Snow is in the air at Killington Resort

Mother Nature gets a boost from expert snowmaking and grooming techniques ahead of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Nov. 24-26

 KILLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America and part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, has begun snowmaking in advance of the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup on November 24-26, 2017. Killington Resort was the first North American ski mountain to open its season to the general public in 2016 and last to close in 2017 for Eastern North America, 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 and Express Cards are still available to purchase for the 2017/18 season. While there is no confirmed window for Opening Day at this time, snowmaking lit up on Killington and Skye Peaks just before 11:00 p.m. Monday for testing prior to the season and the approaching Audi Ski World Cup races.

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.

“When it comes to snowmaking and grooming, we have the best team and tools in the industry to prepare Killington for the winter season and World Cup on Thanksgiving weekend,” said Mike Solimano, President and General Manager of Killington Resort. “Last year, we were able to put on a spectacular World Cup weekend and operate our lifts for more than 200 days before closing on June 1 because of our snowmaking team. Our snowmakers are ready to work with Mother Nature for another monumental World Cup and winter season.”

The general public is invited to view the women’s giant slalom and slalom races from free general admission areas or from the grandstands as a limited number of premium grandstand tickets remain available when Killington hosts the Alpine World Cup event for the second year in a row. The free viewing areas will accommodate approximately 12,000 spectators and Killington will provide free parking and an enhanced shuttle system for event spectators 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, Dispatch will headline a robust music and entertainment lineup for World Cup spectators.

For more information about the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington Resort, including the schedule of events, please visit www.killington.com/worldcup for details and updates.

About Killington Resort

Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365, #beastworldcup and #beastwinter.

Contact:                 Kristel Fillmore, Killington Resort: 802-422-6115 or kfillmore@killington.com                                                Kevin Flight, Elevate Communications: 781-439-7140 or kflight@elevatecom.com

 

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Killington Resort and 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup to Feature Live Entertainment All Weekend with DISPATCH as Headliner

Free Weekend of Alpine Ski Racing and Live Music Open to the Public Nov. 24-26, 2017

KILLINGTON, VT – Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America and part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, announced today that the band Dispatch will headline a robust music and entertainment lineup to celebrate the return of the Audi FIS World Cup.

“Combining top-notch entertainment with one of the world’s most premier ski racing events makes for an amazing, party-like weekend at Killington for families and fans of all ages,” said Mike Solimano, President and General Manager of Killington Resort. “We are thrilled Dispatch will headline our full weekend of World Cup Race festivities and hope the public comes out to enjoy the concerts, movie premiers, opening parades, fireworks, our unique dining experiences and autograph signings, in addition to the women’s giant slalom and slalom races.”

Dispatch, who formed while attending Vermont’s Middlebury College, will return to their Green Mountain State roots for the free concert on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Killington’s K-1 Base Area. Known as one of the biggest independent rock bands in history, Dispatch hit a major career milestone when they played an outdoor concert in Boston that drew over 110,000 people and were dubbed by Rolling Stone as the hosts of the largest independent music event ever.  Dispatch is returning to the road with their first national tour in five years and their Audi FIS World Cup concert at Killington is their only scheduled appearance in the state of Vermont.

New this year and, in addition to an already action-packed, fun-filled weekend, Killington Resort and the Audi will host a free concert on Friday, Nov. 24 featuring Troy Ramey, originally from Woodstock, VT, and best known for soaring through season 12 of the hit singing competition “The Voice.”

Killington’s Snowshed Base Lodge will host two separate movie premiers throughout the weekend, including new releases from Teton Gravity Research and Warren Miller Entertainment showcasing extreme snow sports and thrilling cinematography, with proceeds from Friday and Saturday’s showings benefiting the Pico Ski Club and Killington Ski Club respectively.

The World Cup Expo Village, located at the K-1 Base Area, will feature over 40 unique sponsors, ranging from artisan Vermont craft and food vendors to the latest ski industry hardware and technology companies. Opening parades on both Saturday and Sunday will feature youth racers marching with their ski clubs carrying participating nations’ flags’ culminating in the finish area to kick off the competition each day. We expect more than 1,000 youth racers both days with Vermont ski clubs featured on Saturday and ski clubs from all over the North East joining us Sunday.

Schedule of Weekend Events*

Friday, November 24, 2017
Expo Village Open – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. – K-1 Base Area
Free Concert by Troy Ramey – 4:00 p.m. – Expo Village K-1 Base Area
Athlete Presentation – 5:45 p.m. – Expo Village K-1 Base Area
Fireworks – Immediately following athlete presentation – Expo Village K-1 Base Area
Teton Gravity Research Movie Premier “Rogue Elements” – 7:00 p.m. – Snowshed Base Lodge

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Expo Village Open – 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – K-1 Base Area
VIP Area Open – 8:00 a.m. – Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar
Opening Parade – 8:45 a.m. – Expo Village, K-1 Base Area
Giant Slalom Run 1 – 10:00 a.m. – Superstar Trail
Giant Slalom Run 2 – 1:00 p.m. – Superstar Trail
Free Concert by Dispatch – Immediately following second race runs – K-1 Base Area
World Cup Official Post Party – 6:00 p.m. – Wobbly Barn Nightclub
Warren Miller Movie Premier “Line of Descent” – 7:00 p.m. – Snowshed Lodge, Killington Resort

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Expo Village Open – 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – K-1 Base Area
VIP Area Open – 8:00 a.m. – Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar
Opening Parade – 8:45 a.m. – Expo Village, K-1 Base Area
Slalom Run 1 – 10:00 a.m. – Superstar Trail
Slalom Run 2 – 1:00 p.m. – Superstar Trail

The general public is invited to view the women’s giant slalom and slalom races from free general admission areas or from the grandstands as a limited number of premium grandstand tickets remain available when Killington hosts the Alpine World Cup event for the second year in a row. The free viewing areas will accommodate approximately 12,000 spectators and Killington will provide free parking and an enhanced shuttle system for event spectators 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.

Please visit www.killington.com/worldcup for 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Information and the Entertainment Lineup* and be social with #beastworldcup.

About Killington Resort

Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365 and #beastwinter.

*Schedule subject to change, visit killington.com/worldcup for updates.

Contact:                 Kristel Fillmore, Killington Resort: 802-422-6115 or kfillmore@killington.com

Kevin Flight, Elevate Communications: 781-439-7140 or kflight@elevatecom.com

 

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Guest Experience Gets Even Better at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain with $5.7 Million Capital Investment in Winter Infrastructure and Renewable Energy in 2018

New snowmaking and grooming equipment, along with increased sustainable energy resources, will give guests unbeatable on-mountain experience in 2017/18 at Killington and Pico

KILLINGTON, Vt. (October 4, 2017) – Carrying the momentum of a two-year commitment to host the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in 2017 and 2018, Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America and part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, will offer a number of guest experience upgrades this coming season. POWDR has invested $5.7 million in capital improvements at Killington and Pico across the properties year-round attractions. The investments in 2017/2018 will further enhance snowmaking equipment and infrastructure, upgrade and rebuild lifts, expand summer activities at the resort and improve the overall experience at both resorts.

Since POWDR purchased Killington Resort and Pico Mountain in 2007, infrastructure improvements have exceeded more than $50 million, including a new lift, lift drives, snowmaking systems and Killington’s signature Peak Lodge. POWDR is committed to creating sustainable communities and engaging the next generation of action sports enthusiasts and their significant investment at Killington and Pico support this mission.

“As we prepare to host another Ski World Cup in November, investments are being made to further enrich the experience at Killington and Pico,” said Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort. “The investments being made this year will help Killington and Pico preserve leadership in resort operations, sustainability and overall guest experience year-round. Last year, we hosted the longest winter season in the East, operating 201 days between October 22 and June 1, and we’re hopeful that 2018 will be bigger and better with these enhancements.”

Snowmaking Equipment and Infrastructure

Killington Resort will make major investments to its state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities, highlighted by a partnership with Efficiency Vermont to add 163 new low energy tower snow guns. This significant increase in low energy tower guns, along with a number of other critical system improvements, not only push’s the resort closer to a sustainable operation, but allows Killington to open ski terrain much more quickly and efficiently. Best-in-class snowmaking is a key reason Killington is able to host the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in November. In total, Killington Resort will earmark $1.7 million in snowmaking improvements and upgrades for 2018.

Pico Mountain improves snowmaking by increasing water capacity in their two snowmaking ponds with a dredging project completed this past summer. Additionally, key pipelines were replaced, valve stations upgraded and pump houses augmented to improve snowmaking at Pico Mountain. This $200,000 investment in snowmaking will enhance the guest experience and conditions throughout the 2017/2018 season.

Snow Grooming Machines

Killington has added three new grooming tractors to its impressive fleet of snow groomers. The new snow groomers are among the most powerful and efficient pieces of machinery in the industry and will enhance the operator’s ability to deliver the best possible snow surface. A Prinoth groomer comes with the latest technology for terrain park grooming, providing the ability to creatively shape trending features which will further enhance Killington’s world-class terrain parks. Killington will invest $965,000 in new snow grooming equipment this year.

Lift Upgrades and Rebuilds

Killington Resort will make significant upgrades this year to its lift infrastructure, totaling $665,000 in improvements. As design and pricing is ongoing for a proposed new South Ridge lift for 2018/19, existing ski lifts are being upgraded. The Snowdon Triple is undergoing significant upgrades over two years with new haul rope, additional towers, a mid-station, new communications infrastructure and lift line tower heads while the K-1 Express Gondola, Sunrise Village Triple and Superstar Express Quad also receive upgraded equipment. These improvements are part of an annual program to upgrade older lift technology. The upgrade program, along with the proposed addition of a new ski lift, continues to enhance the guest accessibility to ski terrain with the resorts massive 27 lift network. 

Summer Activity Upgrades

With summer now marching into fall, the warmer season remains top-of-mind with completed investments. Killington Resort added activities for young children in the Adventure Center for this past summer, which already offered a wide array of attractions such as a trampoline jump, zip lining and the popular Beast Mountain Coaster. Adults enjoyed improvements to the Snowshed Umbrella Bar, a year-round bar and deck located slope side near the water at Snowshed Pond while guests of all ages can enjoy a new bocce ball court, and enhanced Witchcraft event programing this fall, as well as a variety of other projects to increase the guest experience. In total, $689,000 will be allocated to summer activities at Killington.

Mountain Bike Park

The Killington Mountain Bike Park is in the midst of a multi-year build out designed by Gravity Logic, a world leader in the design of sustainable progressive mountain bike trails for summer resort operations, which will continue to set the standard for mountain bike park operations in the eastern U.S. New projects include a new 2.5 mile jump trail, skills park and a 1.6 mile old school hybrid trail for an exciting and diverse riding experience bikers of all levels can enjoy. Three high-speed detachable lifts, including the K-1 Express Gondola service all of the bike park’s terrain, setting Killington Resort apart from the competition. No other bike park in New England is served by as many high-speed lifts. Also, added this year are state-of-the-art bike carriers on the Snowshed and Ramshead Express Quads, which allow riders to self-load their bikes creating an ease of use factor and increased uphill carrying capacity.. With the addition of more than 10 new miles of trail in the last two bike seasons, there are now 30 miles of trails, making it the largest downhill bike park in eastern North America. Killington will have invested $500,000 in bike park improvements before the end of operations this fall.

Solar Sites and Renewable Energy

Already a leader in sustainability, Killington Resort and Pico Mountain will increase its renewable power capabilities as a part of POWDR’s Play Forever sustainability efforts. Killington and Pico will have nine solar installations for 2017/18, featuring six resort locations with three AllEarth Solar Trackers which have been designed, tested and engineered in Vermont at each. The units use GPS technology to follow the sun throughout the day, allowing them to produce up to 45 percent more energy than a fixed system. The trackers, plus three new rooftop installations, are expected to generate approximately 200,000 kWh of clean electricity annually.

In addition to the on-mountain solar installations, Killington partnered with Namaste Solar to develop four off-site solar farms within a short drive from the mountain. The four projects will be energized before the end of 2017 and generate more than 3,000,000 kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to nearly 12% percent of the resorts annual usage. The projects allow Killington to realize significant savings while doing its part to help the state of Vermont meet the visionary goal of achieving 90 percent of Vermont’s total energy needs from renewable sources by 2050. The projects also help the resort reinvest into its energy future. Additionally, two new electric car charging stations are being added along with the existing unit at the Grand Hotel. Each new site will have both a Tesla and a universal charger.

Ongoing Infrastructure Improvements

Killington Resort will continue to improve the overall delivery of service to its guests with a number of other infrastructure and operations improvements at the property. Fiscal year 2018 improvements will include a new state-of-the-art tuning machine for its demo and modern rental ski fleet, new vehicles, and other impactful guest experience projects.

For more information about Killington Resort and Pico Mountain, visit www.killington.com and www.picomountain.com or search #beast365 or #mypicomtn on social media.

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 About Killington Resort

Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365 and #beastwinter.

 

 

Killington Resort Announces 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tickets Will go on Sale September 7 at 9:00 A.M. ET

Limited number of VIP and grandstand tickets will go on sale for the World Cup at Killington featuring the Women’s Giant Slalom and Slalom;

Free access will be available for spectators who do not purchase VIP and grandstand tickets

KILLINGTON, Vt. (August 17, 2017) – Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, announced that tickets for the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup will go on sale Thursday, September 7 at 9:00 a.m. ET at www.killington.com. Taking place November 25-26, the World Cup will once again bring the women’s giant slalom and slalom races to Vermont and is expected to attract U.S. Ski Team superstar Mikaela Shiffrin to compete against the best women’s technical alpine skiers in the world.

“Last year, VIP and Grandstand tickets sold out in less than a day, showing the incredible passion the Northeast has for world class alpine skiing,” said Michael Solimano, President and General Manager of Killington Resort. “We are thrilled to once again offer free-access viewing areas so that we can hopefully surpass 2016’s immense crowd. The Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington is poised to become a Thanksgiving tradition that ski racing lovers will not want to miss.”

In November 2016, Killington shattered all expectations when it hosted the first Alpine World Cup event in the eastern US in 25 years. The inaugural World Cup Weekend at Killington drew an estimated 30,000 spectators, prompting U.S. Ski and Snowboard to propose a two-year agreement for Killington Resort to host the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in 2017 and 2018.

“We’re thrilled to have the World Cup return to Killington and the East Coast,” said Herwig Demschar, chair of Killington’s World Cup Local Organizing Committee and VP of International Business Development at POWDR. “The World Cup is a special event that we want everyone to be able to take part in and enjoy. This is a party that you do not want to miss!”

In addition to the ticketed sections, Killington will once again offer plenty of free-access viewing areas to provide anyone who wishes to spectate with the opportunity to watch the World Cup action up close and in-person. The event will also feature a lively festival with entertainment throughout the weekend.

A new addition to the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington is the creation of a charitable committee founded by the Killington Mountain School that will work through Killington Resort in various ways including providing support for athlete housing and VIP events and benefit local and regional youth ski development programs throughout the Northeast. The “Killington World Cup Committee” (KWCC) was created to support the Women’s World Cup at Killington and to benefit local and regional youth development programs to support athletes in their quest to compete at the highest levels of the sport, as well as organizations that facilitate competition and training infrastructure in the Northeast and increase participation in winter sports competitions throughout the region. A portion of the proceeds from the VIP and Premier Grandstand ticket levels will benefit the KWCC in awarding grants to deserving recipients.

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday events are sold separately. Ticket offerings for 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington events include:

VIP Tickets – $500

VIP tickets provide access to a heated tent at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar and offer an unmatched vantage point of the course, along with televisions live-streaming the full event. The VIP package includes continental breakfast, gourmet lunch and a deluxe premium open bar. Additionally, VIP tickets provide preferred parking close to the race venue and a World Cup commemorative item, plus a Killington adult lift ticket voucher for the 2017-18 winter season that can be redeemed without restriction. VIP packages are extremely limited each day of the World Cup and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Killington World Cup Committee.

SuperFan Level – $110

The SuperFan package includes standard Grandstand tickets, along with a World Cup commemorative item and a Killington adult lift ticket voucher for the 2017-18 winter season that can be redeemed without restriction.

Premier Grandstand – $100

New for the 2017 World Cup, Premier Grandstand offers guaranteed access to the highest five rows of the grandstands at the base of Superstar trail, providing one of the best vantage points of the course. Premier Grandstand tickets are extremely limited in quantity and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Killington World Cup Committee.

Grandstand – $35

Ticketed Grandstands are located at the base of the Superstar trail, adjacent to the race course, and are general admission for all rows except the top five. The grandstand provides an elevated view of the race course, along with two jumbo screens broadcasting top-to-bottom race coverage. Limited accessible seating access is available in the front row of the grandstand. Grandstand tickets also include a commemorative World Cup access pass.

General Admission – Free

In addition to the four ticket offers, there will also be plenty of free access viewing space for all fans to enjoy. The free area provides standing room access near the base of the Superstar trail and along the run with two jumbo screens for viewing the full race course.

Free parking and shuttles will be available around Killington Resort, however attendees can purchase a preferred parking pass for guaranteed parking in the K-1 parking bays. Preferred parking passes can be purchased for $45 when tickets go on sale at www.killington.com.

For additional information about Killington Resort and the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup, please visit www.killington.com/worldcup.

About Killington Resort

Killington Resort is a four-season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. Killington boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, and served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for more than 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR Adventure Lifestyle Co. portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365.

Contact: Jordan Spear, Killington Resort: 802-422-6924 or JSpear@Killington.com

Kevin Flight, Elevate Communications: 781-439-7140 or kflight@elevatecom.com

 

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USSA Proposes World Cup Ski Racing’s Return to Killington

Two-Year Deal Poised to Make Thanksgiving Weekend Ski Racing a New Vermont Tradition

Killington, VT – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), along with its resort partner POWDR, is proposing a two-year agreement for Vermont’s Killington Resort to again host the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. After years of work by the USSA to find an opportunity to bring World Cup ski racing to the most populated region of the country, Killington hosted an expectation-shattering inaugural World Cup Weekend during November 2016 that drew an estimated 30,000 spectators, and New England’s largest resort hopes to carry that momentum into future events.

Killington plans to enter a two-year race agreement with USSA to bring World Cup racing back to Vermont in 2017 and 2018, and Killington’s place on next year’s World Cup calendar is expected be confirmed during meetings of the International Ski Federation (FIS) in Portoroz, Slovenia in late May. Pending FIS approval, the next World Cup at Killington would take place November 25-26, 2017, Thanksgiving Weekend.

The proposed November, 2017 World Cup would include women’s giant slalom and slalom races, attracting athletes such as U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin.

As with last year’s FIS World Cup, the proposed 2017 and 2018 World Cup races at Killington would be broadcast worldwide to over 60 nations, along with national broadcast coverage across the US. The event is anticipated to bring millions of dollars in economic impact to the state of Vermont.

“Establishing a multi-year World Cup schedule here at Killington is an incredible opportunity to bring even more visibility to the resort and our community, which has been extremely supportive of our efforts to bring these races back. I was blown away by the sheer size of the crowd last year, and the enthusiasm I witnessed leads me to believe that we’ll bring in even more spectators this year to watch the fastest female ski races in the world take on the Superstar trail,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. “We used every cold period in October and November to build a world-class race venue on Superstar, and getting the job done so early in the season showcased our snowmaking system as an industry-leading powerhouse.”

Last November’s races in Killington marked the first World Cup in the eastern US since 1991 when the U.S. Ski Team’s Julie Parisien won the giant slalom at Waterville Valley, NH.

The USSA has had a long relationship with POWDR producing World Cup and Grand Prix events at Copper Mountain and Park City Mountain Resort, and the collaboration for Killington’s World Cup in 2016 solidified The Beast of the East as a strong venue for World Cup alpine ski racing in addition to the regularly hosted FIS Cup and USSA races.

“Last year we accomplished all of our goals, which were to promote eastern skiing and Killington to the global audience. It was very powerful to see the local and regional communities come together to support World Cup racing,” says Herwig Demschar, chair of Killington’s World Cup Local Organizing Committee and VP of International Business Development at POWDR. “We have a blueprint for successful races to build on, and we are going to throw a party you don’t want to miss,” adds Demschar.

“We are going to throw a party you don’t want to miss.”- Herwig Demschar, Local Organizing Committee chair.

“We would be thrilled to work together with the Killington community, USSA and the amazing athletes to host another World Cup and make it even bigger and better than before,” says John Cumming, founder and CEO of POWDR. “Killington is a special place, and to again have the excitement and energy of World Cup ski racing return to the East, to the beautiful
mountains of Vermont, is an experience we would enthusiastically embrace and look forward to sharing with the world. As proven by last year’s World Cup, the Killington team is one of the best in the business and up for the challenge.”

Highlights

  • The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, and its resort partner Powdr, are submitting a two-year bid to the International Ski Federation (FIS) for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup to return to Killington, VT in November, 2017 and 2018.
  • 2016’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington was the first World Cup in the eastern USA since 1991 at Waterville Valley, NH and the first in Vermont since 1978 at Stratton Mountain. \
  • Killington’s 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup set American attendance records with an estimated 30,000 spectators across two days (16,000 giant slalom, 14,000 slalom)
  • Killington’s 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup was broadcast in over 60 countries worldwide and future World Cups at Killington would again be televised globally, including national broadcast in the United States.

Quotes

Tiger Shaw, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
“Killington and Beaver Creek are both dedicated partners who, along with Aspen and Squaw Valley, have demonstrated their commitment to showcasing our athletes and growing the sport of alpine ski racing,” said USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “We’ve seen strong performances from our athletes at both venues and look forward to giving them the opportunity to ski on home snow as they vie for their Olympic spots.”

Calum Clark, Vice President, Events, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
“Our partnership with Killington to bring ski racing back to the east coast produced one of the most successful event weekends we’ve seen,” said Calum Clark, USSA’s vice president, events. “The Killington team worked tirelessly to put on a great event and inspire thousands of young athletes. The prospect of returning for an event during the Olympic season gives us the opportunity to further build on that success and grow the event’s impact.”

John Cumming, CEO, POWDR
“Killington is one of the premier resorts in the country and close to major eastern metropolitan markets. POWDR has produced World Cup events in the past at other resorts in our portfolio and has significant experience executing largescale races including last year’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup which was a huge success by all accounts. POWDR is honored to be involved in the selection process of Killington for the women’s World Cup and we look forward to welcoming the world back to Vermont in 2017 and 2018.”

Mike Solimano, President and General Manager, Killington
“Establishing a multi-year World Cup schedule here at Killington is an incredible opportunity for the resort and the surrounding community. I was blown away by the sheer size of the crowd last year, and their enthusiasm leads me to believe that we’ll bring in even more spectators this year to watch the fastest female ski races in the world take on the Superstar trail. We used every cold period in October and November to build a world-class race venue on Superstar, and getting the job done so early in the season showcased our snowmaking system as an industry-leading powerhouse. With the support of our community, I am excited to again showcase Killington and the entire state of Vermont to the international ski market.”

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About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR Adventure Lifestyle Co. portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365 and #beastwinter.

Strong Season Continues at Killington Resort With Nor’beaster Unlimited Spring Pass and Events Line-Up

With all eyes on June, NOR’BEASTER keeps
Killington guests busy from March to Memorial Day

Killington, VT – Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America, continues an expectation-shattering winter season with the announcement of 2017’s NOR’BEASTER Spring Pass and events line-up. After kicking off the winter season with another first-in-the-East October opening and electrifying Audi FIS Ski World Cup races in November, Killington quickly eclipsed the previous winter’s snowfall totals before proceeding to pick up nearly 5 feet of natural snowfall in February alone. Killington Resort now charges into spring with a jam-packed events series as the longest ski and ride season in the East extends towards Memorial Day and beyond.

The 2017 NOR’BEASTER Spring Pass is available for $189*, providing skiers and snowboarders of all ages with unlimited spring skiing and riding from mid-March to late May or as far as Mother Nature will allow. The Spring Pass also unlocks access to live music, events and 20% discounts on Killington managed lodging beginning March 17 through the remainder of the 2016-17 winter season. Spring Pass Upgrades are available on-site after March 17, valid for 2016-17 Killington Express Card Holders, Killington Midweek Season Pass Holders, Pico Mountain Season Pass Holders and MAX Pass holders; plus 2016-17 season pass holders at select partner resorts.

“Spring is special at Killington, not just because of the soft snow and abundant sunshine, but because every weekend of NOR’BEASTER is packed with unique events and activations,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort. “We pride ourselves on opening first every fall and staying open later than any other eastern ski area in the spring, and this excellent winter so far has boosted our spring snowmaking and stockpiling efforts. We would love to see the season stretch beyond Memorial Day on Superstar’s World Cup base, and after all, March is historically our snowiest month of the year.”

The much-anticipated Nor’Beaster events series, a celebration on spring in the Green Mountains, begins on April 1with the Hibernation Park Jam in Bear Mountain’s Dream Maker Park, closing out this winter’s Killington Parks competition series. Following Hibernation, two legendary spring rites of passage, the Dos Equis Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge on April 8 and Pond Skimming on April 15, keep the party going.

On Earth Day, April 22, the Dazed and Defrosted festival brings together live music, on-snow equipment demos, giveaways and an sustainability-themed expo village with activities promoting awareness of Killington’s many environmental initiatives. The ski-bike-run Killington Triathlon on April 29 and May Day Slalom on May 1 round out the events schedule, but spring skiing and riding will continue as long as Mother Nature allows.

Memorial Day Weekend at Killington is expected to feature prime late-spring skiing and riding, plus the kickoff of summer operations including the Killington Golf Course, Adventure Center and Mountain Bike Park.

For more information about the 2017 NOR’BEASTER Spring Pass and a full events line-up, please visit www.killington.com and stay tuned to www.killington.com/conditions for updates on spring operations, including announcements about potential June skiing.

*Price valid through March 16, 2017. NOR’BEASTER Spring Passes can be purchased March 17, 2017 and later for $209.

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About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365 and #beastwinter.

 

Killington Resort to Begin Winter Season Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Snowmaking and natural snow set the stage for the Longest Season
in the East and Thanksgiving Weekend’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Races

Killington, VT – Killington Resort, the largest four-season resort in Eastern North America, is scheduled to kick off its 2016-17 winter season at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, becoming the first Eastern resort to open for skiing and snowboarding.

The first turns of the season will be dedicated exclusively to Season Pass and Express Card holders, and the resort will open to the general public on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Killington’s operating schedule for the remainder of the week will be updated in real time at www.killington.com/conditions.

Snowmaking began in earnest on October 10, with production both on North Ridge ski trails Rime and Reason for public use, and upper Superstar trail where the Audi FIS World Cup will take place November 26-27. Over five inches of natural snow blanketed Killington on Sunday morning, providing snowmakers with an excellent base which they began adding to in the early hours of Sunday as snowfall tapered off and temperatures continued to drop.

“With the World Cup coming up next month, we have been anxiously waiting for cold temperatures here at Killington, and now that we have a favorable window of snowmaking weather, our mountain operations team is running full steam ahead to make sure we’re once again the first ski area in the East to open for the season while also beginning production on the Superstar World Cup race course,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. “After last season we are not taking anything for granted and will continue to make snow at every possible opportunity, at every elevation with the necessary temperature and humidity conditions.”

During the World Cup races in November, public access to the expo village, adjacent to the finish area, is completely free, offering unparalleled access to the watch the fastest female alpine ski racers in the world compete in slalom and giant slalom events during World Cup ski racing’s return to New England for the first time in 25 years. Additional World Cup events include a free concert by O.A.R. in the K-1 Base Area on Saturday, November 26, movie premiers and athlete autograph signings. A full schedule of Killington World Cup events can be found at www.killington.com/worldcup.

On Tuesday, October 25, the K-1 Express Gondola will provide uploading and downloading to open terrain for skiers and snowboarders from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and the North Ridge Triple will allow uploading until 3:45 p.m. Skiers and snowboarders will use the Peak Walkway to access open terrain and return to the K-1 Express Gondola for the trip down to the base area when finished for the day.

Early season conditions will exist, and snowmaking and other on-mountain operations may be in progress throughout the day on open terrain. Skiing and snowboarding will be on advanced terrain only, providing roughly 600 vertical feet of open trails. Terrain park features are expected to be available beginning on Tuesday. No easier terrain will be available at this time.

The Snowshed Sales Center and K-1 Guest Services will be open 30 minutes prior to lift opening on Tuesday, selling Season Passes and Express Cards for same-day access to the slopes. Express Card holders will only be charged $25 for all ages on Opening Day, and children ages 6 and under will receive a Kids Ski Free ticket if accompanied by a season pass holder. No other passes, tickets, vouchers or reciprocal discounts will be accepted on this day.

Season Pass holders are invited to enjoy free lunch on Tuesday at the K-1 Café, North Ridge Dog Sled or Peak Lodge as a show of gratitude for their commitment to Killington Resort.

Beginning on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, K-1 Express Gondola lift hours will be 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (for uphill loading). The North Ridge Triple will allow uploading until 3:45 p.m. Lift ticket rates will be $55 for adults (19-64), $42 for Youth (7-18) and $47 for Seniors (65-79). Express Card holders will receive 50% off window rate for midweek, and 25% off weekend rates.

Killington will remain open to the public for skiing and snowboarding as conditions permit. Skiers and riders can prepare for opening day by purchasing Season Passes and Express Cards now at www.killington.com and 1-800-621-MTNS (6867).

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About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. Killington boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, and served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365 and #beastworldcup as Killington prepares to host the fastest female alpine ski racers in the world on November 26-27 for the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup.

 

Snowmaking Begins at Killington Resort

Expert snowmaking and grooming techniques enable Killington to rely on
more than Mother Nature for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup November 26-27

Killington, VT – Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and 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 ski 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.

For more information about the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington Resort, including the schedule of events, please visit www.killington.com/worldcup for details and updates.

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About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. Killington boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, and served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Visit www.killington.com for more information and discover more of what The Beast offers with andbeast365.

Media Contact
Kevin Flight, Elevate Communications: 781-439-7140, kflight@elevatecom.com

O.A.R. to Headline 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Killington Resort

The general public is invited to enjoy free admission to alpine ski racing and live music
when the Audi FIS Ski World Cup returns to the eastern US on November 26-27, 2016

Killington, VT – Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, announced that rock band O.A.R. will headline a robust music and entertainment lineup when the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup comes to Vermont’s largest ski area on November 26-27, 2016, with a free concert immediately following Saturday’s races. Admission for race spectators and concertgoers is free of charge.

Celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary, O.A.R. recently released a new album XX through Vanguard Records. The album includes a career-spanning collection of O.A.R.’s biggest hits and incredible live shows plus new studio material.  On display during their Killington performance, high energy fan favorites such as “Crazy Game of Poker,” “Two Hands Up,” and “This Town,” are sure to inspire athletes and spectators alike.

“We are thrilled to add O.A.R. to the full weekend of festivities for this November’s World Cup races,” said Mike Solimano, President and General Manager of Killington Resort. “Aside from the performance by O.A.R. on Saturday, multiple movie premiers, unique dining experiences and events like autograph signings and even a Turkey Trot 5k mean there will be something for everyone during an action-packed World Cup weekend at Killington.”

O.A.R.’s performance is sponsored by Coca Cola, the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, the Town of Killington, POC Sports, Völkl, Marker and Dalbello.

Killington’s Snowshed Base Lodge will host three separate movie premiers throughout the weekend, including new releases from Matchstick Productions, Teton Gravity Research and Warren Miller Entertainment showcasing extreme snow sports and thrilling cinematography, with proceeds from Thursday and Friday’s showings benefiting the Pico Ski Club, Killington Mountain School and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.

The World Cup Expo Village, located at the K-1 Base Area, will feature over 40 unique sponsors, ranging from artisan Vermont craft and food vendors to the latest ski industry hardware and technology companies. Saturday’s Opening Parade will feature hundreds of local youth ski racers carrying participating nations’ flags and will culminate in the finish area, kicking off the competition.

Schedule of Weekend Events*

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Turkey Trot 5k – 9:30 a.m. – Race originates at JAX Food & Games
Thanksgiving Dinner Service – Preston’s at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel and Wobbly Barn Steakhouse
Matchstick Productions Movie Premier “Ruin and Rose” – 7:00 p.m. – Snowshed Base Lodge ($10)

Friday, November 25, 2016
Teton Gravity Research Movie Premier “Tight Loose” – 7:00 p.m. – Snowshed Base Lodge ($10)

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Expo Village Open – 7:00 a.m. – K-1 Base Area
VIP Area Open – 8:00 a.m. – Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar
Opening Parade – 8:45 a.m. – Expo Village, K-1 Base Area
Giant Slalom Run 1 – 9:30 a.m. – Superstar Trail
Giant Slalom Run 2 – 12:30 p.m. – Superstar Trail
Free Concert by O.A.R. – Immediately following second race runs – K-1 Base Area
US Ski Team Autograph Signing – 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – K-1 Base Area
Warren Miller Movie Premier “Here, There & Everywhere” – 7:00 p.m. – Snowshed Base Lodge ($20)
World Cup Official Post Party – Wobbly Barn Nightclub

Sunday, November 27, 2016
Expo Village Open – 7:00 a.m. – K-1 Base Area
VIP Area Open – 8:00 a.m. – Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar
Slalom Run 1 – 9:30 a.m. – Superstar Trail
Slalom Run 2 – 12:30 p.m. – Superstar Trail

The general public is invited to view the women’s giant slalom and slalom races in a free general admission area when Killington hosts the first Alpine World Cup event in the eastern US in 25 years. The free viewing area will accommodate approximately 7,500 spectators and Killington will provide free parking and shuttle buses for event spectators 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.

As the full weekend schedule for the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington Resort continues to grow, please visit www.killington.com/worldcup for details and updates. *Schedule subject to change, visit killington.com/worldcup for updates.

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About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. Killington boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, and served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Visit www.killington.com for more information and discover more of what The Beast offers with and #beast365.

Contact:
Kevin Flight, Elevate Communications: 781-439-7140, kflight@elevatecom.com

 

Fact Sheet: Killington Resort

  • Of Killington Resort’s seven mountain peaks, Killington Peak is the highest at 4,241 feet. It is the second highest summit in the Green Mountains and state of Vermont, and is the highest lift-served peak in both categories via the K-1 Express Gondola.
  • Killington’s expansive lift network includes two high-speed express gondolas, five high-speed express quads, and fifteen additional lifts for an uphill capacity of 38,315 rides per hour, not to mention seven additional lifts at Pico Mountain.
  • In 2013-14, Killington Resort completed $11 million in capital improvements, including the new, sustainable Peak Lodge
  • Killington features a vertical drop of 3,050 feet, the largest in New England, and when combined with Pico Mountain, the resort offers 1,977 skiable acres, 92 miles of trails, and 212 total trails.
  • Six Base Lodges (K-1, Snowshed, Ramshead, Bear Mountain, Skyeship, and Pico Base Lodge) comprise the Killington Base Lodge system. Each features unique service and amenities with signature terrain from parks to learning slopes.
  • The Powdr Corporation acquired Killington Resort and Pico Mountain in 2007 and has since invested at least $25 million.
  • With K-1 Lodge situated at 2,500 feet above sea level and Killington Peak reaching 4,241 feet, the elevation advantage provides an average of 250 inches of natural snow each winter, supplemented by a snowmaking system covering 600 skiable acres.
  • At optimal conditions, in one hour’s time, Killington’s snowmaking system pumps more than 720,000 gallons of water to 240 snow guns, covering 80 acres with 12 inches of fresh snow.
  • The Killington snowmaking system includes 88 miles of pipe and 1,700 snow guns, more than 500 of which are low energy machines.
  • Killington’s 17 snowcats — including three winch cats for grooming steeper slopes — groom more than 40 miles of terrain on a nightly basis for a consistent top-to-bottom surface every day of the season.
  • New for the 2013-14 winter season, the Uphill Travel Policy at Killington encourages skinning and 
snowshoeing on select mountain terrain.
  • President and General Manager Mike Solimano has been leading The Beast since 2012.