Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Beast Week celebrates the people behind the mountain at Killington and Pico


Courtesy Killington Resort

With winter operations in full swing, it’s an exciting time to work at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. Every department is churning at full steam to provide an incredible experience for guests. From Snow Sports to accounting to the Killington Grand Hotel and employee residences, the Beast is alive 24 hours a day.

It takes a lot of people to keep The Beast running. In fact, Killington Resort is one of the largest employers in the state of Vermont with over 1,500 employees during the winter season. During this busiest time of the year, the resort celebrates Beast Week from Feb. 10-16, 2024 to say thank you to the hardworking people who make it all possible.

This year, the Beast Week events kick off with free pizza kits, which is also a contest. Team members are encouraged to share a photo of their completed pie for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Free food is a recurring theme of Beast Week, and on Sunday, the food and beverage team cooked up a complimentary international meal for all staff members.

Monday night the fun happened at the Bubly tubing park, where team members joined in on a free tubing party with refreshments provided by Rollin’ Rooster and Bubly. Mardis Gras kicked off on Tuesday, and the Beast Week fun continued with warm cookie delivery. In keeping with the theme of the day, 24 “Kings Babies” were randomly included in cookie bags for another chance to win a prize.

For Wednesday,Valentine’s Day, the theme of the day is Show Us The Love. All staff members are encouraged to write a love letter to Killington and Pico for a chance to win dinner for two at Preston’s or the Wobbly Barn.

The appreciation continues on Thursday with a retro après party at the Wobbly Barn featuring DJ Stevie B and concludes on Friday with free breakfast sandwiches. In addition to all these perks, the Killington and Pico team can also score discounts at local shops and restaurants including Yamen Ramen, Base Camp, Black Dog Sports, Peak Performance and First Stop Board Barn.

Of course, fun employee events are just one of the perks of working at The Beast. No matter what department, everyone has their own favorite thing about it.

“I like the positive atmosphere, I feel as though everyone I have encountered is welcoming and happy or excited to be here,” said Alex Nichols, resident manager of the Chalet. “I also love the easy access to lots of outdoor activities!”

Accounts Payable’s Amanda Hammond added, “A few of my favorite things about working at Killington/Pico include the people I work with, the flexibility of my schedule and all the different benefits (especially the new addition of paid maternity leave).”

And of course, many team members mentioned their favorite part was the people!

“My favorite things about working at Killington are 1) my coworkers! We have a really positive, upbeat team here in Snow Sports, and they make work fun every day!” said Trevor Glenn, youth snow sports team leader. “And 2) getting to share my love of snowboarding with students from all around the world.”

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