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Killington Update and Info Please!

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hello All,

 

During this deep freeze, I'm staying warm by thinking about an up coming trip to Killington in early February.

 

It's the first trip for our group to Killington, so I was wondering if people could share any insider knowledge about what to avoid and what not to miss while there (either on the hill, or the apres scene)?

 

Also, how are the conditions right now? I understand that there has not been a whole lot of snow so far this year, and huge swings in temperature - curious as to have some 'on the snow' reports.

 

Cheers

post #2 of 10

I'll probably be going Friday, I'll try to get back to you on what it's like.

post #3 of 10

Well Killington today (Friday) was sunny although with the wind the cold really hit home. Everything I saw and skied on was in good shape, mostly groomers as very little natural snow around. Bear was the place to be with the sun and wind was minimal there. Outer limits was 75/25 groomed/bumped, skied well and held on to some of its surface. Bumps were firm.Soft man made on Wildfire. Snowdon looked good but only rode the lift once, just to cold for that slow lift. Nothing really spectacular but looks to have some snow coming in tomorrow and Sun. If you enjoy groomers and maybe some trails with firm bumps you'll like it. If you want big soft bumps and tree skiing it's not happening yet.

post #4 of 10
Greetings,
Was in Killington all week, got home yesterday. My husband is an expert, lifelong skier. I am an advanced intermediate with some grit to try new things.

During-the-week skiing fits our budget- which is awesome because the lift lines are short and restaurants busy, but not insane. The downside is that they will sometimes not open certain lifts/parts of the mountain- especially if there has not been enough natural snow to maintain minimal coverage (like this year.) for example, the bear quad wasn't open all week, which meant that Outer Limits and Upper Wildfire were closed.

That being said, I personally believe the highlights of Killington include Superstar, Wildfire (upper and lower), Panic Button and Needles Eye. These are all single blacks that each offer something fun (extra steep parts, bumps off to a side or lots of fluffy soft man made snow.) I will ski groomed Double blacks- so Cascade is a great choice. It's usually groomed daily, but ski it early because it gets icy in the afternoon.

My husband is comfortable skiing bumps on doubles, so he loves Outer Limits and Ovation. Lower ovation also has the steepest slope at Killington. I think it's some where around 55 percent.

Killington also has some fun blues- like Skyburst and SkyLark. I also love love East Falls. Lower East Falls is a single black, but always such a blast. Steep and never crowded.

I also think- regardless of your skill level- everyone should ski Great Northern off of Killington Peak. It has some of the best views from anywhere on the mountain.

We are regulars at the Wobbly Barn. Super great steaks and awesome service. IPie pizza is also yummy for a change.

Have a great trip.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Mooseski View Post

Greetings,
Was in Killington all week, got home yesterday. My husband is an expert, lifelong skier. I am an advanced intermediate with some grit to try new things.

During-the-week skiing fits our budget- which is awesome because the lift lines are short and restaurants busy, but not insane. The downside is that they will sometimes not open certain lifts/parts of the mountain- especially if there has not been enough natural snow to maintain minimal coverage (like this year.) for example, the bear quad wasn't open all week, which meant that Outer Limits and Upper Wildfire were closed.

That being said, I personally believe the highlights of Killington include Superstar, Wildfire (upper and lower), Panic Button and Needles Eye. These are all single blacks that each offer something fun (extra steep parts, bumps off to a side or lots of fluffy soft man made snow.) I will ski groomed Double blacks- so Cascade is a great choice. It's usually groomed daily, but ski it early because it gets icy in the afternoon.

My husband is comfortable skiing bumps on doubles, so he loves Outer Limits and Ovation. Lower ovation also has the steepest slope at Killington. I think it's some where around 55 percent.

Killington also has some fun blues- like Skyburst and SkyLark. I also love love East Falls. Lower East Falls is a single black, but always such a blast. Steep and never crowded.

I also think- regardless of your skill level- everyone should ski Great Northern off of Killington Peak. It has some of the best views from anywhere on the mountain.

We are regulars at the Wobbly Barn. Super great steaks and awesome service. IPie pizza is also yummy for a change.

Have a great trip.

You can still ski those trails even devils fiddle if it was open from the Skye peak quad, just go down Bear Trax over to them. There is the Outer Limits cut off to get over to that run or hike up about 50 -75 feet and hit them from the top. This past Friday Bear quad was running, maybe sometimes in the middle of the week tues, wed etc they won't run bear quad but the trails are still accessible unless closed for lack of snow.

post #6 of 10

Disclaimer:  I am a Killington condo owner and season pass holder.

 

Killington has recovered nicely from the rain events earlier this month.  With snowmaking and grooming, conditions are surprisingly good.  Only real downside is that the natural snow terrain and trees are not open.  The comment above that terrain is closed during the week is not correct.  Yes, they do not run some lifts due to the smaller crowds, but you can get to all open terrain, just may be a little inconvenient.  As was noted above, if the Bear quad is not running, you just take OL Express off of Upper Wildfire across to get to Outer Limits.  My usual pattern is to hit Bear early, then move on to the Needles Eye area, the trail off the Superstar quad, or up to the peak.  All depends on the weather and snow conditions. 

 

As to restaurants, for pub type food, try the Lookout or Charitys.  For pizza I like Domenics.  And I prefer the Foundry over the Wobbly Barn for an upscale dinner.    

post #7 of 10

I am in a ski house and pass holder.  Yesterday, about 10" new powder.  Great day.  Windy at top.  Today, unbelievably cold and windy.  Tree skiing must have been great because all the new snow was being blown into them.,  Most of the lifts were on wind hold, but were open  later.  How I ski Killington.  Go out early and expect to have most popular trials skied off by 2:00 pm.  New peak lodge is great. I like to do K1 gondola first, hit the Canyon. Then back up to head to Bear then work my way back to Killington peak...lunch then back to Canyon and Snowden.  Still loads of snowmaking going on.  Don't forget to get pizza at Ipie on the access road...Lookout après ski. 

 

Word to the wise, watch speed limits once off the interstates.  They will get you at 5 miles over...really. 

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Wow! Thanks everyone for all of the great info and replies. We're heading to Killington in a week, and conditions have been great as of late. 

 

Super excited, and can't wait to get out there. Thanks again for all the tips and 'local' knowledge.

 

Cheers, and have a great season!

post #9 of 10
Please report back how your trip was. We're headed there in 3 weeks.
post #10 of 10

Skied K Wed.-Fri. this week. Conditions were excellent all over the mountain on man made snow. Most everything is groomed out but there are some bumps on the few natural trails open. They also had a short patch of seeded bumps on Mouse Trap but they weren't skied in yet while I was there. A couple of other trails had bumps (skiers right on OL for instance). With some natural snow forecasted for this coming week things should only get better. I might be back up there later this week.

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