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What is the best strategy to avoid crowds at Killington on holiday weekend

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Does anyone have advice on the best strategy to avoid crowds during a holiday weekend at Killington (e.g, which base area, which lifts and areas to ski, best place for lunch, etc.)

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 Go to pico.

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Edited by gregory99mar - 10/21/11 at 10:51am
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The only way to avoid crowds at Killington on a holiday weekend is to not go or pick another resort that doesn't get as much traffic from NY--either that or pray for rain or a snowstorm, as those usually keep people away. Less traveled resorts will still be more crowded than usual, but not as bad . There will be crowds at all of the base areas at Killington. Although the 'harder' trails won't be as crowded, there will still be people standing around in the middle of them or cautiously side-slipping through the mogul fields.

 

If you are intent on going, the only suggestions I could give would be to get there early as possible and be on the first chair. Ski for an hour or so then pack it up until about 2, when it starts to thin a bit. 10-2 will be a zoo.  I enjoy Killington, but usually not on weekends or holidays. It's just too crazy and I always spend more time avoiding people, or avoiding being hit, than enjoying myself.  

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Stick to the Snowdon quad or Canyon quad. Plenty of quality skiing off those 2 lifts.

 

You could even traverse across to ski the trails off the superstar lift from the canyon lift & ski back to Snowdon if you trying to avoid liftlines.

 

Ramshead or snowshed lodges have the most available seating for the lunch crowd.

 

Personally I usually don't ski holidays or weekends anymore but that's because I can.


Edited by steamboat1 - 1/8/11 at 6:41pm
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Stay away from the K1 gondola.  Get there early when the lifts open, eat lunch early, and ski when everyone else is eating lunch.  In addition to Snowdon and Canyon quads, the South Ridge and North Ridge triples are usually OK.  

 

And don't believe all the naysayers - total ski visits are down about 30% from the levels of the 90s so crowds are nowhere near as bad as they once were.

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