Highridge is always on top of our list for our annual ski trip when we are skiing east coast. There are similar condominiums rented through the same place, but this time we had a return-guest discount. Very good value!
There was plenty of room in our 2-bedroom condo. The second bedroom (mom-in-law room :-) is actually a separate unit that has no kitchen, but a pretty nice bath, balcony, and doors leading to the main condo and to outside as well. I assume it is rented as a single unit as well, in which case the management locks the door to the main condo. Living area was large, had many windows. Our son (12 months old) was sleeping in his crib there, and played during the day. Good kitchen and breakfast-dining area. Our master bedroom was upstairs , which added privacy. Bathroom even had a small sauna.
The condo is very close to the slopes, there is a bus - if you don't feel like driving.
We requested a quiet location, and we were not bothered by noises at all this trip (on some crowded weeks-weekends it gets kind of loud around).
Condo has pretty much everything tfor an at-home feel. Washer-dryer room had a supply of detergent too, which is very accomodating - you don't have to bring/buy a bug detergent bottle just for two loads of ski socks or baby bibs.
There is a fireplace (if you have any energy left in you after a full day on the slopes to start it), and a supply of wood in the room. Also, for those days you feel friskey and not exhausted from the Panic Button, Superstar, or Outer Limits, there is a sports center with pool and outdoor jaccuzi tub.
TVs have good reception and channels.
Internet access was great for checking the trail conditions in the morning, and checking out Sharpshooter images of self from the day before :-)
Overall, Highridge is a very good experience and value. We stayed there 3 times over past few ski seasons.
Cons/suggestions for improvement:
I requested a change of bedding and linnen upon arrival, since the master bedroom appeared to be a smoking unit, and pillows, blanket and everything smelled like cigarettes (when you are a former smoker, and a long-time non-smoker now, you can really tell). That was done promptly and efficiently, and did not bother us at all afterwards.
The bathrooms did not have hairdryers. Could have really used those.
There is a daily trash colection and fresh towels/supplies service, but no maid service. I thing for a weekend stay that's just fine, but for longer rentals (we were there 8 nights) I would suggest to include cleaning service. Perhaps not every day, but maybe every 2-3 days or so. With a small baby in-tow, and an action-packed skiing schedule, that would have been a plus.
We also asked to fix the lights above the dining table. That wasn't done - perhaps we asked too many things at once :-). It wasn't so bad without the lights there, but I hope they will fix that for next guests.
Kilington in general:
We lucked out with the cold weather this early in the season. Kudos to mountain staff for their snowmaking and train maintanence efforts.
This year we checked out the daycare at Ramshead base - very good facility with kids starting on skis at 2 years of age. They are lisenced to care for babies from 6 weeks on. Our son is SO going to next time!
Restaurants at Killington are a separate bonus! Food is great anywhere you go. We have our favs for every noghts dining, and every time we make sure to splurge one evening at Hemingways. Killington's dining experience is just great! And - oh the apre-ski happy-hour beer and wings!!! :-)
There is also a food and game spot - for your kids and for the kid in you. Not sure, but I think that one is fairly new.
Ski ambassadors and mountain staff are fun and great at what they do. If you are on a lift with a ski ambassador - I'd say, take the opportynity to chat about the mountain, or the resort - whatever questions you may have about it.
Have fun out there!
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