Killington Mountain School to host golf tournament fundraiser, Sept. 18

KILLINGTON — On Friday, Sept. 18, at the Killington Golf Course Killington Mountain School will host a Golf Tournament. Expect a fun-filled round with KMS students, alumni, friends, supporters and community members.

Killington Mountain School is dedicated to supporting our many talented student-athletes by providing them excellent educational opportunities, the best coaching staff and outstanding training venues. Every dollar we raise will benefit the Trails Initiative Project, which is already providing our athletes with a world-class training experience at Killington Resort. Your support by playing in the golf tournament brings us even closer to completing Phase III of the project.
Included in the tournament is: 18 holes of golf, cart, BBQ lunch, post-tournament hors d’oeurves and cocktail reception at Lookout Tavern. Prizes will be awarded for the top teams longest drive and closest to the pin.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. There will be a 10 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $125 contribution per player ($75 for KMS students and alumni.)

Trails initiative

The final phase of the KMS trails initiative campaign is underway, with the ultimate goal of improving the training venues at Killington for local training programs, while supporting a higher level of regional and national competition. 100 percent of these funds have been supported through private and foundation donations, and the school is 75 percent of the way to finishing their goal of a new Highline training venue.

To date, with the support of nearly 150 donors, KMS has raised $750,000, of which $600,000 has been put directly into the hill. With two months left to raise the remaining $250,000, KMS needs everyone’s support to make this vision a reality.

The first two phases included

Two successive widening’s of Highline trail, which doubled the width of the available terrain

Installation of a brand new snowmaking system on skier’s right of Highline. We now have top-to-bottom snowmaking on both sides of the trail, allowing for better and more efficient coverage from the snowmaking teams at Killington

A wider alpine venue, which allows for up to three courses to be set side-by-side during one training session

A brand-new mogul venue that offers world-class training and competition possibilities, as well as a “home-hill” advantage for our freestyle skiers

An extended snowmaking line down the center island on lower Highline, which will allow us to create a future training venue for our snowboarding and freeskiing teams that is in process of development

The final pieces that we plan to complete in 2015 include:

Burying the power line in the center of the headwall to expand available terrain and protect skiers and riders

Reconstruction of the Mid-Station on the Snowdon Triple, which will cut the turn-around time in half, providing quick lift-service access to the training venue and effectively doubling the volume and intensity of training in a single session; i.e. three runs per hour becomes six!

There is another component to the venue development project, the permanent bag jump venue, but KMS plans on pursuing alternate funding sources for this project in order to try to begin construction in the summer of 2015.

With what we’ve already accomplished on Highline, there has been a real and tangible improvement to the training opportunities at Killington. With what we hope to finish, there will be an equally large impact on the quality and quantity of training.

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