by Paul Bousquet
Special To The Standard
Following a robust winter season, Killington Resort has announced an ambitious capital program is underway to enhance the skier and rider experience at the largest snow sports resort in the East.
The most visible project is the removal and replacement of the Peak Lodge at the summit of Killington Peak. The existing building will be torn down within the next few weeks in preparation for installing a new foundation. Meanwhile, waste water and fiber optic lines connecting the Peak with the K-1 Lodge at the base of Killington will be installed. The foundation and infrastructure projects are expected to be completed during 2011 while the completion of the new restaurant and conference facility is expected to be done in time for the 2012 ski season.
“We are investing nearly $7 million in the removal of the existing building and the replacement facility that will feature a multilevel restaurant, meeting space facility as well as optimal vistas from nearly every point inside the building,” stated Chris Nyberg, president and general manager of Killington/Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC. “This 22,000 square foot structure will become the highest gondola served venue in the East”.
Other capital projects include the purchase of several hundred low-energy snowmaking guns and thousands of feet of pipe to extend snowmaking capability across Killington’s six-mountain facility. Refinements to several trails at the resort are underway to improve skier flow. In addition, four new state-of-the-art Prinoth snowgrooming machines will be added to the fleet.
Skiers and riders will appreciate the new heated walkway and overhead cover leading to the loading area of the K-1 Express Gondola.
Elsewhere, bathrooms at several base lodges will be upgraded. At its Wobbly Barn property, renovations are underway to expand seating. In response to a growing trend, Killington is creating a tubing park complete with a new lift being built across from the Killington Grand Resort Hotel.
These projects comprise one of the resort’s most ambitious capital programs in its 50-year history.
VT Farmstead Cheese Company Garners Gold Medals
The Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co., the first community owned artisanal cheese and dairy facility in Vermont, has won 3 gold medals at The North American Jersey Cheese Awards for each cheese it submitted. The competition took place at the annual meeting of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. in Wisconsin Dells in late June.
Gold medals were awarded to its Lille, Petite Lille, and Norma Jean cheeses, all soft ripened specialty cheeses.
While the Vermont Farmstead herd is a mix of Jersey, Guernsey, Holstein, and Brown Swiss cows, only Jersey milk was used for the production of the cheeses entered in the competition. “It’s always fun working with Jersey milk,” said Head Cheesemaker Rick Woods. “The high quality of the milk enhances cheese flavors. The texture of these cheeses really lends itself to the higher fat, almost getting into the double and probably approaching triple crème by the time we were done.” Cheeses produced by the company have recently begun to be distributed in retail stores.
The Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company was conceived and founded as a community based effort to preserve the rural way of life in South Woodstock. For more information, visit vermontfarmstead.com, on Facebook or call 802-457-9992.
Milne Travel Named Official Travel Partner to NSCAA
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced that it has signed an agreement with Milne Travel naming it as the Official Travel Partner for the NSCAA. As such, Milne Travel will assume responsibility for all travel arrangements for the NSCAA Convention, Academy, and National Office staff. In return, NSCAA will provide promotion of Milne Travel services to NSCAA coaches. Based in Kansas City, Kansas, the NSCAA is the largest soccer coaches’ association in the world. Founded in 1941, it has grown to include more than 30,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport. In fulfilling its mission of coaching education, it stages a nationwide program of clinics and week-long courses. It teaches in excess of 6,000 coaches each year.
Milne Travel, founded in Barre, VT in 1975, is a family owned and operated travel management company with 100 employees serving travel needs in 10 offices throughout New England. As a member of the American Express network for the past twenty years, it is one of only 12 Centurion level American Express affiliates worldwide. “We are pleased to be the Official Travel Partner for the NSCAA,” said Scott Milne, Milne Travel President. “We welcome the opportunity to use our experience to coordinate the individual and group travel needs of such a fine organization.” He added, “Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and is played by more than 250 million people in more than 200 countries. We’re proud to do our part in promoting this wildly popular sport of nations.”
The purpose of this column is to primarily recognize what is happening in the business community. You may reach Paul Bousquet via e-mail at Paulbousquet@comcast.net or by phone at 802-299-5265.
This article first appeared in the July 14th print edition of the Vermont Standard.