Killington Celebrates 50 Years with Upgrades

March 24, 2008 by  
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Located in central Vermont, Killington Resort stretches across seven mountain areas, including renowned Pico Mountain. Killington is the largest resort in the northeast and offers snow sport enthusiasts access to 200 trails over diverse terrain, as well as the highest lift-served snow skiing and snowboarding in Vermont – Killington Peak at 4,241 feet. To celebrate 50 years of service to the snow skiing community and to ensure that it maintains its hard-earned reputation for excellence, Killington Resort is planning to spend $8.4 million in on-mountain improvements ahead of the 2008-2009 ski season.

Top of the list of improvements is the replacement of the existing fixed-grip Skye Peak Quad at the Bear Mountain base area, with a new high-speed detachable quad that will cut the current ride time of 13 minutes to under 5 minutes. The new lift will also provide easier access to intermediate cruising terrain on Skye Peak as well as Bear Mountain’s prime terrain parks and some of the East’s best free skiing and riding trails and glades. It is anticipated that the new lift will improve the flow of skiers and riders and eliminate any queuing at the lift area. In addition to making sure that skiers get onto the slopes without delay, Killington Resort is planning on-mountain trail improvements with the focus on unhindered top-to-bottom skiing and riding.

Killington Resort currently has close on 100 miles of snowmaking pipe and 1,850 snow guns, resulting in excellent snow skiing conditions from mid-November right through to early May. The upcoming improvements will increase snow production capacity while improving energy efficiency.

To assist frequent skiers and riders to take advantage of the planned improvements, Killington Resort is offering specials on season pass products as well as the re-introduction of their summer payment plan for the 2008-2009 season. A Killington Resort/Pico Mountain season pass allows access to over 1,200 acres of exciting snow skiing and snowboarding, terrain which is served by 32 lifts and groomed by a fleet of hi-tech snowcats. Over 70 percent of the terrain has the benefit of the extensive snowmaking system.

With all this and plenty of off-mountain activities, dining, shopping and lodging options, Killington Resort is sure to continue as the snow skiing destination of choice for many.