Snowmaking set to begin on the heels of a successful summer season
KILLINGTON, Vt. (October 30, 2014) – Killington Resort, the largest four-season resort in Eastern North America, charges into snowmaking weather on the heels of a successful summer. In addition to four new dedicated mountain bike trails, the Killington Trail Crew initiated the first phase of a collaborative multi-year expansion plan with Gravity Logic.
Additional trails, expanded weekend lift service and an events calendar featuring two installments of the Eastern States Cup downhill race series yielded the most mountain bike visitors at Killington since its acquisition by Powdr in 2008, and the highest volume of bikes rented in more than a decade.
The resort also saw more than 12,000 competitors for the Spartan Race World Championships in late September, testing their endurance on a 16 mile obstacle course and filling rooms from The Killington Grand Resort hotel all the way to Ludlow and Rutland. Racers brought heavy traffic through the region’s shops and restaurants, and consumed more than 2,000 hamburgers onsite at the resort.
Despite heavy guest traffic and stacked summer initiatives, Killington Resort’s mountain operations team kept its focus on winter since last chair in May, and has made significant improvements for winter with upgrades to snowmaking, lifts, signage and the trails themselves.
After considerable glade work last summer, Killington’s mountain operations crew worked to reclaim the full width of a number of trails after years of underbrush growth. Trails gained about 10 feet on each side by mowing and trimming alone; no tree removal was necessary. Freshly edged trails include Vertigo, Lower Ovation, Bear Cub, Ridge View and Great Eastern.
Nearly 400 new low-energy snow guns join Killington’s fleet this year for an anticipated 10% reduction in compressed air usage. Skiers and riders can expect improved snow cover in high traffic intersections and steep trails, along with a quieter, more natural snowfall experience from snow guns mounted on towers between 10 and 30 feet in the air.
The Beast of the East addresses wayfinding for the 2014-15 with fresh signage, including ‘Easier Routes’ in both green circle and blue square categories to provide novice skiers and riders with more options. Fourteen trails from Killington Peak and the top of Snowdon Mountain previously signed for Easier (green circle) terrain have been reclassified as More Difficult (blue square) trails for the coming season. The resort has also improved signage at intersections and areas where trails cross or merge.
Killington’s Uphill Travel Program, which debuted during winter 2013-14 and leads the snowsports industry in providing designated hike, snowshoe and skinning routes 24 hours per day, sees even more innovation with twice as many routes for the coming season. New routes connect Killington to Pico Mountain, and have added the summit of Snowdon Mountain at Killington as a destination.
Finally, Killington guests can expect a smoother ride as they travel to the resort with significant summer work on the Killington access road. The mountain operations team paved sections of Killington Road and Vale Road, and the town of Killington has resurfaced the lower portion of the access road beginning at Route 4.
About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four season destination that sits on 3,000 acres in the heart of the Green Mountains in Central Vermont. The Resort boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread out over seven peaks including Pico Mountain and offers the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in the East. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course as well as 45 miles of mountain biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. In addition, the numerous après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for 55 years. Killington.com