Ride time out of the Bear Mountain base area at Killington will drop from 13 minutes to just under five minutes and bring skiers and riders to intermediate cruising terrain on Skye Peak, Bear Mountain's premier terrain parks and other free skiing/riding trails and glades.

Jeff Temple, director of mountain operations for Killington and Pico, said, "This new lift is really going to improve the skier/rider flow off Skye Peak and into Bear Mountain. We'll also be making additional on-mountain trail improvements focusing on providing uninterrupted top-to-bottom skiing and riding for our guests, while continuing to invest in snowmaking infrastructure to increase snow production capacity and improve energy efficiency."

The Skye Peak Express is the first lift installed at Killington Resort in more than 10 years and brings its total of high-speed lifts to nine. In addition to shorter ride time, the new lift will be less susceptible to wind holds and delays in operation.

The lift is part of $8.4 million in capital investments this summer, as the resort heads into its 50th anniversary season.