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A hidden gem: Lunch at the Ledgewood Yurt

Photo by Jason Mikula
Members of Killington's executive team greeted invited guests to the Ledgewood Yurt Wednesday, Jan. 15 for a luncheon to showcase the new on-mountain dining experience. Previously, the Yurt was only accessible by a snow-cat drawn sleigh for dinner. Pictured (l-r) President and COO of the resort division of Powdr Corp, Chris Nyberg; President and GM of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain, Mike Solimano; Director of Mountain Operations Jeff Temple; and Director Sales, Marketing, Reservations and Snowsports, Rob Megnin.

 

Most know that Killington Resort is the biggest in the East. It's well known for having the most skiable acres, vast trails spanning across seven peaks, and an arsenal of snow making guns that bring early season storms. But few know of The Beast's smaller, more intimite side. New this season, Killington has added local flavor and an intimate feel to the slopeside dining options on a much smaller scale with The Ledgewood Yurt.
This on mountain dining experience has not yet been discovered by the masses - at least not for lunch. The popular snowcat-drawn sleigh ride up for dinner, remains a popular weekend excursion for visitors. But at $100+/person not everyone can afford it. With the Yurt's relocated, this year, to the Northbrook Trail between Snowshed and Skyeship mid-station, skiers and riders can now enjoy the intimate experience for affordable a la carte lunch prices.
"We are very excited about the menu we are able to offer visitors for lunch," said Director of Hospitality Scott Harrison of the farm-to-table menu created by Executive Chef Greg Lang.
Sit down by the wood-burning fireplace. Order a caramel whiskey and butternut bisque with crispy fried leaks to warm up. Share a glass of fine wine. Order the lobster and crab baby wedge salad topped with cilantro, cucumber, bacon, and tomato and white truffle oil. If you're just in the mood for a simplier sandwich order their maple smoke vegetable and smoke Vermont gouda ciabatta. If you're not anxious to get back on the slopes, finish off the experience with a hot cup of coffee and the Ledgewood chocalate caramel s'more - fitting for a Beast!
The Ledgewood Yurt is a great addition to Killington Resort and compliments the new Peak Lodge offering guests a variety of dining options on-mountain. Plans are for the yurt to open in the summer as well, to serve mountain bikers coming up from the new base at Snowshed.