Killington, VT – Over the past week Tropical Storm Irene has ravaged the east coast with heavy rains, causing many areas to experience extensive damage from flooding. President Obama has declared a state of emergency in Vermont, which is reporting historic levels of flood damage in the central and southern regions.
Killington Ski Resort and the surrounding communities are currently assessing the damage caused by the storm. Crews are spread around the resort inspecting the level of damage to the resort facilities, washed out roadways, and are busy working on getting power restored.
Initial reports indicated that the base lodge had collapsed but has since been isolated to the K-1 Lodge’s Superstar Pub. The pub had been created as an addition to the lodge a little over a decade ago, and was built on a separate foundation that was compromised by high volumes of flood waters running off Roaring Brook.
Fortunately, subsequent assessments of damage around the resort’s structures, lifts, and Golf Course are appearing to be minor. Once the crews fully assess the situation, summer operations of the K-1 Lodge, hiking and Golf Course should reopen soon after. Mountain biking will tentatively resume once a full assessment of the trail network is complete. Pico Mountain summer operations have been officially closed for the season.
Officials are confident that repairs will be made in time for Killington Resort to open on schedule for the 2011-12 winter season — proclaiming in a recent tweet that they will still be one of the first resorts in the East to open for the season.