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What’s New in 2017 at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain
Snow sports programs and dining experiences highlight winter offerings at Vermont’s most expansive winter destination
KILLINGTON, Vt. – After producing an electrifying Audi FIS Ski World Cup event over Thanksgiving Weekend, Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, is charging into 2017 with new amenities, investments and services. As the New Year takes hold and early season snowfall eclipses the past winter season’s totals, palpable energy and optimism envelop The Beast of the East and its loaded 2017 calendar.
Capital investment for the current fiscal year exceeds $2 million at Killington, with over $400,000 spent on expansion of the Bike Park over the summer (top to bottom trails on Ramshead Mountain where Killington hosted its first ever PRO GRT Beast of the East downhill mountain bike race). Another $300,000 supported installation of new attractions in the summer and fall-focused Adventure Center including zip lines and a freefall jump tower.
Winter investments range from replacement of electronic lift drives and other lift maintenance projects to the rebuilding of select snowmaking hydrants, a new snow cat with the ability to winch groom Killington’s steepest trails, and new low-energy tower mounted snow guns at both Killington and Pico Mountain.
TEMPT YOUR PALATE
Amplifying the eclectic array of on-mountain dining options, Jerk Jamaican Mountain Grill debuted in late 2016, offering spicy Jamaican-fusion lunch options, draft beer, wine, and specialty cocktails to be enjoyed in a unique environment featuring mountain views, reggae jams and fresh mountain air on an outdoor deck at the foot of the Needle’s Eye trail, adjacent to the Skyeship Express Gondola mid-station.
At the Killington Grand Resort Hotel, Preston’s Restaurant offers a new winter menu true to its artisanal theme and incorporating even more locally sourced ingredients into every dish. Lunch guests enjoy complimentary valet equipment service including a new boot check where fresh slippers enhance the dining experience as your boots are dried and warmed.
Killlington’s most romantic dining experience, dinner excursions at the slopeside Ledgewood Yurt return by reservation on Saturdays and holidays, in addition to ski-in, ski-out weekend and holiday lunches. Private sunset cocktail hours at the Motor Room Bar atop Bear Mountain also return this winter by reservation. The Wobbly Barn Steakhouse offers dinner every night of the week along with a full calendar of live music and events booked in its nightclub.
Killington’s sister resort to the west Pico Mountain opened for the season on December 10, 2016 under leadership of new general manager, Rich McCoy and will offer $40 lift tickets on select Fridays this season. Feel Good Friday is a partnership benefitting the High Fives