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I´m planning a trip to Killington VT at the end of April. I´ve read some mixed reviews about the area to say the least, what kind of conditions should I expect so close to the end of the season?
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I was there on Saturday. I had fun, the snow was what you would expect on a really warm day. It was slushy on some trails, and I'd say they only had half the trails open.
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Originally Posted by Steini30
I´m planning a trip to Killington VT at the end of April. I´ve read some mixed reviews about the area to say the least, what kind of conditions should I expect so close to the end of the season?
Especially this year, end of April is going to be a huge gamble imo. Remember Killington will say they stayed open until Memorial Day even if it's only one trail...
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Are you coming from Reykjavik, Iceland as your user suggest? If that's the case, I would really rethink Killington. In the best case scenario you will have maybe 30% of the mountain open with very questionable snow. Look for something on the West Coast at that time of year...
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Killington

Yes I´m from Iceland but I´m going to Boston anyway and wanted to squezze in a couple of days of skiing. I was in Whistler a month ago and believe me I would love to go there again right now! Are there any better ski resorts than Killington still open at this time of year on the East coast?
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Even in a good snow year, most resorts can't operate that late in the season because of the lack of customers. I think even Jay Peak usually closes by April 15th. Killington will probably be open but expect some very limited skiing.
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Originally Posted by Steini30
Yes I´m from Iceland but I´m going to Boston anyway and wanted to squezze in a couple of days of skiing. I was in Whistler a month ago and believe me I would love to go there again right now! Are there any better ski resorts than Killington still open at this time of year on the East coast?
Do you mind hiking? Tuckerman Ravine has no lift but it is a really great way to end the season. It's a skier's mecca and worth going.

You can go to Time for Tuckerman and get some great pics and also see what would be required of you physically.

Mean while Killington should be open in late April. This year I would bet no more than 3 trails and maybe only one. The bumps are huge and endless but I do like going late in the season.
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You might end up skiing one lone run called Superstar. They build a 20 foot base on it so they can stay open longer than anyone. It becomes very bumped up. But it's skiing so what the hell.
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While Killington may be open, given the limited snow cover and the warm temps in the east this year skiing will be limited.

End of April is difficult even out West. For example, Copper and Alta are slated to close April 16th, Vail on April 23rd. But there are some resorts that are usually open later. A-basin in Colorado (which has lots of snow this year) is usually open until at least June and is 1.5 hours from the Denver International Airport. Snowbird which is 45 minutes from Salt Lake Airport was open on weekends until July 4 last year and I read some where they are going to try to repeat this year. I heard they are running race camps in the mornings on weekends. Mammoth Mountain in California is always open late and always has an insane amount of snow, but is 5 hours from LA (if you're lucky) or 3 hours from Reno by car. Finally, I think Mt Bachelor in Bend, Oregon, about 3 hours from Portland Airport is open until at least May every year.

So if you want to ski some more in the US and know your dates I would get on Travelocity or some other web site and look into getting an advance package for a weekend. You can get some really cheap flights if you book far enough in advance, and lift tickets and lodging are really inexpensive that time of year. Be prepared for a combination of ice in the morning and soft stuff in the afternoon, dress in layers, use lots of sun screen, and enjoy.

And if the US doesn't work out I think Santiago should just be getting cold enough by late May.
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Yes I´m from Iceland but I´m going to Boston anyway and wanted to squezze in a couple of days of skiing. I was in Whistler a month ago and believe me I would love to go there again right now! Are there any better ski resorts than Killington still open at this time of year on the East coast?

Go West!

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Originally Posted by Steini30
I´m planning a trip to Killington VT at the end of April. I´ve read some mixed reviews about the area to say the least, what kind of conditions should I expect so close to the end of the season?
Don't waste your time. Superstar will be the only trail open this year at that point, and that's even questionable since the "glacier is not nearly as deep as in past years.

I skied it on Saturday. Most of the mountain is nearing an early demise this year although they had closer to 75% still open, it's getting very thin. Late April will be very ugly this year. Go west, or bring your golf clubs instead.
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Killington

Thanks for the advice, sounds like my time will be better spent doing something else than skiing!
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Thanks for the advice, sounds like my time will be better spent doing something else than skiing!
: Like what???????
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Thanks for the advice, sounds like my time will be better spent doing something else than skiing!
At least go check it out if it's open.

Turn off the TV and take a walk up Tuckerman's
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