Killington Mountain Resort & Ski Area
is a ski resort
. It is the largest ski
area in the Eastern United States
, and has the largest vertical
in New England
as well at 3050 feet.
In 1954, Perry H. Merrill, the Father of Vermont's State Parks and Alpine Ski Areas and Vermont State land lease officer, wanted to see a ski resort developed on Killington Peak
, the second highest mountain in Vermont
. He found Preston Leete Smith who shared the vision. They agreed to work together to develop this area. Killington opened December 13, 1958.
In the 1960s the resort continued to expand at a pace "well above industry standards." Many new trails were created and Smith had beginner trails accessible from every lift. In the 1960s, Killington installed snowmaking
equipment, which had been invented in the 1950s, but considered a banana belt
luxury. Several low-snow seasons proved their value.
Killington introduced the ticket wicket
in 1963 to prevent skiers sharing lift tickets
, while also not damaging ski clothing.
Powdr has announced that it will stop honoring "lifetime" lift passes issued by the previous owners after two years. A class action lawsuit... Read More