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FOUR-SEASON AIRBAG

Update (Dec. 19, 2015):

As you have probably witnessed, this weather has not been ideal for skiing or riding. This season’s lack of cold weather and snow has been the worst in over 30 years. This season’s warm temperatures and lack of snowfall serves as a good reminder of the need of our four-season training facilities. The four-season airbag and dry rails will provide us with the necessary training opportunities that are not dependent on the mountain nor on mother nature.

KMS/KSC has received approval from Killington Resort for this project. Killington has cut trees and moved snowmaking pipe to make room for our new facilities. We have started to raise funds to build our new World Class training site and have raised enough for an operational on-snow site this winter. The money we have raised so far is only enough to get us set for this winter's on-snow operations. Additional funds will allow us to fulfill our vision for the Action Center improvements that our Freeski, Snowboard, and Freestyle athletes require to develop their skills regardless of the season snow coverage. We have decided on two methods of fund raising: through donations and by issuing Promissory Notes to help pay for this project. The athletes and staff at KMS/KSC are hoping to have your support and leadership via direct investment in this project.

We have estimated that a total of $421,000 will be needed to cover the combined costs for Phase One and Phase Two of this project. Phase One is planned for this winter and will involve the purchase of our new airbag. The site area, ground prep, and snow pipe work has already been completed this winter. We have also already received financial support for the project from five families that have helped us pay for the prep work and bag. It is critical that we raise the remainder of the funds to complete this facility.

 

Phase Two will begin in the summer after winter operations are done, and the hill sufficiently dries out. It will involve construction of a permanent four-season structure to make this a year-round facility. Phase Two is critical to our programs success, and will make the site usable when mother nature does not cooperate.

 

We have attached copies of the most recent plans for the facility and also of the Promissory Note for your review. We are hoping that through a combination of donors and investors, we will have the funds to create a facility that will allow all of our KMS/KSC athletes meet their full potential.

 

Please contact Jeff Juneau, Kris Pepe, Gar Trayner or Nori Pepe today about funding this amazing project!


Frequently Asked Questions about the project:

 

What is the proposed availability of these facilities for our athletes?

  • Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboard Development Programs will have supervised access to facilities during all program dates

  • Camp target audience is 8 - 18 action sport participants and will have supervised access to facilities during scheduled camp dates

  • Goal is to be operational by February 1, 2016

 

How many hours do you expect the airbag to be available on any given weekend?

  • The airbag will available for use 10 - 3:00 each weekend (Weather dependent- snow, rain and wind will effect operational safety)

  • Athletes can expect to spend on average 2-4 hours (1-2 training sessions) per weekend, given time for other training plans, development opportunities and competitions. 

 

Will coaches bring groups there or will the kids have discretion to use it on their own?

  • The training will have to done under the supervision of a Level 200 Aerial, Freeski, or Snowboard Coach

 

Will there be specific staff assigned to work the airbag on the weekends/ Can parent volunteers help?

  • A USSA Level 200 Aerial Certification is required to operate the venue

  • Parent volunteers can be used to help maintain and assist in running the site (ex. clearing snow and water off airbag, stepping in-run, video)

 

Who will own the airbag and related assets?

  • Killington Mountain School

 

In the past, Killington/Pico Resorts used the old Airbag for events like the Airbag Challenge. Who will have access to the facility, and when?

  • There maybe times when we will lease out or allow permission for groups other than KMS/KSC to utilize the facility, For example, our current agreement allows for the use of the hill space by Killington Resort for two weekends in March. This does not include the use of bag, and is outside of our peak usage time for the Airbag.

What level of commitment has the mountain given to maintaining the jump?

  • Killington Mountain has committed resources to the building and maintenance of the jump along with moving snow making pipe to help facilitate the space and snowmaking we need for the venue.

 

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