Overview: The Beast leads Eastern resorts in acreage, but last season Killington gained even more notoriety after it hosted the Audi FIS Women’s World Cup—and tens of thousands more fans showed up than the global ski industry predicted. The World Cup is back this year. Also notable: lifts ran from October 24, to June 1, last season. Our powder day pick? Load the K-1 Gondola and unleash on Cascade. Later, Ramshead’s Squeeze Play glades hold snow in widely-spaced trees ideal for an afternoon party run. Every day ends on the Mountain Road, five miles of aprés options. Party late at the Pickle Barrel Nightclub.
What’s New: More like renewable. Look for nine solar panel arrays at the resort, plus four off-site solar farms expected to match 12 percent of Killington’s yearly energy take. Snowmaking gets more eco points with 163 low-energy tower guns.
Local’s Take: “In early winter, I rip down Superstar like I’m Mikaela Shiffrin, imagining World Cup crowds below,” says Merisa Sherman, who skied 205 days last winter. “In spring, Superstar turns into a great bump run.” —Olivia Dwyer | | photo Justin Cash