Killington Prepares To Break Its Thanksgiving Open Terrain Record This Weekend


KILLINGTON, Vt. (November 26, 2002) - This Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Killington plans to offer more than 100 trails for all ability levels and nearly 40 miles of terrain for skiing and riding. It is the first time in the resort's history that it will offer this much open terrain during the November holiday. Resort officials credit consistent cold temperatures, a virtually limitless water supply for snowmaking and over 60 inches of natural snowfall in November for its successful terrain expansion.

"The planets have aligned for us this Thanksgiving," said Steve Wright, marketing manager. "Since opening back on Oct. 25, we've had consistently cold temperatures and great production from our snowmaking team. Having access to 600 million gallons of water for snowmaking from nearby Woodward Reservoir certainly has helped. We've been able to go full throttle, using water in our snowmaking ponds, knowing that we could easily refill those ponds when levels dropped. Having nearly five feet of natural snow this season has helped, too. We're off to an incredible start this season."

In addition to traditional core areas like Killington Peak, the Glades, Snowdon Mountain, and Snowshed, trails will be open on Rams Head and Skye Peak. Snowmakers have started making snow on trails in the Needle's Eye area and those that meander down to the Skyeship Base Station on Route 4 with plans on opening those trails, as well as both stages of the Skyeship Gondola this weekend. Up to 20 lifts, including two heated, eight-passenger, high speed gondolas, will carry skiers and riders to mid-winter conditions. Killington will offer two to three times more open terrain than most eastern resorts for the holiday and the most uphill capacity in eastern North America.

The last time Killington offered close to 100 trails for the Thanksgiving holiday was in 1997. Last season, Killington had 21 trails for the holiday weekend, but closed the following week because of unseasonably warm temperatures. Long-range forecasters are calling for seasonable temperatures right through to Christmas, when nearly all of Killington's 200 trails are expected to be open.

For the latest updates on conditions, visit or call the snowphone at 802-422-3261.

Located in the heart of the Green Mountains in central Vermont, Killington Resort is home to seven mountains and 200 trails. A network of 31 lifts, including two heated, 8-passenger express gondolas, and 12 quad chairlifts, takes skiers and riders to 87 miles of terrain for all abilities. With the largest snowmaking system in North America, Killington guests will find reliable snow surfaces even in low natural snowfall years. More than 100 bars, restaurants and night spots make the Killington region number one in apres-ski in Eastern ski country, and the region offers a variety of lodging options, from luxury hotels, motels, inns, to B & Bs. For more information call 800-621-MTNS or visit