KILLINGTON, Vt. – Killington Resort announced it will unveil a reimagined K-1 base lodge, which will open with an expanded footprint during the 2020-21 season; a new four-person, fixed grip chairlift that will debut during the 2019-20 season and replace the existing North Ridge Triple chairlift; and significant upgrades to Killington and sister resort Pico Mountain’s snowmaking systems, which means guests will experience a better, more consistent and more reliable snow surface, all with a lower impact on the environment. All upgrades are pending permit approval.
These improvements to the Killington guest experience set the stage for generations at the resort and come on the heels of the new experiences and other improvements unveiled during the 2018-19 season, including the Woodward Peace Park, the new Snowdon Six Express bubble lift, the return of South Ridge lift service, three tunnels to improve flow at busy trail intersections with a fourth slated for construction this spring, K-1 Express Gondola improvements and new RFID ticketing.
“We’re transforming the way guests will experience and enjoy Killington for years to come,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort. “On its own, the K-1 base lodge rebuild is transformative for Killington. But building on last year’s investments, and combined with the other infrastructure enhancements and new experiences, these upgrades set the tone for future generations to enjoy Killington resort. Killington is undeniably the Northeast’s hub for year-round adventure.”
Construction of the new K-1 base lodge will begin later this spring, with plans for it to open during winter 2020-21. Once complete, the new three-story lodge designed by Breadloaf will be over 50 percent larger than the existing lodge and include a full-service bar, upscale fine china dining, additional space, and unobstructed 180-degree views of the beautiful Vermont mountain landscape. The building will feature many of the characteristics that make the Peak Lodge such a desirable destination for Killington visitors including an open floor plan featuring mixed seating arrangements, floor-to-ceiling windows, a grandiose fireplace, and an upscale food court set to offer fresh, farm-to-table cuisine.
Phase one of construction will start May 2019, in front of the existing K-1 Base Lodge, on grade with the K-1 Express Gondola. During summer 2020, the existing base lodge will be removed and phase two of the new building will be completed.
The new North Ridge chair, manufactured by Leitner-Poma, will improve access to highly sought after intermediate terrain, which services the Northeast’s first skiers and riders each winter season. This upgrade solidifies our commitment to the longest season in the east by enhancing the experience from first chair of the season to late spring.
In pursuit of Killington’s commitment to Play Forever, the snowmaking upgrades that will debut in the 2019-20 season include the replacement of snowmaking pipelines, the purchase and deployment of 120 low energy tower snowguns and new, semi-automatic water and air hydrants, which will significantly decrease the time it takes to start up snowguns on a ski trail.
In addition to these improvements at Killington, our sister resort Pico Mountain recently announced major snowmaking upgrades that will increase capacity for the 2019-20 season. This gives Pico the ability to make more snow, for longer periods and deliver a better guest experience.