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Hardest runs at Killngton?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

Im going to Killington for Canadian March break and was just wondering if i could get a list of Killingtons hardest runs
thanks

post #2 of 25

Of non-glades, I think it is definitely Devil's Fiddle.  (Provided you stay skiers right, rather than using the easier left side.)

The bottom part of Ovation is probably the steepest.  Stay in the middle and go over the hump to get the max steepness.  It sometimes ices up a bit to add interest.  The glades parallel to Outer Limits (forget the name) were tough enough to make me unhappy with how I skied it.

 

If they let Outer Limits bump up (which they usually don't) it can be a good run.  Otherwise it is a bit boring.

post #3 of 25

Vertigo, not the steepest (head wall is close) but it's usually the most bumped up trail on the mountain. Royal Flush (love the overlooking view) is nice also when it has snow. Lots of good terrain all over.

 

My favorite run on the mountain (again far from the steepest) is North Star

post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 

thanks
also for glades can i have a top five ranking in difficulty

post #5 of 25

skied at kmart the past 2 days, snow in abundance......

cascade, vertigo head wall, escapade, double dipper, and  devils fiddle all killer.

the glades to skiers left of double dipper are great, julio's is another fun glade run... get up there quick......

post #6 of 25

I got to ski Royal Flush for the first time a few weeks ago... it was epic... soft, near-spring moguls and bright sun and blue sky... probably one of my best runs ever.

 

For steep bumps, I hit Vertigo, Ovation, and Downdraft, but I have to say that in the spring, the South Ridge area is great, and way underrated in my opinion.  I like skiing the Jug/Jug Handle and Breakaway... and Lower Pipe Dream is usually a few football fields of wall-to-wall moguls.  And when you want to cool off in the shade, just get lost in/around Roundabout.


Edited by winterdude87 - 3/2/11 at 5:42pm
post #7 of 25

The coolest glades are those ones between outer limits and wildfire right at the top (off of that link trail between OL and Wildfire..I think it's called Outer Limits connector or something).  Always good snow in there, good pitch, and they seem to be very rarely skied.

 

The Run right under the needles eye quad is a great, challenging run (with lots of places for impromptu air) that is often over-looked by the masses.

 

Royal Flush has the best consistent pitch on the hill (but often crappy snow-but when it's good, it's damn good).  I like the old meandering natural snow run 'escapade' right near the gondola.   Not the hardest, but a good challenging run.

 

Devil Fiddle (and those glades off of devils fiddle) is great terrain, of course.

 

I haven't been to K-ton in a few years...I need to make an effort to hit it in the spring.

 

Liam

post #8 of 25
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My favorite run on the mountain (again far from the steepest) is North Star



North Star is awesome!  And nice and out-of-the-way...

post #9 of 25
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North Star is awesome!  And nice and out-of-the-way...


Can you believe they groomed North Star this week. They groomed most everything including trails like Vertigo, Upper & Lower Ovation, Downdraft, even Vagabond & Great Bear. Trails that very seldom see a groomer got hit. Double Dipper & Cascade were groomed side to side & had the best snow on the mountain. They had to groom everything because the mixed precipitation they had Mon. left a hard glaze over the mountain but once it was groomed out there was nice soft snow underneath. It took 3 days but almost everything except the glades got hit with the groomer. I had surprisingly good conditions this past week.

 


Edited by steamboat1 - 3/5/11 at 12:11pm
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by winterdude87 View Post
I have to say that in the spring, the South Ridge area is great, and way underrated in my opinion.  I like skiing the Jug/Jug Handle and Breakaway... and Lower Pipe Dream is usually a few football fields of wall-to-wall moguls.  And when you want to cool off in the shade, just get lost in/around Roundabout.


I wish they would develop that side of the mountain more. Cut a few new trails, add snow making & put in a new lift & it would be awesome. Ever take a look at how much terrain there is that can be developed on that side of the mountain? You can get a pretty good view of it from the top of the Bear Mtn. chair.

 

In the mean time I agree that area is often overlooked. It doesn't have to be spring either since that area holds powder longer than most of the mountain since it's not skied that often.

 

post #11 of 25
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I wish they would develop that side of the mountain more. Cut a few new trails, add snow making & put in a new lift & it would be awesome. Ever take a look at how much terrain there is that can be developed on that side of the mountain? You can get a pretty good view of it from the top of the Bear Mtn. chair.

 

In the mean time I agree that area is often overlooked. It doesn't have to be spring either since that area holds powder longer than most of the mountain since it's not skied that often.

 

I think some of that land was traded for the right to do the Pico interconnect. At one point there was a mountain biking trail off the summit that worked its way down to Bear but then one year it was closed off and has not been open since. It might have something to do with bear habitat.
 

 

post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 

My dad and i are going from the 14-17 and leaving on fri.
What glades would be good and would devils fiddle be open?
Also we were thinking a day pico but how would its coverage be than? would a slope of upper giant killer be open?

post #13 of 25

Not sure... I may be taking my boyfriend to Killington for two days that week as well (not sure which... stupid weather, lol).  It's hard to say what Pico will be like... they just got 11 inches of snow today, but there may be another big rain event before next week.

 

If you want moguls and challenging (and really varied) terrian, head up to Sugarbush.. and you'll see why it is my favorite resort of all time (of 28 I've been to).  If there's a lot of rain, Castlerock may be closed... and sugarbush is NOT a place to go the day after an ice storm (because they always leave well over 50% of their runs moguls every day).  Also, go somewhere else if it's going to be windy (i.e. only 3 lifts open today).  March is hard to predict, but I usually ahve at least one awesome day per trip.

post #14 of 25
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Not sure... I may be taking my boyfriend to Killington for two days that week as well (not sure which... stupid weather, lol).  It's hard to say what Pico will be like... they just got 11 inches of snow today, but there may be another big rain event before next week.

 

If you want moguls and challenging (and really varied) terrian, head up to Sugarbush.. and you'll see why it is my favorite resort of all time (of 28 I've been to).  If there's a lot of rain, Castlerock may be closed... and sugarbush is NOT a place to go the day after an ice storm (because they always leave well over 50% of their runs moguls every day).  Also, go somewhere else if it's going to be windy (i.e. only 3 lifts open today).  March is hard to predict, but I usually ahve at least one awesome day per trip.

Ahh but one of those lifts open today was Castlerock.

 

Sweet.

 

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post #15 of 25

 

DAMMIT!!!! LOL.

 

 

So... looks like I'll be at Killington Monday afternoon and Tuesday next week.  Crossing my fingers cuz it looks like the weather could go either way :-/

Hopefully the grooming will be good even if there's ice cuz my bf is an intermediate skier and doesn't like ice very much.  But he can handle moderate blacks (in VT... vs. all the trails here in WNY), and small soft moguls.  If there's good snow, we may hit up Ridge Run, North Star, The Jug/Handle, or Roundabout so he can get a feel for more classic New England skiing like i love so much.  I was also hoping to get him into Squeeze Play, but we'll have to see.

 

Anyway...wish us luck on the weather!!

post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 

As fr as i can see its going to rain before i come, the go below zero when i go there.
its going to be very icy

post #17 of 25

 

Don't know how it was later in the week, but conditions were beautiful Monday/Tuesday!!  100% open, including all glades!

post #18 of 25

Some pictures from Killington, as well as all my other pics on Google Earth.... click link below.

 

http://www.panoramio.com/user/2315890

post #19 of 25

I was there most of last week also. Tues was a nice day, still a little chilly but conditions were very good. Wed. sking was good but visibility was horrible, very flat light all day long. Thurs we went to Stowe & had an awesome day, warm temps , blue skies with 100% of the terrain opened with excellent coverage. We were going to go to Jay Fri but were afraid we wouldn't find a room because of the Canadian holiday week so we went back to K-mart. Another warm temp bluebird day Fri with excellent spring conditions. We stayed in the woods most of the day since my friends were disappointed we didn't get to ski the glades at Jay. I'm sitting here now trying to decide whether to head back up again tomorrow for the weekend since a few friends are heading up again. Wouldn't be much of a decision except I'm trying to stay out of divorce court. Been going up almost every week this winter & I think my wife is starting to get pissed...smile.gif

 

Oh & we didn't get much rain last week like they were forecasting. The only rain I saw was a light annoying drizzle for about a 1/2 hour on Wed.

post #20 of 25

The hardest trails at Killington are: 

 

1.  Anarchy

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2.  Growler

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3.  Devil's Den

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4.  Devil's Fiddle

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5.  An honest bump line down the top 1/3 of Outer Limits. 

(no one needs another picture of OL ;) )

 

Edit:  Wow, sorry about the tiny thumbnails all.   But I stand by that list :D

Edit2: fixed.

 


Edited by KTXL - 3/24/11 at 4:07pm
post #21 of 25

Does the Lower part of Ovation compare?

post #22 of 25
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Does the Lower part of Ovation compare?



Ovation's definitely a kickass trail, but doesn't make my top five "hardest".  Its lower headwall (footwall?) is steeper than the adjacent Julio, and Anarchy too (though anarchy competes), but all three runs end with serious pitches anyway, and trees are almost always more demanding than an open run.  The rarely-open headwall is fun, and steep, but it's over in a flash.   

post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 

Ya it was amazing
Ovation headwall was open but was the only hard run on the hill i didnt do

it had about an 8 foot cornice dropping into very steep terrian

post #24 of 25

Totally agree with you there, especially for growler, devils den and devils fiddle.

 

Never actually been on anarchy, but ive heard its a great run. most people I ski with are advanced but not experts, only one of my friends is, so limited time to get on certain trails unless I ditch friends.

 

No mention of Julio? thats definitely up there as one of the hardest, i would maybe replace it with Outer Limits. OL is steep as hell, but theres always a part of the trail without moguls, and at least in my experience bear gets enough sun to soften them up, so i wouldnt consider it hardest. On the other hand Julio is basically lower ovation plus trees, with a bottom part not quite as steep as Ovation but certainly up there.

post #25 of 25

I agree with that. Ovation is a hard trail but not top five. Maybe 7-8. My list, for glades trails, would have to be

 

1. Growler

2. Julio

3. Devils Den

4. Juanita

5. Centerpiece

 

Honorable mention to double dipper woods.

 

Haven't skiied anarchy but I can imagine it'd make this list.

 

My top five for non gladed trails, groomed or ungroomed,'

 

1. Devils Fiddle

2. Flume (very underrated imo)

3. Ovation (lower)

4. OL

5. Skye Peak Liftline (not a very steep trail, but there isnt much else there for cliff jumps, so if youre taking them its #5, if not then not even close.)

 

Honorable mention to the entire canyon area, their blacks are steep but not too steep, id rate the doubles maybe "1.5 diamonds"

 

While these trails arent hard, North Star, East Fall, Vagabond, Royal Flush, all great runs.

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