Last October 29th, Killington opened to many Eastern skiers delight. Although exceptional for most ski areas in North America, an October opening hasn’t been out of line historically for this Vermont ski area. However in recent history, it was the first time in 6 years and only 3rd time in the past 11 seasons that Killington opened in October. From October 19, 1974 to October 29, Killington had an impressive record of 26 October opening in 27 years.
From years of being the only one in the running for first to open and last to close, Killington is no longer the only game in town. Its true that Fall might have been getting warmer over the past few decades, but Sunday River (Maine) managed to steal some thunder from the mighty K recently with their own streak with their 5th October opening with a same opening day as Killington on October 29, 2011.
A lot has changed since that time; different ownership, different philosophy, however it would seem that Killington is back in the game.
This week’s feature is on a 1979-80 Killington Winter Holiday brochure; a brochure selling Fly or Drive Ski Packages. What was Killington in 1979-80?
At Killington, the skiing is big mountain all the way.
13 lifts to give you more skiing time.
The longest ski lift in the world (a 3 1/2 mile gondola), a trail that’s 5 miles long.
You can ski miles on 72 trail and slopes.
New this season is our Bear Mountain development, with the steepest mogul field in the East. Bear Mountain is ‘for experts only’.
Snowmaking brings you the longest ski season in the East.
The after-ski scene of hors d’oeuvres, bands and happy hours is unmatched in the East.
You can ski in the East, in the West or in Europe, but few resorts can match the diversity of on-slope and after-ski activities found at Killington.
Back in 1979-80 you could stay at a Lodge for 7 days and nights, meals and skiing included for between $250 and $490. Time have definitely changed.