Killington Resort: For Serious Skiers and Riders

Killington Resort, located in central Vermont, stretches across seven mountains and includes 200 trails and 33 lifts covered by an average of 250 inches of natural snow each winter. That, coupled with the world's most extensive snowmaking system, has allowed Killington to offer the longest season in eastern North America for 43 consecutive years and counting. Killington is known for its diversity of terrain, providing skiers and riders of all ability levels a choice of wide-open groomed cruisers, narrow classic New England runs, moguls, steeps and trees.

Killington has become more skier/rider friendly with its groundbreaking terrain park concept and signs that help make navigating the mountain easy. Over 500 on-mountain trail signs feature black, blue or green backgrounds depending on trail difficulty. Navigation to and from base areas are also easier now because of a new color-code system. Due to the increased popularity of the freeski/freeride culture, Killington's signature terrain park has moved from The Beach to Bear Mountain for a parks and pipe expansion. Skiers and riders will find an entire mountain dedicated to more rails, tabletops and hits, giant pro-level jumps and a new Superpipe, which is maintained by the resort's new pipe groomer.

Freeriders new launch pad at Bear Mountain features steeper run ins, intensive snowmaking, a multiple trail layout and a surface lift serviced Superpipe with a dedicated groomer to keep the transitions silky smooth. In addition, new tree skiing areas on the left and right of the Outer Limits and Devil's Fiddle trails await skiers looking to test their skills.

As a mecca for skiers looking to take it up a notch, Killington is home to one of the most successful freestyle programs in the country, cranking out Olympic caliber athletes and top-notch citizens faster than a high-speed quad. Current Freestyle Team Head Coach Matt Gnoza, entering his 12th year as coach has carried on the tradition of excellence by being named United States Ski Association (USSA) Coach of the Year for the 2002-2003 season. The Killington Freestyle Team is comprised of athletes from across the region as well as students enrolled in Killington Mountain School (KMS) located on Killington Road, right down the road from Snowshed and Ramshead base areas. If you are looking to improve your technical skills, Killington's Perfect Turn School offers private and group lessons for all levels. Whether you select the one-day or multi-day "Learn to Ski or Ride" package, experienced staff members help beginners fill out their rental form, get tickets, boot up and meet with the instructor. An instructor stays with the skier for the entire Learn to Ski or Ride day from fitting the specially designed learning equipment to the very first turn. If you bring a friend to learn to ski or ride, Killington gives you a free lift ticket.

With Killington's Free Edge Card, you can ski or ride for six days and get the seventh day free. Skiers and riders can sign up for the free card at any guest services desk. Edge credits carry over for three seasons, so if guests don't ski six days in a season at Killington, they don't lose their credits. Credits are valid and can be used at any American Skiing Company resort (Killington, Pico, Mount Snow/Haystack in Vermont, Attitash Bear Peak in New Hampshire, Sunday River and Sugarloaf USA in Maine, The Canyons in Utah, or Steamboat in Colorado). The mEticket is a multi-resort ticket savings program that lets skiers and riders customize their own lift ticket. You can select when and where you want to ski or ride, whether it's at Killington, Pico or any other American Skiing Company. The more tickets purchased, the more saved. mEtickets are valid every day of the season, including weekends/holidays.

If you are interested taking your skiing or riding to the next level, whether you're a beginner or expert, "try before you buy" your equipment at several of Killington and Pico's demo centers on the slopes. It gives you a chance to try those parabolic skis you've been afraid to purchase before you make the financial commitment.

Killington also offers a variety of clinics throughout the season. Top mogul coaches from the Perfect Turn Ski School and the Killington Competitions Department offer "Mogul Camp Weekends." The clinic takes place on seeded bumps (man-made moguls) located on intermediate and black diamond terrain, as well as on the world-renowned, double diamond Outer Limits trail - the steepest mogul slope in the East. "Learn to Fly Weekends" are for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders who want to learn how to ride halfpipes and terrain parks. Killington's snowboarding pros will have you jumping, riding switch and generating speed in the Superpipe in no time. The next clinics are March 26-27, 2005.

For more info on lessons or clinics, call the Perfect Turn Ski and Snowboard School Reservation Center at (800) 923-9444. For more info about skiing or riding at Killington, visit: www.killington.com.
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