The Longest Season in the East To Debut New Lift and Improved Mountain Access, Woodward Mountain Park, and the Return of 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, will kicked off the 2019-20 winter season at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2019, becoming the first Eastern resort to open for skiing and snowboarding.
The first turn of the season, on Sunday, November 3, was reserved exclusively for Season Pass, Express Card, Beast 365 and Ikon pass holders. The resort will open to the general public this morning, November 4. Sunday, November 3, was also be the last day of operations for Downhill Mountain Biking serviced by the Snowshed Express Quad. Killington’s operating schedule for the remainder of the week will be updated in real time at www.killington.com/conditions.
“There’s a lot to celebrate this year opening weekend at Killington,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. “On top of all the improvements we made last year to elevate the guest experience, our pass holders will have the opportunity to be the first guests to experience the brand new North Ridge Quad. We’re also excited to show off the progress we’ve made on phase 1 of the new K-1 Lodge.”
The K-1 Express Gondola provided uploading to open terrain for skiers and snowboarders from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and the new North Ridge Quad lift allowed uploading until 3:45 p.m. Skiers and snowboarders can use the Peak Walkway to access open terrain and return to the K-1 Express Gondola for the trip down to the base area through 4:00 p.m. 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 Monday starting at 8:30 a.m., for RFID pass pick up and pass purchases. Beginning Monday, 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.
New for the 2019-20 season, the Woodward Mountain Park at Killington is a network of featured terrain zones that, together, offer a balanced variety of exciting on-mountain experiences for all ages and abilities. On Monday, Killington’s first Woodward Mountain Park zone – a temporary pop up park in the North Ridge area on Reason – will make its debut. The early season rail garden is the first terrain park to open in the east each season. As the season continues and conditions permit, the Woodward Mountain Park network of zones will expand.
During the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, which will take place November 30 – December 1, public access to the ground level spectator zones, festival village and concerts are all free although a limited number of tickets to premium viewing areas are still on sale which will offer unparalleled access to watch the fastest female alpine ski racers in the world compete in slalom and giant slalom events. Additional HomeLight Killington Cup events include free concerts by Grace Potter, Recycled Percussion, Twiddle and DJ Logic, plus movie premiers, fireworks, parades and more. A full schedule of the HomeLight Killington Cup events and ticket information 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 the season 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, 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 more than 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365.