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Killington for the weekend?

post #1 of 22
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Is it worth the 5 hour drive to Killington for Saturday and half day Sunday? I haven't gone yet this season. Is there a list of what trails are open, the site says 30, but not the names. Any expected snow?
post #2 of 22
I am sure they will be adding a buch by the weekend. If I wasn't heading for Stowe the following weekend and moved my day off, I would be heading up this weekend.
post #3 of 22
I'll be there for my first turns of the year.
post #4 of 22
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Is there a list of what trails are open, the site says 30, but not the names.
http://www.killington.com/trail_repo...groomed#trails

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Any expected snow?
From http://www.killington.com/snow_report.html

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Weather: THURSDAY: Cloudy with a new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible, high of 31.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible, low of 17.
FRIDAY: Scattered snow showers, with a high near 17.
post #5 of 22
My son and I are headed up Friday night for our first turns. I just sharpened our edges and waxed 'em up.
post #6 of 22
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My son and I are headed up Friday night for our first turns. I just sharpened our edges and waxed 'em up.
I wish my dad was saying the same thing.
Time to go beg.
2-4 in. doesn't sound too bad.
Thanks for the help.
post #7 of 22
We just hit it today. Limited terrain but the snow was good and Skylark, Superstar and Bittersweet for this weekend.

Alfonse
post #8 of 22
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We just hit it today. Limited terrain but the snow was good and Skylark, Superstar and Bittersweet for this weekend.

Alfonse
How does your daughter like the Atomics? ? ?
post #9 of 22
Cant wait!! We're heading up fri night. Should be great skiing weather this weekend, the conditions sound better than catastrophic which is what I would be expecting judging from the lack of snow I see outside my window.
post #10 of 22
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How does your daughter like the Atomics? ? ?
She loves em. She is bigger and stronger this year. I felt like our trip in April happened a week ago as we just fell into a rythem right off. We bumped and got more air than I have in one day in a while since the man made was so soft and whales were everywhere. My big toenail is going to go but oh well it goes every year. Bucket got some vids of Jessie and I launching a lip, she was doing little grabs it was cute. One thing about her skis that impresses me is how light they are. BTW it was snowing pretty hard when we left and it was raining pretty hard back down in the valley so I am guessing they may have gotten 3-6 or so(I emphasize guessing)


Alfonse
post #11 of 22
I skied today, it was horrible in comparison. BITTER BITTER cold and everything crusted up, plus anything remotely fun was groomed out.....
post #12 of 22
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I skied today, it was horrible in comparison. BITTER BITTER cold and everything crusted up, plus anything remotely fun was groomed out.....
I'm glad I didn't end up going then.
post #13 of 22

Opposite opinion - Killington Friday 8 Dec 2006

My son and I were also at Killington, and I thought it was great! I went up with low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. Thumbs up to the snowmakers.

I will admit it was bitter cold (9 deg with a strong wind) and poor visibility - between the overcast and the snowmaking with wind. But that's life.

The North Ridge area (what used to be the Glades was smooth up top with good snow and mini-bumps on the bottom half. For some reason the top half had little traffic, so we did some technique practice/taping. (I suppose it was because most people went over to the terrain park that paralleled it.)

Towards the end of the day they dropped the rope on East Fall from there (which is a steep, fairly short pitch). It was covered in deep snow that was a little heavy but not mashed potatoes. Fluffy whipped potatoes, maybe. In any case, it was good enough that powder technique worked in it, and it was a blast.

(The Cascade runout at the bottome of East Fall was quite bony, but they had it marked thin cover at the entrance to the run. This was the only thin coverage we saw all day.)

The Cascade Headwall was open with good coverage and some interesting big rollers (hard surface but not really ice). It was a challenge for the first day back, esp. w/ limited visibility).

There were even some fairly serious moguls on the left edge of MouseTrap.

The Superstar chair was running, with a loop coming back down (SkyLark to Bittersweet, I think.) The guns had been left in place long enough that each one made a big snowmaking whale ten or more feet tall, many of which were quite steep on the back side. It was great fun to run down the continuous chain of whales. One interesting thing this showed is how much range of adjustment there is in snowmaking. Each whale had a different consistency - a few even had patches of powder.

(I've noticed this before -- when it is very cold, snow guns can make powder. They don't do it on purpose, I suppose because it is not economical. They are trying to make thick snow to cover the ground. In fact, one day last year I discovered a few guns blowing powder and then saw the crew come back and readjust them so they made more typical man-made snow).

The center of the trail on the Skylark loop had some sections that were ice, which my son liked cause it gave him a chance to try the edge hold of his new racing skis. (Very good, by the way).

I was glad we went on Friday (my son had off school for some random reason). The weekday and cold made for thin crowds (no lift lines) and good snow. I suspect today (Sat) and Sunday were/will be a zoo. I'm also not sure how cold it stayed up there, considering it warmed up a lot down here in Boston.
post #14 of 22
I skied thursday and the difference was huge. I agree the glades was not bad especially the top. After snowdon on thursday being a blast it was groomed out and rock hard on friday. We were charging mouse trap on thursday and friday I tried that and somehow managed to take a chunk of skin from my shin it was so hard. We went up Superstar chair and it was comical how windy it was at the top must have been 70 mph winds. I agree the snow seemed good on the sky lark portion but when we ran it in the morning they were blowing so hard I could not see a thing. If they stopped that would have been the run for the day. Allthough the bottom portion(bittersweet) was absolute windslab ice, not sure how they managed that.

To be fair a day like that does a ton for your technique and makes it easy when the snow is good. Kudos to you for having a good time. Lots of people were complaining on the K-Zone about the conditions. For me it was just such a dramatic difference, I felt like a rock star on thursday and a chump out there on friday. Nothing harder than carving a turn when it varies from wind slab ice to soft powder every 10 feet. I am going tomorrow and will report in. I am guessing it will soften up and be bump city from the crowds. Sunday afternoon the crowds thin though

Alfonse
post #15 of 22
How are the crowds? Is it bumper to bumper? We'll probably ski there next Saturday.
post #16 of 22
Christmas Eve will be my first day at the Mart.
post #17 of 22
I cannot speak for today but thursday there was nobody there. Friday the crowds at least doubled if not more. We parked all the way over bye the snowdon quad and we got there a bit after 9. In comparison we parked 100 yards from KBL on thursday. In expectation of the parking horrors tomorrow we are planning a dropoff maneuver. Until they get more terrain open the weekend crowds at any trail bottlenecks will be pure mayhem. If you know your way around you can probably find quieter areas though.....


Alfonse
post #18 of 22
Obviously having Thursday to compare to made Alfonse see Friday different than I did. I thought the crowds were very manageable. The parking lots were full-ish, but nothing compared to midwinter when you park in the back-beyond and take the shuttle. (Actually, we parked at Snowshed because it was the first run of the year and we both had new equipment. Did one run, then over to K base. The lot was nominally full except the outer edge, but we drove around and found a sloppy-parking hole not too far from the building.) On the hill, there were waves of crowds followed by waves of emptiness.

But that was still a weekday, with very cold temperatures and high winds.
(If you get lucky and have bad weather, that should reduce the crowds somewhat.)

The crowds at the early-season snowmaking powerhouses (Killington, Sunday River, a few others - Okemo, maybe?) are a function not only of what they have open, but also of what else is open in the state.

At this point, anyone who wants to ski has a very few realistic options, and only a few trail choices once they get there.

So I'd expect weekends to be a mess for awhile still. Maybe someone who was there today can report.

Remember to be extra vigilant about watching for the other guy. If you stop, look around and think to yourself, "ok, where can an out of control idiot come from and take me out?" I have no statistics, but my hunch is this time of year is particularly dangerous for collisions.
post #19 of 22
Thanks for the honest reports. As much as I am a fan of this sport, being taken out for even 6 weeks here is a whole season! Except for this weekend, I think I'll happily ski my home hill (it was fairly empty last night) until the big boys are fully open.
post #20 of 22
Just got back from K today. It was better than friday allthough I enjoyed thursday more. There was more terrain to choose from today however. The snow was a mix of hard and soft but more predictable. Also the sun came out and highline bumped up nice and softened up at one point. East fall was also fun with technical bumps. Actually bumps seemed to be the word. We noticed in the second half of the day Great Northern had bumps which is one of those meandering bunny trails all mountains have.

It was crowded as predicted, I parked at the NH booze rest stop there was so many people there. The second half of the day lightened up as predicted. The oddest thing about the day was the wind. The forecast for Quechee was 43 and sunny. On the mountain it never broke 35 as they blew all day in places and it was sunny, but the wind blew everywhere it seemed. Every chair we got on had like a 20 mph wind in our faces. Funny thing was we go to the top and there is not a drop of wind.

The good news is the rain predicted midweek is now predicted as a mix here which I hope means snow in the mountains. Everyone say a prayer to Krom, or Ulr or mother nature please so mad river can open this weekend.....

Alfonse
post #21 of 22
I just got back from K. We skied Saturday and Sunday. Sat. was really crowded on the slopes. Sort of like public skate on a Friday night. But today was manageble. Visibility was better today even though it was blowing harder. Best snow was on the bottom of Skylark which they just opened up today. They groomed East Fall and Skylark - both were bumped pretty good on Sat. The bottom of Skylark was bumped and scraped bare late this afternoon.

I think Killington did a good job to get as much decent skiing as they did open and with reasonable conditions and coverage. It was a fun first time out.
post #22 of 22
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The good news is the rain predicted midweek is now predicted as a mix here which I hope means snow in the mountains. Everyone say a prayer to Krom, or Ulr or mother nature please so mad river can open this weekend.....

Alfonse
Lets hope for snow. Are you coming to Stowe on Friday?:
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