Tue, Dec 31, 2013 02:24 PM
KILLINGTON - Three years in the making, the new
15,000-square-foot, two-story $7-million Killington Peak Lodge is
scheduled to open this week, pending final inspections. If all goes
as planned, season pass holders will be invited up Dec. 26 and it
will open to the public, Dec. 28.
The before and after photos tell the story.
What was an amazing facility in its day had become a dated
'bunker' and at 40 years was showing its wear and tear - some even
say falling down. Which is entirely possible given the harsh
weather conditions a building at the peak must withstand!
The state-of-the-art building will feature the highest-elevation
dining in Vermont. With an abundance of natural light and amazing
views, the lodge also offers a full-service bar, lounge areas with
couches and coffee tables, seating for up to 300 guests, and an
upscale dining experience featuring creative fare from Chef Eric
From sketch to drawing boards,
a lodge at long last
When built in the late 1960s, the peak's lodge was a dual function
facility that provided the top terminal for the original Killington
Gondola and a replacement lodge for a rustic warming hut. It
offered roof-top viewing as well as a restaurant and bar.
But since the replacement Skyeship debuted (stopping at the Skye
Peak terminal), the building no longer served that purpose. A
decision was made to replace it in 2010. Plans for the new lodge
were launched in 2010 with an architect taking a sketch and
rendering architectural plans calling for a three-story $7 million
facility with 'bells and whistles' like an indoor waterfall and
During the summer of 2011 the historic old lodge was torn down and
survey work began. Then Tropical Storm Irene struck in August, so
lodge construction plans were put on hold as attention turned to
urgent matters like replacing the attached bar at the K-1 Base
Lodge that was wiped out by the raging Roaring Brook.
Work resumed on the Peak Lodge in 2012 with footings, foundation,
and bottom floor walls put into place. However, the original lodge
plans were modified as an increased price tag made the three floors
impractical at the time when huge snowmaking investments were being
made. The plans were revised and construction took place this
Killington's photo gallery and live webcam allowed those
interested to watch the progress of the building
Architects Dan Pratt and Jay White of Robert Carl Williams
Associates in Pittsfield designed the glass and concrete building
to blend in with the mountain landscape and fit the original
building's footprint as well as to withstand the weather -
including Category 3 hurricane force winds (reaching 200
Plans for the Peak Lodge call for hosting functions as well as
evening dinners at this top-of-the-world location - not hyperbole
as it's the highest lift served skiing in the state - and now
offers the highest dining experience as well.
Good things are worth waiting for and this lodge promises new
peaks for experiencing the mountaintop.
Chef offers upscale cuisine
Chef Eric Rusch has moved up the mountain from Ovations at the
Grand Hotel. Previously, he had traveled coast-to-coast exploring
his culinary passions: From 10,000 feet up in Vail, CO down to the
lake in the World's Fishing Capital of Montauk, NY.
For this upscale lodge experience, patrons will find fresh fare
featuring ingredients sourced from local farms and dairies.
Director of Hospitality Scott Harrison notes, "We've crafted a
unique, high-end scramble-style restaurant. Once you enter the
building, casual seating with leather couches and an assortment of
table styles will greet you. Every table will have panoramic views
of the Green, White, and Adirondack Mountains."
For lunches, there will be chef-served stations and a custom salad
station with a host of local produce and house-made
dressings. From fresh pasta with steamed vegetables and
Vermont maple cream sauce to flank steak from the in-house carvery,
to burgers and herb-marinated sirloin from local farms and a deli
with more choices, there will be a host of options "crafted with
full flavor and healthy mountain living in mind," Harrison
The Peak Bar will offer fine wine, signature hot cocktails and
local drafts as well as a small menu, including a custom Vermont
cheese plate - great accompaniments for relaxing by the