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Killington Mountain School launches drive to build world-class snowsports venues at Killington Resort

KILLINGTON - On Tuesday, July 16, Killington Mountain School announced a public campaign to complete phase one of the Trails Initiative at Killington Resort. When finished, Killington will have world-class competition and training venues for racing, moguls, snowboard and freeskiing disciplines.

"This is the next step in establishing one of the best snowsports training facilities in the country," said Tao Smith, KMS Head of School. "In combination with the world-class athletic programs our coaches have built, these facilities will allow KMS athletes to continue pursuing success in elite-level competition, from the Olympics to Nor Am and NCAA Division 1 events."

A generous anonymous donor has pledged to provide $275,000-half the cost of Phase I-as long as KMS can raise the matching half from other donors by August 30, 2013, and complete construction this fall. Phase I includes cutting the trails-a brand-new, 220-meter mogul course and an improved Highline race trail, with increased width to meet modern standards for competition as well as provide for a ski- and snowboardcross venue-burying the existing overhead power lines, and laying snowmaking pipe and conduit.

The complete phase will cost approximately $550,000.

Phase II, scheduled to open in 2015, will include start and finish timing buildings, direct lift access, a year-round bag jump venue and lighting for night events.

Phase III, scheduled to be completed for the 2016 season, will include modernized and upgraded snowmaking capacity. All three phases have been planned over several years in conjunction with Killington Resort and the Killington Ski Club to continue Killington's position as a leader of the snowsports community in the Eastern United States.

Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. KMS provides elite-level training and competition in conjunction with a top-notch education for ski racers, freestyle skiers, snowboarders, freeskiers and cyclists. KMS alumni include Olympians, All-Americans, members of several national teams, and leaders in business and academia.

To learn more about the Killington Mountain School Trails Initiative visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org/trailsinitiative.