Summer Improvement Projects Underway for 2011 – 12 Winter Season at Killington Resort

By AlpineZone News |
Jul 17 2011 - 09:51 AM

KILLINGTON, Vt. (July 8, 2011) – Vermont’s Killington Resort , the largest snow sports resort in the East with the most diverse terrain, continues to work on a number of summer capital projects to enhance the skier and rider experience for the 2011-12 season.

The removal of the Peak Lodge from Killington Peak, the most anticipated project, is under way and the tear down process is scheduled to begin in the next couple of weeks. In preparation for the new building, several infrastructure projects will take place this summer including installation of new waste water line and fiber optic lines from the Peak to the K-1 Lodge. The new foundation is expected to be in place this fall and construction of the new facility will continue in the summer of 2012 with an anticipated completion date of Christmas 2012.

“We are investing nearly $7 million in the removal of the existing building and the replacement facility that will feature a multilevel restaurant, meeting space facility as well as optimal vistas from nearly every point inside the building,” stated Chris Nyberg, president and general manager of Killington/Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC. “This 22,000 square foot structure will become the highest gondola served venue in the East”.

Killington Resort is retiring the unique triangle configured South Ridge Triple Chair, built in 1977, this summer. “This chairlift has been removed, as it has reached the end of its service life,” said Nyberg. “A replacement chairlift will be added in the future and this particular terrain will still be accessible via the K-1 Express Gondola,” Nyberg continued.

The Resort will continue to improve trails and glades to enhance skier flow on Bear Mountain, Skye Peak and Snowdon areas including the Killink hairpin turn on Great Northern as well as enhancing the bump terrain on Conclusion. Snowmaking upgrades continue across Killington’s six mountains with the purchase of several hundred new low energy snow guns along with new hydrants, valves and thousands of feet of snowmaking pipe. In addition, four Prinoth snowgroomers have been added to our grooming fleet and will arrive this fall.

The K-1 Express Gondola guest drop off area is being renovated and the loading area will be upgraded this summer with a heated walkway and an overhead cover. Several base lodges are having bathrooms renovated and diners at the Wobbly Barn will enjoy expanded seating. Furthermore, new rental equipment offering the latest technology in skis and snowboards will arrive prior to the winter season and a new lift served tubing park will be built across from the Killington Grand Resort Hotel.

About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four season destination that sits on 3,000 acres in the heart of the Green Mountains in Central Vermont. The Resort boasts more than 70 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread out over six peaks and offers the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in the East. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course as well as 45 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. In addition, the numerous apres, dining, shopping and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 50 years.