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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.

 

Killington Resort Announces 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tickets Will Go on Sale July 5 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Limited number of VIP and grandstand tickets, along with a free access tier, are available when Alpine World Cup skiing returns to the eastern US for the first time since 1991 on November 26-27 at Killington

Killington, VT – Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, announced that tickets for the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup will go on sale Tuesday, July 5 at 8:00 a.m. ET at www.killington.com. Taking place November 26-27, Killington will host the first Alpine World Cup event in the eastern US in 25 years. The World Cup event will include the women’s giant slalom and slalom races and is expected to bring U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn to compete against the best women’s technical alpine skiers in the world.

Killington Resort will offer three tiers of tickets to meet the needs and budgets of all skiing fans. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday events are sold separately. Ticket offerings for the Women’s World Cup events include:

VIP Tickets – $350
VIP tickets are located inside 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 souvenir, plus a Killington Adult Lift Ticket Voucher for the 2016-17 winter season that can be redeemed without restriction. VIP packages are extremely limited each day of the World Cup.

SuperFan Level – $75
The SuperFan package includes Grandstand tickets, along with a World Cup commemorative souvenir and a Killington Adult Lift Ticket Voucher for the 2016-17 winter season that can be redeemed without restriction.

Grandstand Tickets – $20
Ticketed Grandstands are located at the base of the Superstar Trail, adjacent to the race course, and are general admission. The grandstand provides a standing room only elevated view of the race course, along with a jumbo screen showing 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 three ticket offers, there will also be a free access viewing area for all fans to enjoy. The free area provides standing room access near the base of the Superstar trail with a jumbo screen for viewing the full race course.

Free parking and shuttles will be available around Killington Resort, however patrons can upgrade to a preferred parking pass in the K-1 Parking Bays. Preferred parking passes can be purchased when tickets go on sale for $20 at www.killington.com.

For additional information about Killington Resort and the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup, please visit www.killington.com/worldcup.

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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.

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