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Killington 1-11-09 Powder Day Videos

post #1 of 16
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I had a great day on Sunday skiing at Killington with my ski buddy, Paul Jones (aka Buzz). Buzz and I met in the epicski trip reports forum last month. Buzz is a fun guy to ski and hang out with. He can really rip it on the bumps, as you will see in the videos below.

I picked Buzz up at his house around 6:30 Sunday morning in the middle of a snow storm. Many of the roads were covered with 6+ inches of snow and it was still snowing hard. We knew this was going to be a great day at Killington.

By the time we got to Killington at 9:00 AM, the snow had let up, leaving about 7 inches of light, fluffy snow on the mountain. The sun was out, temps were in the mid teens, there was no wind and the crowds were light. Combined with last Thursday's foot of new snow, the conditions were excellent.

We took our first run blasting through the powder in the trees on Double Dipper. We then headed over to the South Ridge area, an area I had never skied, but had heard good things about.

Buzz on the way to South Ridge




The soft powder bumps here were a lot of fun. Buzz ripping through the powder on The Jug.

South Ridge chair. See if you can spot what is strange in this pic.


After a few runs in South Ridge, we headed over to Bear Mountain. We skied the trees from the top of the Bear chair on a tree run called Growler. The powder was deep and mostly untracked here. If you ski this run, traverse way to the skier's left of the lift line before you start coming down.

We then skied multiple runs under the Needles Eye chair and in the trees on The Stairs.

Buzz ripping the soft bumps on his favorite trail, Stich Line.

Me doing the same.
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Some more of Buzz.
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After a few runs here, we skied the unmarked trees on the left side of Skyburst. Buzz in the trees.


In the afternoon, we skied some runs off the Canyon lift in the trees below Racer's Edge on The Throne. If you happen to ski into the stream that winds its way through the woods here, use the handy snow gun valve handle at the bottom of the run to clean your skis.

Top of the K1


My final run of the day was in some unmarked woods above Anarchy. I had to duck under some downed trees and hop over some streams but the snow was deep and mostly untracked. For you golfers, skiing untracked powder on your last run feels kind of like draining a birdie on the 18th hole. It keeps you coming back for more.




Dusk


Tracks of the day's runs


Another blissful day at Killington.
post #2 of 16
Great report, I know what's different about that photo is I won't spoil the quest. Let someone from out west figure it out.
post #3 of 16
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I see someone has skied Outerlimits. How was that?
post #4 of 16
Actually, we skied under the OL chair - Bear Mt. - that short bump run at the top, and then we cut up the cat walk to get to the woods skier's left of OL. Those woods kicked my @$$. I could not get it going in there. I fell and hit a bunch of trees. My worst run of the day.
post #5 of 16
If you'll notice, there's a lot more footage of me compared to Dave. I shot four segments and screwed up each one. I could not get the camera to record. Once I got the hang of it, it wasn't that hard.

Then notice the quality of video. The steady hand and precise zoom work. Sorry Dave, I'll do a better job next time out.

This was a serious day of skiing. Dave has incredible endurance. I took two breaks while he kept right on going. He pushed me and it was a big day of vertical for me.

Needles Eye Lift line really is one of my favorite runs at Killington. I like the natural obstacles mixed in with the bumps. It's a trail that I find perfect for skill development. It's not that hard but there's a lot going on.

Dave is really into the woods, and we found some great spots. Dave even took a dip in a mountain stream The powder in the woods was fantastic. He was there on Friday to scope out the goods.
post #6 of 16
is it just me or does it appear to be a one way chair???
post #7 of 16
It's an up only chair lift.
post #8 of 16
So does it just go down the other side, i need some explanation on how it works!!!!!?!?!?!?!
post #9 of 16
Concept lift.
post #10 of 16
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So does it just go down the other side, i need some explanation on how it works!!!!!?!?!?!?!
I will give a hint. The contractor who built the lift was dyslexic. When placing the order for the equipment, he ordered 42 towers when he should have ordered only 24.
post #11 of 16
So it turns around at the top and goes back down in another location meeting back up at the base??
post #12 of 16
I was second person through stitch line on Sunday. It was amazing! You should have jumped the rock on skiers right known as the White Whale!
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I was second person through stitch line on Sunday. It was amazing! You should have jumped the rock on skiers right known as the White Whale!
If you will notice, I could barely get my skis off the snow as it was. Trying to build some confidence.

Did you go in from the top?
post #14 of 16
Yes from from the top. The cut in through the trees not the duck the rope top but close. That's my favorite trail on Kton!
post #15 of 16
From the top, I think there was a small opening in the rope.

One of my favorite trails at Killington too. Dave showed me some great woods shots, could easily spend the day among the trees. We almost did. We'll let you know next time we head up.
post #16 of 16
That would be great! I'm there every weekend and was shown some secret stashes this year.
Did you hit the Fiddle? It was a little rocky but the cliff was huckable and was hucked.
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