Killington Resort Announces Covid-19 Opening Plans
The Beast Is Scheduled To Open On November 14th
Killington Resort has announced its scheduled opening day of November 14th, however it will look a bit different due to new Covid-19 guidelines.
The Beast is usually one of the first resorts to open in the country, however this year Killington will not open until top-to-bottom skiing and multiple chairlifts are available to allow for proper physical distancing.
“Our focus is getting open and staying open, and everything other than skiing and riding is secondary in our opening plan,” says Mike Solimano, President and General Manager of Killington and Pico Resorts.
“It’s a whole new season and your experience on the mountain is going to be different this winter, but we’re so excited to welcome winter and continue doing what we love in the outdoors.” – Killington Resort
Limited Capacity & Reservations
In the video above, Solimano explains that the resort’s team has been working hard to deliver a safe and enjoyable experience by reducing the amount of skiers/riders on peak days and weekends.
To do this, Killington has changed many of its ticket and pass products to only allow midweek access.
Killington will also implement an online parking reservation system, but the hope is to not limit its season passholders. The resort plans to implement an online parking reservation system for all guests to help manage capacity. “Whether you’re a season pass holder or day ticket holder, you will need to let us know you’re coming,” Killington said in the plan. “Implementing this system proactively will help us track and manage volume and ensure an experience which enables appropriate physical distancing.”
Speaking of passholders, the resort has introduced a new passholder promise:
Physical Distancing Guidelines
High capacity chairlifts and closed cabin carriers will be loaded in a way that allows for physical distancing.
On the gondola and high speed, high capacity lifts, you will have the opportunity to ride with members of your traveling party, or load at a reduced capacity with other skiers and riders.
On other lifts, you will be loaded at 50% capacity or with members you traveled with.
Masks covering the nose and mouth are required at all times in lift lines and while riding lifts.
What About Pico Mountain?
Don’t listen to the rumors, kids. Pico Mountain will open for the season, perhaps just a week or two later than it typically does to allow for more physical distancing on trails.