Killington Resort now offers more than just skiing. Read about their luxurious five-course dining experience in their beautiful and authentic Ledgewood Yurt.
By ANGELO LYNN
KILLINGTON — Want a special dinner date in Killington? Climb aboard Killington’s snowcat-drawn sleigh, snuggle up in the warm-woolen blankets they provide for the 15-minute ride into the secluded woods on the resort to the Ledgewood Yurt and you’ll be in store for a one-of-a-kind dining experience with an excellent menu, expertly cooked.
Modeled after the rustic yurts of the nomadic tribes in Mongolia over 2,000 years ago, the Ledgewood Yurt is surprisingly spacious, warm and cozy. It’s a social atmosphere with dining tables for groups of six or eight guests, and holds just over 30 guests.
Executive chef Greg Lang has crafted a five-course meal with local ingredients, prime cuts of meat and superb appetizers as accents. Our course began with a taste of bay lobster with creamed sunchoke, chanterelle mushroom, blood orange honey truffle sauce, and coconut oil. That was followed by peppered Muscovy duck bacon, then a delicious cremont — prepared with salted Marcona Almond, orange blossomed honey, black fig preserve, bourbon maple reduction and imperial pumpkin ale ‘spent’ lavash.
The main course was a 50-day wet aged beef tenderloin with white asparagus, roasted corn pudding, Okinawan sweet potato galette, English Stilton, gremolata, Szechwan Whistle Pig Veal Reduction — all cooked to perfection. The meal was topped off with a Guanaja chocolate mousse.
The service was excellent, the camaraderie with friends wonderful and the ride back to the base of Snowshed Lodge idyllic with a light snowfall and the lights of the resort below. It’s a charming evening that adds a nice touch of refinement to the resort.
The evening starts at 6 p.m. at the Vermont Fresh Café with the sleigh departing at 6:30 sharp. Dress is winter attire and the yurt is only open Friday and Saturday nights, plus expanded days during peak periods and holidays. For more information, go to killington.com/yurt, or call 806-809-9147.