Killington Resort, Vermont's largest resort, fired up their snow guns last week and they've been blowing as much snow as temperatures will allow. Last year, this east coast resort was the first to open for the winter season, and while that title will likely go to a Colorado resort this season, Killington is doing all they can to get things going for a strong start to their winter.
KILLINGTON, Vt. (October 10, 2016) – Vermont's Killington Resort, the largest snowboard destination in Eastern North America, has begun snowmaking in advance of the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup comes to Vermont's largest ski area on November 26-27, 2016. Killington Resort was the first North American mountain to open its season to the general public in 2015, in part because of the resort's advanced snowmaking and grooming prowess.
Killington typically begins the longest season in the East with exclusive access for season pass holders, rewarding commitment to the resort with the first turns of the winter. Season Passes, Express Cards and K-Tickets are all currently on sale, but with price deadlines approaching later this week. Snowmaking lit up on Killington and Skye Peaks just before dawn Monday, building stockpiles for both public consumption on North Ridge trails and the approaching Audi FIS Ski World Cup races on the legendary trail Superstar.
In addition to summer snowmaking improvements to the water lines, Killington has dedicated a snowmaking team to specifically build the race venue on Superstar where the women's slalom and giant slalom races will take place. Killington's powerful snowmaking system has the ability to pump more than 720,000 gallons of water into 240 snow guns, covering 80 acres with 12 inches of fresh snow in a matter of hours. Killington's snowmaking capacity and grooming allow the mountain to maintain a dependable and consistent snow surface regardless of weather conditions.
"Our operations team has snowmaking and grooming down to a science, which makes Killington able to host an event of this magnitude early in the season," said Mike Solimano, President and General Manager of Killington Resort. "Hosting the World Cup is a tremendous opportunity for both Killington and the East in general. We are preparing for a successful event regardless of how much powder Mother Nature drops between now and Thanksgiving."
Killington will be the first mountain in the eastern US to host an Alpine World Cup event in 25 years. The general public is invited to view the women's giant slalom and slalom races in a free general admission area, which will accommodate approximately 7,500 spectators. Free parking and shuttle buses for event spectators will be provided during the weekend. Appropriate attire for winter weather is recommended for the outdoor venue, including sturdy waterproof shoes and multiple layers. No pets, lawn chairs or coolers will be permitted in the Expo Village. In addition, rock band O.A.R. will headline a robust music and entertainment lineup for World Cup spectators.
Photos courtesy of Killington Resort.