Terrain Update :: Heading into 2017
Posted by The Beast on December 22, 2016
The 2016-17 season is off to a fabulous start here in Killington, where consistently wintry temperatures and regular snowfall have banished the lackluster 2015-16 season from memory. In fact, with 80.5 inches of snowfall tallied so far this season, The Beast is just a flurry away from surpassing the 81 inches of snow recorded during the entire 2015-16 season. Fabulous start indeed. Update 12/23/16 - We have now officially surpassed last season's snow total!
To give you an idea of where our operations team is headed during the upcoming holiday week, we pulled together this day-by-day list of our projected terrain expansion through the New Year.
Killington snowmakers spent much of the past week working their way down Great Eastern toward Route 4 in order to open our fifth of five base areas, the Skyeship Base Lodge. A favorite place to start the day for skiers and snowboarders arriving from the East, Skyeship Base will open for the season on Friday, December 23, with access to the entire mountain via the Skyeship Express Gondola.
The following day, Saturday, December 24 will mark the debut of Highline Race Trail. Celebrate Christmas Eve with a lap or two under the guns on Highline.
With snowmaking complete on Timberline trail, Killington Parks Crew has started to build the Timberline Terrain Park. The Parks Crew, riding a wave of success after the recent opening of Mouse Run Park and the wildly successful Rails 2 Riches event, will unveil their latest creation complete with mini pipe, on Christmas Day.
Top to bottom Snowmaking will begin on both Ovation and Outer Limits, two of Killington’s signature expert trails, on Tuesday, December 27. We should be skiing and riding under the guns on Ovation by late Wednesday and on Outer Limits by Thursday, December 29.
On Wednesday, December 28 the Sunrise Village Triple will open, and with any luck so will Sunrise Village ski home access via Bear Cub.
As production tapers off on Ovation and Outer Limits Thursday, snowmaking capacity will shift to Downdraft and Double Dipper, with an expectation that we’ll be skiing both trails by New Year’s eve.
A new base area, a handful of the steepest trails around, and a brand new terrain park; it all adds up to a lot of new terrain to explore, but it’s just a part of what our snowmakers will be up to next week at The Beast. You might also find them working toward future expansion goals, like Vertigo, Dream Maker, and Conclusion, or resurfacing high traffic areas like Great Northern to improve snow surfaces. Wherever you find them, you can bet that our mountain operations team will be in constant motion throughout the holiday period, working to deliver the best skiing and riding around. Of course, they’ll need a helping hand from Mother Nature, and consequently, all of these times and dates are subject to change. For the most accurate information on current conditions, please visit us at killington.com/conditions.