KILLINGTON — On Friday, April 10, Killington Resort announced a significant infrastructure investment. Primarily focused on expanding summer activities, Killington’s current wave of investment exceeds $3.5 million.
The new summer attractions will be located in the Snowshed base area, Killington’s new summer epicenter for outdoor activities. At the center of these attractions, the Snowshed Express Quad chairlift will operate daily through the summer as a new addition to complement the K-1 Express Gondola, serving hikers, expanded mountain biking terrain for all ability levels and nature enthusiasts.
Eight new attractions will also open this summer energy epicenter anchored by a 4,800-foot alpine mountain coaster; a four-story ropes course with 42 obstacles above the 5,000 square foot maze; a 1,200-foot long Skyeride (zipline) that seats two guests at a time and rises over 200’ in the air; Segway tours; ATV/UTV mountain tours, re-designed and expanded beginner and intermediate mountain bike trails built by industry leading mountain bike venue designers Gravity Logic; and a new BOGS Hiking Center.
“Killington won’t just have a different look this summer, it will have a whole new level of energy,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort. “This wave of investment is a significant effort by the resort to grow summer business, bring more visitors and extend vacation stays during the summer and fall, benefitting the entire Killington region.”
The new offerings are added to Killington’s current summer offerings which include an 18-hole championship golf course as well as 35 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.
The Killington Sports retail and bike shop at Snowshed Lodge will feature an expanded fleet of rental mountain bikes including over 50 new mountain bikes, including youth sizes and accessories like riding shoes and gloves. The BOGS Hiking Center will include hiking shoe rentals, along with hiking sticks, trekking poles and more.
This spring phase two of the resort’s five-year mountain bike park expansion plan will commence. It will include a riding experience for all ability levels of mountain bikers. The expansion plan adds new bike trails in the Snowshed area, including lower-ability level options, winding banked turn intermediate options and terrain for the most advanced riders, all of which is accessible by two lifts. This meticulously designed five-year plan will set Killington Resort apart as a destination mountain bike leader.
A grand opening for the exciting new summer activities and the kick-off of Killington Resort’s summer operations will take place June 26, with the alpine mountain coaster expected to open on Aug. 1. Summer operations and activities will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 to prepare the mountain for the winter ski and snowboard season, but the coaster will operate year round.
A full lineup of summer events will accompany the new activities giving visitors a plethora of things to do.
For more information visit www.killington.com.