going to be your go to for high end lodging but Highline Lodge also sits up there with superb accommodations. If you’re looking for more budget friendly lodging there’s plenty of that too. The Killington Motel is the first to come to mind with its amazing coffee and to die for breakfast. A small little motel there’s a reason it’s ranked #2 on trip advisors best hotels in Killington. There are to many lodging areas to count but all are superb with welcoming staff who love to share their passion for the area with others.
Do you really need more than 5 Reasons To Visit Killington? If you do well, maybe adventuring around the area for yourself will be the happy medium that convinces you Killington, Vermont is one of those places you will undoubtedly never forget.
An Intro to Outdoor Jackets and The Purpose Of Different Jacket Types
For whatever outdoor activity you participate in you’re almost guaranteed to find a jacket that’s specific to that particular activity. Jackets are a necessary piece of apparel that can make or break an activity in the outdoors. But there’s so many types, options and styles, which one is the right one? In this Intro to Outdoor Jackets we decipher the different types of jackets and what each type is particularly good for whatever outdoor activity you enjoy.
When I talk to customers about jackets I often use the term it’s like building a PB&J Sandwich. You’ve got your bread as your outer layer, your jelly as your mid layer and your peanut butter as your baselayer. All of it works together and without the other it wouldn’t be a true PB&J. Makes since right? So without further ado, let’s break down the layers of this sandwich.
The Shell Jacket
An Intro to Outdoor Jackets starts with the basics, the shell jacket (Bread). The shell or “hardshell” is the outermost layer of an outfit and protects you from the elements like rain, sleet and snow. Its job is to keep the yucky out and to keep you dry. In true definition a shell is just a thin outer protective layer. If we’re to get more specific there can be shell jackets for each season.
For example, a winter specific shell like this Arc’teryx Ravenna Ski Jacket is a winter specific shell. It’s a shell in the truest of forms except it comes equipped with a light polyester backing or flannel backer to help trap a little bit of that warmth. Almost all winter specific shell jackets will have some sort of backer integrated into the construction of the shell.
Shell Jackets are designed to keep out the elements and will have some sort of waterproofing design integrated into their design. Things like Gore-Tex, DWR and Windstopper are just a few examples of waterproofing technologies, these being the most popular. Almost every major company that produces a shell jacket will have a Gore-Tex option and then (most likely) have their own proprietary version of Gore-Tex at a lower price point. I won’t divulge into Gore-Tex to much here but basically Gore-Tex is the most popular water resisting material on the planet and is designed to repel water from a synthetic surface. You’re almost guaranteed to not find a waterproof jacket out there, most are water resistant and that’s where DWR comes in.
DWR stands for Durable Water Repellant. Most companies nowadays make a washable DWR mix that you can wash your technical apparel in or the company will spray the jacket at the factory in a DWR mix. Every other season I’ll wash my shells in DWR, Gore-Tex or not, it’s just a good habit to keep. DWR helps keep water out and you dry and is pretty inexpensive to buy.
An Intro to Outdoor Jackets also includes Softshells. We’ve summarized Hardshell Jackets, now to discuss Softshells. Same concept but slightly different. A softshell is pretty self-explanatory in the sense that it’s a soft outer shell or outer layer. Unlike Hardshells, softshells are typically stretchy and not the best for winter weather. Most people enjoy soft shells for spring skiing, rock climbing and hiking. They also can make a good mid layer (Jelly) and work well in fall and spring.
The Insulated Jacket
The insulated jacket is a whole different monster within itself and is a vital part of An Intro to Outdoor Jackets but has a multitude of pro’s and con’s that go along with it. One thing to remember especially when it comes to insulated jackets is that you get what you pay for. Insulated jackets are great because the combine the mid layer and shell into one providing a warm one layer jacket for the colder conditions. But you get what you pay for and when it comes to stay warm in the outdoors often the more expensive apparel is going to last longer and work as an apparel piece more efficiently.
An example would be this 686 Authentic Smarty Form Jacket retailing for $250. You get insulation, their own proprietary water resistant fabric and a removable fleece liner (among other things). The jacket will do the trick but was designed more for comfort than function. Put that jacket next to the Arc’teryx Macai Jacket which retails at $899 and you’re going to see a magnitude of differences. You get not just one but three different types of insulation that’s been quilted into the jacket to improve equal heat transmission. Then there’s three layers of Gore-Tex for exceptional water resistant properties. Things like this along with removable powder skirts, seam sealed zippers and vents make the jacket seem more reliable. Not to say the 686 won’t do the trick when keeping you warm, but you’re likely to last longer out in the elements in something with more dynamic features.
But Insulated jackets don’t have to be just outer layers. Puffies (Jelly) are also strategic pieces of layering in an outerwear ensemble. Puffies or Insulators are light, highly compactible, quilted jackets that work as fall/ spring outer layers but perform best under a hardshell jacket. Insulators purpose is to maximize heat trapping while allowing moisture to pass through (sweat). For people who’ve never experience the awe inspiring awesomeness of these jackets are in for a treat. Puffies are what can transform a 2 hour ski day into an 8 hour ski day. A solid base layer (peanut butter) combined with an insulator (Jelly) and covered by shell (bread) is the ideal combination and allows you to regulate body heat efficiently.
The Fleece Jacket
An Intro to Outdoor Jackets also includes the puffy or insulator the fleece jacket which acts as a reliable midlayer jacket in an outerwear ensemble. Unlike an insulator which can have lofted insulation the fleece jacket is a single layer of fabric designed to pull moisture away from your skin but trap heat. You will often find waffle style fabric in these jackets which help in moisture management. The fleece jacket works well as a midlayer but is also a good fall layer or cool spring and summer night layer too. These jackets are pretty straight forward and aren’t too technical in design. Their main purpose is to provide a single layer jacket option that’s light enough for high intensity activities.
The Casual Jacket
An Intro to Outdoor Jackets ends with the Casual Jacket or Après apparel, is your do anything jacket. A casual jacket can be a thin layered jacket all the way up to an insulated, heavy coat. It all comes down to what you want. These jackets tend to not be super technical and work in a multitude of conditions and weather but with the provided knowledge above you can combine it into the perfect around town do anything option.
Healthy Super Foods To Eat For the Active Outdoorsy Person
Put down the pop tart and eat a real meal! There is a lot of preparation that goes into having a successful outdoor adventure. If you plan on exerting yourself consistently throughout a day there are a few steps to consider to prepare.
I like to prep the night before. That means hydrating and fiber. I tend to drink a Gatorade and water until I’m peeing regularly and have the proper tint to my urine. I also like to eat a high fiber meal the night before. I’m a big fan of Fruit Salad tossed with light raspberry vinaigrette and crumbled goat cheese. It will fill you up, leave you feeling energized and “clean”. After I’ve eaten and drank enough water I’ll go to sleep and get a solid 7-8 hours of sleep.
Carb load and protein load. I will eat a veggie burger for breakfast the majority of the time. Though Breakfast sandwiches work just fine. I eat spicy black bean veggie burgers because they taste good and are a great source of protein. That along with a whole grain bagel makes an awesome kickstarter breakfast.
Fortunately for me I live 45 minutes from the places I will normally exert myself (I mountain bike at Killington). On my drive I will drink some sort of caffeinated drink and another Gatorade. I like to feel the need to pee before hitting the mountain, that way I know I’m thoroughly hydrated at the start of my ride.
In The Shit
While riding I’ll pack either a probar meal or a cliff bar. Just something to put in my stomach so it’s not just sloshing around full or liquid. Probar meals are amazing, and every type of free (gluten, GMO, trade) you can think of. And they work, you do in fact feel full after eating one.
Take a lunch break, rehydrate (starting to see a trend) and eat a high carb meal. I don’t normally eat protein during exercise because your body doesn’t break down protein very well while excreting. I normally make pasta salad and inhale that, leaving me good to go.
Protein, your body is trying to recover and protein offers a great way to replace acids in your muscles. It helps build and condition muscle. I like to eat few power bars after a workout, then a protein and carb rich meal for dinner.
Obviously these are just my practices that work for me, and I’m sure nutritionist are pulling out their hair right now. But it works for me and has worked for others. The take away from this though is that you can’t just expect to go out and be able to hammer away. Proper preparation and consistent hydration is key to enjoying a day outside.
Killington in green. It’s not a shade people get the chance to see. Most visit this small resort town in the winter, when it’s covered in white and not such a small resort town. This past year has been focused on expanding year round activities. The addition of the High Ropes Course and the highly anticipated Beast Coaster have increased the summer draw to Killington. But these are just some of the new activities now offered at the Killington Adventure Center. Things like guided Segway Tours, ATV Tours and even a Zip-Line are now being offered at the Snowshed Base Lodge.
But if you’re anything like me and you escape to the mountains for some peace and quiet, you can still find it. By hiking up trail C you get spectacular views of the Green Mountain Range and, that peace and quiet. But, before going any further I should mention that there are numerous hiking trails all over the mountain, though Trail C and even Trail E are my personal favorites. Trail E takes you up Skypeak and crisscrosses Superstar and Ovation ski trails.
Trail C is a nice option if you’re looking for an easy hike with medium grade and great views. It starts in the K-1 preferred parking lot and climbs slowly up a gravel work road (Great Northern) and pops in and out of sections of woods. You eventually wind your way up to the base of the North Ridge Triple staircase where you take the famous walk up to the peak lodge. Follow the signs and you climb the last 250yds to the fire tower at the peak.
Bring your headlamps and enjoy a full moon hike. Take Trail C up a few hours before sunset, eat dinner at 4241’ feet and hike down under the moonlight. Hiking is something every Killington local takes part in. It’s basically a requirement, an invisible rule when you move to a resort town- that you must take in all 4 seasons for all they’re worth. From the obvious choices in the winter, to Hiking, Biking and Golfing in the spring, summer and fall. Killington has so much to offer in the other 3 seasons it would be a shame for you to miss out.
Considered the toughest obstacle race on the planet, the Spartan Race pushes people to the limit. Ranging from three to twenty six miles the Spartan Race is an endurance race taking runners through military style obstacles. The Spartan Race World Championships held at “The Beast of the East” aka, Killington drew ten thousand participants this year. Most participants were attempting to get their trifecta or double trifecta honors, but some had never partaken in anything like the Spartan Race, making the World Championship’s quite the eye opener.
The elite Spartans are the best of the best when it comes to endurance obstacle racing. Many partake in Spartan Races for a living, supporting themselves off the prize money they win if they place in the top 3 overall. At first appearance the Elite look like regular people. Calling them elite makes you want to picture these big beefy, jacked men and woman who spend way too much time in the gym. Yes, they are fit but, they are just that fit, and not beefcakes. A good comparison of an elite’s physique would be to that of a rock climber. Watching the elite run was definitely motivational to oneself to make you want to try harder fitness wise, and it was more than once that I heard someone say they were motivated to aspire to the elite’s level.
Elite male finishers for Saturday’s Spartan Beast were in first place, Jonathan Albon (UK), 2nd Ryan Atkins (CAN), and 3rd Cody Moat (USA). Elite Women Finishers for the Beast were, in first Claude Godbout (CAN), 2nd Corinna Coffin (USA), and 3rd April OCR (USA). The next Spartan race will be taking place in Chicago next week. With the growing interest in obstacle style races it’s very easy to find races near you on a pretty regular basis. If you are interested in trying a Spartan Race but want to train properly, the Killington Boot Camp trains as a group in preparation for Spartan Races in front of Charity’s Restaurant every Tuesday and Thursday from 8-9AM.
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It’s hot and sunny here in Killington today with temps in the mid 80’s. We can expect to see these temps stay in the 80’s moving into tomorrow with a slight chance of scattered thunderstorms. The K-1 Gondola and Snowshed Express will be running from 10-5 servicing all of Killington’s 100% open terrain. With this dry weather has come dry trails. The access road as well as, trails with loose gravel sections will be very dry and should be ridden with caution. Trail #13 Hold On will be running well today, due to its shelter from the sun but, is a advanced trail and should only be ridden by experienced riders. Today the Downhill Throwdown will be taking place on East Mountain Road, and is worth checking out. If you are looking to cool off the Summit Lodge is holding a pool party at 11:30 and is free.
Perfect riding weather here in Killington today, with sunny skies and a high temp of 78 degrees. Absolutely no rain is expected in this weekend’s forecast, which will make Killington’s 34 open trails very fast. The K-1 Gondola will be running from 10-5 today with Snowshed Express opening this weekend to access the lower beginner terrain. Saturdays forecast calls for sunny skies and temps in the low 80’s so remember that sunscreen. With the sunshine comes dryer trails, especially the access road which will loosen up in the turns so be careful in those areas. Trail #18 Cables, is definitely the trail to check out if you are looking to try something new, but please be aware of riders going faster than you and remember to move off the trail when stopping. August 9th and 10th the Downhill Throwdown street luge and drift trike event will be taking place on East Mountain Rd, as well as the Pwdr Shot Biatholon at the K-1 Base lodge over the weekend. The Cooler in the Mountains Summer Concert Series will also be taking place Saturday afternoon from 3:30 to 6:00pm at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar and is free.
It’s going to be hot here in Killington today with temps reaching the mid 80’s and sunny skies. The trails are drying up on the mountain making the trails dusty and unruly. Trails with lots of loose gravel like #7 Scarecrow and the access road will begin to kick pebbles in turns so use caution in those areas. The weather for Sunday is also calling for sunny skies and temps in the mid 80’s so remember your sunscreen. This weekend the K-1 Gondola and Snowshed Express will be running from 10-5, servicing Killington Mountain Bike Park’s 100% open terrain. If you’re looking to do some hiking, trail C offers some of the best views on the mountain and is a fairly easy climb. The Pwdr Shot Biatholon has been cancelled for this weekend but, the Downhill Throwdown street luge and drift trike event will still be taking place on east mountain road today and Sunday. If you’re looking for something mellow after your long day of biking or hiking, the Cooler in the Mountains summer concert series will be taking place from 3:30 to 6:00PM today at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar and is free.
Killington Report, This could be the perfect summer weekend to come visit Killington (aka THE BEAST)! The forecast is calling for temperatures in the high 70’s and an abundance of sunshine. There is definitely something for everyone and anyone to enjoy this fantastic weekend. The 13th annual wine festival is going on with activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please visit the Killington Chamber’s Website for more details on this delightful event. The 8th annual Killington Jeep Jamboree weekend is here! Come see these amazing Jeeps take on some of The Beast’s most aggressive sides. With mandatory 33″ tires and winches, I am sure there will be some antics abound. The Killington Region also offers amazing cycling, golfing, hiking,swimming, fishing and boating. Do you want to have a mellow weekend to relax, soak up some of Killington’s serenity and dabble in the localvore? Well, this is the prime weekend to do that as well.
Basin Sports receives some well deserved upkeep! Come on in and take a look. Also, Phil Black hard at work on the Lookout.