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Killington on Thanksgiving week

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Hello All,

 

My first post and I'm looking for input! :words:

 

I have a reservation made for Killington Mountain Inn for the whole week of Thanksgiving.

 

I know the world cup will be on the end of that week.

 

Now for my question: Will the beginner area be open on that Monday? My spouse wants to learn how to snowboard and I want my kid to learn how to ski, get an early start to the 16-17 season.

 

Do you guys believe this will be possible? Should I scrap this trip and reschedule for later?  One of my issues is that later won't be until mid January and I wanted them to get at least 3 days of instruction at one go.

 

Thanks!

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I assume your are talking about Snowshed.  It's hard to say.  I've skied during the week before Thanksgiving at Killington for the last 15+ years.  Some years there are 50+ trails open.  Other years almost nothing.  The early focus is on the upper mountain and then working down to the bottom of Snowdon.  Only until those are in decent shape will they consider blowing Snowshed.  They have extra crews and compressors just for making snow for the World Cup races on Superstar, so that shouldn't impact the other parts of the mountain.  Still that week is not a good time to go to Killington, especially for beginners/novices.  And the holiday weekend this year is going to a complete zoo with all the World Cup crowds.  I'd pass.

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They tend to have "something" open for beginners at snowshed & even though it may not look like much, to a never ever- it will be perfect. We found the low snow year last season was great teaching our daughter- plenty of lodge space & not many on the white strip.
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I have never been to Killington so I'm assuming Snowshed is their beginner area? Is there more than one?

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Originally Posted by SkiLuv View Post
 

I have never been to Killington so I'm assuming Snowshed is their beginner area? Is there more than one?


no not really, Ramshead has some terrain but that won't be open by Thanksgiving. Mainly how much will be open at Snowshed will depend on if the temps can stay low with no rain. They can make a ton of snow pretty quick and cover maybe 1/2 of the Snowshed area width wise but need mother nature to cooperate.

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Killington has Green terrain scattered all over.  Snowshed is the wide dedicated beginner/novice teaching slope.   Basically zero chance of anything on RamsHead being open that early.  Slightly better chance of the easy terrain on Snowdon being open.  The problem with early season is that the crowds desperate for some turns overwhelm the limited terrain that's open and that means long lift lines and crowded slopes.    

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The other consideration is that the WC on Superstar might cut off access to KBL and the gondola from Snowshed.  I'm going to be there a couple of days, but I'm not counting on skiing.  OTOH Julia Mancuso will be there:

 

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You are looking at the earliest possible dates Killington could offer programs through their ski school. Online they note just "late November" as the earliest start time. Weather is going to be your biggest friend or enemy.

 

As far as learning goes, if Killington has the terrain open, and you simply avoid the holiday period after Turkey Day you should be just fine. Midweeks are a huge change from weekends at Killington. Even if the terrain is limited, just getting those first turns in could pay dividends learning in December, and then actually being able to do some fun stuff in the heart of the ski season.

 

Just don't bet your bottom dollar on everything going smoothly, and have a backup plan if it is warm or raining.

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