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Killington Peak at Killington
Killington Peak Details
Killington Peak
Status:Open
First Season of Operation:1959-60
Lifts:1 chairlift, 1 surface lift
Terrain:Intermediate and expert terrain
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After opening in 1958-59 on Snowdon Peak, Killington expanded upward to its namesake Killington Peak for the 1959-60 season. Initially accessed via a Poma surface lift in the Glades area, a Poma double chairlift opened later in the season. With the expansion, Killington was able to claim the highest lift served area in New England.

Circa 1970, the Killington Gondola, a Carlevaro & Savio 4 person gondola, was completed, allowing for direct access from the US Route 4 Killington East complex to the summit of Killington Peak. The first two thirds of the lift were later replaced with a new Poma 8-person gondola ("Skyeship"), however the top portion to the summit was not built. The top terminal of the original gondola remained in place as the summit lodge until 2011.

In 1972 the Glades Pomalift was replaced with a new 2,290 foot long, 587 vertical foot Heron-Poma triple chairlift. Early and late skiing would revolve around this high altitude area.

In 1975 the summit double chairlift was relocated to Needle's Eye and replaced on Killington Peak with a new, 5,998 foot long by 1,639 vertical foot Hall double chairlift.

In 1992 the Canyon Quad, a Yan lift from Colorado was modified with Poma parts, was installed, increasing uphill capacity to the Killington Peak area. Access to this upper mountain lift was improved in when the K1 Gondola, a 6,453 foot long by 1,642 vertical foot 8 person Poma, was installed in 1997.

After two years of construction, the new Peak Lodge opened for the 2013-14 season.


Killington Peak as seen on the 1960 Killington trail map
Killington Peak as seen on the 1960 Killington trail map

The Killington Chairlift circa the 1960s
The Killington Chairlift circa the 1960s

The K1 Gondola (2005)
The K1 Gondola (2005)

The North Ridge Triple (formerly the Glades Triple) (2006)
The North Ridge Triple (formerly the Glades Triple) (2006)

The Canyon Quad (2006)
The Canyon Quad (2006)

Killington Peak as seen on the 2009 Killington trail map
Killington Peak as seen on the 2009 Killington trail map

The former top terminal of the Killington Gondola (2010)
The former top terminal of the Killington Gondola (2010)

The new Peak Lodge in 2014
The new Peak Lodge in 2014

The new Peak Lodge in 2014
The new Peak Lodge in 2014

The Canyon Quad in 2014
The Canyon Quad in 2014

The North Ridge Triple in 2014
The North Ridge Triple in 2014

Killington Expansion History
Project NameSeasonStatus
Bear Mountain1979-80Open
Killington East1968-69Open
Killington Peak1959-60Open
Killington-Pico InterconnectProposed
Parker's Gore1980sCancelled
Ram's Head1962-63Open
South Ridge1977-78Open
Sunrise1982-83Open
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Last updated: February 8, 2016

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