Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in the East, will invest $8.4 million into on-mountain improvements to kick off its 50th birthday season and improve the overall on-mountain experience for the 2008/09 ski and snowboard season.
Skye Peak Express: The New Skye Peak Express replaces the Skye Peak Quad and reduces the ride time from 14 minutes to just less than five minutes, allowing guests improved access to Bear Mountain and Killington's long intermediate cruising trails such as Skyeburst, Cruise Control and Needle's Eye.
The Stash: Burton's signature terrain park, The Stash, comes to Killington. This all-natural terrain park with have 34 features, including tree jibs, road jumps and log slides. The Stash will be accessible from the new Skye Peak Express and is one of only four in the world.
New Magic Carpet at Snowshed: The new Magic Carpet at Snowshed replaces the F-10 Poma lift, providing a more pleasant uphill experience for skiers and riders in Killington's first-time Ski and Snowboard School programs and the Burton Learn to Ride program.
New and reconfigured trails: A number of new trails and enhancements to existing trails will debut for the 2008-09 season. The Snowshed Crossover will be eliminated and replaced with a new beginner trail off the top of Skye Peak. Elimination of the Crossover will allow for uninterrupted skiing and riding on the following trails: The Stash, Skyeburst, Needles's Eye, Cruise Control and Vertigo. The Gateway trail, an intermediate trail off the south side of Skye Peak, will also be extended. Snowmaking will also be installed on all new trails, including The Stash.
Snowmaking improvements: Thousand of feet of new pipe, 84 new Low Energy snow guns and new hardware and software operational controls will allow for greater system efficiency and improved snowmaking production for the World’s Most Extensive Snowmaking System. The resulting changes mean less energy used to produce snow and deeper base depth for guests to ski and ride on. Our ongoing snowmaking improvements and use of Low energy snow guns has reduced Killington’s diesel consumption by more than 30 percent and electricity by 25 percent over the past three years.
Expanded operations: The Skye Ship Gondola will operate daily from Christmas day through the end of March for the 08-09 season.
Expanded day lodge operations and culinary offerings: Look for new healthy option menu items at both the K-1 and Bear Mountain Day Lodges for the 08-09 season.
Environmental: Killington Resort has purchased 26,199,909 kWh of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), which will eliminate more than 17,800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere - an amount equivalent to emissions produced by the annual electricity consumption of approximately 2,079 average homes. Combined with Killington’s ongoing environmental initiatives, including Freeaire installation on the resort’s walk-in coolers, Compact Florescent Bulb (CFLs) replacement, and expanded use of Low Energy snow guns, the purchase of RECs marks the resort’s continued commitment to becoming an industry leader in environmental stewardship.