Up Next :: What's New in 2017
Posted by The Beast on January 24, 2017
After producing an electrifying Audi FIS Ski World Cup event over Thanksgiving Weekend, Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, is charging into 2017 with new amenities, investments and services. As the New Year takes hold and early season snowfall eclipses the past winter season’s totals, palpable energy and optimism envelop The Beast of the East and its loaded 2017 calendar.
Capital investment for the current fiscal year exceeds $2 million at Killington, with over $400,000 spent on expansion of the Bike Park over the summer (top to bottom trails on Ramshead Mountain where Killington hosted its first ever PRO GRT Beast of the East downhill mountain bike race). Another $300,000 supported installation of new attractions in the summer and fall-focused Adventure Center including zip lines and a freefall jump tower.
Winter investments range from replacement of electronic lift drives and other lift maintenance projects to the rebuilding of select snowmaking hydrants, a new snow cat with the ability to winch groom Killington’s steepest trails, and new low-energy tower mounted snow guns at both Killington and Pico Mountain.
START SMALL, GO BIG.
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.
January is also National Safety Awareness Month, and Killington Sports, Pico Sports and their online stores offer a free lift ticket valid any day of the 2016-17 winter season with the purchase of any helmet through January 27.
Killington’s Snow Sports School, home of the country’s largest Terrain Based Learning facility, brings back popular camps this year, including the Dan Egan All Terrain Camps for intermediate and advanced skiers looking to improve off-piste techniques with one of the world’s premiere adventure skiers. Gold Medalist Donna Weinbrecht's Women's Camps also return with an unforgettable learning experience designed specifically for female skiers with personal coaching and video analysis, plus meals and parties. The season-long Under Armour Unleashed Youth Camp serves kids ages 7-17 interested in progressing on steep trails, fine tuning turns through the glades, and conquering features in the terrain parks.
In a continued effort to empower female snow sports enthusiasts, Killington introduces Ladies SnowVenture, an all-new adult snowboard program taught by professional athletes focused on progression. The weekend-long, camp features two days of on-snow coaching, plus yoga, lunches, pool and gym access at the Pico Sports Center and discounts on lift tickets, rentals, and lodging.
TEMPT YOUR PALATE
Amplifying the eclectic array of on-mountain dining options, Jerk Jamaican Mountain Grill debuted in late 2016, offering spicy Jamaican-fusion lunch options, draft beer, wine, and specialty cocktails to be enjoyed in a unique environment featuring mountain views, reggae jams and fresh mountain air on an outdoor deck at the foot of the Needle’s Eye trail, adjacent to the Skyeship Express Gondola mid-station.
At the Killington Grand Resort Hotel, Preston’s Restaurant offers a new winter menu true to its artisanal theme and incorporating even more locally sourced ingredients into every dish. Lunch guests enjoy complimentary valet equipment service including a new boot check where fresh slippers enhance the dining experience as your boots are dried and warmed.
Killlington’s most romantic dining experience, dinner excursions at the slopeside Ledgewood Yurt return by reservation on Saturdays and holidays, in addition to ski-in, ski-out weekend and holiday lunches. Private sunset cocktail hours at the Motor Room Bar atop Bear Mountain also return this winter by reservation. The Wobbly Barn Steakhouse offers dinner every night of the week along with a full calendar of live music and events booked in its nightclub.
A redesigned Killington Tubing Park has opened for the winter season providing multi-lane, lift-serviced thrills for all ages, plus space for special functions and birthday parties at the adjacent Clubhouse Bar and Grill.
Killington is again partnering with Bear Trax Snowshoe Adventures and Fat Bike Vermont, with both services based out of the Tubing Park’s Club House across the street from the Killington Grand Hotel to offer even more options for guests.
The new official vehicle partner of Killington, BMW, brings its xDrive Experience to the mountain January 27-29 and February 3-5, 2017. Guests have the opportunity to test drive BMW xDrive vehicles and even conquer “Snow Mountain,” a giant mound of snow in the K-1 Base Area courtesy of the Killington Snowmakers.
On February 20th, Killington celebrates its commitment to sustainability by hosting the Go Green Scavenger Hunt in which participants search for Cow Power logos scattered across the resort to win great prizes. Later that Saturday, the Vermont Institute of Science brings its Raptor Encounter, a free interactive exhibit featuring live falcons, hawks and owls, to the Grand Hotel.
Nor’Beaster, a seven-week celebration on spring in the Green Mountains, kicks off on March 11 with the Slash & Berm Banked Slalom in The Stash terrain park, followed by springtime rites of passage like the Hibernation Rail Jam (April 1), the Dos Equis Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge (April 8), Pond Skimming (April 15), Dazed & Defrosted music festival and demo day (April 22), Killington’s ski-bike-run Triathlon (April 29) and the Mad Day Slalom on May 1.
Killington’s sister resort to the west Pico Mountain opened for the season on December 10, 2016 under leadership of new general manager, Rich McCoy and will offer $40 lift tickets on select Fridays this season. Feel Good Friday is a partnership benefitting the High Fives Foundation and Vermont Adaptive with discounted lift tickets on January 27, February 3 & 10, and March 10 & 24.
New on the Pico events calendar this winter are Skiteering, a series of challenging navigational tasks sending competitors across on the mountain and Pico Skimo, an up and downhill race with up to 6,000 feet of climbing. Seasonal favorites like the annual Downhill for Diabetes fundraiser and youth park competition Mini Shred Madness also return to Pico this winter.