If you take a journey back into time to the year of 1958, Killington would have looked a lot different. According to Tom Horrocks, Communications Manager, "There were 2 lifts, 7 trails and 14 tickets sold." The year 2008 was a much different vantage point.
Killington Resort is located in central Vermont. It stretches across seven mountain areas, including Pico Mountain, and features access to 191 trails and 30 lifts. The 4,241-foot summit of Killington Peak averages 250 inches of natural snow each winter and they are excited about the future with already so many snowstorms to help in their snowmaking process! Killington is mostly known for its diversity of terrain and network of which delivers skiers and riders of all ability levels to groomed wide-open trails, moguls, and steeps.
Over the weekend of Dec. 12-13, Killington celebrated its 50th birthday.
The weekend was full of events and activities that offered past, present and future guests the opportunity to share in the magic of the mountain and its history. Individuals who were instrumental in the shaping and development of Killington Resort came together for food, fun and dancing. People throughout the country attended this event. Among these approximately 250 attendees were photos and memorabilia from across the previous fifty years. In fact, Phil Camp, Killington's first marketing director; Paul Bousquet, Killington's first General Manager; and Royal Biathrow, Killington's first employee were in attendance and spoke at the gathering Friday night at the Killington Grand Hotel.
Saturday, December 13th the celebration continued. The day kicked off at the Snowshed Lodge with the parade. Kids' activities and various entertainment groups were on hang to liven up the party. Magicians, sing-a-longs, face painting were some of the performers on hand to make the mountain come alive! The featured music group "Diamond Neil" was performing all of Neil Diamond's greatest rock hits. Oh and don't forget, there was certainly cake and ice cream for everyone at the conclusion of the day with a roaring chorus of "Happy Birthday".
The weekend was a great success! According to Horrocks, "To commemorate the founding of the resort on Dec. 13, 1958, Killington offered 1,958 50th Birthday medallions valid for skiing and riding the weekend of Dec. 13-14. The $50 commemorative medallions were available for purchase through Killington's website beginning November 14th. In addition to skiing and riding, medallion holders will enjoy a variety of discount opportunities from Killington Chamber of Commerce, preferred lift access and other resort benefits."