Killington - 2017-2018
Nov. 8, 2017 - Weds.
While the leaves were well past peak, there were still lovely browns, yellows, reds and green on the hillsides.
Anyone worried as to whether or not Killington will make it on Superstar for the World Cup Race can stop worrying. It is white T2B and they were blowing snow T2B all day and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future (at least 48 hours more).
In addition to a cool hat, the swag du jour was free lunch.
Crowd was heavy early although the lift line was never more than a few minutes. While there were a half dozen snowguns running from the pump-house down to the bottom, the guns were off on Rime and Reason, so my ears weren't ringing at day's end. I think that's testament to how deep the snow is already on Rime and Reason.
The surface was firm. A deep mogul line developed left (while looking downhill) of the towers. A poorer mogul line developed on the far right side. The center was edge-able, although a few really bad ice spots developed where the snowguns were running. I suspect that they weren't adding much snow, but it was probably more cost effective to keep them running rather than turning off the system.
They were blowing on Upper East Fall and Upper Great Northern as well as a few other places. Trail count should be up bey the weekend, but I don't see T2B for a while, leaving the walk up 250 steps at the end of the day to get to K1 for the ride down.
I rate it as an excellent opening day!