KILLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 6 — For the 41st consecutive season, this morning Killington Resort was the first resort to open in the East for skiing and riding for the 2001-2002 season. Last night, Killington snowmakers were stationed at the helm of the most extensive snowmaking system in North America, preparing for today’s opening on the Rime trail in the Glades area off Killington Peak. Approximately 2-4 inches of natural snow from yesterday’s storm helped the opening day cause as well.

“We’re looking forward to another long, snow-filled season,” said Allen Wilson, Killington president. “A 30 percent increase in snowmaking capacity plus more than 315 inches of natural snowfall we had last season left some lasting memories in our guests’ minds about reliable snow surfaces at Killington-we hope to continue that momentum this season.”

Killington traditionally sets the pace for early season skiing and riding in the East. Last year, with the addition of water resources from Woodward Reservoir, located in nearby Plymouth, Vt., Killington was the first to open in the East and continued to expand terrain while other resorts were simply trying to open for the season. By Thanksgiving, Killington had 75 trails and 35 miles of terrain open for all ability levels, two to three times more than the nearest competitor. Water from Woodward Reservoir is transferred through a seven-mile pipeline connection from the reservoir to two existing snowmaking reservoirs at the resort. The two-year project is a $5 million investment for the resort and was completed in October 2000. The snowmaking project allows Killington to keep surrounding streams’ flows to February median levels and still produce more snow mid-winter without having an impact on the environment.

Terrain today will be for upper intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Guests will access terrain via a truck ride to the Canyon Quad chairlift and then Glades Triple chairlift. Killington will open at 10 a.m. and tickets are $25/person. Early season skiing and riding is done on a changing operating schedule. Guests are encouraged to call ahead to 802-422-3261 or visit killington.com for the latest condition updates.

Killington is an American Skiing Company resort. Based in Newry, Maine, American Skiing Company is the largest operator of ski, snowboard and golf resorts in the country. Other resorts include: Sunday River and Sugarloaf/USA in Maine; Mount Snow in Vermont; Attitash Bear Peak in New Hampshire; Heavenly in California/Nevada; Steamboat in Colorado; and The Canyons in Utah. For more information, visit Killington’s website at www.killington.com.