Killington, VT -With the completion of Killington’s Woodward Snowmaking Project behind them, Killington snowmakers are ready to have at it.
The completion of a two-year, $5 million dollar snowmaking expansion-which includes tower-mounted snowguns, increased pumping capacity, and a 7-mile connection to the Woodward Reservoir, will help Killington snowmakers get a good jump on the 2000-2001 season. “We’ll make some snow, and it’ll help pretty the place up with all the great foliage we’ve got out there,” said the resort’s President Allen Wilson. “It’s nice to be making snow again,” he continued, “but the real story will be who opens first; it’s something Killington has done for the past 39 consecutive years.”
A delayed foliage season, due in part to higher than average rain totals this past summer, will allow visitors to the Killington region to see bright orange’s red’s and purple’s, along with Killington’s white; showcased on the resort’s Cascade trail, on Killington Peak. Killington plans on testing the most extensive snowmaking system in North America sometime this evening, laying snow down for the first time this season.
“The connection to Woodward is something we’ve been looking forward to for years,” Wilson continued, “but what really separates us from the pack is our approach and philosophy toward snowmaking; we make more snow, and higher quality snow than anybody-period.”
While many eastern resorts boast large numbers about snowmaking capacities, no resort has the available water supply that Killington does, and no resort commits to using that supply earlier, or more often, than Killington. “Getting going early is part of our mantra,” continued Wilson, “Once the leaves start to turn, everyone around here gets pretty excited about making snow.”
Killington has opened before any resort in the east for the past 39 consecutive years, and plans on opening to skiers and snowboarders for the 2000-2001 winter season within the next few weeks. Killington also offers one of the longest seasons in North America, generally running into June.