Killington Rebuilding Peak Lodge, Cites $20 Million In Recent Upgrades
A new $5 million multi-story facility at the 4,100 foot level of Killington Peak will become the highest gondola-served restaurant and meeting space in the eastern United States as Vermont’s Killington Resort adds to its upgrades.
The Peak Lodge was originally built in the late 1960s as the return station for the original gondola and it included an eatery. The K-1 Express Gondola services the building.
“Our primary goal is to replace the existing facility with a building designed to provide optimal views from nearly any point inside and the exterior design to blend itself to the pre-existing location on the landscape,” Killington President and General Manager Chris Nyberg said.
The removal of the existing building and the new replacement facility and related infrastructure is expected to cost nearly $7 million when completed and will consist of multilevel restaurant and meeting space.
The facility will offer vistas of the Adirondack Range in New York, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
In addition to the removal of the existing Peak Lodge structure, other related projects include installations of waste water treatment and fiber optic lines from the summit area of Killington Peak down to the base of the K-1 Express Gondola.
The new dining facility comes on top of the resort’s investment of more than $20 million in the past five years. Those improvements include the Skye Peak Express Quad, snowmaking improvements, infrastructure such as the sewer system foundation, footings, and bottom floor walls of the new Peak facility. The new restaurant is expected to be ready by Christmas 2013.
Further work this summer and fall includes continued upgrades to the snowmaking system, trail work, and installation of an 18-hole disc golf course. Some of the projects planned for last summer and fall were washed away in the flooding from Hurricane Irene. The resort suffered $6 million in storm damage.
Nyberg said there was a bit of a “silver lining” from Irene as the collapsed Superstar Pub in the K-1 Lodge was replaced with the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars, a heated deck located at the base of Superstar Trail.
A number of projects are “in the queue,” according to Nyberg, including replacing the Snowdon Quad and adding an uphill service in the South Ridge area. The Killington Village plan has been submitted to the state and is in the tough environmental review process. Plans to connect Killington Resort and Pico Mountain are in place, Nyberg said, and will begin when the new village breaks ground.