Vermont resorts builds on momentum from last summer’s addition of Snowshed Adventure Center with new mountain bike trails, expanded lift service and new attractions
KILLINGTON, Vt. (APRIL 11, 2016) –Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America and a four-season outdoor playground on 3,000 acres in Central Vermont’s Green Mountains, announces continued infrastructure investment focused on growing summer business through expanded mountain biking offerings, family-friendly adventure attractions and a growing events calendar.
On the heels of 2015’s $3.5 million summer investment that brought the Beast Mountain Coaster, Skyeride and more to Killington, the resort is spending an additional $850,000 this year on dual ziplines, six more Gravity Logic-designed mountain bike trails, summer tubing lanes, a 40-foot tower jump, food and beverage facility upgrades, kids camps and a new fleet of rental mountain bikes for riders of all ages.
“With momentum from last summer’s growth we are adding more options for thrill seekers plus activities specifically designed to keep young kids engaged all day, and of course continuing to build out our trail network, moving Killington closer to being the premier mountain bike destination in Eastern North America.” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort. “To sustainably grow our summer business every year, we are bringing more and new visitors to the area and giving them reasons to extend their vacation stays during the summer and fall, which benefits the entire Killington region.”
Killington’s summer energy epicenter is the Snowshed Adventure Center, featuring 15 attractions for all ages, a full service retail and mountain bike shop, and easy access to the Killington Golf Course, Snowshed Express Quad chairlift and adjacent mountain bike trails, plus the Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series venue. Facility upgrades include installation of a waterside Umbrella Bar and outdoor deck near Snowshed Pond with easy access to walking trails and the Killington Grand Resort Hotel.
Summer action kicks off this Memorial Day Weekend with the Killington Golf Course and Clubhouse Bar and Grill opening to Golf Season Pass holders on Friday May 27, 2016 and to the public the following day.
Public access to the Snowshed Adventure Center’s Beast Mountain Coaster and Skyeride, plus Killington Mountain Bike Park trails in the Snowshed area also begins on Saturday, May 28, 2016. The Snowshed Express Quad will serve hikers and mountain bikers on weekends and holidays until daily lift operations of the Snowshed Express Quad and K-1 Express Gondola commence on June 18. The Peak Lodge and restaurant will be open daily when the K-1 Express Gondola is running.
Additional lift service for mountain biking via the Ramshead Express Quad chairlift will begin in late July as the first new downhill mountain bike trail in that area opens for USA Cycling’s Beast of the East Pro GRT (July 28-31).
Phase three of the five-year Killington Bike Park build out designed by Gravity Logic calls for a $375,000 investment for six new trails served by the Ramshead Express Quad opening throughout the summer including a 1.31 mile downhill race trail, 2.15 mile expert jump trail, 2.29 miles of single track from the top of Ramshead to K-1 and Ramshead base areas, pump track, skills park, kids strider bike park and designated uphill mountain bike route.
Killington’s new fleet of rental bikes will feature 70 adult cross country and downhill mountain bikes from SCOTT, plus demo bikes from Norco and Devinci, 24 full-suspension youth sized mountain bikes from Norco and a new Strider Bikes for the youngest riders.
Signature events for the summer season include the Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series featuring 8 free live musical performances on Saturdays from July 16 through Labor Day Weekend, the Dirty Girl Mud Run on July 9, Killington Wine Festival July 15-17, Killington Boot Camp’s Race to the Peak on August 20, Spartan Race September 19-20, Killington Brewfest on October 1, and Killington Oktoberfest October 8-9, 2016.
Golf, Mountain Bike and K-1 Scenic Season Passes and more information including operating schedules, pricing and dining options can be found at www.killington.com.
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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, over 40 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.