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Uplifting experiences

The summit of night life

Killington, Vt.

By Eric Wilbur
Globe Staff / November 16, 2008
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Party central for New Englanders and New Yorkers alike, Killington upholds its reputation for some of the region's finest skiing and the most happening après-ski night life in the East. But if jamming out until the wee hours isn't your thing, this town offers a lot more.

SKI AREAS: Killington Resort (4763 Killington Road, 802-422-6200, www.killington.com) has 191 trails and 30 lifts across seven mountain peaks. Though it may no longer push the envelope for the longest season in the East, its size and varied terrain still impress. Also nearby: Pico Mountain (73 Alpine Drive, 802-422-3333, www.picomountain.com).

OTHER SPORTS: Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, sledding, and snowmobiling.

DINING: For a casual bite, drive 11 miles to the Long Trail Brewery (at the junction of Routes 4 and 100A, Bridgewater Corners, www.longtrail.com, entrees $5-$8). For elegant dining, try Hemingways (4988 Route 4, 802-422-3886, www.hemingwaysrestaurant.com, entrees $16-$38).

LODGING: Killington Grand Resort (4763 Killington Road, 800-372-2007, www.killington.com, $158-$498) is a full-service hotel at the base of the mountain, including ski-bridge access to the slopes. Expect to be greeted by resident St. Bernards and complimentary shuttle service to the mountain at the Summit Lodge (Killington Mountain Road, 802-422-3535, www.summitlodgevermont.com, $80-$299).

NIGHT LIFE: It's tough to go wrong along Killington Road, but the Wobbly Barn (2229 Killington Road, 802-422-6171, www.wobblybarn.com) and Pickle Barrel (1741 Killington Road, 802-422-3035, www.picklebarrelnightclub.com) are two popular hot spots.

WHAT'S NEW: Snowboard icon Jake Burton helped develop "The Stash," a freestyle terrain park that uses all-natural environments in the creation of its rock-wall rides, log jibs, and cliff drops.

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