Here's my take & reasoning-
I've been in Vermont as a Killington local for 10 years after being a seasonal skier @ Sugarbush for ~4. My first surprise upon becoming a resident is that most don't actually ski, care about skiing or support the resorts on any appreciable level. The burdens of fiscal stability falls upon the tri state area. My next truth was that Killington is really being held hostage by the locals- now if I sounds harsh, it's not intended. I realize that where you stand depends on where you sit. The folks who own businesses adjacent to big K would be devastated should any massive plans of a new village or self contained resort come to fruition. It's just the reality & thus all the resistance to Killington moving forward.
Now K has some epic reputations to uphold & those only become more legendary as those of the hay daze grow older. Managing expectations is challenging as fewer younger folk enter the sport.
Now K is a biz & that means making terrible decisions that you just have to live with. The most atrocious has been swapping out Starbucks for Green Mtn coffee- yet hey ppl want the Vermont experience.
What I've seen is the grooming is better, they are hosting crowd drawing events again, they built a cat walk for early & late skiing w a little walking, they have a new Peak Lodge, built the Umbrella Bars, Yurt Dining via snowcat, have a Music series, built an adventure center, put up a mountain roller coaster & have redesigned trails for safety! Pico has a new Vt Adaptive lodge & had opened woods skiing where ppl really don't need be- all the way to Wheelerville road.
I understand HighwayStars angst (ok maybe not as he repeated this thread on 3 ski sites) yet he & I duked it out w the masses in a ski off / huck fest some years back ( lord someone locate that gem from TGR! ) & what we learned was that ppl are really not what they appear on the interweb & at the end of the day just want to be part of a scene & have some Vermont coffee.
Killington is building that scene back up & I understand why they don't replace lifts that are currently dropping skiers up top.
Plus today I got the news that all core skiers were awaiting!!!! K is offering the working locals unlimited merchants passes for a song again!!!! Good @ K & Pico all season long! So you can't say they aren't trying to engage the residents!
FWIW- perhaps the best thing they did for the diehard skier is close Pico midweek. I'll skin for my ability to launch untracked lines any day! It's never crowded