"By reinvesting in our mountain, we're proud to offer a much-improved experience for our guests in the Skye Peak area," said Chris Nyberg, Killington president and general manager. "From the Skye Peak Express to The Stash, the many other trail improvements and the elimination of the Snowshed Crossover, guests will be able to enjoy uninterrupted cruising on some of our mountain's best terrain."
The New Skye Peak Express replaces the Skye Peak Quad and reduces the ride time from 14 minutes to just under five minutes, for improved access to Bear Mountain and Killington's long intermediate cruising trails such as Skyeburst, Cruise Control, and Needle's Eye.
The new Skye Peak Express is the first lift installed at Killington Resort in more than 10 years and brings its total of high-speed lifts to nine. The lower profile of the new lift will be less susceptible to wind holds, in addition to reduced ride time.
Killington also unveils The Stash, a revolutionary run created by Jake Burton and Burton team riders that utilizes the natural terrain, local wood products, and organic features. This all-natural terrain park will have 34 features, including tree jibs, road jumps, and log slides. The Stash will be accessible from the new Skye Peak Express and is one of only five in the world.
Created for intermediate and advanced riders, The Stash run provides an organic, big mountain terrain park that follows the natural lines of the mountain. Riders will discover rock-wall rides, log jibs, cliff drops, a Sugar Shack, and other one-of-a-kind obstacles hidden away in The Stash run. An all-natural environment, The Stash uses no metal or plastics to create obstacles, only stone, wood, trees, dirt, and rocks. Even the signs that direct riders to The Stash are hand-carved out of stone and wood and are designed to be jibbed.
Killington also has put in a new magic carpet at Snowshed, replacing the F-10 Poma Lift.
Trail work includes elimination of the Snowshed Crossover, allowing for uninterrupted skiing and riding on The Stash, Skyeburst, Needle's Eye, Cruise Contro,l and Vertigo. The New Great Eastern Trail off the top of Skye Peak will allow beginners more than three miles of cruising terrain down to the Skyeship base area. The Gateway trail, an intermediate trail off the south side of Skye Peak, also has been extended. Snowmaking will be installed on all new trails, including The Stash.