Just spent 3 days skiing at Killington . . . what a great mountain. Aside from some potential improvements in lift ticket pickup, tremendous professionalism and great organization shone through, from the website updates, to the parking lot attendants, the bus drivers, to the lodge staff, the friendly cafeteria workers, the courteous and helpful on-mountain personnel . . . totally, totally impressed. Snowmaking even with snowfall!!
On to conditions . . .
Bear Mountain: Great cover on Bear Claw, Wildfire, Skyeburst (snowmaking on Sunday), Outer Limits (chopped up on Friday, snowmaking all day Saturday, big whales of moguls on Sunday). Did not ski Devils Fiddle.
Skye Peak: Really did not ski this mountain as we skipped over it to get to Bear each day. Moguls on Needles Eye looked great (snowmaking). Skyelark was scraped by end of day Friday but they were blowing snow on it all day Sunday. Superstar just okay when I skied it on Friday, did not make it back. Bittersweet good cover.
Killington Peak: The Jug getting scraped down (relies on natural snow). Pipe Dream natural bumps, scraped at bottom. Bear Trax good cover, Launchpad good cover. Homerun and Great Northern crossovers all have good cover. East Fall good, Racer's Edge fun, Royal Flush was challenging natural cover on Friday. Did not get a chance to do any of the double blacks on Killington as we were avoiding the crowds by staying away from the main gondola.
Snowdon Mountain: Chute was pretty scraped on Saturday. Lower intersection of Chute and Bunny Buster was a mess of fallen bodies all afternoon Saturday and Sunday. Frolic is fun and windy, but big ice patches at the sharp turn off the peak. Never got to those blacks dropping off Frolic.
Ramshead Mountain: Header has great cover. Easy Street good cover. Nice easy woods we really enjoyed. (Crusty not powder, but skiable and fun for tree beginners.) Did my first legit jump in Astroland, getting some air. Even my daughter was impressed. Not bad for 50.
This was our first trip to K, and our first multifamily trip (us, my sister's family, my wife's two sister's families, and my wife's cousin and kids -- about 24 people total, 20 of them skiers.) We will be coming back.
Conditions were good. No complaints. Blue bird day yesterday, and a couple of hours this morning before the clouds moved in. It also was a little less crowded than usual today.
We stayed pretty much to the groomers, but folks were also skiing the trees.
They started pulling hoses off of Superstar today, but created quite an impressive stockpile. They generally halt making snow on Superstar March 1st. In fact, the quantity of snow may be a bit more than past years.
They also stockpiled some impressive mounds of snow by the six pack.
Not sure what we’re doing tomorrow. We have some friends at Okemo, which we haven’t seen in a bit, so may ski Okemo tomorrow.
It’s then Greek Peak for the next couple of weekends before coming back to Killington for the balance of the ski season.
Epic day at big K today. Warm temps, sunshine, no wind, and great snow. Started the day in the Canyon lapping east fall, big dipper, and cascade. Then moved over to Bear and lapped devils fiddle with nice soft spring snow until my legs started to give out. Did a few runs on the south ridge, before finishing the day with soft snow on royal flush and the throne, and my mandatory superstar and ovation lap.
Amazing day overall. Non sun softened stuff had great snow, sun softened was primo corn harvesting. Especially on the fiddle.
Jealous beyond description!!! I checked their trail conditions this morning and they are reporting 100% open - hoping it stays that way for a few weeks as I can't get up there until the last week of March at the earliest. Devil's Fiddle plus soft snow = hero moguls...can't wait to try that out! Glad you had a good day up there.
Anyone been to Killington recently. Thinking of heading up Wednesday to end the season strong. Supposed to be a nice day. Should I expect to have the K-1 gondola and a few decent top to bottom runs, or is that too tall of an order?