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An Amazing Way to Leaf Peep During Fall Foliage Season in Vermont
A K-1 Gondola ride at Killington is a spectacular way to leaf peep during fall foliage season in Vermont (or a fun summer adventure). In these photos, you'll see the leaves just starting to change and learn about making the most of a K-1 Gondola sky ride to the summit of Killington Peak, where views stretch into five states and Canada. To confirm hours of operation, call Killington at 800-621-MTNS.
I took these photos during my family's Labor Day Weekend trip to Killington in 2008. My 5-year-old loved her first sky ride so much that she shouted "Again, again!" when we returned to the base. On the way up, we'd discussed the price of the tickets, so when we told her, "No," she cleverly and determinedly reminded us: "I was free, so I can ride again!"
We didn't allow her to ride alone, but we placated her with the promise we'd return to ride the gondola again some day.
Enjoy these... scenes and tips for your trip to the mountaintop.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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The Easy Way to Mountain Climb
The K-1 Gondola at Killington takes passengers to the 4,241-foot summit of Killington Peak in just minutes.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Looking Down at the Leaves
The K-1 Gondola ride at Killington in Vermont is an amazing way to leaf peep. Colors begin to emerge earliest at high elevations, so we were even able to view touches of fall color during our Labor Day Weekend sky ride.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Bring Your Bike
Want to mountain bike when you reach the summit of Killington Peak? You can stow your bike on the back of your gondola for the ride to the mountaintop. Additional fees apply; helmets are required. Mountain bikes can be rented at the Killington Base Lodge.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Approaching the Peak
Although you may want to avoid the Killington K-1 Gondola if you have a fear of heights, most passengers will find this enclosed sky ride to the peak to be a smooth and enjoyable journey. Don't forget your camera (with a neck strap)!Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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During the mile-and-a-quarter trip up Killington Peak, you'll experience a dramatic change in scenery. While the trees are leafy and lush near the base, the summit's rugged alpine terrain is more sparsely treed with spindly evergreens.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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Mountain Biking with a View
The K-1 Gondola gives mountain bikers of all abilities access to more than 45 miles of trails, which range from exhilarating vertical drops to easy, scenic terrain. If you're new to mountain biking, you can even reserve a guided tour or lesson.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Taking Dining to New Heights
You don't need to do anything more strenuous than eating and drinking when your gondola reaches the mountaintop. The restaurant in this photo has been replaced by an all new Killington Peak Lodge, where you can drink and dine when you reach the summit.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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The Observation Deck
On a clear day, views stretch into five states and Canada from the observation deck atop Killington Peak. It can be brisk up here, even when temperatures are mild at the base, so bring a jacket or sweatshirt along on your K-1 Gondola ride in the fall.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Zooming in on the Foliage
Bring a few quarters, too, especially if you have kids. They'll love spying leaves through the coin-operated binoculars on the observation deck at the Killington summit.Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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The View from the Top
Be sure to allow ample time to breathe the fresh, pine-infused air atop Killington Mountain and to appreciate the view from the top. If you plan to enjoy a picnic lunch and a hike or bike ride, you can easily turn your gondola ride into a half-day adventure.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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A Last Look
I hope this last look at the view from Killington's summit inspires you to plan your own fall trek to Killington, Vermont, for a memorable leaf-peeping experience aboard the K-1 Gondola, which operates daily during the height of the fall foliage season.