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$6.5M Improvements Underway at Killington

KillingtonIf you’re already looking forward to skiing or riding at Killington Mountain next year, there is more to be excited about as the mountain is implementing $6.5 million worth of improvements for the 2011-12 ski season.

The biggest portion of the facelift includes the removal of the 40-plus year-old Peak Lodge from the 4,100-foot level of Killington Peak. The razing will begin this summer and hopefully be completed by December.

In its stead, Killington management will build a brand new multilevel facility that will include both meeting and restaurant space.

Via press release, Killington officials report, “This new facility will become the highest gondola served restaurant and meeting space venue in eastern North America. Situated near Killington Peak in the Green Mountains, the 22,000 square foot facility will provide vistas of the Adirondack Range in N.Y., the White Mountains of N.H. and the Green Mountains of Vt.

Chris Nyberg, president and general manager of Killington/Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC added, “"This facility will be an icon for not only the Killington Region in Central Vermont, but for the entire state. The views and experience that the new facility will provide to our guests will be unsurpassed.”

The K-1 Gondola, which currently services the old lodge and will do the same for its replacement, will also see renovations to its base area. The maze area will now be covered and heated, while the gondola car storage area and adjacent guest drop-off area will be touched-up.

There are several other elements to the project, including installations of waste water treatment and fiber optic lines from the summit area of Killington Peak down to the base of the K-1 Express Gondola. 

Killington visitors will also be able to go tubing starting in 2011-12 as the mountain is creating a new snow-tube park adjacent to the East Mountain Road.

On the glade areas, Killington is commissioning a crew to prune and trim the trails along with clearing new growth in order to optimize the overall skiing and riding experience in those areas.

New lower-energy snowmaking pipes, hydrants and valves will also come to the mountain, trimming energy costs for Killington and preserving the environment.

The remaining improvements include work on base lodges, existing chairlifts, the Killington Golf Course, new rental equipment and a new disc golf course.

-Ryan O'Leary

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