Killington may be a small town, but it’s got some big history. The town’s namesake is Mount Killington. The 4,241-foot Mount Killington is 900 million years old, older than the Alps, Himalayas and Rocky Mountains. Mount Killington is the second highest mountain in the Green Mountain range.
The mountain has been developed into the largest ski area on the east coast. Today, the resort has restaurants, a hotel, a golf course and more. There are several black diamond trails on the peak, reached by the gondola and the canyon quad. Read more about the town of Killington below:
Home to Major Hiking Trails
Killington’s popularity increased in the early 1900s after construction of the Appalachian and Long Trails began. The Appalachian Trail is the nation’s longest marked footpath. For approximately 2,178 miles, it parallels the East Coast from Maine to Georgia. Construction began in 1923 and finished in 1951. The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the U.S. Built by the Green Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930, the trail runs 272 miles from the Massachusetts-Vermont border to the Canadian border.
In August 2011, Hurricane Irene caused severe damage in Killington. The flooding even dislodged the K-1 Lodge Superstar Pub from its foundation. The rest of the resort took minimal damage.
Birthplace of the Spartan Race
The adventure race series, Spartan Races, was created by Vermont’s own adventure runner Joe De Sena. The Killington Spartan Race has hosted three Spartan World Championship events. This Spartan Race course is hilly with plenty of off-trail portions, all on the spectacular Green Mountain landscape. NBC reportedly first showed interest in bringing the sport to the 2013 World Championships when the race took place at Killington Ski Resort.
Town Of Killington VT
In 1910, Mortimer Proctor was given Pico Mountain as a 21st birthday present. Pico is now a ski resort operated by the same company that operates Killington Ski Resort. At age 30, Proctor later bought Killington Peak and gave both mountains to the state of Vermont. Proctor was the 61st Lieutenant Governor of Vermont and the 66th Governor of Vermont.
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