Hoping to hit some of those trees Monday and Tuesday. I will report back.
post #31 of 94
2/1/05 at 8:26pm
Originally Posted by whtmt
I have only skied Killington a few times in all of my 30+ years of living in Central NH and I can't say I remember any of them being a really good time.
On the other hand I can tell you that if you want a big eastern mountain experience with great small town hospitality, go to Sunday River in Bethel Maine. There are few places that you can always be assured of a great time. It's 5-Miles across and looks back over to the Whites here in New Hampshire. It's got everything from wide green groomers for the kids and newbies to the wild and wooly steeps of White Heat or my favorite, Shockwave. Shockwave is like an old New England trail with a dog-leg right and then left and it's steep and bumped up usually. Sunday River will challenge you as far as you can go---it's up to you.
I did a PSIA advanced bumps clinic for two of the most challenging and fun filled days last February that I have ever had. Troy Walsh, an Eastern Demo Team member took us through the treed bump runs, closed lift lines like Ruby and of course, Shockwave!!! He & Sunday River were both awesome.
So bag Killington for a quality experience. Come to Sunday River Maine. I also agree with some of the other posts complimenting both Okemo and Bromley. They're both great areas and really cater to guests.
whtmt & Mackenzie 911
Originally Posted by X-EastCoaster
Drive the extra hour and go to Jay. YES, it's only an extra hour because of the proximity to 91 - 3:45 from Hartford when the roads are clear - usually MUCH better snow - easy and obvious access to countless tree runs from all main lifts. '96-'01 at Jay were EPIC - cold winters with Southern storm tracks the past 3 seasons have been tough for them though!!
K does have a nice pitch to it - and good spring bumps - but in the 20 days or so I've done there none of their good terrain was ever open and I never knew the mountian enough to play in the woods. For some reason I was always stumbling around with a blistering hangover!!
Originally Posted by Mack
I know my way around. I think Killington is a totally different experience once you know your way around. It's funny... people complain about lift lines and other things..but I can't remember the last time I had to do long lift lines at Killington. I can probably get from one side of the mountain to any other place on the mountain in a very short amount of time.
PS - With that said.. I've recently found a new 'home away from home'.. Winter Park, CO. Too bad it's a looonng commute from Boston. No Pain, No Jane.
Originally Posted by PA Ridge Racer
We'll I'm ressurecting this thread, which is chock full of information, because Killington is on my short list for my northern trek for this season. I've never been and I was feeling like it's time to go just because it's Killington. But after reading this I'm not sure I want to go there over some other options I had in mind. I'm planning on a late season trip so the crowd situation shouldn't be a problem. Just a few questions. 1) Is the intersection situation that bad? 2) Which trails are normally left ungroomed ( I know, of course, outer limits is but what about ovation, superstar etc) Which expert trails are groomed? 3) Can I acheive the full 3000 plus ft. of vert. from the highest point (K Peak)? Thanks.