KILLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 3, 2003 (Killington Release)--As they have done for more than 40 years, Killington snowmakers completed the early season test of the most extensive snowmaking system in North America last night and early this morning. This time-honored test is a traditional signal to consumers that the kick-off to the eastern ski season is just weeks away.
Temperatures dipped to the mid- to upper-20s during the early hours of the morning, allowing snowmakers to make a ribbon of white snow on Cascade, an upper elevation trail on Killington Peak. While snowmakers did make snow last night, the resort will not yet be open to the public. In the next few weeks, Killington expects to open for the winter season.
"While we're experiencing peak foliage here at Killington our thoughts are not far from winter and opening day," said Rich McGarry, Killington's general manager. "We plan to offer terrain on opening day like last season's history making beginning - top to bottom terrain for upper intermediate and advanced skiers and riders. We expect to have an early season mini-park as well as approximately three miles of terrain. It's part of our whole snowmaking philosophy here at Killington. Whether it's the first run of the season or the one hundredth run, we want the snow quality to be enjoyable for our guests. When we officially open, we want to stay open through the end of the season."
For 42 consecutive years, Killington has provided guests with the longest ski and snowboard season in eastern North America, typically opening in mid-October and closing Memorial Day and, often times, in June.
"Fall foliage colors and the beginning of snowmaking season typically coincide here at Killington," said Gillis Lynn, vice president of brand management. "Guests who ride the K1 Gondola to Killington Peak will see not only the foliage colors but snow as well. It makes for a great Kodak moment so to speak. For us, since we've been planning for winter all summer, it's exciting to see the snow finally arrive."
Killington traditionally sets the pace for early season skiing and riding in the East. By Thanksgiving, Killington typically has two to three times more open terrain than the nearest competitor (typically an average of 80 trails and 13 lifts), and terrain is available for all abilities. Killington opened Oct. 25 last season. Its earliest opening was Oct. 3, 1994. To monitor opening day status at Killington, skiers are encouraged to visit killington.com, where they will find an "Opening Day Watch" page with the latest information, weather reports and status. For more information or to make a reservation, reservations may be made online at www.killington.com or by calling 800-621-MTNS.