Killington, Vt. (Vocus) February 27, 2008
Soft snow, sunshine, exciting world-class events, live music and the famous Bear Mountain deck are all highlights of spring skiing and riding at Vermont’s Killington Resort.
The spring season at Killington kicks into high gear when more than 100 of the world’s best snowboarders compete in the finals of the Chevy U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, America’s premier snowboarding series, at Bear Mountain March 15-16. The overall champion will be crowned at Killington Resort with prizes totaling more than $130,000, including a new Chevy truck.
Halfpipe qualifiers and night finals under the lights with a live performance from Grammy-nominated, "Shiny Toy Guns," will be held at 5 p.m. on March 15th. On Sunday, March 16, the Paul Mitchell Progression Session Slopestyle qualifiers and finals will take place. The event will be broadcast on NBC March 29th at 2 p.m. EDT. All events are free to the public for viewing and the finish area for both events is an easy walk from the lodge.
Other events highlighting spring skiing at Killington include:
Easter Sunrise Service, March 23
Enjoy the beautiful views of the sun rising over the Green Mountains at Easter Sunday’s non-denominational sunrise service at Killington Peak. Then get first tracks as children search for treats left behind by the Easter Bunny on the slopes.
Bud Light Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, March 29-30
Amateur mogul skiers get their chance to shine at the 28th Annual Bud Light Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge as 200 bumpers compete on the notorious Outer Limits, the steepest, longest mogul trail in the East. In addition to the intense mogul competition, spectators soak up the sun while barbequing and relaxing throughout the Bear Mountain base area. There will be live musical entertainment on the Bear Mountain stage Saturday afternoon.
Spring Loaded, April 5-6
The famous Bear Mountain deck, featured as one of the top five ski resort spectator viewing areas in Outside Magazine, will once again be the place to sit back, soak up the sun, libations and enjoy the vibe and scene at the wildly popular Spring Loaded snowboard. Spring Loaded embraces the free wheeling mentality surrounding snowboarding since its inception, complete with live music on Saturday, April 5. This year’s rail jam will raise money and awareness for Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC), as a portion of the entry fee will be donated to B4BC. In addition to the entry fee, competitors can become a fundraiser and qualify for great prizes from B4BC or support a fundraiser. With the combination of music and competition in rails, slopestyle and superpipe, this event extols the true spirit of snowboarding in a party atmosphere extending far beyond Bear Mountain.
Sunshine Daydream, April 12
The action moves to the K-1 Lodge for the Sunshine Daydream Festival as Jerry-followers as well as those who simply enjoy soulful music will find an all-day party plus classic New England spring skiing and riding. Sunshine Daydream Festival is part of the Bud Light Concert Series and features bands playing Grateful Dead covers.
Pond Skimming, April 13
The annual rite of spring, the 27th Annual Pond Skimming takes place April 13th as skiers and riders negotiate an icy pond and compete for prizes in best overall skim, best splash, best costume and the mysterious judge’s award.
Spring Ski & Stay packages start at $80 a night
Killington offers many great ski and stay packages this spring. Killington five-day ski week packages start at just $80 per person per night ($60 per person per night after March 30th.) Arrive on Sunday and depart on Friday for midweek skiing and riding at Killington and ski for free after 12:30 p.m. on the Sunday of your arrival. Purchase a 3-day or more adult lift ticket and receive a free adult group lesson on any afternoon your ticket is valid. Kids ages 12 and under ski and ride free 5 days, Monday through Friday, when parents pre-purchase prior to arrival a 5-day or more lift ticket by booking a package through eTickets (offer is not valid during selected holiday period, one free child per paid parent.)
Two to seven-day Ski and Stay packages, including lodging and lift tickets starts at just $112 per person per night midwinter (midweek, non-holiday) and $83 per person per night after March 30.
About Killington Resort - The largest ski and snowboard resort in eastern North America, Killington features diverse terrain, an expansive lift network, the most extensive snowmaking system in the world and numerous off-mountain activities, including après, dining, shopping and lodging options.