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Dec. 21st - Tremblant or Killington? [snowboarder in Ohio]

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Hello All,

New to here but I was hoping to get some insightful opinions.  I have the opportunity to go on a snow trip for two nights on Dec. 21st (time off from work).  I live in Ohio and am interested in going to either Tremblant or Killington (never been to either) but being so early in the season I'm debating it if is worth the 10 hour drive.  I'm a snowboarder and I like riding long relaxed runs.  Not really into parks.  Tremblant is having a big discount until Tuesday, so if I'm going to go there I should make the decision before then to save a couple hundred.

 

What do you guys think?  Are most beginner/intermediate runs open by then?  Will long runs like Nansen Haut or L'Algonquin at Tremblant or Juggernaut at Killington be open that early?  Is it worth it?  Or should I wait until I get another chance someday in Jan/Feb/Mar?

post #2 of 9

long open runs don't really get open by mid Dec at Killington and long relaxed runs don't happen at all. Most of any long runs at Kton are broken up with trail intersections and cross trail traffic.  You don't want to snowboard Juggernaut unless you like walking. I have never been to Tremblant, Stowe has some pretty long runs but not certain how much would be open by then.

post #3 of 9

Tremblant has a lot of long, relaxed runs and I imagine they should have some open by then in preparation for Christmas week.  They are pretty far north and tend to blow a lot of snow early which then usually sticks around for a long time.  

post #4 of 9

According to the thread about the Tremblant lift fire, the front and back sides are supposed to be open top-to-bottom sooner than usual.  Maybe @yann can provide an update.  Certainly been cold enough for a lot of snowmaking already.  Tremblant opened already.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/129457/tremblant-tgv-lift-fire

post #5 of 9
Well front and back is open on very limited runs but it's still early ( i probably will go there to start the season tomorrow but maybe not)


By december 21st most intermediate and beginer runs will be open it's usually advanced runs that take longuer to open. tremblant makes a lot of snow early december to open a max of terrain for their big event the 24 h of tremblant.

Also by then, if all goes according to plan, the tgv lift will be back in business!



Isit worth it? I've never been around christmas but i guess it will have a good chunk of terrain open, it migth be more like a foreign trip than killington with the quebec ambiance, the disneyland-like but nice village, there migth be crowds and you have good chances of wintery conditions ( but probably not as cold as jan-Feb)
post #6 of 9
Hum as a snow boarder one thing to note is that tremblant does have some flater sections at some places but it's not so bad. I'd think you can ride them out fairly easily.


There are quote a few boarders there so it migth be an indication it's not so bad!
post #7 of 9

I boarded there and I am not a very good boarder.  Lots of easy cruising and was able to ride out pretty much all the flats.  

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So far its shaped up to a good early season at Killington.  If the cold weather continues, they should have a good portion of the terrain open by late December.  As to long cruisers, Great Northern is already open to the bottom of Snowdon and snow is made on the remaining section to bottom of Rams Head.  That will open for Thanksgiving.  Good chance Great Eastern will be open by late December to the bottom of the gondola if the weather cooperates.

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So far its shaped up to a good early season at Killington.  If the cold weather continues, they should have a good portion of the terrain open by late December.  As to long cruisers, Great Northern is already open to the bottom of Snowdon and snow is made on the remaining section to bottom of Rams Head.  That will open for Thanksgiving.  Good chance Great Eastern will be open by late December to the bottom of the gondola if the weather cooperates.

 

Often the Skyship gondola does not open til Xmas week due to economics and not snow conditions. 

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