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Posted: Oct 25, 2008 - 8:53 PM GMT
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I was cleaning out the crawl-space of my house which was built in the early 50s and I found a really old Killington brochure.

I scanned and uploaded it:
Scan of Brochure
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TITLE:
"Killington East: A Plan for Living and Skiing Under THE WORLD'S LARGEST SKI LIFT."


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DESCRIPTION:
"Killington East: World's Longest Ski Lift: A 3-and-a-half mile gondola. 3100 foot vertical drop. 200-300 inches of snow per year. Trails up to 6 miles long. 21 Lifts and 82 miles of trails sprawling over 9 square miles of high mountain country."
"In 1763 the Reverend Samuel Peters climbed Killington Peak and was so impressed by the sweeping panorama of the surrounding mountains that he christened 'Vert Monte' or Vermont on the spot.
Except for the present Killington ski facilities of 11 lifts and 35 trails, the region has lain untouched and undeveloped. Now, Killington East will unlock this vast [illegible] of natural beauty and make it available for you to enjoy.
When Killington East is completed, you can ride the world's largest ski lift (a 3 1/2 mile gondola) to the snow-capped summit of Killington. From there, you will be able to ski 20 other lifts on 82 miles of trails. Uphill lift capacity will be up to 21,000 skiers per hour. An interconnecting system of trails-some up to 6 miles in length-will curve down the mountainside in a 3100 foot drop to the valley below.
Killington and its surrounding 8 mountains reach upward to catch 200-300 inches of snowfall each season. Skiing starts in November and lasts into the Spring. You can ski the upper portions of Killington well into May for 6 months of fabulous skiing.
9 square miles! Over 5000 acres! 21 Lifts! This is your killington of the Future. Ski with us and plan now to live under the world's largest ski lift!


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DESCRIPTION PART II
Killington East: Where Skiing is Life!
Killington Peak with its present 4 mountain ski development, rises broadly and grandly above the valley below, and provides the base of what is now one of the finest ski resorts in the nation. Killington East will more than double the existing facilities.
For 10 years skiers have come to this mountain for the finest in skiing. The plan of Killington East is to also make it possible to come to this mountain for the best in year-round resort living.
Our 1600-acre residential community, commercial villages, and proposed golf course all will nestle on the flank of killington peak amidst the lifts and trails of what will be the world's longest ski lift. You can walk to a golf match in summer or ski from your doorstep in Winter.
Trout streams cascade out of high country to wind along the homes and the hunter and hiker can explore 3200 acre Calvin Coolidge state forest which sweeps down the side of Killington into the residential community. Protected scenic areas and "found" building lots will protect the natural beauty that is Killington.
WHY WAIT!
For Further info on the existing ski area, Killington East, or business opportunities, please use the attached business reply card (I couldn't find one)."
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MAP DESCRIPTIONS:
1. Proposed 3 1/2 mile gondola: World's Longest.
2. 4241-FT Killington Peak: 2 lifts, 13 trails.
3. 3592-FT Snowdon Mtn: 4 lifts, 12 trails.
4. 3610-FT Ramshead Mtn: 1 lifts, 5 trails
5. Snowshed Teaching Area: 4 lifts, 5 trails, snowmaking.
6. 3810-FT Skye Peak
7. Balancing Rock Residential Area
8. Hadley Park Residential Area: To include condos, ski club lodges, university cultural facilities.
9. Proposed Falls Brook Residential Area, 18 hole course, and commercial village.
10. Roaring Brook Road
11. 3200-Acre Calvin Coolidge State Forest.
12. Proposed Killington Center: A pedestrian mall village with condos, hotels, motels, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, parking, lake.
13. Proposed Gondola Base Center: To include restaurant, cocktail lounge, shops, hotels, motels, parking, recreation.
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What year is this from, anyone know?



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Posted: Oct 25, 2008 - 10:22 PM GMT
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Definitely prior to 1968, the year they built the first two gondola stages. I'd guess 1966 or 1967 based on the lifts on the map.
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Posted: Oct 25, 2008 - 10:28 PM GMT

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Definitely prior to 1968, the year they built the first two gondola stages. I'd guess 1966 or 1967 based on the lifts on the map.


I agree

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Posted: Oct 25, 2008 - 10:50 PM GMT

I'm wondering how that would've gotten into my crawl space if it was from 67'. The house was built in 51'. I don't know many people who like to sit in the dirt and grime under their kitchen and read brochures.
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Posted: Oct 25, 2008 - 10:59 PM GMT

I double agree '66 or '67. Two reasons:1. In my ski atlas Killington's ad says "new for 68" the gondola to Skye Peak. 2. The sketch of the gondola was made w/o seeing or knowing what the actual one was. The car in the sketch is rounded like Sugarbush and Wildcat at the time. Killington's cars were more square.
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Posted: Oct 26, 2008 - 12:27 AM GMT
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Very cool- I had never seen a map with the two lifts below Snowshed and the ones at the gondi base. Nice find!
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Posted: Oct 26, 2008 - 12:35 AM GMT

Cool!
According to the Killington Book (page 259), Preston Smith announced in the 1967 Master Plan the new Killington East mountain and residential area.
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Posted: Oct 26, 2008 - 1:33 PM GMT

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I'm wondering how that would've gotten into my crawl space if it was from 67'. The house was built in 51'. I don't know many people who like to sit in the dirt and grime under their kitchen and read brochures.
Really. I wonder about these commentators here. I don't know much about the early development of Kiddie town, but I'm sure the brochure dates from then.

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Posted: Oct 26, 2008 - 2:00 PM GMT

In thinking about awhile longer, I remembered, with my uncle skiing Killington December 1967. We had lunch at the Snowshed Lodge. Near the food entrance line, which was near the back of the building, closest to the pond was a paper mache model which not only showed the East plan but also included the connection to Pico.

Does anyone else remember this?

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Posted: Oct 26, 2008 - 2:14 PM GMT
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Here's probably the first trail map to show the gondola after it was built (1969): teachski.com I remember a similar one that was colored more like the one in your scan. I always though it made the upper part of the ski area look tiny. Interesting that the crawlspace version shows a "planned" lift off to the south of Skye Peak that wasn't built until many years later. (Make that 1984.)
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Posted: Oct 26, 2008 - 2:25 PM GMT

Here is a trail map from a 1961-62 season brochure.
1961-62 Killington Brochure
As you will see in the brochure I have included, there is no mention of the gondola so your map is definately later than that. You will also see on the map Mapnut posted that it announces the gondola. That is from the 1969 Ski Atlas.

Also notice, on the earlier map I posted the town is Sherburne, later maps have it as Killington. It is at least circa 1970.

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Posted: Oct 26, 2008 - 2:28 PM GMT

Nice find, bg02445! Thanks for posting it.

This brings up a question I've wondered about: How long did Killington promote the "Killington East" designation? Although the gondola area is still sometimes referred to as K-east, Killington (understandably) featured it much more prominently when it first opened the gondola and associated developments.

Here's a patch from my collection that also carries this moniker.

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Posted: Oct 26, 2008 - 10:43 PM GMT

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Very cool- I had never seen a map with the two lifts below Snowshed and the ones at the gondi base. Nice find!


Does anyone know anything about this? I've also never seen a map with these proposed lifts/expansion on them. What was the idea here?
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Posted: Oct 26, 2008 - 11:26 PM GMT

I found this:

"The Killington Ski Area opened on December 13, 1958. The ski area was the dream of Preston Leete Smith. It was the beginning of Vermont's most famous and largest ski resort. The ski resort that has transformed a previously depressed area of Central Vermont into an enormous economic resource. Pres Smith, Perry Merrill, and Joe Sargent cooperated to make Killington Mountain Ski Area and resort a reality."

on: Vermont Living

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Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 1:18 AM GMT

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Here is a trail map from a 1961-62 season brochure.
1961-62 Killington Brochure


Interesting. By my count, the borchure names 19 trails. If nothing changed since that year, I wonder how many trails they would claim to have now. I'd guess 30 to 40.
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Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 2:49 AM GMT

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In thinking about awhile longer, I remembered, with my uncle skiing Killington December 1967. We had lunch at the Snowshed Lodge. Near the food entrance line, which was near the back of the building, closest to the pond was a paper mache model which not only showed the East plan but also included the connection to Pico.

Does anyone else remember this?

Russ


Russ,

Can't say it's the one you're referring to, but I can tell you that I saw a 3D topographical model of Killington in August 1966, it was in the main K1 base lodge (although I don't know if it was called that at the time). It was made of layers and layers of cardboard, all beautifully cut as if it was stereolithography or something like that. The lifts were done with some sort of sticks and thread. What it showed specifically, I have no idea. It covered a low table top. I remember somebody making a brief sales pitch to my parents.
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Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 4:09 AM GMT

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In thinking about awhile longer, I remembered, with my uncle skiing Killington December 1967. We had lunch at the Snowshed Lodge. Near the food entrance line, which was near the back of the building, closest to the pond was a paper mache model which not only showed the East plan but also included the connection to Pico.


Speaking of things showing the connection to Pico...

Anyone been over to James Niehues' web site to look at all the ski area art? Niehues is the guy who paints all the trail maps for so many ski areas, and he's got all the maps in their original form (meaning without all the labelling and everything) up on his web site. They really are works of art.

Anyway, his drawing of Pico actually shows the non-existent K/P interconnect in the background! Check it out!
http://www.jamesniehues.com/PicoVT.htm

Interestingly enough, his drawing of Crotched is quite a bit different than the current trail map now in use, especially in the summit area which is totally different. Makes me wonder if he drew two different versions or if the one currently in use is photoshopped to change the trails to how they are currently laid out? The Crotched map is at http://www.jamesniehues.com/CrotchedMtnNH.htm
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Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 10:41 AM GMT

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Anyway, his drawing of Pico actually shows the non-existent K/P interconnect in the background!


Partially existent You can ski from Pico down to the Killington road if I recall (obviously not an official trail right now, but it was graded and seeded).

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Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 11:12 AM GMT

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Here is a trail map from a 1961-62 season brochure.
1961-62 Killington Brochure
As you will see in the brochure I have included, there is no mention of the gondola so your map is definately later than that. You will also see on the map Mapnut posted that it announces the gondola. That is from the 1969 Ski Atlas.

Also notice, on the earlier map I posted the town is Sherburne, later maps have it as Killington. It is at least circa 1970.
What do you mean by definately (definitely, perhaps?). This is not a brochure you mention. It is a trail map. They may have created the brochure map early with their expansion plans but not have put it on the trail map to confuse skiers.

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Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 12:11 PM GMT

Since Laurie and Jeremy have many trail maps on their sites from my ski atlas, the exact dating (ie. season) is helpful to know. The cover says 1969 but of course ski seasons span two calendar years. A good tip comes from the full page Killington entry. It says, "New for 68, 2 1/3 mile, 4 passenger gondola..." So its pretty safe to say that many of the trail maps you see are for the 1968-69 season. That first year the gondola went to Skye Peak. The lower section 7674' the upper 4923'. These are the sections for the current gondola.

While we have had many 'guess this lift/ski area' in the two years I've been on the blog, one thing I haven't noticed is "guess the lift ticket price". Maybe I'll do a few of those in the next couple of weeks for the '68-69 season.

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