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Going to Killington VT for 3 days - which slopes for a beginner/intermediate skiier?

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I just started skiing this season. I go with my high school's ski club, and I've went 8 times this season so far. The first couple of times I was really bad and fell constantly, struggling to make it down the easiest hills. Within the past couple trips, I've improved dramatically. I'm not an expert, but I can go down all the beginner, intermediate and single black diamond hills at my local mountain (Montage Mountain in Pennsylvania.) I'm still scared of the double black diamonds so I don't go down those. I do small jumps on the terrain park, but no rails or boxes or anything. I do fall occasionally though, but nothing bad. 

 

I'm going on a field trip to Killington VT this upcoming Friday, and leaving Sunday night. I'll have 3 days to ski. I'm wondering what slopes I should be able to go down and stuff I should stay away from.. are black diamonds in Vermont different from my local mountain, or should they be similar in difficulty? Some people say their mountain is a lot bigger, so their single black diamonds are like our double black diamonds, or that their intermediates are like black diamonds to us.

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Welcome to EpicSki!

 

Black Diamonds at Killington will be nothing like back home. Steep, longer, and pretty much bigger in every way. Trail rating is relative to every mountain, so it is often hard to compare.

 

Killington did a lot of people a favor this year and updated their trail ratings on several areas.

 

I would suggest taking a look at any of the Greens (Great Eastern is a super long green trail off the Skyeship Gondola). The Blues I would suggest are in this order 1) Anything off of Ramshead, 2) the Blues off the North Ridge Triple near the summit, 3) Cruise Control and Bittersweet+High Road off the Skyeship Gondola Stage 2, 3) Great Northern from K1

 

If you can ski those trails you are going to cover the "easier" blues at Killington in my estimation. If you can master those, explore some of the other blue trails and find your comfort zone. Killington is huge, and you will have more than ample options for 3 days as someone just learning to ski this year.

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I grew up in NEPA a few years back (Lake Lehman) and you will find Killington to be NOTHING like Montage. You are going to have a great time, but you really have to understand that run ratings differ from hill to hill. Take it easy until you get a feel for it. You might only run intermediates at most. I can GAR-RON-TEE you that if you ski hard for 3 days, your legs will feel like rubber on day 3. However, if you do, go to Montage the next weekend, you will be amazed at the difference in your skiing.

 

FYI, hit Elk. Its far enough off to drive off the tourists and at least when I was there a pleasant place all around. Not a huge lodge but the skiing  was real good.

 

As to runs, start on easy street to get the feel of it, then (map time) http://www.killington.com/site/mountain/trail_map/W14-15_Killington_Trail_Guide_web.pdf  I am pretty sure that you hit the peak , and break left to the long intermediate runs. The peak area lets you hit intermediate and expert depending on how you feel.

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Elk Mountain is absolustely fantastic, highly recommend. Some of it actually is surprisingly steep.....so consider the blacks true blacks before you venture onto those. Go midweek and you can have the place to yourself.

 

Back on topic Snowshed is one of the greatest bunny hills in skiing, take a few laps there and then head to Rams Head where you should enjoy the whole hill for it s very easy yet fun cruising. Then if feeling confident move over to Snowdon for some great blue square skiing. Rime is fantastic. Careful at the end of the day tho as skiers head back down some of those blues can turn into icy congested double black diamonds quickly even for the most skilled of skiers. Avoid this carnage at all costs including quitting early especially on weekends.

 

There is a Killington specific message board on the internet with a lot of activity/posting (including a lot of trolling) and a lot of K talk on Alpine Zone and SnowJournal as well.

 

This board has a lot of K fans tho certainly more will chime in.

 

Good luck, be safe and have fun!

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killington is going to be nothing like Montage as a whole. Fwiw its not like the blacks at montage are garbage runs, In fact its just more that those runs contain breaks in steepness as you make your way down which actually makes them kind of fun in a way and easier in terms of being able to gather yourself while on the run should one find it a struggle.   That luxury at Kton blacks  is not really going to be there in that sense or to the degree it is at montage.. As for the greens and blues I don't think there is a blue at montage that wouldn't be a green at killington.

 

I think the best you can do is to ski many blues at Kton and see how your doing. If your having fun and doing just ok enough stay with it on those. If you think things are too easy than try blacks but are you skiing them or just surviving down them? To be honest I don't know why so many who get started skiing think it has to be all about skiing blacks. To me there is such a thing as surviving and actually skiing and/or continuing to learn skiing. Just because one ventures down blacks does not make anyone a great skier at all. Plenty of expert skiers very much enjoy great skiing down good blue runs with varying steepness and varying terrains and also may love the snow conditions on a given run and the length of it too. On good blue runs imo one can ski as easy or hard as they want, be as technical and playful as they want. Drive harder in some areas and cruise easy in others. Thats all great stuff imo. Also works great for perfecting ones skills too.  My point is imo you don't need to get so caught up in thinking blacks. But whatever you decide I would be sure your doing very well on any Ktons blues before hitting blacks. You may just find all is awesome enough just staying on the blues. Good Luck! You should have a blast there.

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As a long-time Killington skier, I suggest starting at Ramshead and Snowdon. Lots of easy blues to get you adjusted. Then try the stuff off Skye Peak like Skyelark, Bittersweet and Cruise Control. And don't miss the blues at Bear like Skyeburst and Bear Claw. Too many trails so little time.
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Based on my experience over many years with trips to Killington, you have gotten some great advice from CentralVT08 and JimH!!  Can't go wrong with their suggestions. 

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I just want to commend the OP on this admirably grown up inquiry for a teen ager.   I love love love that you see the sense in putting ego aside and getting advice on what runs are going to work and be the most fun for you - color blind skiing is the best way to approach a new mountain, and you'll have a great time at Killington with your fantastic attitude and all the good advice already provided here.



 



You've clearly caught the ski bug - lucky you, and you have many wonderful years of skiing ahead of you.   Enjoy them all!


Edited by tartegnin - 2/24/15 at 2:19pm
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killington is going to be nothing like Montage as a whole. Fwiw its not like the blacks at montage are garbage runs, In fact its just more that those runs contain breaks in steepness as you make your way down which actually makes them kind of fun in a way and easier in terms of being able to gather yourself while on the run should one find it a struggle.   That luxury at Kton blacks  is not really going to be there in that sense or to the degree it is at montage.. As for the greens and blues I don't think there is a blue at montage that wouldn't be a green at killington.

 

I think the best you can do is to ski many blues at Kton and see how your doing. If your having fun and doing just ok enough stay with it on those. If you think things are too easy than try blacks but are you skiing them or just surviving down them? To be honest I don't know why so many who get started skiing think it has to be all about skiing blacks. To me there is such a thing as surviving and actually skiing and/or continuing to learn skiing. Just because one ventures down blacks does not make anyone a great skier at all. Plenty of expert skiers very much enjoy great skiing down good blue runs with varying steepness and varying terrains and also may love the snow conditions on a given run and the length of it too. On good blue runs imo one can ski as easy or hard as they want, be as technical and playful as they want. Drive harder in some areas and cruise easy in others. Thats all great stuff imo. Also works great for perfecting ones skills too.  My point is imo you don't need to get so caught up in thinking blacks. But whatever you decide I would be sure your doing very well on any Ktons blues before hitting blacks. You may just find all is awesome enough just staying on the blues. Good Luck! You should have a blast there.

Thanks for the advice everyone. But I'm actually able to ski the black diamonds easily for the most part. I go down them faster than 90% of other people slowing the same slopes and rarely fall. I go off the little off-trail sections and little jumps too. When I get back from Killington I'm going to try the easiest double  black diamond at Montage.

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