Killington Foliage Season Features Scenic Gondola Rides, Lodging Packages, Events

By AlpineZone News |
Aug 23 2007 - 11:12 AM

KILLINGTON, Vermont — Killington Resort is offering aerial fall foliage viewing via K-1 Gondola, plus mountain biking, hiking and special events to showcase the spectacular autumn colors throughout the Green Mountains of Central Vermont.

Historically, the leaves start to change the second to third week of September and continue through late October with “peak foliage season” taking place around the first to second week of October, according to the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.

A scenic ride on the K-1 Gondola to the highest lift-served terrain in Vermont offers an opportunity to view the foliage colors in the heart of the Green Mountains. In addition, the summit of Killington Peak, a short 10-minute hike from the top of the gondola, provides a panoramic view of five states and Canada on a crisp, clear autumn day.

Grab your mountain bike, or rent a Kona mountain at the Killington Mountain Bike Shop, and enjoy a thrilling ride through the colors on more than 45 miles of trails of Killington’s Kona “Groove Approved” Mountain Bike Park. If you’re looking for a more leisurely option to take in the colors of fall, enjoy a hike off the top of Killington Peak on one of the many hiking trails. At nearby Pico Mountain , enjoy the views from atop Little Pico Peak via the Little Pico Triple Chair, followed by hike back to the base or a thrilling ride on the Alpine Slide.

Fall Foliage Getaways

The Killington Grand Resort Hotel and Spa has recently undergone a $2.5 million renovation, including newly-renovated guest rooms with new carpet, trim, furnishings and paint. In addition, the new full service spa opened late last summer offering everything from body wraps and skin treatments, to massage and nail services. Gentlemen’s spa services are also available.

Killington Grand Resort Hotel and Spa fall foliage lodging packages , including a roundtrip ride on the K-1 Gondola, start at $62 per person/per night. Fall foliage lodging packages for Killington Resort’s condominium properties start at $25 per person/per night, including a roundtrip ride on the K-1 Gondola.

Fall Mountain Golf Getaways

Killington’s award-winning, 18-hole championship golf course is open for play daily throughout the foliage season. The 6,168-yard, par-72 course features mountainous terrain and challenges the most polished of players while allowing novices an opportunity to improve their game in a beautiful alpine setting. Mountain golf getaways start at $84 and include 18-hole greens fees, cart rental and one night lodging. Golfers can book tee times online at

Fall Foliage Gondola Rides

A round-trip ride on the K-1 Gondola is $14 for adults and $9 juniors ages 6-12 or seniors over 65. For those hiking off the peak, a one-way ride is $8 and $5 respectively. A family round-trip ride, which includes two adults and any number of immediate family members ages 12 and under is $34 or $20 one-way. The K-1 Gondola is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the following days:

September 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 (Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. ??“ 5 p.m.)
September 29 through October 8 (Daily, 10 a.m. ??“ 5 p.m.)

Mountain Biking

Killington’s Kona “Groove Approved” mountain bike park is served via the K-1 Gondola throughout the fall season. An all-day lift and trail access pass is $35 for adults and $22 for juniors ages 6-12. Half-day lift and trail access is $27 for adults and $15 for juniors. Mountain bike and equipment rental is available in Killington Mountain Bike Shop located in the K-1 Lodge, adjacent to the K-1 Gondola. Mountain biking lodging packages are available from $44 per person per night.

Alpine Slide

The Pico Mountain Alpine Slide is open weekends only Sept. 8th through Oct. 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Single rides are $10 and a five-slide ticket is $40.

12th Annual Killington Brewfest

The 12th Annual Killington Brewfest returns with a variety of microbreweries and craft breweries from throughout New England pouring their top choice ales, pilsners, stouts and hand-crafted lagers. Brewfest lodging packages start at $29 per person and include Brewfest admission.