realreddy wrote:Killington has become an old stale mountain with no new
features to attract the ski and stay visitor. They continue to recycle the
same old, same old. But what have they done lately. NOT A THING.
The mountain has no buzz about upgrades or new features. The Umbrella
bar is nice but even that would have not been done if Irene did not force their hand.
Even if next year is a good snow season I don't think Killington will see any record numbers.
The vacation week skier and families are going to go to mountains that are not
stuck in the 1980's like Killington is. They want new, modern lifts and facilities and
well thought out off mountain activities for the families.
Rome wasn't built in a day and Killington won't be rebuilt that fast either. This year's buzz was supposed to be the opening of the new Peak Lodge this coming December but, unfortunately, Irene delayed that. The Umbrella Bars were certainly a great touch and, you're right, they were only done because of Irene's destruction, but they were certainly a great idea. (Necessity is, of course, the mother of invention.)
All that being said, Killington and Powdr still seem to have a problem with marketing - not the marketing spin we all see (although their spin remains too obvious to be effective) - but marketing in the sense that they need to be doing something "sexy" each year. Hidden infrastructure projects such as pipe replacement are great and are needed but they need something visible and something to promote each and every year. I give them a pass for this past season due to Irene (and they still got the UBars done and pushed that well) but UBars do not a skiers' buzz make. They need skiing improvements that are visible and they need to push them hard.
I know....why not connect Killington and Pico? Now that would create buzz in the marketplace!