Killington Ski Area Base to See Transformation with New Village Core

Killington Base Area’s planned growth includes a new lodge, transit, and more walkability.

March 18, 2024

A rendering of the new Killington Ski Area, featuring the new lodge, snowfront, and a recreational space with bonfires.

Big changes are underway in Killington, Vermont. The town’s eponymous ski resort area is in the midst of a master planning effort involving multiple stakeholders: the Town of Killington, Killington Ski Resort, award-winning private developer Great Gulf, world-renowned Safdie Architects, PWP Landscape Architecture, and VHB.

The Master Plan’s biggest goal is a reimagination of Killington Village. The new hub will feature a beautiful new base lodge and expansive snowfront, lush pedestrian areas, spaces for concerts and ice skating, retail and restaurant spaces, and approximately 200 new housing units, among other amenities. Proposed housing will include ski-in, ski-out condos, and single-family homes.

To work toward a Killington Village that prioritizes pedestrians’ and skiers’ experience over cars, VHB is designing a bridge over the road that allows skiers to descend the mountain and ski right to the new lodge from both Snowshed and Ramshead trails. This bridge is the first of many that VHB is designing to improve the experience of both skiers and vehicles.

VHB’s services for the Killington Village Master Plan include survey, natural resources, civil engineering, permitting, water resources planning, and traffic systems analysis. Construction for the elements of the Master Plan is expected to begin in late-2024 or early-2025.

Beyond the Killington Village Master Plan, VHB has contributed to a variety of projects that will make the integration of the new, expanded, pedestrian-friendly village core seamless. To accommodate an increasing number of skiers, VHB is looking into creating a passenger transit system with shuttles that bring visitors between the resort and remote parking, as well as a new passenger drop-off and pick-up area at the new lodge. VHB is also assisting the Town of Killington with rebuilding Killington Road—the primary road used to access the resort and its lodges—shifting it westward to accommodate the village’s future growth. While work is underway on the village, VHB will also be working with the resort to address stormwater runoff and improve watershed health at Roaring Brook.

Throughout the project, VHB has partnered with the architects, developer, municipality, and resort to contribute integrated services that facilitate the holistic growth of the resort area. Going forward, VHB is beginning the concept master planning of 14 additional parcels of land owned by Great Gulf, providing integrated land use permitting services to replace Killington’s Superstar chairlift and expand mountain bike trails, creating even more four-season opportunities at the resort. VHB looks forward to continuing to shape Killington’s growth as the project progresses.

Killington isn’t the first ski resort VHB has contributed to. Our planners, designers, and engineers have helped Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush, Mt. Snow, Stratton Mountain, Sugarloaf, Waterville Valley, and Jay Peak modernize with new lifts, four-season amenities, and resort housing.

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