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Kudos to Killington for their Extended Spring Skiing

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After my home Mtn., Gore Mtn. closed (just after the March 17 weekend) my son and I began to travel.  We went to Sugarbush on March 24 or 25 (whichever day the pond skim was held), but we have spent the last two weekends (April 8 and April 14-today) at Killington.  We have had a great time skiing bumps on Superstar and Lower Skyelark.  It has been well worth the 2 hr drive and price of lift ticket ($50 for me, $30 for my son).  I would have been seriously bummed if my last ski day for the year had been March 17, so I wanted to offer some kudos to Killington for their long-standing practice of stockpiling snow on Superstar to permit extended spring skiing. 

 

I wish other Eastern ski areas would take a page from Killington's book and stockpile snow on a trail (or small handfull of trails) that can be accessed by running one lift.*  I ran into and spoke with five other Gore season pass holders at Killington today, all of them appeared to be having a great time.

 

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*Killington also had the gondola running today after a freak midweek storm dumped 18".  If Killington had already closed for the season they would not have been able to capitalize on this bit of good fortune.

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I agree -- I'm glad to see they are pushing the season again.

I was there on April 14.

 

Superstar had some nice bumps!

 

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I think it is cool how the lines in the runout curve around in arcs.

 

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The reopening of the Gondola made it possible to run the North Ridge Chair (Glades for us old-timers).  I didn't make it over there, but I did one run down Cascade (under the Gondola).  Not really worth the trouble, though it was a lot less crowded than Superstar.  Gee, I wonder if that had any relation to the fact that you had to walk from here...

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to here...

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A big part of that is just because the Gondola starts way down by the parking lot.  The old Killington chair would have required little or no walking.

 

Not to end this on a dirt note, here is the top of the SS headwall.

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There were a lot of really good bumpers there (and a lot of hacks, of course).  Not that I managed to get photos of any of them, unfortunately.  They weren't really doing zipper-line, it was more of a sewing-machine line.  No turning at all, just pumping legs and flying spray.

 

 

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I was there yesterday - my last day for the season.

 

The snow was great.  You had to walk to get to Skylark.  It was worth it.

 

The headwall on Superstar had a spot at the top that should have required walking, but most weren't.  It was white, but it was riddled with rocks.

 

Beautiful day and not too hot.  We grilled at the bottom of the quad.

 

Can't believe the season is over.

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I agree -- I'm glad to see they are pushing the season again.

I was there on April 14.

 

Superstar had some nice bumps!

 

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If you like that sort of thing. drool.gif

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