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Snow Is In The Air At Killington

Killington-snowmaking-Facebook Mother Nature gets a boost from expert snowmakers ahead of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Nov. 23-25. (Killington/Facebook)

With just five weeks away from the Killington Cup women’s FIS Ski World Cup, Killington has fired up the guns to pump the white gold onto its slopes. 

UPDATED: October 18, 2018 - Killington will open for the season on Friday, Oct. 19.

Taking advantage of the first snowmaking opportunity, Killington snowmakers lit up snowmaking on Killington and Skye Peak Tuesday morning, creating stockpiles on North Ridge and Superstar. A dusting of natural snow also graced the peaks of the resort over the weekend.

The North Ridge trails will be Killington’s first to open for die-hard eastern skiers and riders jonesing for their first fix of the season. Last year the Beast was the first to open and the last to close in the East with 187 ski days, continuing their hold on the title of the longest season for right-coast snow enthusiasts. No opening date has been set yet.

Superstar Trail will be the proving grounds for the Killington Cup the weekend after Thanksgiving, bringing the best women racers from around the world to Vermont. 

World Cup fans will again celebrate this Thanksgiving at Killington. (Killington)

Cold temperatures in the Northeast are a welcome forecast for the weeks ahead of the event. Killington has dedicated a snowmaking team to specifically build the race venue where the women’s slalom and giant slalom races will take place. Killington’s snowmaking system has the ability to pump more than 720,000 gallons of water into 240 snow guns, covering 80 acres with 12 inches of fresh snow in a matter of hours.

“We’re home to the longest season in the East for a reason. Our snowmaking and grooming teams are the best in the business and work around the clock to prepare Killington for the winter season and World Cup on Thanksgiving weekend,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort. “With this year’s capital investment of $25 million, we’re looking forward to giving our guests an even better experience both on and off the slopes this season. We’re driven by our passion for the adventure lifestyle and can’t wait for the lifts to spin and for Superstar to play host to top women alpine ski athletes from around the world.”

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