New snow plus the most extensive snowmaking system in North America will allow one of the only resorts open in the East to provide upwards of 60 trails for the weekend; the best early season on record for the resort.
KILLINGTON, Vt. (November 6, 2002) - The much anticipated first snowstorm of the 2002-2003 ski and snowboard season came early to Killington, dropping 8-12 inches of new snow across Killington's seven mountains. The snowstorm, an early-season surprise for a few ski resorts in the East actually open for skiing and riding, complements the machine-made blizzard Killington snowmakers have been creating since the resort's opening Oct. 25. As a result, Killington will have nearly 60 trails open this weekend for skiers and riders. This is the best early season start in Killington's history.
"It's unheard of to have this much terrain open this early," said Steve Wright, marketing manager. "We've been making snow since the week before we opened back in October and consistent cold temperatures have been the key. Prior to the natural snow last night, we were anticipating 40 or more trails for this weekend. The natural snow is allowing us to open nearly two dozen more trails."
The resort turned up the volume of its snowmaking efforts early this season because of its vast water supply. Killington snowmakers have access to 600 million gallons of water from nearby Woodward Reservoir. Having access to this water has allowed snowmakers to use water in existing snowmaking ponds without concern, and refill them easily because of the reservoir's water. Water from the reservoir for snowmaking is transferred through a seven-mile pipeline connection from the reservoir to two existing snowmaking reservoirs at the resort. Woodward Reservoir allows Killington to keep surrounding stream's flows to February median levels while producing more snow, especially during the early season months, without having an impact on the environment.
Killington, which boasts ownership of the longest ski and snowboard season in eastern North America, will continue to keep its snowmakers busy, building base depths on much of its open terrain, including the infamous Superstar trail that stays open typically until Memorial Day and sometimes into June.
On average Killington has 80 trails and a dozen lifts open for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
"At this rate, expectations are high for an incredible Thanksgiving," said Wright. "With more resorts opening up in the next few weeks, the eastern ski and snowboard season is off to an incredible start."