Killington announces plans for new lift and major base lodge renovation

The plans come just one season after the ski resort made a slew of upgrades to the area.

The high-speed Snowdon Six Express at Killington in Vermont, one of the resort's improvements from last year.
The high-speed Snowdon Six Express at Killington in Vermont, one of the resort's improvements from last season. –Killington

On Thursday, Killington Resort announced the upcoming two seasons would bring improvements to the area, most notably a new lift and revamped lodge.

The K-1 Lodge will receive an upgrade featuring open floor plans, enhanced dining, and unobstructed 180-degree mountain views. The three-story building will also be more than 50 percent larger than its existing counterpart, taking the space from 37,000 to 58,000 square feet.

The first floor will harbor free bag check, guest services, house tickets, Killington Sports, and rentals. Upstairs, guests will find the food court featuring fresh eats using ingredients by local suppliers, as well as a wealth of seating options. Overlooking that arrangement will be the third floor’s full-service bar, offering a bar food menu and views of both the Killington basin and resort trail Superstar through a wall of windows. A re-design of the bus turnaround, skier drop off zone, and upper parking bays are also components of the project.

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Design firm Breadloaf, which previously remodeled the Killington Grand Hotel lobby, will design the base lodge. Pending permit approvals, the building will begin construction this spring and won’t be fully completed until the 2020 -2021 season. It will still be operational with modified access during the upcoming winter.

The new chairlift, however, should be completed by the 2019-20 season. The North Ridge Chairlift means the end of the North Ridge Triple’s reign, which debuted at the resort during the 1972-73 season. The new fixed-grip quad chairlift will load and unload “pretty much the same locations as the current triple chair,” according to the resort.

Additionally, the Vermont skiing destination will implement snowmaking projects to improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

These improvements come one year after Killington made “the single largest investment in on-mountain improvements,” according to the resort. The 2018 -2019 season saw an updated Woodward Peace Park, new Snowdon Six Express bubble lift, returned service to the South Ridge lift, three new tunnels, a boost to the K-1 Express Gondola, and the introduction of RFID ticketing.