Warm Up :: What's New for Summer 2016
Posted by The Beast on April 14, 2016
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 summer on dual ziplines crossing Snowshed Pond, six more Gravity Logic-designed mountain bike trails on Ramshead Mountain, summer Terra-Tubing lanes, a 40-foot tall 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 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 are on sale now - see you this summer!