KILLINGTON - On Tuesday, July 16, Killington Mountain
School announced a public campaign to complete phase one of the
Trails Initiative at Killington Resort. When finished, Killington
will have world-class competition and training venues for racing,
moguls, snowboard and freeskiing disciplines.
"This is the next step in establishing one of the best
snowsports training facilities in the country," said Tao Smith, KMS
Head of School. "In combination with the world-class athletic
programs our coaches have built, these facilities will allow KMS
athletes to continue pursuing success in elite-level competition,
from the Olympics to Nor Am and NCAA Division 1 events."
A generous anonymous donor has pledged to provide $275,000-half
the cost of Phase I-as long as KMS can raise the matching half from
other donors by August 30, 2013, and complete construction this
fall. Phase I includes cutting the trails-a brand-new, 220-meter
mogul course and an improved Highline race trail, with increased
width to meet modern standards for competition as well as provide
for a ski- and snowboardcross venue-burying the existing overhead
power lines, and laying snowmaking pipe and conduit.
The complete phase will cost approximately $550,000.
Phase II, scheduled to open in 2015, will include start and
finish timing buildings, direct lift access, a year-round bag jump
venue and lighting for night events.
Phase III, scheduled to be completed for the 2016 season, will
include modernized and upgraded snowmaking capacity. All three
phases have been planned over several years in conjunction with
Killington Resort and the Killington Ski Club to continue
Killington's position as a leader of the snowsports community in
the Eastern United States.
Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont
independent school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue
excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes
integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. KMS provides
elite-level training and competition in conjunction with a
top-notch education for ski racers, freestyle skiers, snowboarders,
freeskiers and cyclists. KMS alumni include Olympians,
All-Americans, members of several national teams, and leaders in
business and academia.
To learn more about the Killington Mountain School Trails