KILLINGTON - In just five weeks leading up to August 31, KMS
raised $170,000 setting a new record for the school. "This is an
unprecedented tally for KMS fundraising," said Tao Smith, head of
school, in a letter to the KMS board. "Thank you for sharing the
vision!" Smith was in high spirits, despite the fact that they
missed the goal of raising $250K in matching funds by an anonymous
donor if raised by the end of August.
"The good news is that our matching donor is as excited about
the project as we are, and has already sent in his $170,000 to
match what we raised. This means our total intake for the month of
August was $340,000," Smith said of the generosity extended to the
school for this effort. Adding "We have several major donors still
considering gifts plus the golf tournament on September 20, so I
expect that number to rise above $400,000 by the end of
Due to time and money constraints, KMS has decided to alter the
trail plan slightly. The mogul venue will now be merged with
Highline to be one, larger trail, and the construction will be
focused on the lower half of Highline, with plans to finish the
upper segment in the spring.
"Because of timing and unanticipated environmental hurdles,
clearing a new mogul trail where we had originally sited it would
have cost an additional $400,000 and required relocating around a
huge wet spot that the state wanted left undisturbed," Smith
"Honestly, I think that the new plan is better for several
reasons," wrote Smith to the board. "1) We will be able to combine
snowmaking and lighting into one venue, which will create a lot of
efficiencies. 2) The competition venue is now visible from the base
lodge. 3) We will be able to combine more of our different "sports"
into one training venue, offering better options for all."
The combined training area at Highline is expected to provide
enough space to include the bag jump (KMS purchased two bags this
summer), as well as the snowboarding training venues.
"Next spring we will pick up where we left off by finishing the
upper part of Highline, and completing the bag jump ramps," said
Smith. "We will continue to aggressively fundraise over the winter
adding to our reserves, in hopes that we will be able to move
toward lights and a surface lift as soon as possible."
Craig Mosher started cutting trees on Highline on Saturday, Aug.
31 and has cleared the looker's-left side of the trail up to about
the old ski bum start. His plan at this point is to continue the
cut up to about Racer's Edge, and then start moving earth and
blasting the knoll at the top of Highline if time allows.