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Killington last saturday

post #1 of 23
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anyone else there? I was shocked. I've never imagined slopes so overcrowded. I had people sliding into me right and left, got knocked out 2x on one run. there were maybe 3 good 100 ft. spots (the mogul team took over 1). I would have been really upset if I hadn't been skiing for free.

the management should consider halting ticket sales when patrol is spinning sled laps and you see multiple collisions per lift ride. poor old ladies were getting clobbered by idiots sliding around uncontrolably on snowboards. i wonder if there are any legal ramifications to running a resort at a dangerous capacity. Is there any set limit for acerage, because if not I'm gonna think about law school and go after these irresponsible mountain managers. jeez.

thoughts?
post #2 of 23
I thought the same thing. Sunday was just as bad if not worse. The morning snow was decent, and there were a couple decent trails, but by the afternoon it was mostly ice and overcrowded. My wife got poked in the neck with a skipole ... no apology. Some snowboarder crashed into her. It was miserable. I would say the fact that it was overcrowded was bad, but being overcrowded with New Yorkers was worse, but that will get me blasted on here. So I will just say it was overcrowded.
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by RotoFury
I would say the fact that it was overcrowded was bad, but being overcrowded with New Yorkers was worse, but that will get me blasted on here.
I did see a lot of Yankee hats........
post #4 of 23
And I sat with more than my fair share of "confident" guys with very thick accents boasting about their houses near the mountain, their high paying jobs ...

Funny, I heard nobody boast about the Yankees, Giants, Mets or Jets ...
post #5 of 23
Definetly ridiculous on sunday - Did anyone see the intersection near the base of the t-bar under the base triple? It was insane!

I skied the glades triple all day - down that trail under the lift over and over - just waiting for space to open up.

I think that there should be a limit to ticket sales - there were ALOT of buses up there this weekend - I talked to people that had come from Maryland - CRAZY
post #6 of 23
It was largely Bronze Passes (myself a culprit) and people who came in after getting a 99/night including lift ticket deal at the traveling Expo.
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by RotoFury
I would say the fact that it was overcrowded was bad, but being overcrowded with New Yorkers was worse, but that will get me blasted on here. So I will just say it was overcrowded.
Well, my brother was one of those New Yorkers (even though I keep trying to convince him his not a true New Yorker, he adimantly claims he is), but he was saying the same thing. He described it as human glades.

Since I was supposed to ski this past Friday and Sunday (yes I'm also one of those Bronze pass holders) sounds like I made the right choice in not making the trek to hit the snow.
post #8 of 23
well - I'll tell you what yeah it was crowded but it always is early season - all we need is a big storm and then we can all go and hide in the trees and seek out our secret stashes...
post #9 of 23
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those who were there will appreciate this........ my edges were so dull i'd let a baby play with them. needless to say it was a BLAST skiing the headwall of that black leading down to the gondola. my own damn fault of course, but a rude welcoming back to the East.

i often criticize killington mostly because of the type of people that go there. when it is open with good snow it does have great skiing. but for starters, the parking lot could be its own episode of cribs. and second, people are just inconsiderate/are not there to ski/ride. when a resort focuses so much on the social/apres ski scene you ruin the experience on the mountain. what is the rationale behind this? does anyone honestly enjoy it?

well.... i'll let it go. anyone out there LIKE Killington and want to change my mind?
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by skierdon
those who were there will appreciate this........ my edges were so dull i'd let a baby play with them. needless to say it was a BLAST skiing the headwall of that black leading down to the gondola. my own damn fault of course, but a rude welcoming back to the East.

i often criticize killington mostly because of the type of people that go there. when it is open with good snow it does have great skiing. but for starters, the parking lot could be its own episode of cribs. and second, people are just inconsiderate/are not there to ski/ride. when a resort focuses so much on the social/apres ski scene you ruin the experience on the mountain. what is the rationale behind this? does anyone honestly enjoy it?

well.... i'll let it go. anyone out there LIKE Killington and want to change my mind?
Would you like to tell us ---Why you went---with that attitude to begin with?:
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by skier_j
Would you like to tell us ---Why you went---with that attitude to begin with?:
yeah, i had "the bug" and a free pass. I'm glad I went and had a good 'trip'. I was able to break in some new boots and came to the realization that I have no ski poles. skiing is skiing, right?

but I can still be critical of a resort and how they operate in a money-driven irresponsible manner.

oh, and the problem is that I went there with a great attitude. I saw a few fresh inches and 33 "trails" open. the problem was the letdown.
post #12 of 23
I skied K this weekend and thought Sunday was fabulous. I spent the morning on skylark/bittersweet and the afternoon on rime-- did not find it dangerously crowded. Saturday things were a little tight but you just have to be patient. More terrain's opening every day.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by skierdon
and 33 "trails" open. the problem was the letdown.

yeah -ahhh - at ASC resorts always divide the trail number they give you by 4 or 5 if you want an accurate number - 5 is probably closer
post #14 of 23
I will give Killington another shot ... chalk it up to an unappealing ratio of few trails:cabin fever breakers. But when I go back in March, if the people are as rude, and if the trails are as crowded, and if the place is just as "unrelaxing" as it was this weekend, then it will be my last trip to killington. I am taking my wife and her brother and her parents there in March. I sure hope I don't look like a clod. Gosh those braggars were annoying, as was that pr-ck who clumsily jabbed my wife with his pole. I just never saw more people skiing over tails in lines, shoving people out of the way, and crashing into people on trails. Is Killington REALLY the rudest mountain on the East, or was my timing bad?
post #15 of 23
In Killington's defense, for those who enjoy traversing, they couldn't have found a better destination.
post #16 of 23
Oh and example #204 of the rudeness of Killington skiers/riders: The kids with their snowboards leaned up against my Land Rover at the end of the day!
post #17 of 23
Oh one truly great thing: The service at the Mendon Mountain View Resort ... awesome owners, great staff, excellent room, tremendous value ... I loved it!
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by RotoFury
In Killington's defense, for those who enjoy traversing, they couldn't have found a better destination.
That - Roto - is killington's achilles heel....that and the occasional crowd problems on holidays....

overall a great mountain - hit it midweek on a snow day and you will be singing its praises
post #19 of 23
Yep, was there sat. It was crazy alright. Went down Skylark...they were blasting snow so visibility was low. Also, lots of people. It was fun being crashed into, couldn't see, and coming down an icicle...NOT. I think I will avoid Kmart for a long while. It has always been that crowded on weekends. But then again, where else can one go that has decent terrain this early?
post #20 of 23
Go to Okemo for the best early season skiing...you just need to leave your bronze pass at home.....I wonder how useful these $349 passes are going to be unless one can ski mid-week.
post #21 of 23
I was there sunday as well. The crowds were truely insane. I am a mad river skier and hardly used to that. The intersection on Snowdon was like nothing I had ever seen before, like 200 skiers in a 100 yard space. I had fun and got a good workout, but that was not a good thing, I cant wait for Mad to open up. BTW I skied glades quite a bit as well since the trail under the chair was the only uncrowded one on the mountain. For those who said they were skiing there you may have ridden up with me, I was skiing with my 9 year old daughter.

Alfonse
post #22 of 23
In some defense to Killington.. yes, it is usually crowded. But last week was WAY over the usual. Probably because there are very few mountains open so far on the east coast, and most of them only have one or two trails open.. giving K-mart the most open terrain and attracting more people than usual. To add to that - the terrain is limited there at this point, so it's a lot more people than usual, in less space.

Anyway. The lines on the Superstar quad were short to none (while the other lifts had looonnng lines). Some nice hero bumps on the edges on Skyelark (where the snow guns were blowing), but a sheet of ice on the middle of the trail (I also had very dull edges).

The east is in serious need of a major snowstorm.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by RotoFury
Is Killington REALLY the rudest mountain on the East, or was my timing bad?
Overall, the staff there is not that great...at least in comparison to other places. As for the people, I have met some locals who are really nice friendly.
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