New K-1 Lodge, North Ridge Chair For Killington
A reimagined K-1 base lodge with an expanded footprint is in store for skiers and riders at Vermont’s Killington Resort for the 2020-21 season. The Beast of the East also has plans in the works for a new four-person, fixed grip chairlift for the 2019-20 season to replace the existing North Ridge Triple. And once again, Killington is pumping more resources into their snowmaking systems. All upgrades are pending permit approval.
Construction of the new K-1 base lodge will begin later this spring, with plans for it to open during winter 2020-21. Once complete, the new three-story lodge designed by Breadloaf will be over fifty percent larger than the existing lodge (going from 37,000 sq. ft. to 58,000 sq. ft.) and include a full-service bar, upscale fine china dining, additional space, and unobstructed 180-degree views of the Vermont mountain landscape.
The building will feature many of the characteristics that make the Peak Lodge such a desirable destination for Killington visitors, including an open floor plan featuring mixed seating arrangements, floor-to-ceiling windows, a grand fireplace, and an upscale food court set to offer fresh, farm-to-table cuisine.
Phase one of construction will start May 2019, in front of the existing K-1 Base Lodge, on grade with the K-1 Express Gondola. During summer 2020, the existing base lodge will be removed and phase two of the new building will be completed.
The new North Ridge chair, manufactured by Leitner-Poma, will improve access to highly sought-after intermediate terrain as well as for snow hounds looking for the early season turns. The North Ridge chair is often the first lift to turn in the Northeast.
These improvements set the stage for generations at the resort and come on the heels of the new experiences and other improvements unveiled during the 2018-19 season, including the Woodward Peace Park, the new Snowdon Six Express bubble lift, the return of South Ridge lift service, three tunnels to improve flow at busy trail intersections with a fourth slated for construction this spring, K-1 Express Gondola improvements and new RFID ticketing.
“We’re transforming the way guests will experience and enjoy Killington for years to come,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort. “On its own, the K-1 base lodge rebuild is transformative for Killington. But building on last year’s investments, and combined with the other infrastructure enhancements and new experiences, these upgrades set the tone for future generations to enjoy Killington resort. Killington is undeniably the Northeast’s hub for year-round adventure.”
Snowmaking upgrades for the 2019-20 season include the replacement of snowmaking pipelines, the purchase and deployment of 120 low energy tower snowguns and new, semi-automatic water and air hydrants, which will significantly decrease the time it takes to start up snowguns on a ski trail.