Snow sports education programs and new dining venues highlight winter offerings
KILLINGTON, Vt. (January 7, 2016)–Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, is settling into midwinter form with fresh dining venues, expanded Uphill Travel ski and snowshoe trails, and industry-leading snow sports education programs.
LEARN TO TURN
Killington’s Snow Sports School was awarded the 2015 Conversion Cup by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), recognized as the best place to learn to ski or snowboard in the United States thanks to the country’s largest Terrain Based Learning facility and a forerunning 4-day Learn to Ski and Snowboard package that includes four days of personal instruction on-snow, plus a free pair of Elan skis with bindings or a free Burton snowboard with bindings upon completion. The 4-Day Discovery Program is open to aspiring skiers and snowboarders ages 18+, plus first time youth skiers ages 7-10.
January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and Killington is celebrating with $49 packages including 1-day lessons, equipment rentals, and Learning Area lift tickets for first-time skiers and snowboarders ages 7 and older.
On Friday, January 8, 2016, Killington and Pico Snow Sports Schools will join over 160 other ski areas across the country in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Ski & Snowboard Lesson. Beginners are encouraged to preregister then join us at Killington’s Snowshed Slope and Pico’s Bonanza Learning Area for a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn new skills and make history.
Killington has again teamed up with renowned adventure skier Dan Egan this winter to offer All Terrain Ski Camps which will lead skiers and snowboarders on mountain adventures teaching skills including reading terrain and conditions, and picking the best lines down the mountain across varied terrain. The Snow Sports School has also partnered with Olympic Gold Medalist Donna Weinbrecht to offer Women’s Weekends – unforgettable learning experiences designed specifically for ladies.
START SMALL, GO BIG
For young skiers and snowboarders looking to build skills the season-long Unleashed Youth Camp offers a chance to build skills and make friends all winter. Unleashed meets every Saturday and Sunday of the season, and participants can choose any 20 dates to attend.
Terrain park enthusiasts of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to meet up with Killington Parks crew and team skiers snowboarders every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for Park Laps, a weekly session of encouragement, coaching, camaraderie and giveaways. Park Laps meet at Timberline park on Ramshead every Saturday the park is open.
Killington has also developed a youth-specific freestyle competition called Mini Shred Madness, open to groms ages 13 and younger. Mini Shred Madness returns on January 16 at Killington and February 20 at Pico Mountain.
To satisfy a growing demand for mountain access during non-resort hours, Killington Resort has expanded its popular Uphill Travel policy to provide a sanctioned route to the top of Bear Mountain for skinners and snowshoers. The new route joins four others available at Killington and Pico Mountain with access to the top of Ramshead, Snowdon and Pico Mountains.
Providing skiers and snowboarders with the fuel necessary for winter adventures, the Peak Lodge continues to grow its diverse menu of grilled sandwiches, made to order pasta dishes, deli and soup offerings, and baked goods, while the Vista Deck along the Great Eastern ski trail offers Verritos (Vermont burritos) this winter, prepared daily by the culinary team at the Peak Lodge. A new Phat Italian restaurant location at the bottom of Needle’s Eye is also set to open this winter.
Weekend and holiday lunches at the slopeside Ledgewood Yurt begin on Saturday, January 16, 2016, with dinner excursions starting on Saturday January 30. Private sunset cocktail hours at the Motor Room Bar atop Bear Mountain return this winter by reservation.
About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. Killington boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, and served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with and #beast365