Killington is so big it makes your head hurt. Wait a minute¿maybe your head hurts because of Killington's nightlife. Either way, readers agree that Killington deserves a No. 2 ranking for the second year in a row.
Heading to the 2010 Winter Games? Skiers of all abilities will fun on the slopes at Whistler and Blackcomb.
Whistler and Blackcomb each has its own character. The two side-by-side mountains meet only at their very base. Both mountains have three points of access. On Blackcomb, you can start at Blackcomb Base's Wizard Chair, or you can jump on Excalibur Gondola either in Whistler Village or at Base II. To get up Whistler Mountain, start either at the Creekside Gondola or in the center of town, where you can catch the Whistler Village Gondola or the Fitzsimmons Chair. No matter which peak you choose to ski first, warm up on the midmountain, then keep moving upward.
They hem about crowds and haw about prices. But in the end, readers give Killington its due because they simply have to. Terrain? No one in the East touches the Beast's 1,182 acres. Length of season? Tops again, thanks to unlimited snowmaking power. Nightlife? Nothing beats the access road for winter-carnival craziness.
"T-t-t-terrain!" stammers one reader. "Seven mountains' worth!" That is perhaps all that needs to be said about Killington. Like a Vail of the East, the Big K simply goes on and on-so big you could never ski it in a day, maybe not even in a week.
For the 200 amateur mogul and freestyle skiers who think they have mastered the bumps, the 24th Annual Budweiser Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge on April 3-4, 2004, sets the stage where you go big-or go home.