KILLINGTON, Vt. (February 20, 2003) - In an effort to share the abundance of snow so far this season (233 inches of natural snow to date) with those who have never skied or snowboarded, Killington will offer a two for one deal on all of its Learn to Ski/Ride one-day clinics, valid any day during the month of March. Killington's Perfect Turn Ski and Snowboard School created the program to encourage new skiers and snowboarders to try the sports for the first time, during arguably one of the best winter months for learning to ski.
Longer, warmer days, and soft packed powder conditions in March make learning to ski or ride simpler. On average, Killington receives approximately seven feet of new snow after March 1 and will continue to offer skiing and riding until Memorial Day, oftentimes into June, for the longest season in the East.
Known for its learn-to-ski terrain and programs, Killington's Sprint® Perfect Turn® Discovery Center graduated 31 percent of its guests to Level 2 and Level 3 instruction after just one day on the slopes. Perfect Turn Ski and Snowboard School Director Kevin Anderson credits both Killington's Sprint® Perfect Turn® Discovery Center and his enthusiastic staff with the resort's successful learn to ski and ride programs.
"The commitment here is incredible," said Anderson, who started at Killington in 1985. "Historically we have the most complete program in the country and the best teaching terrain. But it's the depth of our pro staff that gets me excited about what we have to offer to our guests." Approximately 500 ski and snowboard professionals (400 full- and part-time and 100 pros who come in during busy vacation weeks) are the foundation for the enthusiasm of learning to ski or snowboard, or simply improving one's skills. "We're constantly looking for what the guest wants and what their specific goals are," said Anderson. "Our goal is to create an experience where they succeed at what they're looking for."
The Sprint® Perfect Turn® Discovery Center is at the core of accomplishing these goals. Pros are able to talk one-on-one in small groups with their guests before even going out on the slopes. Killington simplifies the first-time experience to the point of having runners locate rental equipment for each guest, by showing a video of what to expect out on the slopes, and by asking and answering questions inside in a warm and non-threatening environment.
"That's what sets us apart from the rest," said Anderson. "We constantly strive to find strengths and then develop skiing or riding ability based on that strength." How successful are Killington's programs? The resort's Learn-to-Ski and -Ride programs convert new skiers and riders at a rate of three times the industry average.
With more terrain than one can ski or ride in a week, Killington provides the complete training ground for learning and improving skiing and riding skills during a week-long vacation. Special gentle, varied learning areas are designed to introduce new participants easily and without intimidation. Some guests graduate to cruising terrain during their week and many beginners can take the heated K1 Express Gondola to Killington Peak, the highest gondola-serviced peak in New England, after their first week.
To register for the two for one Learn to Ski/Ride deal, guests should register at Killington.com prior to their arrival at the Resort. For more information, call 888-765-7758.