With 6+ inches of natural snow and snow guns fired up, Killington announced today that they will be opening this weekend (October 29 – 30) for the beginning of the 2011 – 2012 season. Woo-hoo!
KILLINGTON RESORT ANNOUNCES OPENING DAY FOR THE 2011-12 WINTER SEASON
Roughly two months after tropical storm Irene damaged the Northeast,
Killington Resort opens for early season skiing and riding
KILLINGTON, Vt. (October 28, 2011) Vermont is open for business! Killington Resort welcomes skiers and riders back to the slopes for the kick-off of the 2011-12 winter season on Saturday, October 29, 2011, nearly nine weeks after tropical storm Irene devastated the Northeast. Thanks to Mother Nature, Killington received nine inches of natural snow in the last 24 hours and our dedicated snowmakers will continue to make snow as well as expand the terrain as long as conditions permit.
“It’s incredible to see how quickly Killington Resort and our surrounding communities have been restored after the damage brought by tropical storm Irene,” stated Chris Nyberg, president and general manager for Killington Resort. “All roads leading in and out of Killington have all been repaired and we are proud to provide our guests with early season skiing and riding,” added Nyberg.
Skiing and riding will be on advanced terrain only on the un-groomed Rime trail, providing roughly 600 vertical feet of terrain. No beginner terrain will be available at this time.
Hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The K-1 Gondola will provide uploading and downloading, while access from the top of the K-1 Gondola down and up from the skiing and riding terrain will be via a short walk on the Peak Walkway.
Early-season lift tickets are $39 for adults (19-64), $33 for Young Adults/Seniors (13-18/65+) and $27 for Juniors (7-12). Season pass holders who have not activated their passes may do so at the Snowshed Sales Center beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, October 29.
Beverages, hot dogs, chili and light snacks will be available for purchase at the base of the North Ridge Triple Chair and the K-1 Lodge will be open for ticket sales, lunch, guest service, retail and restrooms.
Killington Resort anticipates skiing and riding on the upper mountain terrain through Sunday, October 30. Our crews will re-evaluate the conditions on Sunday afternoon and determine the operating schedule for the following week. Check www.killington.com each day after 4:00 p.m. to see if we will operate the following day.
Photos and video are available, please contact Sarah Thorson at [email protected] with any requests. Additionally, check out a live shot from Killington’s HD web cam.
The Times Argus is reporting that Sugarloaf Resort in Maine is planning to significantly expand their terrain, making it the largest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains and knocking Killington Resort out of the No. 1 spot for most skiable acreage.
Sugarloaf will begin clearing trees on Burnt Mountain which will add 270 acres of skiable terrain for next season and 655 acres in the next three years. This will give them the bragging rights for most skiable acres though Killington will still hold the title for most skier visits, most lifts, most trails and most miles of trails.
Killington better step up its game if it wants to retain the title of “Beast of the East.” Maybe it’s time to finish that Killington to Pico interconnect?
Or, how about adding a heated chairlift Killington? The Canyons is going to be the first resort in the US to add a heated chair. You could be the first in the East. Plus, we all know that it is much colder in Vermont than Utah.
Killington Resort has added a new executive and youth program director – with ski resort experience on East and West Coasts – to its roster of employees. Robert Megnin, the resort’s new director of sales and marketing, comes from New Jersey’s Mountain Creek Resort. Dave Beckwith, hailing from Snoqualmie Pass, Wash., was named director of Snow Sports for Killington Resort and Pico Mountain.
Killington’s announcement today that the mountain will be closing this Sunday, April 25, 2010, officially marks the end of their worst ski season on record.
The season started off strong with some early snowfall that allowed Killington to open the weekend of November 7, 2009, but that didn’t last as rain and warmer temperatures forced them to close over the Thanksgiving weekend for the first time in their history. They managed to re-open the mountain on December 2, 2009, but snowfall was much less than expected and it pretty much remained that way throughout the season, even as the rest of the Northeast experienced record snowfalls.
In fact, the 2009/2010 total snowfall of 203″ was the worst the mountain has seen since the 2005/2006 season. And, the 18″ of snow from March 1 onward is a record low.
Combine the low snowfall with the unseasonably warm temperatures over the past 3 weeks and you’ll see why the mountain has been decimated. In fact, the K1 gondola closed on April 2, and temperatures that following weekend reached 78 degrees. It was fun skiing in shorts, but no amount of snowmaking could make up for the rate at which the snow was melting.
All these factors combined to only give us 153 ski days. And yes, that is also another worst on record.
After an unseasonably warm November, which saw Killington closed on Thanksgiving for the first time in over 20 years, the mountain re-opens today at 9am after an extensive snowmaking campaign.
Today’s opening will see the K-1 Gondola and North Ridge Triple serving 13 runs. 190 snowmaking guns will continue blowing in the hopes of opening more terrain this weekend. You can check out an overview of the mountain that they posted on YouTube yesterday:
The entire Northeast ski industry has been struggling with the warmer temperatures, but Killington has been one of the few mountains to open already. With their extensive snowmaking, they were open November 7-8, 11, 13-15, and the 21-22. Hopefully with today’s opening, they’ll be open continuously through the rest of the season.
Powdr Corp, the owner of Killington, has just announced that they will be purchasing Intrawest’s interests in Copper Mountain, Colorado. The deal, which is subject to some regulatory approvals, is expected to close in December 2009.
Intrawest and Powdr Corp Announce a Definitive Purchase Agreement for Copper Mountain in Colorado
Popular Rocky Mountain Super Pass Suite of Products will be Honored at Copper Mountain, Steamboat Resort and Winter Park Resort for the 2009-2010 Winter Season
VANCOUVER and PARK CITY, UT, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ – Intrawest and Powdr Corp today announced they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement to sell Intrawest’s interests in Copper Mountain to Powdr Corp. The transaction is anticipated to close in December 2009 and the agreement is subject to regulatory approvals including the issuance of a U.S. Forest Service special-use permit to Powdr Corp.
This winter season it is business as usual at Copper Mountain. Once the transaction is finalized Intrawest and Powdr Corp have committed to work together to ensure that all of the multi-mountain season pass products, vacation reservations and joint marketing initiatives will be honored for the 2009-2010 winter season. This includes the Rocky Mountain Super Pass suite of products that provide skiers and riders with access to Copper Mountain, Steamboat Resort and Winter Park Resort. In addition, vacation packages, season passes and lift tickets for all three mountains will continue to be available online at www.skicolorado.com.
About Powdr Corp
Powdr Corp is one of the leading mountain resort owners and operators in the United States. Headquartered in Park City, Utah, Powdr Corp currently owns and operates seven ski and snowboard resorts including Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah, Killington Resort and Pico Resort in Killington, Vermont, Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon, Boreal Resort and Soda Springs Resort, both in Donner Summit, California, and Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Powdr Corp also operates Gorgoza Park, a lift-served tubing park, in Park City, Utah.
Intrawest is a leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts. The Company has a network of resorts at North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world. In addition, Intrawest markets and sells real estate at its resorts in North America. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.