AN INEXPENSIVE KILLINGTON LODGE
by Paul Maraschiello

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I was at Killington for the 3-day Martin Luther King weekend this year. This is one of the busiest weekends for ski areas but I lucked out. I was able to get a bed in the dorm at the Turn of the River Lodge, which happens to be across the road from my favorite Italian restaurant, The Pasta Pot. If you are looking for an economical place to stay, I can recommend this lodge. Beds in the dorm are $25-30 and private rooms range from $42 (early season) to $135 (holiday weekends). This classic ski lodge is just down the road from the Killington gondola on Rt. 4, so you don't have to deal with access road. They have reduced rates of up to 25% for extended stays and groups of 6 or more. A family-style continental breakfast is included.

One of the best aspects of Turn of River Lodge is the Great Room and its huge stone hearth where winter lodgers kick back and share their mountain experiences. There was a congenial group from Boston sitting around the fire, exchanging stories, enjoying apres ski drinks and watching TV when I was there.

The Turn of River Lodge has 12 guest rooms. Most rooms have private baths, sleeping 2-4. All rooms are comfortably furnished, have color cable TV, telephone and clock radios and wireless Internet is available throughout the property.



SKIING
I rode up the Skyship gondola and decided to ski over to Bear Mountain. I took one run down Wildfire and when I saw that they had closed the run at the bottom of the mountain because of the Superpipe they had build for the Mt. Dew Tour, I called goodby to Bear Mt. TOO MUCH TRAFFIC!



I spend the rest of the weekend skiing my old friends on Killington Peak. There was a lot of snow on the ground, so I was not only able to ski Cascade, Skylark, Superstar and East Fall but I was even able to go down Royal Flush.



The skiing at Killingon was excellent. If you haven't visited the biggest ski in the East, make it a point to ski Killington. No matter how many times I go there, I am never bored. There are always great trails to ski and interesting people to meet. From October to May the slopes are open. So, if you get a chance, grab your skis and head up to Killington. Look for me wondering around with a camera around my neck and a parka or fleece with SkiBumNews.com on the back. I'm the guy with a big smile on my face. Killington will put a smile on your face too.

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