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Opening weekend at K-Mart (long, with pics)

post #1 of 32
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I was up at Killington all weekend -- unbelievable.

I was in line for the first gondola at 7:40 AM on Saturday (lifts start turning at 8:00). That wasn't soon enough as there were about a dozen people in line in front of me. Then they announced that the groomers were still coming down the hill, so we had to wait until about 8:15, by which point the line had grown to be huge. They finally let us on the gondola's, which was like the running of the bulls. Mad stampede, but I managed to get on the 7th or 8th one. Not bad!

The trail report for the AM had said that 22 trails would be open, but as we rode up, we could easily tell that anything reachable would be ski-able. I had the rock skis, so I didn't care what I hit.

The groomers had packed down only the main trade routes -- a path down Rim and Chute (both blues) and the x-country trails Great Northern and Great Eastern. Pretty much everything else was left au natural.

I started out down Great Northern (a green), turned down Rime (a blue), and then went powder searching. My pre-storm plans for Day#1 was to do some specific drills to get the "feel" back, but when there's powder to be had... East Rime (blue), Great Bear (blue to black), North Star (black), Chute (blue)... all were open, all were powder, and all were awesome. I only ducked two ropes all day -- the on trail stuff was so good and I don't really know my way around K-Mart, so I was limiting my exploring. Wound up skiing until about 2:30 at which point my legs wouldn't take it anymore.

The powder was really heavy -- a real killer workout for day one. I had my 5*s, which at only 68mm underfoot made the experience a bit more difficult then if I had had my powder skis, but oh well. Good practice. :-) The temps were pretty cold on Saturday, so everything stayed nice.

Sunday was much warmer and much more crowded. They still didn't groom out much (what a shame...), but the warm temps made everything really really heavy and soft. There were still some one-turn sized patches of untracked, but going in was like jumping into a bottle of Elmer's glue. Really really sticky, so I didn't want to risk going off trail. Very windy day. The lower mountain was defiinitely getting beat up -- lots of rocks and bare patches showing through. I was glad I had the rock skis on Sunday as I definitely smacked some things.

All in all, my deep snow technique definitely hasn't come back (not sure it ever really existed...). My packed snow technique feels okay, but not great. Two days down (first days I've ever had in October !), hopefully about 50 to go. Definitely an awesome start to the season!

North Star on Saturday:
http://img470.imageshack.us/my.php?i...cropped8db.jpg

North Star on Sunday:
http://img470.imageshack.us/my.php?i...arbumps9lt.jpg

Me on Saturday -- those trees look like mid-winter !
http://img470.imageshack.us/my.php?i...cropped1sd.jpg
post #2 of 32
Nice pictures - I'm way jealous of the October turns!
post #3 of 32
NICE
post #4 of 32
Excellent!

Nice shots.

You gotta love the way those bumps built up so fast.
post #5 of 32
Nice pics

I was debating hitting Kmart or Wildcat but with new boots and a bad knee the elmers glue would not have been good for me.
post #6 of 32
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
You gotta love the way those bumps built up so fast.
Sunday was definitely more bumping then powder-ing. IMO, boarders tend to ruin bump fields rapidly, but they seemed to be staying out of most of the heavily bumped runs, so they stayed pretty sweet. I was amazed watching some people hammer down the bump runs -- what do these people do to stay in such good bumping form?
post #7 of 32
Excellent pics. Thanks for sharing.


Curious as to who makes the waist pack you are wearing. The g/f is looking for a new one to replace hers.
post #8 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinF
I was up at Killington all weekend -- unbelievable.

I was in line for the first gondola at 7:40 AM on Saturday (lifts start turning at 8:00). That wasn't soon enough as there were about a dozen people in line in front of me. Then they announced that the groomers were still coming down the hill, so we had to wait until about 8:15, by which point the line had grown to be huge. They finally let us on the gondola's, which was like the running of the bulls. Mad stampede, but I managed to get on the 7th or 8th one. Not bad!

The trail report for the AM had said that 22 trails would be open, but as we rode up, we could easily tell that anything reachable would be ski-able. I had the rock skis, so I didn't care what I hit.

The groomers had packed down only the main trade routes -- a path down Rim and Chute (both blues) and the x-country trails Great Northern and Great Eastern. Pretty much everything else was left au natural.

I started out down Great Northern (a green), turned down Rime (a blue), and then went powder searching. My pre-storm plans for Day#1 was to do some specific drills to get the "feel" back, but when there's powder to be had... East Rime (blue), Great Bear (blue to black), North Star (black), Chute (blue)... all were open, all were powder, and all were awesome. I only ducked two ropes all day -- the on trail stuff was so good and I don't really know my way around K-Mart, so I was limiting my exploring. Wound up skiing until about 2:30 at which point my legs wouldn't take it anymore.

The powder was really heavy -- a real killer workout for day one. I had my 5*s, which at only 68mm underfoot made the experience a bit more difficult then if I had had my powder skis, but oh well. Good practice. :-) The temps were pretty cold on Saturday, so everything stayed nice.

Sunday was much warmer and much more crowded. They still didn't groom out much (what a shame...), but the warm temps made everything really really heavy and soft. There were still some one-turn sized patches of untracked, but going in was like jumping into a bottle of Elmer's glue. Really really sticky, so I didn't want to risk going off trail. Very windy day. The lower mountain was defiinitely getting beat up -- lots of rocks and bare patches showing through. I was glad I had the rock skis on Sunday as I definitely smacked some things.

All in all, my deep snow technique definitely hasn't come back (not sure it ever really existed...). My packed snow technique feels okay, but not great. Two days down (first days I've ever had in October !), hopefully about 50 to go. Definitely an awesome start to the season!

North Star on Saturday:
http://img470.imageshack.us/my.php?i...cropped8db.jpg

North Star on Sunday:
http://img470.imageshack.us/my.php?i...arbumps9lt.jpg

Me on Saturday -- those trees look like mid-winter !
http://img470.imageshack.us/my.php?i...cropped1sd.jpg


awesome day!!! It looks like friggin mid winter!!!
post #9 of 32
You bastard! Lucky BASTARD, that is!
post #10 of 32
Sweet pics and sweet looking bumps!
post #11 of 32
Kevin's TR is spot-on. Unfortunately I had early season ski obligations yesterday, so I missed the true "mid-winter" conditions at K-Mart...nevertheless, the time I spent there today was absolutely fantastic!! I have never before in my life (and may never again) skied gladed trails in October that appeared to be in mid-January conditions...Unreal is the only way to describe it.

That was a rough 174 days off...
post #12 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
You gotta love the way those bumps built up so fast.
You're right... I'd much rather be skiing bumps than 12" of fresh powder. :
post #13 of 32
The day ended perfectly Sunday....warm, softer snow, frosty beverage...

K-mart was suprisingly mellow for such a big early season event!
post #14 of 32
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Glenn
Curious as to who makes the waist pack you are wearing. The g/f is looking for a new one to replace hers.
It's an EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports) pack; specifically, it's one of these

It's just the right size to stash a small water bottle and a camera, plus some other small items. A friend of mine uses one whenever she's cycling -- it just works great for all kinds of stuff.
post #15 of 32
I am jealous of you October lift-serviced turns.

Josh who made first turns tuesday.
post #16 of 32
I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..I shoulda been there..
post #17 of 32
Don't worry Phil we will be ripping some turns soon enough.
post #18 of 32
The pictures make it sure look like it was worth the effort to get there. Glad you had a blast.
post #19 of 32
Super report!

Will the snow make it thru the week? Will Kmart and a few others be open this coming weekend?
post #20 of 32
Wow. I cannot believe those pictures.

Here in Toronto the temps were in the 60s and we mountain biked all weekend. But I am not complaining about that.
post #21 of 32
Highlights of the weekend:

- Running into some buddies from high school, ripped with them all day saturday.
- First run of the year, hit up double dipper, end up skiing it 5 times that weekend.
- First tracks on Flume at 9:30 am.
- Skied Vertigo headwall at 2:00 pm on saturday, 2 tracks on it.
- Skied with my brother and about 8 snowboarders on sunday, they all ripped it up.

No idea why everyone was skiing royal flush and east fall all day long, when there were goods to be had everywhere else.
post #22 of 32
Just a quick note to say that Wildcat, NH, was also open for business this past weekend, and looked good. Apparently the one lift they had running broke down by mid-afternoon on Saturday, and they issued vouchers to those who wanted 'em.

And as far as I know, both Killington and Wildcat will be closed again until things get a bit colder. Warm weather is predicted for the coming week, and the ground hasn't frozen yet.

But still: it looked quite nice.
post #23 of 32
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JHrefugee
Super report!

Will the snow make it thru the week? Will Kmart and a few others be open this coming weekend?
The snow is awfully sketchy down near the base of the Slowdon quad -- i.e., getting there was an exercise in rock dodging. Getting to the K-1 gondola base wasn't too bad; some of the trails that lead to the Superstar Quad area were a bit sketchy to get through.

I heard from the mountain folks that snowmaking might resume on Wednesday night if Mother Nature co-operates. If it doesn't, I don't think they'd open for this coming weekend (i.e., the 5th / 6th).
post #24 of 32
I cannot believe someone skied Vertigo Headwall In OCTOBER, Hello its OCTOBER!!!!
Unreal, it is actually hard to imagine, I should have been there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good for you guys, this could have been once in a life time! (Powder in feet in OCT)
post #25 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by katabch
I cannot believe someone skied Vertigo Headwall In OCTOBER, Hello its OCTOBER!!!!
Unreal, it is actually hard to imagine, I should have been there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good for you guys, this could have been once in a life time! (Powder in feet in OCT)
Not only was the Headwall skiable, but the trees all over the upper 2/3's of the mountain were as well. Like I said, unreal!
post #26 of 32
Hey Kevin sorry I couldnt make it on Saturday Busy weekend. But I made it on sunday and brought my daughter. I am jealous of your saturday but I just couldnt blow off my daughters b-day on friday and nephew on saturday. Couldnt find ya sunday. But here is a couple pics from the very top on sunday.
I had a blast in all the bumps. Trees were definately out of hte question on sundays elmer glue snow. unless you liked the taste of bark. My daughter and me.
post #27 of 32
Thats great!! I'm green with envy.

I got all the gear but no where to go, but i'm glad some of the bears can "rip" it up this early. Keep sending pics it's all I have untill December
post #28 of 32

Huckingfellers is THAT GUY!

Huckingfellers,

You are officially bestowed the title of "Bad@$$ parent of the month"! My friends and I were surprised by the number of little guys and girls skiing this past weekend and were commenting on how cool those parents were to get the kids out this early. You obviously fall into this category!

Good thing to see -- hopefully it creates a cycle of "cool" skiing & riding parents for years to come!
post #29 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinF
It's an EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports) pack; specifically, it's one of these

It's just the right size to stash a small water bottle and a camera, plus some other small items. A friend of mine uses one whenever she's cycling -- it just works great for all kinds of stuff.
Thanks Kevin. One Christmas present down, many to go.

Glenn

"I know you can fight, it's out wits that make us men."
post #30 of 32
Were any trails open that were suitable for training (racing) on? I am considering going up next weekend.

Best,
Chris
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