KILLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in the resort’s history, Killington opened today for the 2002-2003 winter season with top to bottom terrain and eight trails, the most it has ever had open on its first day of the season. Since Monday, Killington snowmakers have been stationed at the helm of the most extensive snowmaking system in North America, in anticipation of opening up the longest ski and snowboard season in the East, from late October until oftentimes June. Killington’s operations crew credits its two to three foot base depths to the resort’s access to nearly 700 million gallons of water for snowmaking.

Killington traditionally sets the pace for early season skiing and riding in eastern North America. 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. Water from Woodward Reservoir is transferred through a seven-mile pipeline connection from the reservoir to two existing snowmaking reservoirs at the resort.

Killington will open with eight trails comprising three distinct runs for upper intermediate and advanced level skiers and riders. Guests can access approximately three miles of terrain by the K1 Express Gondola to Killington Peak and the Glades Triple chairlift. Lifts will be open at 9 a.m. on Friday. Lift tickets cost $35 for adults and young adults and $27 for juniors and seniors. Early season conditions are subject to change. For the latest snow conditions and operations, visit http://www.killington.com or call the snow phone at 802-422-3261.

Killington is an American Skiing Company resort. Headquartered in Park City, Utah, American Skiing Company is one of 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; Steamboat in Colorado; and The Canyons in Utah. For more information, visit Killington’s website at http://www.killington.com.