Rutland is renowned for its recreational opportunities.
State forests and parks and 56,000 acres of National Forest land abound. The "Long Trail" passes within 10 miles of the city, doubling along the ridge of the Green Mountains and passing Killington and Pico Peaks. The Appalachian Trail also comes within a few miles of the city limits.
Okemo Mountain Resort is conveniently located in the Village of Ludlow on Route 103/100. Okemo has 112 trails, slopes and glades spanning over 500 acres of terrain and 95% snowmaking coverage with a summit elevation of 3,344 feet. The resort has 2 half pipes, a gigantic snowboard park, 2 alpine terrain parks, 17 lifts, including 7 quad chairs (3 high speed), 3 triple chairs and 3 surface lifts. This year Okemo opened their new Jackson Gore Terrain network. The new area adds 14 trails with four lifts (including two highspeed detachable quads) and a new base lodge facility. They also offer a new 18 hole championship golf facility complete with a state of the art golf learning center.
Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in the eastern United States, features the most diverse terrain, an expansive lift network, the largest snowmaking system in the world and numerous off-mountain activities, including après, dining, shopping and lodging options.
Stretching across seven mountain areas, including Pico Mountain, Killington Resort features access to 200 trails and 33 lifts with one lift ticket, plus the highest lift-served terrain in Vermont from the 4,241-foot summit of Killington Peak via the heated K-1 Express Gondola.
With an average of 250 inches of natural snow each winter, complemented by a massive snowmaking operation covering 752 of 1,215 skiable acres, Killington guarantees quality snow surface conditions from mid-November through early May! In fact, Killington Resort has more snowmaking coverage than most eastern resorts have in total skiable terrain, and with the K-1 Lodge located at 2,500 feet above sea level, Killington’s elevation advantage equals more natural snow and optimal temperatures to product our machine-made Signature Snow – especially early season!
Killington’s combined snowmaking and grooming firepower is superior to any other resort in the United States. With almost 100 miles of snowmaking pipe, 1,850 snow guns and 20 snowcats grooming 45+ of the resort’s 87 miles of terrain on a nightly basis, Killington offers consistent top-to-bottom, wall-to-wall corduroy on a variety of trails from wide open cruisers such as Needle’s Eye and Skyeburst, to steep carving terrain on Double Dipper and Cascade. Snowmaking also blankets Killington’s signature trails such as Outer Limits, the longest, steepest mogul run in the east, Devil’s Fiddle and Superstar.
Thrilling adventures continue during the summer months with Alpine and water slides, lift-served mountain biking and hiking via the K-1 Gondola on 50+ miles of trails. Killington championship 18-hole par-72 golf course featuring mountain views, elevation variation, inviting fairways and wide-open welcoming greens.
Cross-Country skiing is also available at several fine facilities with snowmaking on miles of trails. Hockey is a popular winter pastime with a large indoor rink at the Royce Mandigo Arena in Rutland and the Rutland Regional Fieldhouse.
Summer recreation is geared to our many lakes with sailing, swimming, waterskiing, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing, camping and picnicking. Golf courses and tennis courts dot the area and hiking, hunting, horseback riding, rodeos, stock car racing, mountain biking and bicycle touring are all popular activities as well. Virtually every town offers a local recreation area with a variety of facilities and programs, many organized for children.
The City of Rutland's Parks and Recreation Department runs a comprehensive recreation program year-round and operates parks, ball fields and a municipal swimming pool. It presents a series of concerts in Main Street Park on Sunday and Wednesday evenings in the summer as well as special programs for adults and children.
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