Killington And Pico Invest In Winter Infrastructure, Renewable Energy
The K-1 Gondola is just one of many lifts at Killington to get upgraded equipment. (Killington/Facebook)
Carrying the momentum of a commitment to host the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in 2017 and 2018, Vermont’s Killington will offer a number of upgrades this coming season. Killington’s parent company, POWDR, has invested $5.7 million in capital improvements at Killington and Pico across the properties’ year-round attractions.
“As we prepare to host another Ski World Cup in November, investments are being made to further enrich the experience at Killington and Pico,” said Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort.
Investments to Killington’s snowmaking capabilities are highlighted by a partnership with Efficiency Vermont to add 163 new low energy tower snow guns.
Pico Mountain will see improvements in snowmaking, with increased water capacity in their two snowmaking ponds through a dredging project this summer. Key pipelines were replaced, valve stations upgraded and pump houses augmented.
Killington has added three new groomers to its fleet, including a Prinoth terrain park machine.
As design and pricing is ongoing for a proposed new South Ridge lift, the Snowdon Triple is undergoing significant upgrades over two years with new haul rope, additional towers, a mid-station, new communications infrastructure and lift line tower heads, while the K-1 Gondola, Sunrise Village Triple and Superstar Express Quad also received upgraded equipment.
Summer activities at Killington’s Adventure Center also got a boost with additional offering for kids, improvements to the Snowshed Umbrella Bar, and a bocce ball court.
The Killington Mountain Bike Park saw a new 2.5-mile jump trail, skills park and a 1.6-mile old school hybrid trail. New bike carriers on the Snowshed and Ramshead Express Quads allow riders to self-load their bikes.
Killington and Pico will have nine solar installations for 2017-18, featuring six resort locations with three AllEarth Solar Trackers. The units use GPS technology to follow the sun throughout the day, allowing them to produce up to 45 percent more energy than a fixed system. The trackers, plus three new rooftop installations, are expected to generate approximately 200,000 kWh of clean electricity annually.
In addition to the on-mountain solar installations, Killington partnered with Namaste Solar to develop four off-site solar farms. The projects will be energized before the end of 2017 and generate more than 3,000,000 kWh of electricity per year, equivalent to nearly 12 percent of the resorts’ annual usage. Two electric car charging stations are being added to the existing unit at the Grand Hotel.