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Vermont ski industry alive and well

July 10, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted Jul 3, 2013 Skier visits near all-time record Vermont just recorded one of its best ski seasons ever, despite a later than usual start for most areas. In fact, it may have been the best season ever if one examines the numbers and accounts for the actual methodology used to…

KMS Highline venue receives $50,000 boost from Powdr Corp

July 10, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz updated Thu, Dec 26, 2013 06:14 PM Powdr Corporation, the parent company of Killington Pico Ski Resort Partners, has donated $50,000 to the Killington Mountain School (KMS) for a project that creates a vastly improved and expanded competitions venue on the Highline Trail at the mountain. Killington Mountain School is an…

Once upon a time in history

July 10, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted May 23, 2013 Leslie Leete Smith: Killington's first daughter and olympian Some expectant parents play music to their unborn child; Leslie Leete Smith's parents planned a ski area. Born just three months before Killington debuted in December 1958, Leslie literally grew up at the mountain. She recalls the story of…

Deluge renders a veritable ‘who-dun-it’ of Irene Storm, rescue, and recovery

July 10, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz updated Wed, Aug 28, 2013 06:43 PM Chances are you will know some of the people in the book; perhaps you are even in the book! I live on a mountain 2,230 feet above sea level along the spine of the Green Mountains. To get anywhere we descend about 430 vertical…

Once upon a time in history: Mrs. Claus guides Santa, a winter tale for skiers

July 10, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted Dec 20, 2012 It was 1926 and Santa was stuck. What new toys could he and his elves make for kids and adults in the Rutland Region? "I know," said Mrs. Claus. They have one of those big ski jumps in Springfield, MA, so why don't you and your elves…

Once upon a time in history: The sale of Killington

July 10, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted Jun 13, 2012 Editor's note: This is part three in a four-part series that provides an historical perspective on the Killington Village and lack of its completion over a 44-year period. One of the ironies of history is "live long enough" and you see that history has a funny, if…

A true story for second-home owners and vacationers dreaming of Vermont

July 10, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted Feb 20, 2013 Fifty-five years ago I visited Vermont on our first ski trips to the state. My dad took my two younger sisters and me on trips to Mount Snow, and once to Bromley and Dutch Hill, before we moved from Connecticut to New Jersey. Fast forward. Thirty-five years…

Three-generations instruct and inspire with “You can do it” approach

July 10, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted Dec 27, 2012 Photo courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort Rob Bevier was one of the earliest instructors to embrace the new wave of snowboarding in the 1980s and 1990s. "My father wanted a boy." That's how this three-generation story started. And how Gwen Allard came to love the outdoors and…

Friends remember Bob Evans

July 9, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted Jun 26, 2013 Robert Pressley "Bob" (aka Tuna) Evans, 70, a former resident of Killington and long-time manager of the Wobbly Barn died recently in Idaho while fishing in a place he loved. Evans died the morning of June 16. Authorities in Idaho believe a medical condition was a factor…

In snow wear and gear choices, high tech abounds

July 9, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted Apr 4, 2013 The fashions are colorful, the gear rocks, and both are more high-tech than ever - and guaranteed to make you more comfortable on the slopes. Guaranteed? No way, you think. Think again, and then shop till you drop 'cause right now the sales are on! For many…

High-tech accessories provide comfort, safety and entertainment

July 9, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted Apr 10, 2013 Spring sales provide great bargains Fashionistas, gear geeks, techies, and just plain recreational skiers and riders, it's time to shop till you drop. The sales are on and, oh my, what you can learn from a saavy salesperson, boot fitter, or renter/demo expert! Like the latest trends…

Act 250 permits: Reactions and progress

July 9, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted Oct 23, 2013 Editor's note: This is the third article in a series on the new Act 250 permits issued Oct. 7 for Phase 1 of Killington Village. The previous two articles by Lorentz covered the details of each permit, this week she gets reactions on conditions and timelines from…

Buyers’ market continues uptick in Killington real estate

July 9, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted Apr 11, 2012 Photos by Steve & Susan Pearson (Above) Before photo: This chalet built by Killington sold for a package price of $20,000 including foundation and furniture, in the 1960s. With low interest rates and prices still below recent peaks, most real estate brokers in Killington have been busy…

Have YOU blown up your spouse or house lately?

July 9, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz updated Wed, Oct 31, 2012 02:44 PM Fall is timely for fire prevention to-do lists Last month, I almost blew up my husband and I could have caught the house on fire while I was at it. No, not deliberately-but it was a first in the 44-plus years of married life.…

Killington Village: One step closer

July 9, 2014
Talk of a village at the base of Killington is decades old, but plans are now starting to take shape. Last Tuesday, Feb. 28, SP Land Company, LLC. filed its Act 250 permit application for the $133.4 million Phase 1 of development, along with the conceptual Killington Village Master Plan and a revised application for…