My friends and I decided only ten days before the trip that we were actually going to Killington for a weekend ski trip (and my first trip to Vermont). The organizer found Val Roc while doing some research, and after calling up, found out that it would only be $169 per night for the five of us--and we were going during President's Day weekend! So we quickly decided on Val Roc, and not expecting much since TripAdvisor reviews were mixed. However, we were pleasantly surprised--being that the motel was right on Route 4, it was about a two-minute drive to Killington Resort's Skyeship gondola and a five-minute drive to Bear Mountain. We had left after work on Friday night and got to Val Roc by 1:45, but the owners had taped a note to the office's door with our friend's last name and room number on it; yes, the room was left unlocked for us. There was a twin bed, a queen bed and a queen sofa bed, though the sofa bed caved in in the middle (and its blanket seemed to have a hairball on it), so one friend slept on the sofa's cushions on the floor and was comfortable enough. The room was cozy and warm. It has a fridge, a vanity, a coffee table and a rocking chair. The bathroom was good; there was facial and deodorant soap and a small bottle of shampoo, and only four sets of towels plus a coffeemaker we never used since a light breakfast was provided in the office--English muffins both days as well as some slices of cornbread and raisin bread on Saturday and bagels on Sunday, plus delicious coffee and Lipton tea. It did seem that breakfast wasn't ready until after 8, so for those wanting an early start on the slopes, that might be an issue. We weren't sure if our room would be attended to on Saturday, but did find our beds remade and our one garbage bin in the bathroom emptied (though there are bins scattered outside between the rooms). There is a hot tub behind the office, and when we went to use it Saturday evening at around 5, the owners told us we could have it at 5:15, but when we arrived at 5:15, two boys and their father were still in the tub, so the eight of us filled it up for around a half an hour; they didn't leave until well after two of our friends did, and by then another trio of two sons and a father came to join the three other friends. The owners were knowledgeable and friendly; they recommended the Back Behind Saloon, which was even closer to Val Roc than the gondola going east and where we waited an hour for a table of five but had a delicious dinner on Saturday night (Valentine's Day). I can't stress enough how conveniently located Val Roc is; on Saturday, my boyfriend and three friends skied while I snowshoed at Mountain Meadows (thanks to a recommendation from a Killington rep at Skyeship), located behind Base Camp Outfitters at Killington Road and Route 4. On Sunday, our three friends skied while my boyfriend and I took a nice 25-minute drive down Route 4 over to Woodstock to cross-country ski at the Woodstock Inn & Resort's Nordic Center before grabbing lunch on the way back to Killington at Long Trail Brewery, also on Route 4 in Bridgewater Corners. Overall, our Val Roc experience was a positive one, and especially for the amount we paid ($80 per person for both nights including taxes), it certainly exceeded our expectations.
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- Val Roc Motel Killington, Vermont