A soft place to land
If you've taken a ride up to the base of Killington's Superstar trail lately, you can't have missed Killington Mountain School's four-season airbag venue, a project located at the base of the trail on skier's left, and one that's in the final phases of construction. All that remains to complete this exciting project is finalizing the wood structure, installing artificial snow surface and completing some additional excavation work on the landing area.
After that work is complete, the step will be to undergo site inspections and complete final staff training. This is the only facility of it’s kind that has been built to these quality specifications on the East Coast, and only one of two in the United States in this class.
KMS will utilize this venue year-round in its academy and club development programs, and it will be available to external athletes through the school’s programs and camps, which will be run primarily during the summer and off-peak seasons. The airbag is a key piece when it comes to the development and mastery of new tricks for snow sports competitors. Athletes can first practice tricks in the trampoline facility on campus, and then move onto the airbag venue where they can further master those new skills in a safe environment, before finally progressing to snow.
At peak, KMS anticipates 25-35 athletes per week will make use of this training venue for roughly 8-10 weeks, from May through September. The interest from within the Freeski, Snowboard and Freestyle communities has been overwhelming, and the school look's forward to bringing many new athletes and coaches to the region to utilize this tremendous facility. Come check it out!