|Vertical Drop:||3050 feet|
|Standing Lifts:||2 gondolas, 5 high speed quads, 4 quads, 4 triples, 2 doubles, surface lifts|
|Past Lifts:||1 gondola, 2 quads, 2 triples, 8 doubles, surface lifts|
|Left: The K1 Gondola (2005)|
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Last updated: November 26, 2016
At 4,235 feet in elevation, Killington Peak is second highest peak in Vermont, as well as one of the highest in all of New England. As skiing took Vermont by storm in the middle of the 20th century, skiers had their sights set on this towering peak.
Initially interested in purchasing Ascutney, Pres Smith was persuaded by Perry Merrill to look into developing a ski area on Killington Peak. After years of work, Smith and the Sherburne Corp. started Killington Basin ski area on Snowdon Peak on December 13, 1958. The future of the ski area looked bright, as a Thanksgiving storm dumped two to three feet of snow on the mountain that fall. With only four Poma lifts serving the area, it was but a preview of what would come.
Killington Peak circa 1960
The ski area expanded to Killington Peak proper in 1959-60 with the installation of the Glades poma lift. It continued its move into the "big leagues" in 1960 with the installation of the 6,300 foot Killington double chairlift and three new trails.
Beginner options were improved in the following years, as the first Snowshed chairlift was installed for the 1961-62 season, while sights were set on "North Peak." North Peak would be renamed and debut for the 1962-63 season as Ram's Head.
The Killington Chairlift (1960s)
Looking to hedge against lean years while also extending the ski season, Killington's first attempt at installing a snowmaking system took place for the 1963-64 season. The initial attempts were unsuccessful, as the aluminum pipe installed in the Snowshed area exploded under pressure. Nonetheless, Killington continued to improve the system.
Over the next few years, additional chairlifts were added to existing pods as more and more skiers continued to flock to the resort. As a profitable and growing business, Killington invested in numerous initiatives, such as a news bureau, weekly accounting closeouts, and analysis of competitors via airplane. All the while, a huge development was in the works for the latter part of the decade.
Onward to Route 4
Killington circa the 1960s
A multi-year project due to delays in constructing the longest gondola in the world, Killington East opened with lift service for the 1969-70 season, cementing the ski resort's status as largest in New England.
The Killington Gondola circa 1970
While Killington's early snowmaking focus had been on the Snowshed area, Pres Smith rolled the dice and installed higher elevation snowmaking on Snowdon for the 1971-72 season. Snowmaking was expanded to Killington Peak a few years later.
Killington continued to expand around the Killington East development later in the 1970s with the addition of the South Ridge and Bear Mountain complexes. Also during the 1970s, the ownership purchased Sunday River and Mt. Snow.
One of the goals of installing upper mountain snowmaking in the 1970s was to extend the ski season into June. This was finally achieved in 1982, when Killington operated until June 15. For the next two decades, a June closing became the norm.
Meanwhile, sights were set on Parker's Gore in the early 1980s as Sunrise opened, connecting the Bear Mountain area with US 4. Hitting its stride as the middle of the decade neared, Killington was in continuous operation from October 20, 1983 until June 21, 1984, marking 246 consecutive days of skiing.
That fall, S-K-I Ltd. was formed, initially composed of Mt. Snow and Killington. Carinthia was purchased in 1986, followed by what would become Bear Mountain, California in 1988.
Killington installed its first two high speed detachable quad chairlifts for the 1987-88 season, followed by its first modern gondola, the Skyeship, in 1994-95.
The Killington Gondola circa the 1980s
During this time, S-K-I was involved in an arms race of sorts with former Killington employee Les Otten's LBO Resort Enterprises Corp.. While LBO was quickly acquiring areas, S-K-I purchased ownership stakes in Haystack, Sugarloaf, and Waterville.
The two companies eventually agreed to a merger/buyout in 1996, creating the American Skiing Company
The American Skiing Company wasted no time in making a splash, as it installed three new quad chairlifts during its first year of ownership. Nearby Pico Peak was purchased in 1997, though plans to connect the two have never been completed.
American Skiing Company's Last Run
The American Skiing Company's last new lift investment came in 1997-98, when it replaced the Killington chairlift with the K1 Gondola. Drowning in debt, American Skiing Company's tenure ended in a sea of deferred maintenance.
The Pico side of the Interconnect (2016)
In 2007, Killington was purchased by SP Land Co., with Powdr Corp. taking over operations. The transition was not a smooth one, as controversy was stirred up due to the termination of lifetime passes, as well as the first April closing in over thirty years. Nonetheless, the area saw its first new chairlift in a decade when the Skye Peak Express was installed for the 2008-09 season.
Season length was later addressed when the new Peak Walkway was constructed for the 2010-11 season, providing fall skiers with a foot route between the top of the K1 Gondola and the top of the Canyon Quad and North Ridge Triple. Following the 2010-11 season, Killington announced the replacement of the Peak Lodge. The $7 million project started that off season, as the old lodge was demolished.
On August 28, 2011, Vermont suffered significant damage from Hurricane Irene. In addition to severe road washouts in the area, Killington lost a bar in the base area. Work on the summit lodge was slowed while repairs started elsewhere, including the construction of an umbrella bar to replace the lost building.
Return of the King of Spring
After a seven year break, Killington returned to its late season dominance in 2012-13, when it stayed open through May 26. The Robert Carl Williams Associates designed Peak Lodge for the following season.
The Superstar Glacier (February 2016)
An expansion of off season activities ramped up starting in 2014 with the debut of lift served mountain biking via the Snowshed Quad. Further attractions were constructed in 2015, including a ropes course, a Soaring Eagle ride, and a mountain coaster.
Killington faced a big challenge in 2016 as it worked to host the first World Cup racing in New England in a quarter of a century. While western ski areas were forced to cancel their World Cup races in November, Killington flexed its snowmaking might by covering the Superstar slope top to bottom in less than optimal temperatures.
|Killington Employee Dies Following Accident - Jan. 9, 2017|
|Jury Awards Hiker $750,000 After Being Stranded on Killington Gondola - Dec. 1, 2016|
|Ski Season Kicks Off Across Northern New England - Nov. 22, 2016|
|Bretton Woods to Open Tomorrow - Nov. 12, 2016|
|Top to Bottom Snowmaking Underway at Killington as World Cup Weekend Approaches - Nov. 11, 2016|
|Ski Season Arrives - Oct. 25, 2016|
|Killington Set to Open on Tuesday - Oct. 23, 2016|
|Stowe Sets New England Record with $124 Lift Ticket - Oct. 1, 2016|
|New England Ski Season Comes to a Close - Jun. 1, 2016|
|Paul Bousquet Passes Away - Jan. 5, 2016|
|Killington NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page|
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
||Season Pass Price
|2016-17||$105.00||$1389.00||13.2 days||October 25|
|2015-16||$96.00||$1369.00||14.3 days||October 18||May 29|
|2014-15||$92.00||$1349.00||14.7 days||November 3||May 25|
|2013-14||$89.00||$1299.00||14.6 days||October 23||May 18|
|2012-13||$88.00||$1349.00||15.3 days||October 13||May 26|
|2011-12||$86.00||$1349.00||15.7 days||October 29||April 22|
|2010-11||$84.00||$1299.00||15.5 days||November 2||May 1|
|2009-10||$82.00||$1249.00||15.2 days||November 7||April 25|
||Season Pass Price
|2008-09||$82.00||$1349.00||16.5 days||November 2||May 2|
|2007-08||$79.00||$1299.00||16.4 days||November 16||April 20|
|2006-07||$72.00||$1400.00||19.4 days||November 23||May 6||700,000|
|2005-06||$69.00||$1300.00||18.8 days||October 29||May 1||795,000|
|2004-05||$1100.00||November 9||May 15||986,000|
|2003-04||$67.00||November 10||May 12||955,000|
|2002-03||October 25||May 26||1,045,000|
|2001-02||$62.00||$1099.00||17.7 days||November 6||June 1||953,000|
|2000-01||$58.00||$1249.00||21.5 days||October 29||May 27||1,085,000|
|1999-00||$56.00||$1249.00||22.3 days||October 25||May 29||939,000|
||Season Pass Price
|1998-99||$52.00||$1299.00||25.0 days||October 22||May 25||978,000|
|1997-98||$49.00||$1249.00||25.5 days||October 1||May 25||1,077,000|
|1996-97||$1500.00||October 4||June 22|
|1995-96||October 17||June 10|
|1994-95||$46.00||October 3||June 4|
|1993-94||October 1||June 9|
|1992-93||October 1||June 1||972,000|
|1991-92||October 21||June 14|
|1990-91||$37.00||October 27||May 28|
|1989-90||$37.00||October 10||May 28|
||Season Pass Price
|1988-89||$34.00||October 13||May 21|
|1987-88||$35.00||October 12||June 1|
|1986-87||October 10||June 3|
|1985-86||October 28||June 1|
|1984-85||November 3||June 2|
|1983-84||$25.00||October 20||June 21|
|1982-83||$24.00||October 17||June 16|
|1981-82||October 20||June 15|
|1980-81||October 14||May 27|
|1979-80||$17.00||$397.00||23.4 days||October 10||May 23|
||Season Pass Price
|1978-79||$15.00||October 16||May 22||676,056|
|1977-78||$14.00||October 24||May 23||698,950|
|1976-77||October 27||May 15|
|1975-76||$12.00||October 30||May 5|
|1974-75||$10.00||October 19||May 12||440,345|
|1973-74||$10.00||November 5||April 30||341,319|
|1972-73||$9.50||October 20||April 28||382,355|
|1971-72||November 9||May 18||448,809|
|1970-71||November 18||May 21|
|1969-70||$9.00||October 24||May 4|
||Season Pass Price
|1968-69||$8.50||November 9||May 10|
|1967-68||November 5||April 7|
|1966-67||November 4||May 2||206,246|
|1965-66||November 18||May 18||230,322|
|1964-65||$6.25||$120.00||19.2 days||May 4|
|1961-62||December 2||April 30||118,000|
||Season Pass Price
|1958-59||December 13||April 16||13,000|
1997-2006 skier visit figures include Pico
|"I was director of ski patrol in the late sixties !"|
|Ron Thompson, Feb. 2, 2017|
|"Killington has actually offered lift-serviced mountain biking since 1991 on the Killington Double chair and later K1 gondola, making next week's opening the start of the 25th season of mountain biking at Killington!"|
|Will Conroy, May. 20, 2016|
|"Monday, Feb 6. I was staying with friends at the Red Rob Inn (now the Killington Mountain School). We sat down for dinner at precisely 6:00 pm and we noticed it just started snowing...slow at first, but within minutes, it was snowing hard. Dinner was over by 7:00; we decided to walk to Charity's for drinks. There was well over six inches of snow on the ground as we walked there. When we left Charity's--around 10:00 pm, there was almost two feet of snow on the ground...and the access road was practically impassable. Cars were stuck everywhere. When we got back to the Red Rob, two ladies who left the hotel earlier that day (to drive home back to Boston)were inexplicably back at the Red Rob. 'Why did you guys return to Vermont?' we asked. 'They closed Massachusetts' was their answer. The turnpike was closed and the Massachusetts police said they would arrest any non-emergency motorists on the highways. When we woke up Tuesday morning, there was almost four feet of snow on the ground. Kenny Budzyna, the co-owner of the Red Rob calmed us down as we were dying to get to the mountain. Kenny advised us to sit tight: 'There's no rush to go the mountain,' he said. 'Too much snow and the lifts aren't open yet...they won't open until after 10 am.' He asked that we dig out our cars and empty the lot of cars so they can plow the lot. We got to the mountain around 10:30 am...and only a few lifts were running. The parking lot at Killington base was barely cleared of snow; just two bays, perhaps. We saw huge piles of snow that were foreign to us...we were amazed at all the snow there, being piled up as they plowed the lot. Killington 'regulars' were commenting that they never ever saw this much snow. They were still sweeping snow off the Killington Double chair. Most lifts sat still, or were moving very slowly so they could clear the mounds of snow off of each chair. The South Ridge triple didn't open until Wednesday...the mid-station two-bull wheel turn was buried in ten feet of drifts! We broke trails and snow all day Tuesday. The mountain was largely empty. Over 48 inches of snow fell. What a change from the icy conditions we experienced earlier that previous weekend. The snow remained excellent all week, through Friday. Boston Logan airport was closed for seven days. Killington remained empty even that following weekend because so many people couldn't get to the mountain. This was the winter of '78 where there were many storms..more than usual. I am told that this was the largest single dump in Killington history. I am glad that I was there...to experience nothing but powder and loose-pack powder day after day. The novice and many intermediate trails were almost impossible to ski until they were groomed...they weren't steep enough. A few trails (Conclusion, for example) had chest-deep snow. It was the most amazing ski day of my life at Killington...I've been skiing there for more than 40 years. Many other reminisce about that storm. I shall never forget the storm of my ski life...Feb 6-7, 1978. "|
|Robert Gedzelman, Jul. 8, 2014|
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