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   Vermont: Killington: Expansions
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Sunrise at Killington
Sunrise Details
Sunrise
Status:Open
First Season of Operation:1982-83
Lifts:1 lift
Terrain:Novice, intermediate, and expert terrain
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Killington continued its move to the south in 1982 with the development of the Sunrise area. Also referred to as the Northeast Passage, the new area provided Killington with what seemed to be a convenient base area adjacent the junction of Route 100 and US 4. The new complex increased Killington's advertised vertical drop to 3,150 feet and provide a strategic anchor for the proposed Parker's Gore area.

Serving the area was a new 9,243 foot long by 1,436 foot vertical Yan triple chair, the longest in New England. Being a fixed grip lift, it was also a very lengthy ride.

At the bottom of the area was a base lodge, while near the top of it was the Sunrise Resort. The $80 million proposal included hundreds of housing units, an inn, and recreational facilities.

Circa 1998, the area was significantly truncated due to a variety of factors including poor snow quality (the lowest elevation terrain at Killington), terrain (rolling topography), lift ride time, cancelling Parker's Gore, and wanting to focus on a Pico interconnect (a proposed land swap). The Northeast Passage Triple was renamed the Sunrise Village Triple and now serves the upper portion of the complex, adajcent to the village. The former base lodge became a snowmobile rental area.


Pres Smith in front of the new Northeast Passage lodge in the 1980s
Pres Smith in front of the new Northeast Passage lodge in the 1980s

Sunrise on the 1984 Killington trail map
Sunrise on the 1984 Killington trail map

The truncated Sunrise on the 1999 Killington trail map
The truncated Sunrise on the 1999 Killington trail map

The former Northeast Passage-Sunrise base area (2010)
The former Northeast Passage-Sunrise base area (2010)

The former Sunrise base lodge (2010)
The former Sunrise base lodge (2010)

The former Northeast Passage-Sunrise base area (2010)
The former Northeast Passage-Sunrise base area (2010)

The Sunrise Village Triple (2010)
The Sunrise Village Triple (2010)

Abandoned lift towers below the Sunrise Village Triple (2010)
Abandoned lift towers below the Sunrise Village Triple (2010)

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: April 30, 2014

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