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Killington Resort Opens for the Season Friday, October 19, 2018

The Longest Season in the East Starts This Week as Killington Resort Prepares for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Races

Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, and part of POWDR, is scheduled to kick off its 2018-19 winter season at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018, becoming the first Eastern resort to open for skiing and snowboarding.

The first turns of the season, on Friday, October 19, will be reserved exclusively for Season Pass, Express Card, Beast365 and Ikon Pass holders. The resort will open to the general public on Saturday, October 20, 2018 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.

“Mother Nature played her role, giving us cool temps, but this summer’s snowmaking enhancements as a part of our $25 million dollar capital investment really gave us a leg up,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. “Killington is on track to, once again, be the first ski area in the East to open and, for the third winter in a row, get the resort ready for the World Cup races in just a few weeks.”

On Friday, October 19, 2018, the K-1 Express Gondola will provide uploading and downloading to open terrain for skiers and snowboarders from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and the North Ridge Triple lift 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. Skiing and snowboarding will be on advanced terrain only, providing roughly 600 vertical feet of open trails. No beginner terrain is available at this time. Early season conditions exist and snowmaking and other on-mountain operations may be in progress throughout the day on open terrain.

The Snowshed Sales Center will be open Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Friday starting at 7:00 a.m., for RFID pass pick up and pass purchases. K-1 Guest Services will be open starting at 7:00 a.m. on Friday 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. Beginning Saturday, daily lift tickets will be $59 for adults (ages 19-64), $45 for youth (ages 7-18) and $50 for seniors (ages 65-79). Express Card holders will receive 50% off lift ticket window rate for midweek, and 25% off weekend rates.

Remaining a longstanding tradition, season Pass holders are invited to enjoy free lunch on Friday 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 Saturday, October 20, 2018, K-1 Express Gondola lift hours will be 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for uphill loading. The North Ridge Triple lift will allow uploading until 3:45 p.m.

During the World Cup races, which will take place on November 23-25, public access to the Expo Village, which is adjacent to the finish area and is free entrance for spectator viewing, will offer unparalleled access to watch the fastest female alpine ski racers in the world compete in slalom and giant slalom events. Additional World Cup events include free concerts by Paul Oakenfold, Michael Franti, KT Tunstall and Guster, plus movie premiers, fireworks, parades and more. A full schedule of the Killington Cup events can be found at killington.com/worldcup.

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 killington.com and 1-800-621-MTNS (6867).

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, 30 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.

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