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Killington or Gore?

post #1 of 15
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Well my Cali spring ski trip was scrubbed, so now I am staying here in the North East.  My brother is flying into Albany on Monday Mar 16 so we are either going to hit Killington or Gore.  Ski three days stay three nights.  What do you think is best?  My one con for Gore is there is no slope side accomidations, and obviously at Killington there is a good chance for it to be a Zoo especially since it is spring break week.  What do you think is the best option?

post #2 of 15

Gore is on state ground so you can pitch a tent by the slope side.

 

Seriously though, I never ski Killington but I tend to like Gore quite a bit. And, Gore is never that crowded. We will be there this coming w/e.

post #3 of 15

Killington will not be crowded midweek.  It's rarely crowded weekends and holidays since the new owners took over 2 years ago and reduced skier visits by 30 percent.  No real slopside accomodations at Killlington either.  Other than the Grand hotel, you are looking at a short shuttle bus ride to the slopes.

post #4 of 15

Not much challenging at Gore.  Killington has tons of terrain and a lot to explore.

 

You could do a day trip to Sugarush or MRG if you wanted.  And from Gore you could do Whiteface.

 

More serious skiing is in Vermont.

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And from Gore you could do Whiteface.

 

More serious skiing is in Vermont.

Have you ever really been to Iceface? It's got more gnar than most places in VT.
 

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Not much challenging at Gore.  Killington has tons of terrain and a lot to explore.

 

You could do a day trip to Sugarush or MRG if you wanted.  And from Gore you could do Whiteface.

 

More serious skiing is in Vermont.

The OP didn't say what their ski interests were and what their abilities are. I have skied all these areas except Killington and don't find Gore far less fun than Sugarbush or MRG (or anything from N. VT for that matter) as they all have their own niche. I still maintain Gore is a good place to be. It has a share of everything. (although condition wise, anything in N VT will be much better than Gore or S/C VT at this time)
 

post #7 of 15

Gore is steeper (Rumor) and has at least as much trees as Kmart.  Ski Gore, party at Killington.

 

BK

post #8 of 15

Have to go with Gore----and having skied lots of places in VT...don't understand the comment that VT has better terrain than WF or Gore....?   

 

MRG is 1.5 hrs from Gore,  WF 1 hour.   Gore is cheeper and if you have to ride a shuttle at Kmart, you can drive from anywhere close and be at gore---parking right up front---in less time.   

 

 

Best part of Gore....look at the map....the black slopes are all alone.....you can get your vert very quickly.   Rumor rocks....the trees are great.     

post #9 of 15

PLUS-----Gore is 55 minutes from the airport to the parking lot...period.  

post #10 of 15

Unless it's a powder day, midweek at Killington is completely deserted.  There's really no particular advantage to paying to premium for slopeside lodging.  The Bear lot will have 50 cars in it.  The main Killington lot will have a few hundred cars in it.  If you don't mind booting up at the car, you can pull into the 15-minute drop-off zone, buy day tickets, and park right next to the snow on the far end of the parking lot.

 

In mid-March, conditions are a crap shoot.  Right now, if it's not groomed, it has a rope across it.  March 16th could be similar.  It could be great powder.  It could be spring conditions.  It could be a downpour.  Killington has the big grooming fleet, the elevation, and the north-facing exposures to give you good odds of a decent surface if it's bullet-proof.  If it's warm, there are lower elevation east-facing exposures that will soften up by mid-morning in mid-March. 

 

I'd defer the decision.  Nobody is busy then.  You can pick the resort with the best conditions.  It could be powder at Jay Peak.  A coastal storm might roar by and the goods are at Mount Snow.  It could suck and you want the grooming at Killington or Okemo.  You certainly don't want to make a reservation where it would cost you anything to cancel it.

post #11 of 15


 

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Have you ever really been to Iceface? It's got more gnar than most places in VT.
 

More gnar...that's false.  WF gets less snow.  The woods are bonier - bumps harder.  WF grooms the steep.
 

 

View is nice though.

 

When I have a choice between Killington and WF, Killington wins and I don't even like the place.

 

IMHO.

post #12 of 15

I agree with GeoffD here.  I've skied NY and VT a lot in mid March.  Often northern VT will be acting like it's February with fresh snow and mid-winter conditions while down around Gore / Killington / Okemo regions it's nice spring conditions.  Far Northern places like Whiteface may be slightly busy due to Canadians on school break, but not a lot and there will be no problem finding places to stay at very reasonable rates.

 

If conditions are sketchy then a place like Kmart with good grooming might be a better bet than Gore.  I like the Terrain at Gore better than Whiteface and, as a rule, find the snow and the terrain to be better in VT.  (Of course there are always exceptions to the rule and Gore does have some very nice terrain.)

 

IMO Paul's post above is spot on re. WF. 

post #13 of 15


 

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Have to go with Gore----and having skied lots of places in VT...don't understand the comment that VT has better terrain than WF or Gore....?   

 

 

 

Best part of Gore....look at the map....the black slopes are all alone.....you can get your vert very quickly.   Rumor rocks....the trees are great.     

The blacks are very few at Gore - short too, the blues are dull and often seem like greens.  I see the place as very limited when it comes to terrain.  Now I don't know about the woods, but they must be very steep or like the rest of the trails.

 

Killington has tons of woods and broad variation in trails - natural, groomed and bumps.  The lay out is less than ideal, but Gore's lay out is not too good either.

 

OP didn't specify as to the type of skiing preferred.  Gore could be perfect.  But Killington has so much more to offer when it comes to snow, woods and variety of trails.

 

It's about 1:45 from the Airport.

post #14 of 15

I ski at Gore almost every weekend because it is convenient and I am developing such a strong dislike for the place.  This has been my home mt. for 20 years but is it becoming so boring!  Steep and difficult trails are so short and some of the lifts are very slow making for more "Bore".

 

Do yourself a favor and go to Killington, Whiteface, Sugarbush, or MRG. 

post #15 of 15

Just to chime in here...

 

Our ski club got back last week from a 3 ski day trip to Whiteface. It was reading week in Quebec (or some similar Quebec holiday), so a fair number of people from Quebec, but you were basically in a gondola within 30 seconds of waiting. It wasn't like you had the whole mountain to yourself, but you could always find some empty runs if you ventured off the main blues.

 

As it had thawed/rained/refrozen right before we arrived, many spots were icy - some sections were literally yellow ice for a good 10'long x 5' wide, but there was still hardpack to the side of the ice and some fresh snow here and there from a recent dusting. The glades were closed. But I've also been there before when there's been no ice, either fresh snow or spring chop. All three times I've been it's been awesome.

 

Very nice mountain, friendly staff, and enough variety to make 3 days really interesting! And if you're lucky, the conditions may be right for the patrollers to open the slides, which do look quite cool.

 

Funnily enough, I'm heading to Killington for the first time on the last week of this month. Wherever you go, I'm sure you'll have a blast!

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