On Monday night, October 15, 2007 a group of two dozen or more town residents attended a meeting of the town of Killington Selectboard to voice their concerns about some of Powdr Corp's new Killington mountain operations decisions. The decision that raised most concerns at this meeting related to Killington's "announcement" to not run the lower Skyship gondola Monday through Thursday on non-holiday weeks. A flurry of e-mails after the announcement appears to have caused the mountain to rethink their decision and only close the lower gondola on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, mirroring the operating plan for Pico for the upcoming season.
Property owners most directly affected by the decision are those who own ski in/ski out homes and condos on the ski trails serviced by the lower gondola, primarily "Great Eastern" and "Home Stretch." Their ability to rent those properties for mid-week periods is negatively affected and one could assume the value of those properties could be diminished. Although residents were slightly appeased by changing the closures to just Tuesday and Wednesday, concerns remain.
Unfortunately, the Board of Selectman and the town may have little influence over business operations decisions made by a private corporation. I think we all appreciate that Powdr Corporation is in business to make money and we support that objective. My hope is that, in making those operations decisions, Powdr realizes the economic affect they have on the entire town.
For further reporting on the meeting and discussion, see Bruce Edwards article in the October 17, 2007 Rutland Herald.