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post #1 of 25
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Any East Coasters thinking about going back to Killington next season. From what I hear, there seems to be more skiers moving to other resorts after Powdr's poor performance this year.

Not being at Killington this season meant more trips north to Stowe and Mad River. On the other hand, I had too many days at Jiminy Peak.

Killington is still the closest big mountain. It has great terrain and pretty good snowmaking. It gets a lot more natural snow than any of the southern Vermont areas.

I guess it's travel costs, the price of gas, that is causing me to take another look.
post #2 of 25
I'm gonna tell Phil, and you're gonna be in soooooooooo much trouble!
post #3 of 25
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I'm gonna tell Phil, and you're gonna be in soooooooooo much trouble!
Don't

And I hope Highway Star doesn't find this thread.

I am frustrated with all the flats in the rest of Southern Vt. Magic is the exception, with out the snow.

Maybe you would like a pass at Killington? I am afraid that you will never come east again, after all the fun in CO.
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
Any East Coasters thinking about going back to Killington next season. From what I hear, there seems to be more skiers moving to other resorts after Powdr's poor performance this year.

Not being at Killington this season meant more trips north to Stowe and Mad River. On the other hand, I had too many days at Jiminy Peak.

Killington is still the closest big mountain. It has great terrain and pretty good snowmaking. It gets a lot more natural snow than any of the southern Vermont areas.

I guess it's travel costs, the price of gas, that is causing me to take another look.
Don't do it. Sugarbush is not that far away, and far superior. I was there this past weekend for closing and recognized half of the skiers as K-mart regulars.

A lot of them wearing this shirt.
post #5 of 25
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I'm gonna tell Phil, and you're gonna be in soooooooooo much trouble!
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Don't
She snitched on you Paul...


Actually, I might have to hit a day or three there next year. I have ForeRunner ski shop on the access road and will be doing some demos for them. But it will be under protest. Might not skis those days .
post #6 of 25
I guess it's OK if you're just turning screws and bring your own lunch.
post #7 of 25
I think Killington mid-season is actually better with Powdr at the helm. There was more and better snow making and fewer people on weekends. I know a lot of people were angry about the shorter season, but there were other places to go for Spring skiing.

I like Sugarbush a lot and find it is getting more crowded which was less of an issue in the past when the Slidebrook ran so you could escape Lincoln Peak for Mt Ellen once the crowd built up.
post #8 of 25
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Don't do it. Sugarbush is not that far away, and far superior. I was there this past weekend for closing and recognized half of the skiers as K-mart regulars.

A lot of them wearing this shirt.
I ski Mad River when I'm in the valley. But my hat is off to Sugarbush for keeping the season alive.

Phil, Forerunner=good shop. They ought to be able to move some of those F17s.
post #9 of 25
F17? Does killington have bumps?
post #10 of 25
Killington decided they didn't want customers anymore.
post #11 of 25
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I like Sugarbush a lot and find it is getting more crowded which was less of an issue in the past when the Slidebrook ran so you could escape Lincoln Peak for Mt Ellen once the crowd built up.
Slidebrook doesn't run anymore? Did not know that.
post #12 of 25
Hey I go to Killington all the damn time because I have a bunch of friends that work there- I get $50 passes (um, right about as expensive as Jimminy), and I know the manegement sucks but the snow coverage was much better this year, so I could care less what the hell the pencil-pushers are doing in their cubicles. Less $$$, more snow, more trails. I'm all about hitting the 'Bush and MRG tho- I'm just a cheap bastard and like to stay for free and such... Does this make me a bad person?????
post #13 of 25
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I guess not, but...

It ****es me off that you get discounts and I don't:

The ticket prices there are high and the never cut a break.
post #14 of 25
I don't so much mind what Powdr did to Killington. I don't go to Killington anymore because I find the runs are fairly short compared to what other New England areas offer. Killington is about a 3 hour trip for me; Stowe is about 3.5 hours. For another 30 minutes of driving, I get a heck of a lot more interesting vertical. It's worth it to me.
post #15 of 25
Hey Paul- deep breaths, brotha... Maybe next season you can come up there with me and I can fanagle you a discount ticket. Yeah, it does suck you have to know someone who works there to get a discount, but hey this is a forum website and we're here to help each other, so let's get on the same page- I'll talk to a couple of friends and see if they have limits on discount tickets and maybe we can organize some group action... I mean what better way to stick it to 'em than skiing there for almost half price and staying out there every second possible? I'd say I wouldn't buy their food, but then I couldn't have a breakfast burrito from my chica in Ramshead and that would just be sillly!

Besides, the Red Sox revoked season tickets passed down through generations this year (I know someone who lost 18 bleacher seats that belonged to his grandfather), but how many people do you think will stop going to games because of this? Probably not many. Organizations are going "new school" and we just have to make it work. It's still a great mountain, it's just owned by nitwits more concerned with profits and corporate blah blah blah... Don't let 'em get you down, bro...
post #16 of 25
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Mr Work, I hope you know - I was kidding. I am glad for you - mad for me. But if an extra ticket were ever to fall into your hands, it would be put to good use by me

I still can't believe that there are no discounts, not even for clubs, not even during the week and most of all, not even for former season pass holders who laid back to see what was going to happen.

Whole lotta ill will.
post #17 of 25
I went once this year to Killington, once to Stratton and once to Jiminy Peak for a total of $0.00.

I guess that make me $0.00 for Vermont this season eh?

Come to think of it, that makes me $0.00 for the east coast too! And I probably got in at least 40 days in the east and 4 in the west.:

To answer the question directly tho---yes I would go back again, and pay for the ticket too. Can't expect to get this sort of season (scoring freebies) every year. If a decent pass price was announced I'd be inclined to think about it.
post #18 of 25
ok, well put it this way- I haven't skied with any bears so a K-mart trip is def in order, and I'm sure I can get a couple of 'em...
post #19 of 25
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I'm in!
post #20 of 25
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Back to the original question

Sounds like no one is going back next season from those who were out last season.

It's not a good sampling because it's past season in the East.
post #21 of 25
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Slidebrook doesn't run anymore? Did not know that.
Actually I wasn't accurate. The Slidebrook does run but this past winter there were many weekends when the Slidebrook didn't run. I realize the Slidebrook is a very long chair lift to operate and maintain, but for me Sugarbush seems smaller when you can't easily get between LP and ME.
post #22 of 25

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I'm in!

^^_____^^
Paul____Phil
post #23 of 25
hey if Phil doesn't want to go, that's just that much more snow for me! (I'm sure I'll bump into him at Okemo anyways) I'd say I could get about a half-dozen discount passes, so TC please consider yourself invited! As a constantly good-natured and good-time-loving poster, I feel like you are on the top of my list of bears I'd love to ski with!
post #24 of 25
Paul - I'm back with a pass so you can ski with me !!!!! Last year I had access to reduced ($49) lift tickets for friends and I should have the same link next season.

The 08-09 pass cost approx. what I paid the season before AMSC went to the ultra cheap passes. While I miss the low cost, I do not miss the crowds that were lacking this past season.

Falcon_o aka Charlie

PS - I'm running a trip to Aspen 1/24-31 (X-Games Week) & have 9 spots left
post #25 of 25
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Charlie, trying to make a call on next season's black out pass. My break even point would be 15 days. Not too motivated at this point. But I'd always be happy with a discount Prices were right up there last season. I still can't believe that they didn't capitalize on the old pass holders.

It was a good season, wasn't it.
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