The Beast Of The East Roars Into Spring
The latest winter storm was yet another meager effort by Mother Nature compared to the snowmaking firepower Killington Resort has displayed this season.
In a worthy effort to regain its rightful title as the “King of Spring,” Killington Resort lit up the mountain for five days of March snowmaking, which resulted in massive piles of snow on the legendary Superstar trail. Throughout the season, Killington has pumped millions of gallons of water through thousands of snowguns to ensure outstanding spring conditions - and one of the longest seasons in the Northeast.
But if you think snowmaking is the only effort Killington is putting into spring, think again!
In an effort to “make this place fun again,” Killington’s new President and General Manager Mike Solimano also has brought back the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, which was written off the spring calendar a few years ago following some rowdy editions that pushed the limit of Vermont’s strict alcohol laws.
“This was an event that made Killington famous,” Solimano wrote in a blog post last fall. “Over time, various rules and restrictions slowly killed this event. The goal is to return the festivities to the way they were in the past while being able to follow all Vermont Laws.”
This year’s Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge is scheduled for April 6-7 and is part of Nor’Beaster, a five-week celebration of spring that features live music, events and soft snow fun. As part of Nor’Beaster, this weekend Killington is hosting snoe.down, featuring jam band moe., with an all-ages winter music and sports festival. Nor’Beaster also will feature Pond Skimming April 20, the May Day Slalom May 1 and the Killington Triathlon and Cinco de Mayo April 4-5.
Killington also is offering extended hours for skiers and riders to take advantage of longer, warmer days. Starting Saturday, March 30, lift will remain open until 5 p.m. The Beast of the East also is offering a Nor’Beaster Spring Pass for $199, valid every day through the end of the season, which based on the massive piles on Superstar, may be well into May.
Photos: Killington Resort
Top: snoe.down returns to Killington March 21-24 with jam band moe.
Middle: The Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge returns April 6-7.
Bottom: Superstar is buried in snow and ready for spring.