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Killington 12/8-9

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While the change from the Ameican Ski Company to Powder Corporation has ended the Walmart price structure on season passes, I was impressed with the snowmaking / slope prepartion on my first outing this past weekend. Focus has been to concentrate on expert - intermediate terrain first. Snowmaking on top of 3' of new snow provided good times on Superstar, Skylark, Bitter Sweet, Panic Button/Upper Needles, Middle Ovation, Eastfall, Cascade, Double Dipper, Downdraft and outstanding conditions on Vertigo and Ovation headwall. All of Snowden was open. Rams Head was under the guns and I assume will be ready this week leaving only Bear Mt. to add. All of the major trails were groomed, but if you wanted huge powder bumps, Vertigo after noon was the place to be. While the weather last season was dismal, I never saw snowmaking on more then a handful of trails when the tempertures permitted. If Powder Crop. CONTINUES with the quantity of snowmaking and surface prep., this season will definately be an improvement from last. Only time will tell !!!!!!

Falcon_O aka Charlie
post #2 of 12
How did you fine the off conditions? IE Parking, lodges, Customer Service type of things? Did the Employee's seem happy ?

Glad to hear the snow quality was good.
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How did you fine the off conditions? IE Parking, lodges, Customer Service type of things? Did the Employee's seem happy ?

Glad to hear the snow quality was good.
The majority of lift attendents were from Brazil and were both courteous and friendly. BUT this season is just starting. Ample attendents directing parking at the K1 lot and as I arrived by 7:30 had only a short walk from the lot to lodge. When I left at 1:30, the lot was full and cars were parked on both sides of the road as far as the Ramshead lodge. Cafeteria prices were essentially the same as last year - high - approx $3.25 for a 16oz hot chocolate. Crowd spreading was good with the longest lift line @ Superstar being 10 minutes max. People also well spread on the trails so didn't fear for my life dodging out of control bombers. Again, the season is early !!! Good chance I'll be back for another taste this weekend - 12/15-16.
post #4 of 12
Good to hear.
post #5 of 12
Killington is a fun mountain, but it isn't cheap. They never have good deals going on either. I went last season because I got a few free passes from the Warren Miller film(Off the Grid) I always drag friends and family who don't ski to come to those for the free passes. What can I say, I am a teenager with little money.
post #6 of 12
Ooooo, sounds like grrrrreat conditions! Hehe, I wanna go to Killington!!! Lemme in there!!!
post #7 of 12
umm ... did I read that right that Ovation was OPEN?! I haven't been able to ski that slope for a while yet because it's always been closed.

Interesting tactic to do the harder slopes first for snowmaking - not a bad idea since the folks that can ski those are probably more hard core anyway.
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umm ... did I read that right that Ovation was OPEN?! I haven't been able to ski that slope for a while yet because it's always been closed.

Interesting tactic to do the harder slopes first for snowmaking - not a bad idea since the folks that can ski those are probably more hard core anyway.
The Ovation headwall and middle Ovation were open with amazing snow on the headwall. I cannot remember the last time the headwall had guns on it. The middle had decent cover but the lower headwall was barren. Still 2/3 open with good conditions wasn't bad for 12/8-9 !!!!
post #9 of 12
Oh OK ... lower is still empty. That's the one I was talking about.
post #10 of 12
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Oh OK ... lower is still empty. That's the one I was talking about.
The plan of record is to get Lower Ovation going for Xmas week. As long as the cold weather holds, they will make snow on 100% of the terrain with pipes on it. Bear Mountain opens tomorrow (Tuesday December 18th) and that opens up the terrain on Bear and Southridge.

The mayhem of the ASC Bronze Pass years is over. A blackout season pass went from $350.00 to $600 (purchased in August). The multi-resort pass that caused Killington to get flooded in the fall and spring when the other resorts had very limited terrain is gone. The cheap ski club voucher program was vaporized. Comp tickets are now tough to find.

The Killington base lodge is busy but not out of control. The parking lots aren't crazy-full. The K1 gondola often has a moderate lift line since it's the touron attraction but they're probably only getting half the skier visits of a couple of years ago. With all the terrain they have open, you can ski without feeling like you're going to get run down like a dog. The normal choke points are still there... Snowdon at the base of the poma; Snowdon where Mouse Trap, Chute, and Great Northern intersect; Great Eastern where K1 traffic meets Superstar and Skyeship traffic. Avoid those spots and life is good.

Killington has no deals this year unless you book lodging from them. They're going after the high yield lodging + ticket + (rentals + lessons) business. I got a $15-off lift ticket post card in the mail good through Xmas eve but I doubt they'll do much in the way of discounts once they hit prime time at Xmas.

The woods now have plenty of base. Any refresh of natural snow will produce several good days of tree skiing. The skiing is obviously better farther north in Vermont but the complete and total mayhem of the ASC years at Killington is gone.
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I'll tell ya - things are looking pretty good right now in the East - should be a great Christmas if things hold up this week. Lots of natural snow - Boston already surpassed last years total for the year!
post #12 of 12
I think they're pretty lucky this season started with a lot of snowfall. It makes them look good- even though they have nothing to do with it.
I do like their new plans for making snow. Many trails were open with good coverage I wasn't expecting. Even the woods had a lot of snow and there was still some pow left on the sides.
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