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Killington makes second round of upgrades

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Killington Resort in Vermont, US, has announced further investments, totalling US$9 million, for the upcoming winter season.

“Our entire team is continuously focused on improving the guest experience and over the last few years we’ve made tremendous progress having improved our guest survey score by 100%, “said Mike Solimano, President and General Manager of Killington Resort. “I’m especially excited to showcase this season’s improvements as our next step in the evolution of redefining the Killington experience to be the best version of ourselves.”

More than US$1 million is being spent on snow making enhancements, which entails 44 000 ft of replaced and new snow making pipeline, reconfiguration and replacement of current pipes for enhanced operational efficiency and adding snow making to the Great Bear trail on Snowdon and Lower Pipe Dream on South Ridge.

Additionally, four new groomers have been purchased: a Prinoth Bison Winch Cat will specialise in steep terrain including the World Cup Superstar Trail, one Pisten Bully Park Cat will be brought in as a critical component of terrain park building, and two Prinoth Bison Free Groomers to tackle the nightly grooming plan.

Multiple lift components are also being upgraded or replaced on the Bear Mountain Quad, Skye Peak Express and Superstar Express lifts.

The Pico snow making crew is replacing snow making pipe and installing a more efficient water transfer system between the two Pico snow making ponds. In addition to the on-mountain snow making work completed this summer, extensive permitting work is underway relative to providing a new source of water for snow making at Pico.

New roofs on the Little Pico Triple chairlift bottom terminal as well as the vehicle maintenance building complete the facility upgrades at Pico.

These upgrades add to those announced earlier in the year by the resort, which include a new 6-person bubble chairlift manufactured by Leitner-Poma, the relocation of the refurbished Snowdon Quad chairlift to service the South Ridge, the replacement of all cabins with new Leitner-Poma Sigma 8-person cabins, and the installation of Axess smart gates with RFID technology at lift access points.

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