KILLINGTON, Vermont ??вЂќ Soft snow, sunshine, music, events and the famous Bear Mountain deck are all typically characteristic of spring skiing and riding at Killington Resort, however, this year’s spring events schedule is getting an uncharacteristic amount of buzz.
The spring events kick off with the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships March 23-26 setting the stage for more than 150 of the top freestyle skiers to compete in moguls, aerials and superpipe. This event will mark the first appearance of U.S. Olympic Team members on U.S. soil after the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. On Saturday, March 25 following the aerial finals Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk performs live on stage at Bear Mountain followed by fireworks.
Moving into April the 26th Annual Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge will be hosted April 1-2 with 200 of the best amateur bumpers competing. This event takes place on the notorious Outer Limits bump trail and is marked by intense mogul competition while spectators barbeque and relax on couches in the sun. Legendary Killington entertainers Joey Leone’s Chop Shop will perform live on stage at Bear Mountain following the competition.
A week later the wildly popular Spring Loaded event takes place April 8-9 at Bear Mountain. The 13th Annual Spring Loaded embraces the free wielding mentality surrounding snowboarding since its inception. With a $5000 cash purse, music and competition in rails, slopestyle and superpipe, this event extols the true spirit of snowboarding in a party atmosphere extending far beyond Bear Mountain. Live music from Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys will follow the event on Saturday, April 8th on stage at Bear Mountain.
The famous Bear Mountain deck, featured as one of the top five ski resort spectator viewing areas in the November issue of Outside Magazine, will once again be the place to sit back, soak up the sun, libations and enjoy the vibe and scene.
The complete spring lineup is as follows:
Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships ??вЂњ March 23-26, featuring Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
26th Annual Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge ??вЂњ April 1-2, featuring Joey Leone and Chop Shop
Bear Mountain Rail Jam ??вЂњ April 2
13th Annual Spring Loaded ??вЂњ April 8-9, featuring Dropkick Murphys
10th Annual Sunshine Daydream ??вЂњ April 15
25th Annual Pond Skimming ??вЂњ April 22
16th Annual Killington Triathlon ??вЂњ May 13
When the winter season officially wraps up, Killington will move into the summer season that features tons of outdoor activities on the mountain. The Killington Adventure Center offers Climbing Walls, Skate Parks, Alpine Slides, Mini Golf, Bungee and K-1 Gondola Rides. Many people visit Killington during the summer months to take advantage of the Mountain Biking and Hiking Trails, which feature spectacular mountain views and can be accessed from the K-1 Gondola. All of these activities are priced accordingly. Visit www.killington.com for more information.
The Killington Golf Course is tentatively scheduled to open the second week in May. The 6,186-yard, par-72 course also features a golf training facility that includes a 12,000-square-foot practice putting green and 15-station driving range. In addition, there are pitching and chipping areas, practice sand bunkers and a video review center. Visit www.killingtongolf.com for the latest updates on opening.
Please visit www.killington.com for more information.