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KILLINGTON, Vt. – Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in eastern North America known for long seasons thanks to abundant natural snowfall and the most extensive snowmaking system in the world, celebrates its 51st year of skiing and riding with the 2009-10 season.

Killington Resort guests enjoy the widest variety of terrain and night life options available in the Northeast from early November through early May. In fact, readers of Snoweast magazine recently rated Killington Resort as the No. 1 resort in the Northeast and No.1 for both grooming and terrain parks, and No. 2 for snowmaking.

Opening for business on Dec. 13, 1958 with two surface lifts and seven trails, today Killington Resort stretches across six mountain areas and features 22 lifts - including two express gondolas and seven express chairs – which provide access to the highest lift-served ski terrain in Vermont at 4,241 feet off Killington Peak. Killington Resort covers more than 750 acres, featuring 71 miles of diverse terrain on 141 trails and provides skiers and riders of all ability levels a choice of wide-open groomed cruisers, narrow classic New England runs, moguls, steeps and 13 tree skiing areas. Killington’s nationally recognized terrain parks at Bear Mountain offer freeskiers and riders multiple features for jibbing and jumping, including a 430-foot long Superpipe with 18-foot walls and The Stash - an all natural terrain park located off the shoulder of Skye Peak and accessible by the Skye Peak Express debuted last season.

Killington’s elevation advantage delivers an average of 250 inches of natural snow every season and optimal temperatures to produce machine-made snow, especially during November and December, with more than 1,400 snow guns covering 71 percent of the resorts 752 acres of skiing and riding terrain.

From the Skye Peak Express and “The Stash” Killington’s Stash is one of only four that exist worldwide and the only one on the East Coast. Plus, a new 500-foot Magic Carpet at Snowshed improves the uphill learning experience for beginner skiers and riders in the Killington Ski and Snowboard School, and Burton Learn to Ride Programs. A new beginner trail and a more advanced trail off Skye Peak also debut for the 08/09 season.

For the 2009-10 season Killington resort continues to expand its environmental programs, including 100 percent offset of energy use through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and a 15 percent increase in our Low Energy Snow gun arsenal – the largest in the Northeast.

Killington region activities, including dog sledding, cross country skiing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice skating, are combined with outstanding lodging values and numerous restaurants and bars, plus shopping options throughout the region, making Killington the top resort in the Northeast for après and lively evening entertainment. In fact, SnowEast and SKI Magazine readers recently rated the Killington Access Road as one of the top places in the Northeast for après, dining and lodging.

During the summer, Killington features an 18-hole championship Geoffrey Cornish designed golf course; a Kona “Groove Approved” Mountain Bike Park with more than 45 miles of trails served by the K
-1 Gondola; and the Pico Mountain Adventure Center with Alpine Slides, climbing walls and mini golf. 

Killington Resort is easily accessible from all major East Coast cities by plane, train and automobile. Jet Blue and codeshare partner Cape Air provide daily flights between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport – a short 30 minute drive to the slopes of Killington Resort.  Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express provides daily service between Rutland and New York City’s Pennsylvania Station.  

Opening Date: Early November, 2009
Closing Date: Early May, 2010
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Weekends and Holidays

Summit Elevation: 4,241 feet (1293 meters)
Highest Lift-Serviced Elevation: 4,215 feet (1285 meters)
Base Elevation: 1,165 feet (355 meters)
Vertical Drop: 3,050 feet (930 meters)
Skiable Acres: 1,215 (400 hectares)
Miles of Trails: 71 (116 kilometers)
Tree Skiing/Riding Terrain: 143 acres (57 hectares)

Total: 141
Easier 28 %
More Difficult 33%
Most Difficult: 39%

Total: 22
Uphill Capacity: 24,691 riders per hour
Gondolas: 2 express gondolas (K-1 Express Gondola & Skyeship Express Gondola, Stages 1 & 2
Quads 9 (includes 5 express quads)
Doubles: 2
Triples: 4
Surface: 6

Average annual natural snowfall: 250" (635 cm)

(Measured at the 4,000-foot level below the summit of Killington Peak)
November: 29 inches
December: 33 inches
January: 52 inches
February: 55 inches
March: 57 inches
April: 24 inches

Snowguns: 1,435
Coverage: 715 acres

Killington’s 18-vehicle grooming fleet grooms 50-80% of open terrain on a nightly basis. Killington uses a Zaugg pipe groomer to construct and maintain the Superpipe.

Base Lodges: 5 (K-1, Snowshed, Ramshead, Bear Mountain, Skye Ship)
Peak Lodge: 1 (Killington Peak)
On-Mountain Après Ski Bars: 4 (Mahogany Ridge, Superstar Pub, Long Trail Pub, Bear Mountain Lounge)
On-Mountain Restaurants/Food Service: 10
Winter Employees: 1,600

Killington Peak: 4,241 feet (1,293 meters)
Snowdon Mountain: 3,592 feet (1,095 meters)
Ramshead Mountain: 3,610 feet (1,100 meters)
Skye Peak: 3,800 feet (1,158 meters)
Bear Mountain: 3,296 feet (1,005 meters)
Sunrise Mountain: 2,456 feet (749 meters)  

Superpipe: Bear Mountain
Terrain Parks: Bear Mountain – The Stash, Dream Maker, Bear Claw; Ramshead - Timberline; Killington Peak – Reason (early season)

Phone: 800-621-MTNS
Fax: 802-422-6113
Snow Phone: 802-422-3261
Address: 4763 Killington Road, Killington, VT 05751