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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 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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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

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