We closed Killington yesterday, and with that our 2017 - 2018 season has come to an end.
It was a great day that started before dawn. We had been watching the weather all week wary of the rain threat, but other than a half dozen sprinkle of water at 4:00 on the deck, the sun was out, weather perfect and the skiers were loving every second of it.
My Instagram post from Friday night, when we decided to go for it.
We arrived at the mountain at around 9:30 and there was that vibe in the air, parking lot prep in action, deck hopping, and The Glacier was looking great. I decided I had to end my season on my Monoski and as I was working my way up to the ticket desk, a wonderful gal offered me two half-price vouchers......my day just got even better at $14.50 a ticket.
Karen and her Mini in the parking lot.....note beer cooler and Monoski in cargo hold
The snow really pulled back and the top of the Superstar headwall was fully exposed all the way to the base. There were two ropes set up, but that route down was a mixture of mud and rock. No matter which route one took it was a challenge, but it also became a bonding experience with the other skiers which just added to the experience. The Glacier was its usual mix of rotten ice, corn and mud snow with only a few skinny crossings. There were a few long troughs on skiers left, and as the day went on it bumped up on the lower headwalls and base runout.
The skiing was really good.
The Glacier at 10:00
We skied, broke for a 2 beer lunch at the bar, skied again and then relaxed on the deck with another beer, talking our 5 runs, the headwall decent thrill and the highpoints of another great ski season.
Karen on the deck, she rocked The Glacier and was just enjoying every second of the seasons end
We sadly couldn't make the last day at Killington - though were pleasantly surprised to be featured again in The Mountain Times - Alicia called me the other day to tell me as I was heading to Kansas - very very cool..
“Vibes and healing thoughts needed for the head of Killington!!
The KPAA was asked to share the information below on behave of Killington Resort President & GM, Mike Solimano. I'm sure I speak for all of us that pray for a speedy recovery.
To Killington Community:
This weekend, we received news that Killington Resort President & GM, Mike Solimano, was admitted to the hospital. In order to keep you all informed, we want to share updates we’ve received from Mike – now being taken care of by the professionals at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
In typical Mike fashion, he wants to be transparent and let his extended family – Killington staff and community – know what’s happening and keep you updated. After seeking medical attention due to severe headaches, he underwent tests that determined he has a subarachnoid hemorrhage. We’re fortunate that it was not a stroke or aneurysm and caught early. He is being closely watched by the talented team at DHMC and in stable condition, improving every day.
While we don’t know how long he’ll be out, we’ll share updates as we get them. Mike has full confidence in the Killington team and has instructed us to continue business as usual - preparing for the Longest Season in the East.
If you’d like to send Mike well wishes, address letters or cards to:
We’ll deliver them to him regularly. In an effort to make sure Mike follows doctors’ orders to rest, please refrain from emailing him directly.
The Killington Executive Team,
Jeff Temple, Director of Mountain Operations
Judy Geiger, Director of Human Resources
Matt Kinsman, Director of Finance
Rich McCoy, Director of Summer Operations & Pico Mountain
Rob Megnin, Director of Marketing, Sales and Reservations
Scott Harrison, Director of Hospitality
Tracy Taylor, Business Development Manager”
Getting this news this morning, and needless to say we are thankful that Mike went in to get checked out. We are totally gutted this week with news of friends dying and others in hospice, all around 50. Coincidentally, Mike and I are exactly the same age - both born on 10/15 and both turning 50.
We are hoping that this time passes, with good news for him and of course his family. His on just started at Harvard.
Life is so fragile, and short. We have to live every moment as best we can.
Kton open for pass holders on Oct. 19, including free lunch. Some walking involved and downloading on K1 gondola. Open to general public on Sat, Oct. 20. Details on the Kton Conditions webpage at the moment.