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Old 07-29-2011, 12:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Planning Killington Trip in December

Hey everybody,

I plan to go with a group of friends to Killington on December 15 and coming back December 18. I have booked a group reservation for the airplane tickets. The checkout for our lodge is 10:30AM. Our flight itinerary for coming back is a 4:55PM flight at Manchester Airport in New Hampshire.

I want to know if anybody has any experience of driving to the Manchester Airport, or even Logan International Airport, from Killington. Specifically how long was the drive and the quality of the road? Did the time you spend on the road match the time length estimate your GPS, Google Maps, etc said it would take? Was there snow on the road or any snow storms?

The reason I'm asking is because I'm thinking of switching the 4:55PM flight to a 1:55PM flight and leaving from the lodge at either 10AM or 10:30AM.

Thanks for any help!
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not to disrespect Killington or anything but....

If you're hopping on a plane to go snowboard, why did you choose to go north to Killington?

Spend the extra $200-$300 on a plane ticket and go west, young man!
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As I said, going with friends. They aren't as willing to spend the additional dough for the West.
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GO to jay peak instead. Or stow
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Some of the people I go with who come from Boston take maybe 4 hours, weather considered. Vermont is pretty good about keeping the highways clear during the winter. I drove from West Dover to Rutland on shitty Highway 140 on the weekend of Feb 27th this year. That day, Mount Snow got smashed with almost 20 inches of fresh. I made it fine in a front wheel drive compact with all seasons and no chains, though I wouldn't prefer it. The interstates should be ok, although that weekend, Massachusetts decided not to clear 91 north of Springfield.

I would allow yourself 3 hours driving time, minimum. Your suggested time table will be cutting it close when you consider time to check in, check bags, go through security, walk to gate. I'd stick with the 4:55 flight and leave the lodge around 1 PM.

Also, Killington isn't so bad. Check out The Stash while you are there and most of the crowd on Bear are pretty easy going. Stay away from K1, that place gets packed on the weekends. Ramshead can actually be very good for turning in laps, although the only thing over there is the little Timberline terrain park, it's actually pretty fun. It gets very empty 8-10 AM, lunch time and again aruond 2:30 PM.
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