KILLINGTON RESORT ANNOUNCES NEW MAX 3, MAX 5 PROGRAMS, BURTON LEARN TO RIDE

09/17/2007

Media Contact:

Tom Horrocks
Communications Manager
802-422-6237
thorrocks@killington.com

 




KILLINGTON, Vt. (Winter 2007-08) – From the Graduated Length Method (GLM), to the Accelerated Ski Method, equipment R & D and designated teaching terrain, Killington Resort’s Ski and Snowboard School has long been an innovator when it comes to teaching skiing and snowboarding. In fact, over the past half century, more skiers have learned at Killington than any other resort in the country.

This season, Killington Resort will once again provide skiers and snowboarders industry-leading learning opportunities that focus on innovation and cutting-edge techniques with new Max 3 and Max 5 children’s programs and the Burton Learn to Ride program. These new programs will provide participants a great opportunity to learn and improve their skills as they explore Killington’s expansive terrain.

“In the tradition of Killington's heritage and position as an industry leader in teaching technique, we will deliver an entirely new children's program experience with the new Max 3/Max 5 programs,” said Joe Wood director of the Killington Ski and Snowboard School. “By guaranteeing a maximum of three or five students per instructor, combined with the experience of our teaching professionals, Max 3/Max 5 will increase the overall value of our children’s programs in both the enjoyment they have on the slopes and the quality of the learning experience.”

With Killington’s new partnership with Burton Snowboards, Killington will offer a Burton Learn to Ride program for the upcoming season for new riders ages 13 and older. Burton Learn to Ride incorporates the right Burton equipment with proven teaching methods and small class sizes to make learning to snowboard easy and fun for those trying the sport for the first time. The goal of the Burton Learn to Ride program is for participants to link turns after only one lesson.

With more than 50 Ski and Snowboard School teaching professionals certified as a PSIA Level 3 instructor or higher, combined with the best teaching terrain in New England on Snowshed Slope and Ramshead Mountain, Killington Resort offers an outstanding learning experience for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities.

“Our dedicated team of professional instructors and their passion for making the learning experience fun and rewarding is what sets our ski and snowboard school programs apart,” Wood added.

Located at the Ramshead Family Center, the children’s Ski and Snowboard School at Killington offers the new Max 3/Max 5 programs, designed to provide individualized attention as children are introduced to snow sports. Max 3 offers one instructor for every three students in the First Tracks program for children ages 2-3, while Max 5 offers one instructor for every five students in the Ministars (skiing) and Lowriders (snowboarding) for children ages 4-6, Superstars for children ages 6-12 and SnowZone for kids ages 13-18. In addition, Camp Freeride for intermediate and advanced level kids ages 7-18, who are looking to improve their skills in Killington’s terrain parks, is also a Max 5 program.

“We looked at phasing in the new programs but Max 3/Max 5 are so perfectly aligned with our objective to innovate and improve our children’s programs, that we decided to go full throttle right out of the gate,” said Dave Rathbun, Killington’s director of marketing and sales. “Max 3/Max 5 cost more than ordinary children’s lesson programs at other resorts, but the attention that children will receive will provide a superior learning experience. Not to mention, the Frequent Kids Discount Card is available for season-long participants, offering savings up to 35 percent off regular rates.”

Also new for the upcoming season, children’s ski school classes will have their choice of one of our many menu selections at any on-mountain restaurant, choosing from hand tossed pizza, black angus cheeseburgers, breast meat chicken fingers, hearty soups, salads and sandwiches.

For the 2007-08 season, Killington will offer the following children’s Ski and Snowboard School Programs: For additional information, click here.

Program                                 Age                             M-F                 S-S/Holiday   

Friendly Penguin (full day)      12 weeks – 6 years     $100                $130               

First Tracks (full day)              2-3                               $130                $180   

Ministars (ski-full day)             4-6                               $130                $180   

Lowriders (ride-full day)          4-6                               $130                $180   

Superstars (full Day)               6-12                             $130                $180   

Superstars (half Day*)            6-12                             $95                  $135

SnowZone (full Day)               13-18                           $130                $180               

SnowZone (half Day*)             13-18                           $95                  $135   

Camp Freeride (full Day)        7-18                             n/a                   $180               

Camp Freeride (half Day*)     7-18                             n/a                   $135   

*Half-day programs are not available during holiday periods.

Killington also offers a host of adult Ski and Snowboard School programs including Group and Private Lessons out of the Snowshed Lodge, designed to take skiers and riders of all abilities to the next level. Two-hour group lessons are $49 regular season and $52 on holidays. All Group Lessons meet outside the Snowshed Lodge near the base of the Snowshed Double Chairs. Private Lessons allow skiers and riders to personalize their mountain experience with one instructor either or with a small group. One- hour Private lessons start at $99.

In addition, new Mogul and Learn to Fly two-hour Specialty Clinics will be offered for ages 13 and older for $65 and meet at Snowshed on Saturday afternoons.

Additional information and reservations on all the programs offered by the Killington Ski and Snowboard School are available by calling 1-800-923-9444 or e-mailing ptinfo@killington.com.

About Killington Resort - The largest ski and snowboard resort in eastern North America, Killington features diverse terrain, an expansive lift network, the most extensive snowmaking system in the world and numerous off-mountain activities, including après, dining, shopping and lodging options. www.Killington.com

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